At the end of each chapter, there are 10 reflection questions. You will be required to respond to 1 reflection question of your choice for each chapter. Post your answer in the comments section below the prompt in the Spaces App. Answers must be at least 2 paragraphs, grammatically correct, and spell-checked. Read the post of one class peer and comment one paragraph on what they said. Due each Friday. Class discussion may be based upon these reflections.
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How often do you reflect on the second coming of Jesus?
I think about it often.. Jesus told us to be ready and to look up. We should all be ready for His return. I spread the Gospel because I want everyone to know and to experience the hope found in knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior.
God is so good, and He loves ❤️ his children. We all go through tribulation and trials. I know that life has been difficult, but I am so blessed. Things could always be worse. As long as you are still here God has a plan for your life 🙏
8. How often do you reflect on the second coming of Jesus?
Before going through this study of eschatology, I hadn't really read much of Revelation. Or of the passages in Isaiah and Daniel that have to do with the prophecies about Jesus. I tended to focus on the life of Jesus and his character then. Now that I've gone through this study I can fully see how Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Now that I've read this book I feel prepared for Jesus to come back. The trouble will be worth it so that people will turn to God and repentance of their sins. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I can't wait to be caught up in the air to meet Him and for Hom to reign over His inheritance.
#9 How does the parable that God shared in this chapter help us grow in understanding? Luke 18:7-8
The parable of the widow has a very encouraging message. The widow prayed for justice against her adversary. The judge in her town did not fear God and didn't care about the widow or justice for that matter. The widow was persistant in praying, crying out to God to help her. She continued to plea to the town judge naggying him for justice.
John the Baptist had taught that holding a position of power and leadership obligates you to do justice for the weak and poor. This was not the case with this town judge. He was tired of her persistence and granted her justice only to get rid of her. He was afraid that she may come after him and attack him.
If godless judges respond to constant pressure, how much more will our God hear and respond to us when we cry out in persistence?
To pray always and to not lose heart is the message in this parable. Corrupt humans have limited power and our God had infinite power. Even when we pray for our legistrators and leaders, we should always pray that God's will be done. God can soften the heart of anyone. God's plan will always win out over the darkside plan.
To have speedy justice then to me means to pray unceasing with deep persistence and passion. We will learn to pray for the Kingdom to come on Eath as it is in Heaven. When the time comes we are to pray and sing, we are to be strong and steadfast in our loyalty to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The second coming is spoken of as a time that God will shake the Earth to it's ends. That shaking will be to awake those asleep in their faith and those with no commitment to God at all. He gives chance after chance to allow free will of all humans in every Nation to surrender to His authority, to except His salvation through grace and mercy. Justice will be served as God takes control over evil and restores His church and Kingdom to His plan. We should not delay in excepting our invitation for salvation. We should be swift to follow and be obedient to the call and the work of the Lord for the coming of His plan. Growing in His fullness in prayer and righteousness allows for us to be like minded with Christ. We are to be strong in faith to endure the trials of this Earthly life. The trials will worsen as the days go by until the day of the 2nd coming arrives. We should be persistent and bold in our prayers for good to out way bad in all choices that we have to face. We are to encourage and pray for the unjust among us to come to faith in Jesus. We are to pray and never give up. Even though we live in a corrupt world with injust systems in place, our God hears our cries and knows what His plan has for us. Miraculous justice in a corrupt world is not challenge for God. Miraculous healings in a sick world are not a challenge for our God. Therefore...
"Will not God grant justice for His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night?" Luke 18:7
6. Why do the judgments described in this chapter become progressively intense and destructive as the Lord releases them? ￼
I love this sentence… “God has always, and will always use the least severe means to produce the greatest amount of love and repentance in human beings.” The severity of His judgments will be in proportion to the hardness of people’s hearts. ￼ God, even in His judgment and wrath wishing that none should perish, will always provide an opportunity for repentance. He is deeply grieved by man’s rejection and hatred of Him. The author states “Throughout history, God has moved in ways we may think are extreme. From a heavenly perspective, however, He has always done only what is absolutely necessary to deliver souls from the eternal lake of fire.”
I believe the judgments described in this chapter become progressively intense and destructive as the Lord releases them is because God is good. He is rich in Mercy and Grace, allowing time for each one of His creations time to turn back to Him. He is Long suffering (patient) even more so than we could ever imagine or understand!
2. What does it mean that, in the end times God will “give the nations what they truly desire”?
Back in the days when the Israelites demanded a king, God gave them a king, Saul. He was king because of the Israelites' desire to be like other nations. God gave them what they desired even though the time for a king was not right. Saul did great deeds and then fell apart with jealousy of David. The Spirit left him and he set out to kill David. Honestly, I’m inclined to think that David had more confidence in the divine appointment and security of Saul’s throne than Saul himself had. David refused to kill Saul when he had the opportunity because Saul was the Lord’s anointed, while Saul felt the need to kill the Lord’s next anointed (David) to be assured of his throne.
In the end, what the nations will desire will be the exact opposite of what God desires. They will exercise their free will as much as they can. Their laws will go against God’s laws. They will worship demons and God will give the demon-worshippers over to the demons in an attempt to show the world how awful it truly is, but they will ignore the obvious in favor of delusions. That is what it means to “give the nations what they truly desire” God will, by way of giving them over to their evil, show the world just how fallen, broken, perverse, and wrong it is. By showing them the truth behind the lies, instead of allowing them to blindly believe them, He will be giving them the opportunity to turn away from the lies. The epitome of this will be the emergence of the Antichrist. He will be the embodiment of all that the nations desire. I am not saying that Saul was like what the Antichrist will be; he is just an example of a time when God gave people exactly what they asked for.