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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. I Thessalonians 5:1

    The Greek word for times is Chronos which means of uncertain derivation; a space in time (in general, and thus properly distinguished from Kairos, which designates a fixed or special occasion and from Aion, which denotes a particular period) or interval, by implication season, or while according to Josephus. Thus Paul is telling the brethren to redeem the time and the seasons for the days are evil and we must be ready for the coming of the Lord for at such a time as ye think not the Son of Man will come, but no man knows what time of season He will come. So we must be ye also ready, For at such a time as ye think not, He will come. We must not set dates for only the Father in heaven knows what time and season the Lord Jesus will come.

  • #Wherefore comfort one another with these words. I Thessalonians 4:18

    The Greek word for comfort is Parakaleo which means to call to or for, to provoke, or to encourage, i.e. Invite invoke (by imploration, hortation, or consolation) to intreat and pray for. As in the Greek authors, to admonish according to Josephus. So Paul is imploring in the most intense manner that all these promises of God be encouraged and to pray for one another to be strong in the Lord. Happy MLK Day to all. Our hearts are with the Presley family for Lisa in her passing that she is at rest with her father Elvis and we look forward to that great getting up the morning with all the people of God who will be united in the clouds with our Heavenly Father and the Son. It is our blessed assurance that we have because Jesus lives, we shall live with Him also and look forward to when He will change us into His likeness, for this is the blessing that all the children of God have. 

  • #Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thessalonians 4:17

    The Greek word for caught up is Harpazo which means to be seized from one place to another, to snatch or catch away the use of divine power transferring a person marvelously and swiftly from one place to another. This is the Rapture of the Church which will be as swift as the twinkling of an eye. We will meet the saints raised from the dead in the clouds and the air with the Lord. so shall we ever be with the Lord? We walk by faith and not by sight so do not try to understand this for this is a mystery never before has it happened except to Enoch in the Old Testament. So believe the word of the Lord for these are the Verbal Plenary Inspirations of the Scriptures.

  • #For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first: I Thessalonians 4:16

    The Greek word for archangel is Archangelos which means a chief angel a Biblical and ecclesiastical word, archangel, i.e. or one of the princes and leaders of the angels. So the Lord Jesus will shout as the chief of the archangels with the trumpet of God and all the dead in Christ shall rise first. Glory to God for this is the order of the resurrection as the dead have been in their heavenly body now they will receive the promised glorified body at the shout of the archangel. I look forward to that day for whether we sleep or are awake we will receive our glorified bodies. For we will see Him as He is and be fashioned as unto His glorious body. As Jesus will wake all Believers in Him in the grave, that is the Old Testament and New Testament saints. This is the blessed hope of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, even the thief on the cross who said " Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom" as Jesus promised today you will be with Me in paradise. He shall receive his glorified body. This is the mystery of God referred to as the Rapture of the Church as it was not revealed in the Old Testament but in the New Testament. That is the last event to take place to complete the Church age and then usher in the 70th week of Daniel's prophesy. Then the tribulation will begin on earth for seven years, after that the Lord will return with the Church riding white horses to usher in the Kingdom of God. This will be the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom promised to the Jews. As Jesus will reign on the throne of David and the devil will be bound for 1000 years in the abyss.  Then after that, the devil will be loosed to deceive the nations for a short period then the fire will come down from heaven destroying them all. Then the second resurrection of all unbelievers will take place at the Great White Throne Judgment. All those whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Then there will be a New Heaven and Earth created by God and the Kingdom of God will be without end.

  • #For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. I Thessalonians 4:15

    The Greek word for prevent is Phthano which means to come before, anticipate, or arrive. Apparently a primary verb; is to be beforehand, i.e. or precede in the aorist tense. And Paul is declaring by the word of the Lord that those Christians that are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede those who have died. This is a promise from God since they have been sleeping in the grave for a long time and the Lord will resurrect them first before the living are changed into their glorified bodies. This is the order of the resurrection since this is fair for them to receive their heavenly bodies first. Even so, come, Lord Jesus, as our bodies are mourning to be changed with our heavenly bodies. I look forward to being with my loved ones who have preceded me in death. This is the blessed hope that Christians have and we do not sorrow as those who have no hope of those who have died without Christ. It is my prayer that you will accept Jesus into your heart now before it is too late. It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the Judgment. Christians will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ called the Bema Seat and those who die outside of Christ will stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. Where all those whose names are not found in the Lamb's Book of Life, will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. I implore you to not put off for tomorrow is not given and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ so that thou shalt be saved. Christians will not be subject to the second death for their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life and will answer for their works after salvation to receive a reward. There are five crowns that will be awarded at the Bema Seat, so be sure that no man will steal your crown. Work while it is the day for when night comes no man can work.

