1 and 2 Thessalonians, 5 and 1. Know who God is and obey his gospel. Or, he will take vengeance.

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1. Times and seasons, include his second comings, he comes four times.

At the end of the fourth chapter, we saw rapture and the inheritance of the kingdom of God. It says that we should not grieve for the passing of our born-again people, as non-believers lament the death of their people, because our dead are with Jesus Christ and Jesus will bring them, with him when he comes. "1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you." God has inspired scriptures to be written as mysteries in such a way that the spiritual people will understand them by revelation, and those who study them by intelligence must not understand them. Here, the times and seasons include the second comings of Jesus Christ. There is no phrase as "second coming" of Jesus Christ, in the bible. But since it is a prominent subject, many scholars still write books on the topic. They write the second coming as one incident, in spectacular attractive ways and make tons of money from their books. But scripture says that he comes FOUR times. 1: He became God at his ascension; and he is back already to turn his people away from their iniquities. 2: It is the rapture, to catch up his people. 3: It is Millennium, to rule the Jews. 4: To end this world, and to lead us to eternity; that is to open heaven and hell. We name each one of them as 'Second Coming', as it is one. It is too big a topic for me to explain it here. So, let me give two links for you to study the details if you are interested. Link: "Second Coming 1," and "Second Coming 2 to 4." It is good to know the facts or truth from the bible, rather than to believe the stories of preachers, about the second coming and the end times.

2. What is the day of the Lord in this context, comparing another place?

"2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." Same phrase means different things according to the context, especially in the bible. So, we must study it carefully. Here the phrase is "the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night." The same phrase is in 2 Peter 3:10. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." In the context in Peter, the incident is this: Jesus Christ will smash the entire solar system, the earth, sun, moon, planets, stars, all of them together into one big ball of fire, and this will be the lake of fire. It refers to the fourth second coming of Jesus Christ to end this world. Now, let us see what the same phrase "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night" means in the context here in Thessalonians. "3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." It talks about the unexpected sudden destruction upon them. If we have 2 Peter 3:10 in our mind, which is about the destruction of the entire world, we will be tempted to apply the same, here also. But this verse says, they shall not escape; that is, we may escape. But in Peter, nobody escapes. Let us look a few more verses. "4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." This means that the children of light will overtake the event of the day, if we watch and be sober; but the children of darkness will be caught. But if it is the end of the world, nobody will escape, and so, it is not the same event, even though both verses have the same phrase or same sentence. If they are not the same day, then what is this day? "7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation." In short it says, those who are in darkness, let them be; but you put on the whole armor of God, as in Ephesians 6:11-17. We studied that a few weeks ago. Let me give the link if you like to refresh your memory. Link: "the whole armor." So, the day is not a calendar day, but it is about, will we be sober on that day; so, it is about our status. If we are the children of light, we will be protected, but God's wrath will be on the children of darkness. "9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." So, beginning from this day, we will either live together with Jesus Christ, or we will live with the wrath of God, but nobody dies on this day. Yet, this day is the most important day to every one of us, since we will decide our eternal destiny on this day. "Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, ...:" Here it says 'To Day' if you hear the voice of God (in the Spirit, that is, if you are born again), do not harden your heart. This will not apply to those who are not born-again, since the first second coming is only for spiritual people. Jesus Christ will not beg you as preachers say, but he will eternally condemn you. It is the first of the four second comings of Jesus Christ. It is a big subject. But it is an important subject. So, let me give the link again for you to study the reference for this Second Coming. Please study this. Link: "First Second Coming."

