Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 21 – 1&2 Thessalonians

Chuck Missler’s eschatological summary is jam-packed with more fascinating facts than can be processed in the hour-long video teaching.  Lots of “ologies” are discussed.  We’re going to concentrate on one.  Eschatology is the study of the end times.  Dr. Missler has challenged his audience many times throughout this course that we are being plunged into a period of time that the Bible says more about than any other time period.  Verify it for yourself through study of God’s Word.

Here’s another big word for you: hermeneutics.  It is the science of interpretation.  Eschatology is a test of our hermeneutics.  Do we take the Bible at face value?  Or do we consider it to be more allegorical?  Personally, I believe in an actual millennium.  I embrace the preposterous belief about the rapture of the church.  I believe the church must be raptured before the Man of Sin (anti-Christ) is revealed.  I believe that the rapture is imminent and that it will occur before the tribulation begins.  I don’t believe that this means Christians will escape persecution altogether.

Fellow believers, I pray that you will get to know Scripture intimately.  And I pray that you will watch what is happening in the world.  You can’t rely on your local news or CNN.  In the last week or so, I came across an article that said a proposal has been made to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  That sends chills up and down my spine.  The temple must be rebuilt for the anti-Christ to defile it and present himself as god.  Ooh, shivers!

This is just a fraction of what the video teaching presents.  And there’s no telling where your small group discussion will go this week.

Homework for next time:  Revelation 1-3

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