Another With These Words
Today I want to start out by reading for you the most famous rapture passage in the entire Bible, 1st Thessalonians chapter 4. The Bible reads, beginning in verse 13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, 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. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
Now the part that I want to focus on is that last verse, verse 18 that says "wherefore comfort one another with these words." Now I've heard a lot of pre-trib people say "well, if you believe that Christians are going to go through the tribulation, then this is not a very comforting passage, that's not comforting to go through the tribulation." But you have to get the context here of what the comfort is. The first verse that I just read for you, verse 13 said "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." The Bible here is talking about those who are asleep in Jesus. Those loved ones, those Christians that have already gone to be with the Lord, he is saying "I don't want you to sorrow for them like those who have no hope, because if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
And he brings up the dead in Christ or those that sleep in Jesus in every single verse here, from verse 13 to verse 18. That's why he says "wherefore comfort one another with these words." That's why this is a popular passage at funerals. Because people will often bring this up at a funeral, that we will see our loved one again if they're a believer, and if we're saved, we're going to be re-united with them. And this is not mentioning the tribulation whatsoever! There's no mention here of, "let's comfort you and tell you you're not going to go through the tribulation. You know, the comfort is that you're not going to suffer." That's not what it's saying at all. The comfort is that you're going to see you're loved ones again.
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church