3. Let them admonish you; Esteem them very highly in love for their work.

Most Thessalonians are truthful people, yet the apostles wanted to make sure that all of them are truthful. They wanted to convert the bad apples also. "11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." Here he says that if a believer passes away, do not lament as others, but comfort each other, since our hope is that we will be in the Lord. "12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves." When I was young, say about sixty years ago, in our part of the world, people were respected, as common courtesy. But now, believers treat the true teachers of the word of God, as they are dirt. There is no respect. So, the apostles caution believers to esteem the true servants of God very highly. The following verses are simple instructions and so, let me skip explaining. "14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Verse 18 tells us to give thanks in everything. If we are really God's people, then only we can thank God in a loss or in a sad event. Once I got hit, was on the ground face down, broken hearted, was in a bad situation, no way out; after it was all over, I saw the hands of God was in it throughout, and then I know it was a good thing for me. I thanked God, but it was after the fact, when it was all over; but the apostles tell us to thank God as it is happening. If we see the hands of God as it happens, we can thank him. I have learned it in a hard way, but we can do it in an easy way, if the holy Spirit is our body. "19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." In our last study, we saw how God sanctifies and will preserve us blameless. Let me give that link. It is: "Make us pure". "24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.:" It says that who calls you is faithful, and God will do it. So, God is faithful. Are you faithful? Did God call you? If he did, what did God call you for? If God called you to follow him, don't try to become a leader. If you do, you will mess it up big time, because you are not faithful to stay in your calling. If he did not call you, don't pretend as you are called, but learn to be humble to receive his grace.

"25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." It is the end of the first letter to Thessalonians. Now we are going to the next letter. It is also written by the same apostles, and it appears as one continued letter. Let us go to 2 Thessalonians.

4. Take vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.

"2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;" It is the same prominent men, Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus, wrote this letter, with similar introduction as in 1 Thessalonians. "4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:" In the previous letter also they applauded Thessalonians for enduring persecution and tribulation for the Lord and stayed in their faith. Then for the next few verses we may learn about the rewards in heaven and the punishments in hell. "5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer; 6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you: 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels," If we suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ, God will consider us worthy to inherit his kingdom, and those who persecuted us will be punished; and God will do it since he is righteous judge. His judgment may begin here now, and it will continue throughout eternity. His eternal judgment begins when Jesus Christ comes down with his angels to judge the world. "8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" Here it says that two groups of people will be punished in the flaming fire. 1: Those who know not God. The resurrected Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and was anointed as God in the omnipotent Spirit, and he is God. But most Christians worship the man Jesus as God, who was dead on the cross. God and Spirit cannot die. Satan comes showing himself as God behind the man Jesus. The bible says that he is another Jesus, who is the deceiver Satan, but not God. Please note this: Bible says that the man Jesus does not exist anymore, and we should not remember him as a man, but he is God in the Spirit from his resurrection and ascension, It is in 2 Corinthians 5:16. The man Jesus is now history, and he is in the memory of people. But the real Jesus Christ is Almighty God, and he is real and tangible only in the Spirit but no longer in the flesh. This God will take vengeance on those who do not want to know the true God, the lord Jesus Christ, who is in the Omnipotent Spirit. 2: They do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most Christians think that the life story of Jesus is the gospel, and if we believe his life story, we will inherit the kingdom of God. It is not true. The true gospel is that if we obey the commands of Jesus Christ, we will inherit the kingdom of God. God will take vengeance on them who do not obey him. If you like to study what is the gospel in detail, please refer to the links: "Gospel-1", "Gospel-2". "10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." That is, they that believe the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Almighty God in the omnipotent Spirit, and all those who obey him will be glorified in heaven, and Jesus Christ will glorify in them.

5. Prayer warrior ministries, by Sinners and for Sinners, are abomination to God.

"11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:" Here the apostles pray for the followers of Jesus Christ, to be in the good pleasure of the Lord, and be worthy of their calling. Jesus Christ was also praying for his disciples. Let us see how Jesus Christ prays. "John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." Jesus Christ says that he will pray for his people, but not for the world. "Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." That is, the prayers of those, who do not obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, are abomination to God. Now, every ministry advertise that they pray for you, for God to meet all kinds of needs and wants, including miracle healings. Here, sinners pray for other sinners for their prosperity, healing, etc. John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the apostles preached to sinners to repent and to turn from their evil ways. They did not pray to God to bless them. They healed them in the power of God to manifest or to show the power of God. But these sinners, who call themselves as prayer warriors, pray to God to bless other sinners, and they collect money from them in various ways. They call it as ministry, but it is business. It is fishing for their wallet, in the name of prayer. Such prayer meetings are abomination to God. Not only you will lose money, but God will hate you also. Instead, if you repent before God, God may have mercy on you. If you are truly a godly person, pray for the saints. "12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." I extend the same blessings to you. God gives grace to the humble. So, be humble.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
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