Before He Comes Again

“That he be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from
us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
                                                                                           II Thessalonians 2:2 

When children are waiting for an event, a birthday or Christmas then there is much excitement in the anticipation for the day to happen.  Even though as an adult we may react differently we still desire for it to happen quickly.

The church at Thessalonica was just that excited. These people were waiting but evidently there were strong feelings when Christ’s arrival was to be.  It was causing some deep concern.

What we must understand is that fundamental happenings were necessary.  It takes time for facts to reach a degree that it will happen.  Maybe the proper term is ripen.

Jesus addressed this issue in Mark 13:9-10.  Before now in this generation that could not be accomplished but the times have suddenly changed with the advent of the cell phone, computer, ipad, lap top and other social media the possibility is now real.  It will happen.  Here at the exact words of Jesus in Mark 13:9-10.

“But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils;
and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before
rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel
must first be published among the nations.”

The people of Thessalonica did not have the where with all to have heard all what Jesus had said about this subject of the Second Coming.

The subject of His return was natural for people to bring up.  The physical hardship of men and women was difficult for these people to continue to suffer.

We in the United States are not aware how the rest of the world lives even now.  I have read and heard that one half of the world exists on less than $5 a day.  This does not surprise anyone who has knowledge on what is happening.

There is one glaring attribute that God has shown through the ages.  It is easy to say but hard to accept when it applies to you and I.  It is stated in Psalm 118: 1,2 about His mercy.

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth
for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.”

There are a few occasions when God acted quickly such as the Tower of Babel account.  This is set out in Genesis 11:9:

“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there
confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

 

There are other examples but for the most part God was showing mercy and a lenient attitude toward wrong doers.  Here are some examples of His slow to anger personality.

  • Children of Israel wandering 40 years
  • Abraham and Sarah having a child of their own when both aged
  • Joseph in captivity for several years
  • Waiting for Israel to reform
  • Waiting for Judah to reform
  • Israel in Egypt 430 years before the Exodus
  • No sign from God between Malachi and Jesus of Nazareth
  • Moses in exile for forty years 

These are a few of the examples of the waiting that God requires of times in the past.

BEEN TOLD

Yes it is true that this church wanted to trust God to have the final outcome of events by His plan..  However in the meantime the instruction for survival has been given to them and for that matter to us.

From the text it states Paul had told these early Christians what was going to come.  The passage from II Thessalonians 2:3-5 states merely and sets out again what he said before.  He was merely reaffirming the previously spoken words.

Paul was a man of preparation for he said to beware of people that deceived you.  This world is cluttered with deception, fraud and lies.  Some of the leaders of the United States Government come in this category of deceivers.

In recent years the concept of global warming has been spoken as a fact.  This is a false vicious tale that people have been told.  From scientist who analyzed the data it has been shown to be a incorrect premise.  Your writer says it is more.  It is a lie.

This administration has used it to restrict and finally destroy the coal industry.  To put shackles on the oil and gas industry.  It has created wind power which is destructive to wild life and a tax write off only. Wind power is a means to pay less taxes.

The sole purpose was/is to create a tax on carbon fuel.  This is madness.  It will not help the poor.  It will load the middle class with a tax burden that will not be sustainable.  Here is a lie that will bring about great harm. 

CHURCHES CAN BE DECEPTIVE

Numerous times in this blog there have been told what happened to Protestantism from about 1850 to 1900’s.  Higher criticism came from Europe that the Bible was not accurate in what was written.  Thus some parts are accepted as true while others are said to be false.  This had little effect until the seminaries began to accept this deception.  Then the pulpit people embraced this deception.

Then the fruit was produced from this idea.  The numbers are here for you to read:

  • Methodist –                 loss from 1969-2001  22%
  • Presbyterian-             loss from 2006-2012    5%
  • Lutheran-                    loss from 2000-2013    20%
  • Disciples-                    loss from 1900-2005    60%

 

Now these four groups are found from several places.  It is difficult to validate the numbers or to determine where the numbers and percentages came from.  It is the obvious trend that the church has not met the issue of the latter part of the 20th century nor the first decade of this 21st century as to the reliance of Christianity to life.

