The Letters of Paul
Paul writes to encourage an exemplary church. Despite their affliction, they need to stand firm and continue waiting for Jesus.
Does history have a direction or is it continually moving in cycles? Does God really have a plan and, if so, is it possible to even remotely understand it? A study of Bible prophecy provides satisfactory answers to those questions if we are willing to take the time to hear God out. We may not be able to know the future thoroghly, but today’s passage points us to one of the Bible’s primary prophetic themes.
The Thessalonian church was born in an environment of persecution. Moreover the faith of the Thessalonian believers was strong, despite having little early instruction. Many of the key passages in 1 & 2 Thessalonians deal with end times events and prophecies such as the Rapture and the Day of the Lord. Paul wanted them to stay focused on the return of Jesus Christ.