Commentary By: Gordon King
“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior wants us as children of God not to fear what is coming upon the world but to have peace and hope!
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Jesus gave us signs to watch for which signify His close return, both for the rapture and His second coming. Why did He do that? He didn’t have to but He did.
Jesus Christ gave us signs of the closeness of the rapture of the church and His second coming so that we would not fear what is coming upon the world but rather that we would have hope in His return for us!
The rapture of the church is imminent, meaning that it could happen at any time! With that in mind we are to remain watchful and ready at all times. But, I believe that He also gave us signs that signify the closeness of His return for us, not that we would know the day or the hour, but that we would know the season. Why would He do this if He didn’t want us to know? Of course He did!
He wanted us to know because He knows that we more than likely would become fearful of what is coming upon the world if we didn’t. He knows our hearts, He knows how people are, and if He didn’t tell us these things then most of us would more than likely be in fear of what is coming, we would more than likely lose hope!
Jesus told His disciples before He ascended into heaven that He goes to prepare a place for them, that where He is they will be also. He gave them hope, hope that one day they would be with Him, hope that this world is only temporary, and that one day they would be in heaven, and this goes for all believers in Jesus Christ.
He told us that things in this world would get bad, very bad just before He comes to take us home. He didn’t do it in order to scare us, but in order to give us hope of His return for us! In order to give us peace, in order for us to keep our eyes on Him and not the world if that makes any sense. When times get really bad then look up, look to and for God not the world.
He gave us these prophecies so that when they do come to pass our faith would be increased! So that we know that His words are the truth, and that our relationship with Him would become even stronger.
Jesus told us what would happen just before the rapture and His second coming, He didn’t have to but He did. Many will say that He didn’t tell us what would happen before the rapture but I disagree. In 2 Thessalonians 2 the apostle Paul tells us not to worry about the gathering together with Christ (rapture) having occurred yet, it will not happen until the “falling away” comes first. So we know that there will be a falling away from the faith before the rapture of the church.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,…”
Apparently the Christians in that church were led to believe that the rapture had already taken place, but the apostle Paul reassures them that this has not yet happened and to not be deceived by those who said that it already has.
If the rapture is pre-tribulation then why would Jesus tell us all about what is coming afterwards and before His second coming?
I don’t have all of the answers to that question, however, I do know that He wants us to know for some reason, perhaps many reasons. He wants us to know that He will take vengeance on those that have persecuted the church for thousands of years, He wants us to know that He is a righteous and just God, and He wants us to know what is coming so that we can warn unbelievers. But, He also wants us to know what is in store for us and everyone else at the end of the Tribulation period and afterwards. He wants us to know that He is not going to allow Satan and his demons to go free for all that they have done against Him and us!
The good Lord wants us to know what awaits us on the other side. He wants us to know that we will be ruling and reigning with Him in His kingdom, that we will be living in the New Jerusalem, and that He will one day destroy this earth and heaven and create new ones! Why did He tell us these things if He didn’t want us to know? That’s just it, He did want us to know! For one thing it gives us hope, hope of what is coming for us, not in this world but afterwards.
We do not worship a God of fear, but a God of peace, comfort, and hope! We are to fear God in the sense of humbling ourselves before Him, of giving Him the thanks, praise, worship, and adoration that He deserves! But not fearing Him as we would fear other things, unless of course you do not believe, then I would fear Him above all other things!
The signs of the times are not for us to fear, on the contrary my friends, they are for us to increase our hope! They are given to us to increase our faith, to give us peace and comfort in trying and perilous times! They are given to us and the world so that all may know that God is who He says that He is!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!