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Keeping the faith until He comes (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)

Dennis Kreiss, September 9, 2017
Part of the The Coming Spiritual Earthquake series, preached for Growing Together Radio

Today is our final message in the series on the coming New World Order. This message details how the church age ends, and God’s spotlight once again returns to focus on the Nation of Israel. Until He comes… Keep the faith. That is the key to our message… living in light of the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming again. The next known event on the prophetic horizon is what we call the rapture of the church.
“Rapture” is Latin meaning rapid ____________ from one place to another
It is the coming of Christ, and our gathering to Him 1 Thess 4:15-18
We who are alive meet in the air and go to be with Him forever
Live expectantly - 1
We so easily become side tracked in the everyday cares of life
Matt 24:42 "______, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
Matthew 25:13 "you know neither the day nor the hour.
Mark 13:35 " what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"
Revelation 3:11 "Behold, I am coming quickly!
Live fearlessly - 2
The Day of Christ - our ____________ to him and our rewarding in heaven
The claim “The Day of Christ has already come and you missed it!”
They were the first to misunderstand his coming, but not the last.
2nd Century Montanist predicted that Christ would return in their lifetime
999 many expected end of the world on January 1, 1000
The Old Believers of Russia predicted the end of the world in 1669
Joseph Smith predicted the end before the end of the 19th Century
Jehovah's Witnesses announced Christ would come in 1914, 1925, 1975.
Harold Camping, announced the world would end in Sept, 1994
Despite careful warnings of Scripture, spurious predictions will continue
Don’t be shaken… Our faith is sound
Don’t be troubled… Our hope is based on the sure word the Bible
Live realistically – 3
Do not expect life to be rosy. Expect trouble and trials in life
Just before the Rapture we are going to face two great tests.
#1 The ____________ away - Apostasy
The falling away will be widespread throughout the entire world
Christianity as we know it will become unrecognizable
#2 the revealing of the man of sin – The _______________
He will take advantage of the confusion of the great apostasy
It is possible that you may be able to recognize this man for who he his…
He will be on the world stage at the time we depart
Hebrews 10: 35-38 Do not cast away your confidence, live by faith
Here are the tools so that you can be prepared
The armor of God – it is a spiritual battle
Choose to be Faithful till Death & Faithful throughout life
Follow Jesus: become a Disciple
Share the message while you can: evangelism
Get under the teaching of the word as often as possible to get answers
Fellowship with your brothers so you won’t be Left alone in the world:
Minister as If I knew the end of all things was tomorrow
Worship the majesty of God and you will make it
Tribulation and trials will come. Don’t let them shatter your confidence or shake your faith. Instead, even if you are the only one you know of, you hang in there with all the endurance you can muster. You get prepared for that day and live by faith.

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