  • #For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, they who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. I Thessalonians 4:14

    The Greek word for sleep is Koimaomai which means to fall asleep in death. From Keimai; to put to sleep, i.e. (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively to be dead. Metaphorically to still or calm and euphemistically to die I Cor.15:18 then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. This is a fatalistic view of the death of those who are not Christians. Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in Me shall never die. The Spirit returns to the Lord and the body goes to the grave awaiting the resurrection. This is what Paul wanted the brethren not to be ignorant of that death is with a coma, to be continued in the first resurrection of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ because Jesus is the first fruit of all those who have died and was the first to be resurrected from the dead, then those of us who have fallen asleep will be raised bodily in our glorified state when Jesus returns for the Church in the gathering together in the sky. This is known as the Rapture of the Church. So Christians do not perish for as they have borne the terrestrial they shall bare the celestial when Jesus returns. This is a mystery that was not revealed until Christ ascended into heaven with the disciples gazing and the angels said ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing into heaven? This same Jesus shall return in like manner. This is the promise that we have whether we wake or we sleep. 

  • #But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are sleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. I Thessalonian 4:13

    The Greek word for ignorant is Agnoeo which means to not know. From Noieo;(through lack of intelligence); by implication, to ignore or not understand. Thus Paul uses this expression  thus to enlighten those who had lost loved ones, to comfort them so they would not sorrow as those who have no hope. Death is to be absent from the body and present with the Lord for the Christian. So this was very comforting and this passage is often used in funerals for that reason. Because Jesus lives we too will live beyond the grave for in heaven we have a body that awaits us until we get our glorified body in the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who are in the first resurrection and the second death will not have any hold on them. 

  • #That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without and that ye may have lack of nothing. I Thessalonians 4:12

    The Greek word for without is Exo which means outside, away, strange, from the Adverb Ek; out, literally or figuratively declaring that the person without is doing something absolutely, he who is without properly of place metaphorically in plural those who do not belong to the Christian church. Thus Paul wants the Thessalonians to speak the truth in love so that those outside of the church will not have a reason to blaspheme their Christian faith. By doing this that ye may have lack of nothing. For our God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore we must guard our reputation for the sake of Christ and His Church. 

  • #And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; I Thessalonians 4:11

    What a great scripture for business leaders to motivate employees and stop malicious gossip. The Greek word for quiet is Hesychazo which means to be still and be silent. From the same as Hesuchios; to keep still (intransitively), i.e. Refrain from labor, meddlesomeness, or speech and cease, and hold peace, to be at rest. The aorist tense as in Greek writings from Aeschylus down, to cease labor. So Paul is telling the Thessalonians to stop the gossip, be about their own business, and work with their hands for they will receive the reward of the inheritance from the Lord Jesus Christ. Just the type of motivation we need to keep people out of other people's business and stop NDAs. How many brothers and sisters have had their reputations tarnished because of malicious gossip and how many church splits have taken place because so-called Christians did not behave like Christ? Jesus told us to work in His vineyard and to go into the highways and byways to compel them to come into the kingdom. When we do the Lord's business and not other people's business Christ is glorified in us. So I implore you by the Lord Jesus Christ to meditate on this scripture and practice it every day of your life.

  • #And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia, but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; I Thessalonians 4:10

    The Greek word for Macedonia is Makedonia, a region of Greece, a country bounded on the south by Thessaly and Epirus, on the east by Thrace and the Aegean Sea, on the west by Illyria and on the north by Dardania and Moesia. So Paul is very familiar with this region and knows how easy it is to love the Macedonian people, thus he is begging them to increase in agape love toward all the brethren. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies and love those that hate us. We must love all people not just the ones we know but those we do not know. It is easy to love your friends, but Christ commended His love toward us in that while we were sinners He died for us. That is how agape love is cause it loves in spite of our mistakes and racial background. Christmas teaches us to give to others just as God has given to us. So from this day forward, let us mirror the Son of God; the greatest gift we can give to others is salvation. So tell someone about Jesus for He came to deliver us from our sins.

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