Paul did not detail the “times and seasons” since the Thessalonians understood that the Lord will come “like a thief in the night” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3.
Paul continued his discussion about the “coming” of Jesus by addressing its timing and how it will impact believers and nonbelievers. But rather than provide any chronological information, he reminded the Thessalonians that the “Day of the Lord” will come just like “a thief in the night,” as they already knew. No one except God knows the timing of that day.
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In the interim between Christ’s ascension and his return, God has granted humanity the opportunity to repent before that day arrives.
In his second epistle, Peter explained the apparent “delay” in the “arrival” of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord.” In doing so, he linked that day with the final judgment and the new creation. And he argued that the conduct of the church may very well “hasten” that day. God is characterized by mercy and has no desire for anyone to perish.
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The “coming” of Jesus will mark the end of the present order and the commencement of the “age to come,” nothing less than the New Creation.
The New Testament promises that Jesus will return to the earth at the “end” of the present age, and with great power and glory. And his “arrival” will result in the judgment of the ungodly, the resurrection and vindication of the righteous, the arrival of the New Creation, and the termination of death –Thus, it will be an event of great finality.
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The sixth seal ushered in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth – Revelation 6:12-17.
The opening of the sixth seal causes celestial and terrestrial trauma as the “day of wrath” dawns. It was nothing less than the “great day of the wrath of God and of the Lamb.” Men of every rank panic in terror, but their every attempt to hide from the impending “wrath” is in vain. There is no escape, for no one can “stand” before the “Lamb and the throne.”
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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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