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Series: Taken, Believers and the Return of Christ
Turn in your Bible to Matthew 24, and let me read a few verses. I want us to stand in reverence and honor in the reading of God's Word. I will begin reading in Matthew 24:37. These are the words of Jesus. "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." Thank you. You may be seated and may God bless the reading of His precious Word.
I did a series of messages I entitled "The Road Ahead." There were four messages, and I gave a general overview of the primary themes in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am going to give two different series of messages as indicated in these studies. I am going to give four messages around the theme of "Taken," and I will talk about the believer and the return of the Lord. All of God's people, all saved people, what does the second coming of Jesus, the return of our Lord, mean for us? And then, Lord willing, unless Jesus comes back before then, we will have a series of messages around the word "Left." I will talk about what the return of the Lord means for those who do not know Christ as their Lord and their Savior.
Now you might ask me the question, why are you dealing again with the theme of the second coming of Christ? There are a couple of reasons why I am doing this. Number one, there is no truth in all of the Bible that is such a motivating factor to a pure life on the part of a believer as the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. First John 3:3 says this: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Then in Titus 2:11-13 we read, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
The church of Thessalonica was one of the great churches that the apostle Paul established, and as a very young church Paul wrote a letter to them. It is five chapters, the I Thessalonians letter. As you study this letter you will discover that at the end of every chapter Paul makes a reference to the second coming of Jesus. Here is a young church, and he wants to be sure that they are well grounded in the truth of the coming of the Lord. I have never known a church that understands the return of Jesus C ...
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