Thursday: “Behold, I Come Quickly”
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That the Lord had not yet come is undoubtedly the basis for some of Paul’s counsel to the Thessalonians. What does Paul counsel the church at Thessalonica as they wait for the promised coming of Christ? 2 Thessalonians 2.  1 Certain events have to transpire in human history before Jesus will return, yet, the hope for the future … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: “Where Is the Promise of His Coming?”
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From the earliest days of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventists believed that Christ’s coming was soon, “nearer than we first believed.” As it stands, we’re still here, much longer than many among us anticipated. How are we to understand this “delay”?1 First of all, we’re not the only ones whose expectations about when the Lord … [Click to read more …]

13: The Promise of His Return – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Just as surely as we believe in Jesus and His word, we can believe in His promise to return. We can’t be certain of when, but we can be sure He is returning.   [Teaching plan for “The Promise of His Return” March 26, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Peter … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Promise and Expectation
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Because “last things” center around the establishing of God’s kingdom, attention to “last things” has always been a paramount Seventh-day Adventist concern. So much so that we have drawn attention to the end times in our name: Seventh-day Adventist. The name itself points to our belief in the second advent of Jesus.1 How does Peter express … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Beginning and the End
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The description of our pitiful human condition is honestly and correctly painted in Scripture. Bible writers did not always despair, however, because they knew the final outcome. The last chapters in the books of Isaiah and Revelation assure us that the destruction of sin is coming and that God’s kingdom will be restored. God revealed … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Promise of His Return
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 3:1–10, 13; John 14:2, 3; Dan. 2:44; Hebrews 9:28; 11; Rev. 6:9–11; Luke 12:42–48. Memory Text: “ ‘And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work’ ” (Revelation 22:12, NKJV). Key Thought: When is Jesus coming back? Who knows? In one sense, it doesn’t matter. … [Click to read more …]