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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: 1 Thessalonians Chapter Five: Message Outlines

1 Thess 5:1-10 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
January 18, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The Day of the Lord will commence unexpectedly and inescapably.

Introduction:In our last study we noted that Paul told the Thessalonians that they should not be attempting to figure out the "when?" issue of The Rapture. They, he said, knew "perfectly" that the Day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night. This means that The Rapture is, in some way(s), connected to the coming of the Day of the Lord. But his subject is "times" and "seasons"; i.e., multiple events with multiple points in history when they will occur. Thus, one question we face is whether, or not, The Rapture is a part of the Day of the Lord, or an event that is outside of that framework. This makes at least this difference: if The Rapture is a part of the Day of the Lord, it is not as "imminent" as we have thought; and if it is not, our grasp of "imminence" remains but with the strong implication that The Rapture occurs closely to the timing of and, perhaps, is one of the catalysts for, the coming of the Day of the Lord. This latter scenario is probable simply because Paul is emphatic in our paragraph about the Day of the Lord not being something to which the Thessalonians are to be subject.

Thus, our study this evening will be a study of Paul's focus upon the "thief"-like character of the Day of the Lord and we will see what connections that has to The Rapture as our hope.


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