• A Better Age

    Joel 2:28-32

    To call upon the Lord, one commentator has noted, is to trust in Him alone for salvation, evidencing that faith through a commitment to His will and way, not our own. Under the plentiful outpouring of the Spirit, we are ...Read More

  • Answers for the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 4-5

    As an exercise, read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 three times. Read it first as if the destruction of Jerusalem, near at hand, is in view. Read it second as if it refers to every crisis in history, when God ...Read More

  • Anticipating Heaven

    Reflect on this truth as you face your problems today: Jesus overcame the world and has given you the power to do likewise.Read More

  • Eyewitnesses of Majesty

    2 Peter 1:16–18

    In our day many claim that those who wrote the New Testament were not eyewitnesses of the ministry of Jesus. However, as today’s passage contends, many were eyewitnesses of the events described. In the case of someone like Luke ...Read More

  • Our Final Rescue From Affliction

    2 Thessalonians 1:5–10

    At His return, Jesus “will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven” (The Heidelberg Catechism, A. 52). What greater comfort could there be than to know that we will live before ...Read More

  • The Final Judgment

    Acts 17:22–34

    The assurance of the coming final judgment should motivate us to share the Gospel with our loved ones who do not know Christ. Friends and family who do not follow Jesus will suffer for eternity because their sins have not ...Read More

  • The Importance of Prophecy

    Mark 13:1-23

    Prophecy is important. It shows God’s control over history, in that what He predicts does come to pass. Take care not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when rightly rejecting the fantasies of some prophecy teachers ...Read More

  • The Millennium, Part II

    Habakkuk 2:14

    Postmillennialists do not deny that there will be tares in God’s kingdom until Jesus returns (Matt. 13:24–30). Still, Dr. Keith A. Mathison notes that “at the end of the age, the Son returns to a field of ...Read More

  • The Millennium: When Is It?

    Revelation 20:1-15

    Most of the Reformers and the Puritans were postmils. Calvin, though, was an amil, and Dutch Calvinism, after a postmil start, has tended to be amil. Fundamentalism of the last 150 years has tended to be premil. In light of ...Read More

  • The New Heavens and Earth

    Isaiah 65:17–20

    If we were asked to give a simple one-sentence summary of Christian eschatology, this would certainly suffice: God is going to make all things right. That includes even the physical world. The Lord will fully transform all things, renewing them ...Read More

  • The Rapture Question

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    Where is your faith? Is it in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, or is it in a hope that you will be “raptured” out of suffering? Remain confident in Christ’s ultimate triumph, remain willing to ...Read More

  • The Return of Christ

    Acts 1:6–11

    The sure hope of the Lord’s return has provided strength to many a suffering Christian. Knowing that Jesus will come again to consummate God’s kingdom helps us see the trials of life in their proper perspective and endure ...Read More

  • The Return of the Lord

    1 Thessalonians 4

    Sometimes modern Christians are so enamored with the Second Coming that they overlook the ways Jesus comes to us today. The Bible says that Christ comes each Lord’s Day (Day of the Lord) to judge and restore His people ...Read More

  • The Worship of All Flesh

    Isaiah 66:15–24

    Isaiah also conveys the glorious blessing of the new heavens and earth in today’s passage when he says “some of them also I will take for priests” (Isa. 66:21). He is referring to the Gentiles, and this would ...Read More

  • Who Is the Antichrist?

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

    Read the verses cited above in John’s epistles. How were you antichrist before you believed? What antichrists do you see operating both nationally and locally today? Practically speaking, what can you see in John’s letters that indicates how ...Read More