The day of “wrath” is coming when the wicked will pay the ultimate price for their disobedience to God – Romans 2:5.
According to Paul, the proclamation of the gospel unveils two forces that are at work in the world – “righteousness” and “wrath.” But they will produce two very different results – “salvation” and “destruction.” Which result anyone reaps will depend on his or her response to the gospel, for it is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
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The ‘Parousia’ of Jesus will mean nothing less than the resurrection of the dead, the commencement of the New Creation, and the final judgment.
The Apostle Paul used several terms to refer to the same final event, the “coming of Jesus,” but one that is especially prominent in his letters, “arrival” or ‘parousia.’ In using it, he provided his understanding of what will occur on that day. The Greek noun signifies the “arrival” of someone or something, and not the process of its or his “coming” (Strong’s – #G3952).
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When Jesus “appears” again, faithful believers will rejoice exceedingly and participate fully in the glories revealed on that day.
In his first epistle, the Apostle John exhorted his congregations to “abide” in Jesus so that “when he shall appear, we may have boldness and not be shamed away from him at his arrival.” This was his summons to believers for holy living in consideration of the inevitable “arrival” of Jesus and the rewards that he will bring with him – (1 John 2:28–3:3).
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At the “revelation of Jesus” on the “day of the Lord,” the saints will experience glory, but the wicked will receive “everlasting destruction.”
Most often, Paul labels the future return of Jesus as his ‘parousia’ (“arrival”), ‘erchomai’ (“coming”), or ‘epiphaneia’ (“manifestation”), but on two occasions, he also calls it his ‘apocalypsis’ or “revelation.” By comparing how he applies these terms, it quickly becomes apparent that, in each case, the same final event is in view.
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Four different times in Revelation, John found himself “in the Spirit” and transported to a new location where he received another vision.
In the fourth chapter of Revelation, John “came to be in the spirit, where he was summoned to heaven to see a vision about the “throne,” the “sealed scroll,” and the “slain Lamb.” Previously, in his first vision, he came to be “in the spirit” and saw a vision of “one like a son of man” standing among the “seven golden lampstands,” that is, the “seven churches of Asia.”
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