The first thing is that the Rapture and the Tribulation should give me an infusion of hope. What is the hope? Well, the Bible says in Titus 2:13 that it is a blessed hope. Paul referred to the coming of Christ as a blessed hope. And this word blessed does not mean…well I hope so, maybe it will pan out. No. No. No. It means a future event, something special to anticipate. Christians should be hope driven. We should have that confident anticipation of how things are going to turn out, that we win and that we have taken the victory lap. What kind of hope shall I have? First, I should have a hope that I am not going to endure the Tribulation. Isn’t that great news? I believe the Bible backs it up. I am not going to endure the Tribulation, if I am a Christ follower.
I am going to heaven. Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you and He is preparing a mansion for every single Christ follower here. And I will explain that to a greater degree next weekend. Also it should give me a confidence for living. I have a confidence to face difficulties, times when my faith is really stretched. Why? Because I have this blessed hope. So this should drive us to have a hope, beyond hope. It should give us an infusion of hope.
The second thing the study does is help us see the temporary contrasted with the eternal. People all the time these days are saying that we live in such a materialistic society. Greed has such a vice grip on our lives. How do you break the grip of greed and hold things lightly? How do you give some glancing blows to the monster of materialism? Contrast your possessions with what you possess.
What was the response of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they heard this talk? Well, King Nebuchadnezzar, he freaked.© Copyright 2012 admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young