There is to be a revelation; an appearing; a coming of Christ and of Antichrist and both are in the future. This time surrounding these events is referred to by believers as the Second Coming of Jesus.
One word used to reference this event is the English word “revealed”. This word came up in last Tuesday nights Bible Study that I attended. I normally do attend these classes in our community.
We really did not discuss the verse containing this word at the time, so I want to do so here, because some of those attending are also followers of my blog.
The verse of which I speak is this one: Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed (KJV, uses appears), then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (NASB2020)
Whether or not Paul knew that he and those to whom he wrote would die to be with the Lord prior to this reveal is uncertain. There are those who argue that he expected the Lord’s coming in his lifetime, but the Holy Spirit who inspired this writing obviously knew, and personally I believe Paul knew as well. For whether alive or dead our lives are “hidden with Christ in God”. And our revealing comes with Christ’s revealing in glory.
Paul plainly states that our revelation is to take place when Christ is Himself revealed in glory in this Colossians 3:4 verse. Paul also uses this word revealed concerning the Antichrist. In this 2 Thessalonians passage:
The word for revealed can also be translated appears. Paul also had used it when introducing his second letter to the Thessalonians in Vs 7.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 and [to give] relief to you who are afflicted, [along] with us, when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels (NASB2020)
So this verse by Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit gives us a bit more information about when we can expect Christ’s revealing or appearing; and thus our loved ones future appearance also (and perhaps even our own). We see that Angels are accompanying this revealing when Paul stated that we will also be revealed. Before this teaching by Paul of when Jesus would be revealed from heaven this is what Paul had stated: 2 Thessalonians 1:6 For after all it is [only] right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, (NASB2020)
He is speaking to first century Christians here, but this is for all believers. There is an affliction coming for the world which in some way afflicts all of God’s people during a lifetime. The Thessalonians were at the time of this writing being afflicted. But at the time of the reveal, this will be a world influenced by one man.
We learn when this happens which clues us to the time of Jesus’ and our own revealing. For this is what the angels accompanying Jesus coming will assist Him in accomplishing:
2 Thessalonians 1:8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (NASB1995)
And this will all happen:
2 Thessalonians 1:10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed–for our testimony to you was believed. (NASB1995)
So the time of glorification and revealing is outlined in Paul’s writings. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul had told us that the resurrection and Rapture would occur at the time of Jesus coming. Our being revealed as his pours out vengeance on behalf of His people also occurs at that time. In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul tells us of his coming on the day of the Lord as a thief in the night. We discussed that coming in yesterdays post.
2 Thessalonians 1:10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed–for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and [the] Lord Jesus Christ. (NASB1995)
2 Thessalonians 2:8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; (NASB1995)
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