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Parousia in Thessalonica

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In his first letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to reassure the congregation about the participation of fellow saints who died before the Parousia in the glories of that day.  BOTH dead and living saints will assemble to " meet " Jesus. In doing so, he provided one of his more  detailed descriptions of the “ coming ”  of Jesus.   On that day, dead Christians will be resurrected and, together with those still alive, will meet Jesus as he descends from heaven. - [ Photo by Michael Kroul on Unsplash ].

Supremacy of the Son

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The “word” spoken in the Son is the full revelation of God that takes precedence over all preceding prophetic “words”  –  Hebrews 1:1-2:4 .  The  epistle to the Hebrews  was sent to a Christian congregation located in or near the city of Rome. Previously, it had experienced pressure from outsiders. Now, it was facing renewed pressure, perhaps even persecution by governing authorities. Consequently, some members began to withdraw from the assembly, perhaps even contemplating a return to the Jewish synagogue. This background suggests a congregation with many Jewish believers - [ Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash ].

These Last Days

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When we hear the term “ last days ,” quite naturally, we assume it refers to the final period of history just prior to the return of Jesus, a logical assumption. Yet the New Testament presents this period as the age of fulfillment that began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, In the epistle to the Hebrews , the “ word of the Son ” marked the end of one era, and the commencement of another and vastly superior age - [ Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash ].

Ezekiel's Temple in New Jerusalem

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The book of Revelation places Ezekiel’s vision of the ideal Temple in the middle of the city of New Jerusalem, the prophet's comprehensive vision of the ideal Temple centered in a perfectly squared city of Jerusalem. Language from this prophecy is applied by the New Testament in Revelation to paint a portrait of the glorious city of “ New Jerusalem ,” which will encompass the entire New Creation – ( Ezekiel 40:1-48:35 ). - [ Photo by Mike Swigunski on Unsplash ].

Ancient Serpent

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SYNOPSIS  -  The “beast from the sea” is the latest incarnation of an ancient creature that has been stalking the "seed of the woman" since the fall of Adam .  In the  book of Revelation , the “ Dragon, that Ancient Serpent ” was poised to make “ war ” on the “ seed of the woman .” Satan was standing on the seashore, summoning his “ seed ” from the sea to execute his “ war ” - The “ beast from the sea ” and the “ beast from the earth .” His intended victim was the “ seed of the woman ,” a group composed of men and women that had the “ testimony of Jesus ” -  ( Revelation 12:1-17 ). [ Photo by  David Clode  on Unsplash ].

Mercy is NOT Optional

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OVERVIEW – Acts of mercy and love are the defining characteristics of the true disciple of Jesus and reflections of the nature of God – Matthew 5:43-48 .  We are easily confused and even overwhelmed by the exhortation of Jesus for his disciples to be “ perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect .” We assume that “ perfect ” refers to some standard of righteousness that is impossible for any man or woman to achieve. How can anyone ever hope to emulate the perfect righteousness of God? Fortunately, Jesus told us exactly how we become “ perfect ” and emulate our “ heavenly Father .” - [ Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash ].