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Summary: In this passage God outlines for us His second coming

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Introduction:

Consider the state of our world… our homes:

• Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about four in 10 of these end in abortion.

• About half of American women will have an unintended pregnancy, and nearly 3 in 10 will have an abortion, by age 45.

• Some 1.06 million abortions were performed in 2011

• U.S. abortion providers in 2011… 839

U.S. women have abortions: 73% report a religious affiliation.

Births to unmarried women: In 1960 – 5% … In 2013-41%.

"First unions" with men -- 48 percent -- moved in with no wedding vows… between 2006 and 2010… increasing from 34% in 1995

“First union” was a marriage fell to 23 percent in the recent figures…

By the time they’re 20, 1 in 4 women ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. have lived with a man, and by the time they’re 30, that ratio climbs to 3 in 4, the new study shows.

“I think it would be weird to me to have a friend who would wait to move in together until after they got married,” Melms said.

The percentage of women whose first union was a marriage fell to 23 percent in the recent figures,

We need Jesus to come back! The thinking of Christians is affected by this perverse generation.

The Main Point: Because Jesus Christ is immutable; you ought to be thankful He is coming again and offer worship that is pleasing to Him.

Theme: Prediction of His coming judgment unless things change.

These people failed to fear the Lord

1) Respecting His Person

2) Responding to His Word

3) Dreading His displeasure

The people question God! Why do the wicked seem to prosper? Where is the God of justice? How have we wearied Him?

Isa 43:24 "… Rather you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.

Why be thankful for the coming of the Lord?

I. His coming is sure! v. 2:17-3:1

A. It is preceded by a forerunner (1a).

1. He is John the Baptist (Mt 11:7-10; Jn 1:23)

Mat 11:14 "And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come (Mal. 4:5).

the four gospel writers apply this messenger to John the Baptist (Matt. 21:12; Lk 2:27)

Isa 40:33 A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

Mat 17:10-13 And His disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 And He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

2. He will be Elijah the Prophet

B. It is a sudden arrival at the temple (1b).

1. Christ came to the temple at the first advent.

2. Christ will come to this temple in Jerusalem during His Millennium reign (Ez. 40-48)

This is detailed for us in Ezekiel 40-48; Is. 66; Jer. 33, Zech. 14

Why be thankful for the coming of the Lord?


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