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3 Christian Responses to the End Times, Pt.1

April 15, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: End Times Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–5:11

In this sermon podcast on First Thessalonians 5:1-11, Pastor Brent delivers the first of three responses to every Christian’s anticipation of the coming Day of the Lord.

We live in a day and age when storm prediction has reached an unprecedented level. Weather forecasters have the most advanced systems to predict severe weather, tornadoes and hurricanes. People who live on the east coast of the United States get warned many days in advance before the destructive forces of a hurricane might strike. This warning allows and motivates those in the path of the storm to make preparations to avoid as much as possible its destructive power.

In First Thessalonians chapter 5, the Apostle Paul addressed the concern of the Thessalonians over God’s coming judgment known as the Day of the Lord. He does so by reminding them that they were prepared for it and that they should remain in a state of preparation for it. The Day of the Lord that Paul refers to in chapter 5 is the future time when God will judge the world for sin much like He did in the days of Noah. This great day will be a cataclysmic judgment on the earth itself and on God’s enemies who reject Him and His Christ in unbelief. For insight into the details of this great judgment you can read Revelation chapters 6-19. The Thessalonians, knowing that this day was coming, were concerned about its timing.

Paul had taught the Thessalonians about the coming Day of the Lord while he was with them (2 Thess. 2:5). However, it seems that they were still troubled by the timing of this event; and, some were trying to deceive and upset the Thessalonians by telling them they had missed the coming of the Lord to rescue them. The Thessalonians were concerned and shaken by this false teaching and wanted to know the time that this great Day of the Lord would come?

Paul responds by telling them that they needed no further instructions concerning the times and epochs of the coming Day of the Lord. In fact, what Paul does in the first eleven verses of chapter, is to call the Thessalonians to respond to the Day of the Lord by being prepared for it! How are they to respond in preparation? In this first message, Pastor Brent looks at the first response as taught by Paul. In light of what the Thessalonians and all believers know concerning the End Times and the Day of the Lord, they must respond first by knowing that they are as believers, sons and daughters of God. Their new identity and relationship with God has implications for a believer’s readiness in light of God’s judgment to come.