– Japan tells the world that it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.
– World Economic Forum co-chair says Europe should be “reclassified as an emerging country”
– World Health Organization released new estimates in December showing that, overall, new cases of cancer are not decreasing but increasing
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: The Certainty of Christ’s Second Coming, Part 5, from Dr. Tim LaHaye
To help you appreciate the New Testament’s emphasis on the second coming of Christ, we are continuing our quick tour through its 27 books, one book at a time. We have already covered the Gospels and the Book of Acts. Today, we will continue looking at the thirteen epistles of Paul.
All but two of Paul’s epistles contain one or more references to the second coming. It is obliquely cited in Romans 11:26 and 14:10, where he talks about the judgment seat of Christ. That judgment is described in detail in 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. Then in 1 Corinthains 15, Paul not only describes the resurrection of the body, but gives details of the rapture in verses 50-58. He also refers to some of these same second-coming truths in 2 Corinthians 1:14 and 5:10. Galatians, which offers a detailed discussion on the finished work of Christ on the cross, does not contain a clear reference to the second coming, though an allusion to the event appears in verse 4 of chapter 1. Ephesians presents the Christian “in the heavenly places,” and the “day of redemption” can only mean the day of deliverance through Christ’s return. Philippians contains several references to the Lord’s coming, the best of which is Philippians 3:20-21:
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
A thrilling promise also appears Colossians: “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: How to Recognize False Prophets (Part 1) from Dr. David Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries
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