Are You Ready for His Return? - Living in Light of Christ's Return (6 of 7) by Jeff Lynn

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Are You Ready for His Return? - Living in Light of Christ’s Return (6 of 7)
Series: Good to Great
Jeff Lynn
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11
Preached August 16, 2009

INTRODUCTION

Over the last few years there has been a great deal of interest in the end times.

With the Y2K scare and the 9/11 tragedy, people have ramped up their belief that we are living in the end times.
Tim LaHaye’s “Left Behind” series, a fictional work about the Rapture, Tribulation and the Anti-Christ, has sold well over 50 million copies.

People are fascinated and intrigued about the end of days.
And sadly, it’s caused more confusion and division in churches and in the body of Christ at large than it should.

These Christians in Thessalonica were no different.

You’ll remember that Paul spent some time in this city explaining to them that not only was Jesus of Nazareth the long-awaited Messiah/Deliverer, but that He was going to return one day.

Why would he share this with these new believers in Christ?
Because this is a major tenet of Christianity; that Jesus is coming again; not as a suffering servant, but as a conquering King.
They were to look for the blessed hope of their ultimate salvation.

In Acts 1, as the disciples were watching Jesus ascend into heaven, the angels told them that in the same way that He was being taken into heaven, He would come back.

People have speculated as to when this might take place and the order of events surrounding it based on their understanding of both the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, what Jesus said about this in Matthew 24, and the book of Revelation, AND what we will read this morning.

There are some who believe that a Rapture will take place where all the Christians living at that time will be “snatched away” prior to the Second Coming of Christ. That’s the belief system on which the Left Behind series is based.

The word “rapture” comes from our text this morning when Paul uses the phrase, “then we ...


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