Questions to Consider
by Pastor Gene
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
Questions to consider:
- What feelings does the Rapture evoke within you? Fear? Anxiety? Expectation? Something else? Why do you think you feel this way?
- 1 John 2:28 says that some believers will “shrink from Him in shame at His coming.” Why do you think this might be?
- Why do you think Paul specifically charged Christians to encourage one another with these words in verse 18?
- What do you think of the so-called Seven Day Millennium Theory that we discussed in church? Does it ring true for you?
- The Bible warns against ‘setting dates’ for the return of the Lord, but at the same time it instructs us to know the season we find ourselves in. Does the Seven Day Millennium Theory help you discern anything about the prophetic ‘season’ we’re in?
- Does the Seven Day Millennium Theory help to clarify why God placed such importance in the Law on keeping the Sabbath? Read Numbers 15:32-36. Why do you think God’s judgment was so severe in this passage?
- If we have a real sense, informed by sound biblical teaching, that these are the last days, how should that truth affect our daily lives as followers of Jesus? Read the following passages: 2 Peter 3:11-12a; 1 John 3:2-3; Romans 13:11-13a; and 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6. How do the writer’s answer this question?
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