Lesson one continued
At the time Yeshua/Jesus sent comfort to the Church through his revelation to John the people of God were suffering great tribulation by the world’s standards. However, remember, as Paul said, the sufferings of this present age are not worthy to be compared to the glory[i] being revealed in us. The Christian church had tribulation from the beginning. The Jewish Sanhedrin and Rome both felt their authority was being threatened by the Mashiach/Christ followers. What was good news to the repentant sinner was bad news to them.
Yeshua/Jesus didn’t leave his disciples without warning and hope.[ii]Take special notice[iii]that Yeshua/Jesus said that, following the hard times, we will realize the fulfillment of our Blessed Hope: the son of Man will arrive for all to see – no one will miss his second coming – and at the same time the trumpet will sound to call God’s chosen people out of the world – just in time to watch the lord’s victory over this present world system. We will be with Yeshua when he binds Satan and throws him into the bottomless pit.[iv] Notice also, because we have no idea when Mashiach will come again and separate the sheep from the goats, we are told to be ready and watchful all of the time. He has given us the signs of his coming and we must be about our Father’s business, alert to what he is doing; and we must warn the world.
To be continued
[i] God’s character is growing in us as we lean on him during trials and tribulation.
[ii] Luke 21:5-36; John 14:30; 15:18-25; 16:1-4, 22, 23.
[iii] Matthew 24:3-5.
[iv] I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11.