The Second Coming of Jesus, Part Two

This message is part two of a three part series on the Second Coming of Jesus as taught in 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.  It deals with 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11. Recently a man named Harold Camping broadcast the news that Jesus would return May 21, 2011.  According to CNN.com, “He has dissected scripture and crunched his biblical numbers to come up with the fateful dates. He rattles off mathematical explanations of how he did this work, throwing out Bible verses and calculations that leave an outsider’s head spinning…. But Camping also happens to be the man who once said September 6, 1994, would be the big day.”  Camping was wrong in 1994 and he will be wrong again in 2011.  Paul told the Thessalonians that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”  His point was, don’t waste your time trying to read the tea leaves of the times (or the supposed math hidden in the Bible) and live as “children of the light and children of the day.”  They were to do this in the midst of a dark age while God worked His transformation within them.  When Jesus returns He will establish God’s kingdom on the earth and those who follow him will rule and reign with him.  In this present “evil age” God is working the power of the resurrection which He will complete when Jesus returns.  This message is about what God is doing now, while we live in this present age and wait for the not yet, the full realization of the Kingdom of God.

 

About bob

I am a Vineyard pastor and a passionate student of the Bible with an instinctive distrust of "business as usual" when it comes to the story of the Bible. Gratefully I have the opportunity to dig a little deeper and my purpose with this blog is to share what I discover.

One thought on “The Second Coming of Jesus, Part Two

  1. Great thoughtful piece. Having been eaisrd Catholic and not returning to faith for many decades, I relate well to the damage of religion. However, a caution, not all conservative evangelicals are hateful toward the poor, the unemployed, minorities, gays or even democrats . There are many who love the Lord, offer that love and hope to all, demonstrate their faith in the world though acts of unbelieable kindness and compassion, and I believe are making Jesus pleased. Just as I caution my conservative brethren to be loving, forgiving, and looking beyond the surface of fallen mankind, please be careful to not allow your experiences with some to taint all Keep provoking thoughts, you do it well.

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