1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Memorise 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
“And to wait for his Son from heaven…”
If you have been paying attention to Sunday sermons and various other messages, you will probably have heard the phrase “the last days” on multiple occasions. But what does “the last days” refer to? And how can we find out more about them?
Among all his writings, the eschatological epistles of Paul, I and II Thessalonians, are where we can find the most detailed and extensive information about the last days. The word “eschatology” literally means “the study of last”, and refers to the branch of theology dealing with the events related to the end times and the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you were to skim through I and II Thessalonians, you will find multiple mentions of things related to the last days. For example, the end of every chapter in I Thessalonians contains a clear reference to the 2nd coming of Christ. There is mention in the 2 epistles also of a time of God’s wrath on Earth (also known as the period of tribulation), a time of apostasy by the enemies of God, as well as the rise of a great figure who will unite the world in opposition to God, otherwise known as the Antichrist. Also, I Thessalonians 4 contains the most explicit reference in the whole Bible of the rapture of the church – a most wonderful occasion when all believers on earth will be “caught up…in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (vs 17).
Dear teen, isn’t it exciting to read of such things? “Eschatology” may seem like such a big and technical word, but if you are truly a child of God, such things should only serve to excite you and to motivate you in your zeal and fervor for the Lord. May you search the Scriptures earnestly to learn more about things of the last days, for they are of such great importance. Equipped with such knowledge, you will be able to better prepare yourself for the Lord’s impending return, as well as to share with your friends, especially those who are yet outside God’s kingdom, of what the Bible tells us will surely happen in the days to come.
Thought: Am I excited to know that Jesus is coming again?
Prayer: Lord, grant me the desire to be equipped with more knowledge.