What Should The Church Be Praying For In These Last Days?
In 2 Thessalonians 1, the Apostle Paul addressed a very important subject – the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. He related that, in preparation for this great event, the saints’ faith would “grow exceedingly” and their love “toward each other abound” (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
They would exemplify great patience and faith in all their “persecutions and tribulations” that they would be called upon to endure.
On the other hand, he tells us that the heathen – those who “know not God, and obey not His Gospel” (2 Thessalonians 1:8) – would “trouble” the saints more and more as the time of this great event approaches.
There would be increased persecutions and tribulations – severe revilings…cruel mockings… a disturbance in the possession of their estate or belongings…as well as imprisonments and bonds.
The blessed consolation for the “troubled” Christians is the fact that Jesus will come – be “revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).
When He does, He will be “glorified in His saints” and “admired in all them that believe” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
The picture for the wicked is not so positive. In fact, it is very grim and frightening for Jesus will come “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).