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The Lord is Going to Have His Day! (7 of 8)
A Closer Look at the Book: 1 THESSALONIANS
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 5:1-13
December 2. 2006
1. The DECLARATION of that Day!
A) A Day of Certainty
B) A Day of Calamity
2. The PREPARATION for that Day!
A) We must be Personally Alert
B) We must be Properly Armed
3. The CONSOLATION from that Day !
A) What We Should Believe
B) How We Should Behave
A college professor, an avowed Atheist, was teaching his class. He shocked several of his students when he flatly stated he was going to prove there was no God. Addressing the ceiling he shouted: "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!"
The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm still waiting." His countdown got down to the last couple of minutes when a Marine - just released from active duty and newly registered in the class - walked up to the professor, hit him full force, and sent him tumbling from his lofty platform. The professor was out cold!
At first, the students were shocked and babbled on in confusion. The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent.
The class fell silent...waiting. Eventually, the professor came to, shaken. He looked at the young Marine in the front row. When the professor regained his senses and could speak he asked: "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?" "God was busy...He sent me."
A friend told me of an incident that happened while he was in seminary. Since the school had no gymnasium, he and his friends played basket ball in a nearby public school. Nearby, an elderly janitor waited patiently until the finished playing.
Invariably he sat there reading his Bible. One day my friend asked him what he was reading. The man answered, ‘The book of Revelation.' Surprised, my friend asked if he understood it. ‘Oh, yes,' the man assured him. ‘I understand it!' ‘What does it mean?' Quietly the janitor answered, ‘It means that Jesus is gonna win.'"
There are many things that I do not know about eschatology, or the study of end-time events. There are many things that I am unsure of or uncertain about; but, of what I do not know there is one thing I do know: Jesus is going to win!
As we come to 1 Thessalonians 5, I believe that is the message from the pen of the apostle Paul. He has just spoken about the glorious event known as the rapture. Now, he continues the discussion to remind these believers that Jesus is going to win, and the Lord is going to have His day.
There are 3 things relating to that day that are discussed. First of all, we see:
1. The DECLARATION of that Day!
In these verses Paul mentions a reoccurring theme through this epistle. In fact, it is an event that is mentioned no less than 4 times. In 1:10, he referred to it as waiting "for His Son from heaven." In 2:19, he sp ...
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