July 5, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
1 Thessalonians 4 & 5
Strengthening our Foundation
Our life here on earth is merely to be a starting glimpse. There will be an eternal Kingdom that is beautiful beyond imagination. There will be no more pain, or tears or suffering; we will dwell together with our God as it was intended to be from the beginning of creation. We will experience beauty and peace.
When we live with a strong confidence that one day Christ will return, it allows us to live with purpose and hope.
Theme: Paul is encouraging them and us to wait for Christ with readiness, purpose and hope.
17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.
It turns out the notion of the Rapture is pretty new — dating back less than 200 years. There has been so much focus on this passage about the concept of the Rapture that we actually miss the point.
· One day all who have died will rise again with Jesus.
· As Jesus was resurrected so will we.
· One day the Trumpet will blow and we will all be gathered together
The Greek word “parousia”, literally means, the “royal appearing” the visitation, the “coming” of a King to His people. It is the day when “The kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our God and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever,” as the choir sings in Handel’s Messiah.