…to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Thoughts for Today:Throughout church history, generation after generation of Christians have believed that Christ’s return was imminent. So it should come as no surprise that I too believe Jesus may return during my lifetime. In fact, I’m pretty certain. Why? In 2 Timothy 3:1-4, Paul wrote: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
Just read the news, watch television, or talk to your neighbors. Is there any doubt we are living in end times? Not to mention, all the prophecies of the Bible appear to have come to pass. The only thing missing is the Second Coming of Jesus.
What will happen when Jesus returns? We will be taken to heaven. What happens here (on the earth while we’re gone) is a completely different matter. And after the Tribulation period, we will return with Jesus, to reign for a thousand years. It is no wonder Paul said with such great joy and fervency: “to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
Questions to Ponder:The Thessalonians also had questions about heaven and the return of Jesus. Paul answered in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” I think that’s pretty clear. Don’t you?