Summary: Know: Jesus IS coming back – sooner than you expect! Do: Stop living for this world’s rewards - Start living for eternity’s rewards. Question to answer today: Are you ready?
End Times Series
Connecting with God
Connecting with our Faith
Jesus IS Coming! R U Ready?
October 9, 2011
Pastor Mark Whitehead
Know: Jesus IS coming back – sooner than you expect!
Do: Stop living for this world’s rewards - Start living for eternity’s rewards.
Question to answer today: Are you ready?
More than three hundred times – an average of one verse in every twenty-six – the new testament refers to the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Bible Doctrines, Menzies/Horton, pg213)
A serious topic that demands a serious response.
Many different views of the end time scriptures by denominations and believers – but still all agree, there is an end coming to this present world, a change that moves us from the mortal to the immortal – are you ready?
Text: Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
1 Cor 15:51-52
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Thess 4:16-18
16 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.
• Caught up
o Har – pad – zo
• Latin – Rapture
• Meet the Lord
o Friendly meeting
• Encourage/Comfort (KJV)
o parakaleo (par-ak-al-eh'-o); from NT:3844 and NT:2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):
37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.