Why?  The people do not hear about sin, righteousness and judgment to come.  What has been sold to the church is a civil rights platform and a social gospel.  It seems the pulpits are filled with deceivers.

Paul said a person would arrive who would say he was above God and would sit upon the throne. Here is what II Thessalonians 2:4 states:

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or
that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing
himself that he is God.”

Use only the Bible as a determining factor in your life.

 

DELUSION

When sin is analyzed it is such a delusion.  What sin offers is the same each time. It is to ignore righteousness then the consequences of the future are set aside. This then produces a benefit that does not exist.  Truly certain people should be removed.

There are times when we would rather not accept the truth since to know the truth can cause panic among people.

At this time there is erupting in the United States the ebola scare.  This is only natural because the present administration has not shut down the entry ports and airports to foreign people coming to the United States. Also the Center for Disease Control has not trained health care workers how to act and react.

Unless there is control of the entry to the United States, we know, the virus will spread.

One thing is always present when sin is involved.  It will spread.  Satan will do everything he can to deny the truth to God’s people.

The truth is when presented it can give results to all people whether they want to acknowledge it from where it came.  Some people enjoy acting contrary to God’s will.  This is what Thessalonians 2:12 states:

“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.” 

Every person who has studied the Bible knows that God wants to allow his creation to have the benefit of the love He offers us.  See Thessalonians 2:13:

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

 

We must endure but there are certain acts we must do.

  • Pray for results
  • Give thanks
  • Choose the gospel
  • Seek the truth
  • Look for sanctification 

We are never to forget who made the call for us to be a Christian.

 

PAUL KNEW WHAT WAS NEEDED 

As a Christian we are to always be ready to fight for what we believe.  There is to be no -wavering.  It is to never surrender to the sin of quitting.

There are many illustrations of men who stood their ground when it seemed a loss was evident.

In 1861 on July 21, the first Battle of Bull Run war fought.  There were ladies, Senators, and glory seekers who came to witness the first large engagement of the two sides in the Civil War.

It seemed at first the Federal troops would route the Confederate forces.  There was a man in charge of a part of the Confederate times whose name was Thomas J. Jackson, a former instructor at Virginia Military Academy.

General Bee met Jackson during the day and said “ General, he said, ‘they are beating us back!’ “Then, sir, we will give them the bayonet’. The thin lips of Jackson closed like a vice, and the First Brigade, pressed up the slope, formed into line on the eastern edge of the Henry Hill. Jackson’s men fought back.

It was General Bee who yelled to his Virginia troops “Look there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!  Rally behind the Virginians!”  From that time General Jackson was called Stonewall. The South won the first Battle of Bull Run.

As a side note after the victory Stonewall Jackson wrote a letter that had these remarks:

“My dear Pastor, – In my tent last night, after a fatiguing day’s service, I
remembered that I had failed to send you my contribution to our coloured
Sunday School. Enclosed you will find my check for that object, which
Please acknowledge at your earliest convenience, and oblige yours faithfully,
J. Jackson.”

 

We are to keep the faith what has given to us.  We have been taught.  Those who leave Christianity are not worthy to be called Christians.  This idea that the Bible is not relevant to our day shows not only ignorance but also a deep lack of spiritual understanding.

The gift of grace came from Jesus, my Lord, and God, my Father.  The two marvelous gifts are forgiveness and eternal life.  Here is what was written in II Thessalonians 2:16:

“Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which
hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope
through grace.”

 

In this world of degradation of lies, fraud and deception we are blessed.  This should lift

us up.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross,
Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss,
From vic-t’ry unto vic-t’ry. His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus – Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you – Ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, And, watching unto pray’r,
Where duty calls, or danger, Be never wanting there.”
                                                                                                                              Webb

 

Gerald Fugit

October 12, 2014

 

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