But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words. ( 1 Thess 4:13-18 NASB)
Regardless of one's political persuasion, the upheavals leading up to and now the results of the election are unnerving to many. Those who believe the Bible to be the revealed truth of God, must wonder what this all means. The pandemic, massive wild fires, destructive storms, locust and mosquito plagues, all remind us of Bible prophecy.
In the past, charismatic individuals have prognosticated and thereby, led many astray in their interpretation of the Scriptures and its application. There are many prognosticators today as well. I do not claim to be one m. I do believe that there are clear indications in the Bible as to what will happen. But it has not been revealed to anyone when it will happen.
Luke records the last words of Jesus to his disciples before His ascension:
And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:6-11)
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