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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Secrets of the Bible

1 Thessalonians 1:1-8 “Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, and with the joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not speak anything.”

Hello everyone, my name is Kevin President and founder of Spectacle for Christ, welcome to Spectacle for Christ Ministry. We know you have been wondering for a long time about the mark of the beast and how this mark will be issued and whether as Christians we will have to endure the tribulation.

There is a lot of debate going around on the subject of the end times and whether we will have to go through the tribulation or whether we will be raptured out before or at the appearance of the Antichrist.

It seems we are unsure at best; although, we have used much scripture to try and show there will either be a rapture of the church or not. We have used the books of Thessalonians, and the book of Corinthians the most famous books used to defend the rapture, and many other scriptures and books suggesting we might have either a pre-trib rapture or a post-trib rapture…

In our upcoming series and introduction, we will be touching on those subjects starting with our series on the book of Psalm, and I know it is strange for us to take you on a journey explaining the rapture and the end times using Pslam one.

However, what is interesting, is the fact that Psalm one is pointing us in the direction of the end times and whether there will be a rapture or not, and how the end will come. But because we do not seem to understand the message of the Psalmist, we have missed the mark on the subject.

But to stir your appetite for the journey through the book of Revelation, we will be introducing you to some of the things revealed in the book of Revelation concerning the mark of the beast, and what we are to know as Christians. And after we are through with our introduction series on the book of Revelation, we will then take you into the book of Psalm chapter one.

From that point on, we will take you through the book of Revelation where we will explain the mysteries and what we are to expect, and the hope is that by the time we through the book of Psalm one, you will have learned what’s important so that your understanding of the book of Revelation will be easy. In the meantime; however, let us look at 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8 to capture the picture as to why Paul was writing to the early Church in Thessalonica, and Corinth.

Paul opens with this message to the churches. “Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

First, what is notable is that Paul was not the only writer of this letter, the letter was from Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, and together they were writing to Church in Thessalonica and the greeting from the three men was one of grace and peace.

Now in the second statement, we read, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”

And what is notable with this second statement is the reason for their letter, the letter was written to say that they were thankful to God, and the reason? It was because of the report coming back to Paul who founded the Church concerning the work of faith, and their labour of love, and most important the patience of the Church in the hope of Jesus Christ.

Paul then confirms with the church how the gospel first came to them, “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.”

Paul said the gospel was preached with proofs of Christ’s resurrection which is the peace of the Church. For although the Church was facing much affliction, they were standing on the hope of the resurrection and proof they have in Jesus Christ.

As such, the Church was willing to lay down their lives for the preaching and work of the gospel, and because they stood firmly on the foundations of Jesus Christ, they were an example to those whom they encountered and those who heard of their resounding faith.

“You became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, and with the joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” And this faith demonstrated by the Church was so powerful, Paul said, “we do not say anything.” Because the work of the Church was going before them.

“For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not speak anything.”

So, why was Paul writing to the Church in Thessalonica? It was because of their faith and he wanted to encourage the church in their faith so that they might continue to endure the affliction in the hope of the resurrection as they look toward the reward in store for them.

However, on account of the persecution, many were losing loved ones, and remember, they were enduring much affliction and yet standing their ground in Christ. But hearing about the suffering of the Chruch and their steadfast faith and patience, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy wrote to encourage the church and to help them understand their work was not in vain.

And when it came to the dead in Christ, and what will be of them in the coming kingdom of God, Paul addresses the concerns of the Church by reminding the Church that Christ rose from the grave, and will one day return with those who had died for his name.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, the dead, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

However, this is where we will end this subject but in months to come, we will help you to understand whether we will have a pre-tribulation or a post-tribulation of the church in the years to come, or whether we will have to face the Antichrist and why?

Thank you for being a part of this ministry, and we hope you will enjoy this introduction to many of our upcoming series concerning many of the subjects for which we have questions.

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