Bible Prophecy Encourages Patient Waiting (cont.)
Prophecy encourages us to wait and work. Likewise the
believer must wait, but not in idleness. There is much work to be done
before the great Day of the Lord arrives, all the work of maturing a fully
developed, Christ-like character. Prophecyknowing that the Lord
is comingencourages us in this waiting and working.
God knew the vigil would be long and the testing severe.
He knew His people would need strong buttresses under their faith, rigid
evidence to support their convictions. What could be more supporting than
Divine promises that are actually prophecies?
When the Apostle Paul wrote: Wherefore comfort
[encourage] one another with these words, what were the words he
referred to? He had just told them that the dead in Christ would be resurrected,
and together with the living believers would rise to meet the Lord in
the air. What a delightsome expectation! God did not intend that we should
know the day and hour of Christs return, but the Apostle Paul wrote
to the anxious Thessalonians that the times and
seasons would be known (1 Thess. 5:1).
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