Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3
September 13, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<017> Thesis: The thesis of the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven is primarily a thesis of "wrath". Introduction: As we begin this evening, I want us to consider what Jesus said in John 5:28-29: " Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." This text, as a "stand alone" statement leads to two major errors and confusions. On the one hand, it lends itself to be used by those who teach that salvation is by performance of good works (an error so great that an entire book of the New Testament is given over to contradict it) and, on the other hand, it lends itself to be used by those who teach one general resurrection of all men at the end of time so that the disposition of them will be done more or less simultaneously (an error encouraged by the false translation of "the hour is coming" rather than "an hour is coming"); an error revealed by Revelation 20 and its teaching that a thousand years will pass between the first and second resurrections of the dead. The point: short declarations of truth are often misunderstood because they are by nature not comprehensive and leave out a lot of detail. So also is the statement before us this evening. In 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Paul identifies the crucial event which shall result in the "legitimate" exercise of God's recompense of men for their behavior. Because it is presented as an event rather than a "time", we have to understand his "point". It is to this "point" that we turn our attention this evening.