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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the first Book of Thessalonians.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary – timmackie.com

 

30 thoughts on “Read Scripture: 1 Thessalonians

  1. I love these illustrations. When trying to share the GOSPEL with someone, these are faithful and true to the Bible.
    These also help the Christians gain a greater respect for the books of our Holy Bible! Thank you so much. I cannot wait to share this one ! May God bless this ministry!

  2. So I’m starting to think, The Bible Project does not support a Pre-Trib rapture. I personally haven’t made up my mind on the topic, since it’s not a Salvation issue but interesting to hear his take on it.

    • Elijah was raptured and Elisha was left behind with a double anointing to perform signs and wonders. This is a reflection of the left behind church and they WILL still have time to repent.

    • +MessengerOfTruth Just to make it clear as day for me? I ask that you answer this as a yes or no question, if possible. If I do not believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, I will not be Raptured and I will go to hell?

    • +He will add a Knight[[God will rapture us when He raptures us. It’s not a sin to believe one way or another, it’s a sin to not believe in the BRANCH. Most of your points were on line but that one was not, Messenger.]]

      ALL of my points are in line.  All 40+ of them (which I have not even bother so bombard this thread with).  There is not a single one that is out of line or unbiblical.

      Hebrews 3 & 4 are the warning.  Hebrews is warning to NOT fall for the same UNBELIEF that the Jews had for disbelieving in Gods isn’t that God’s Word?

      What you say is foolish, and unlearned, and unspirtual.

      YOU THINK ISRAEL DIDN’T BELIEVE IN GOD!?  THEY BELIEVED MORE THAN YOU, CAUSE THEIR EYES SAW HIS PROVISION AND POWER!  HOW DID “BELIEF IN GOD” SAVE THEM!?

      YOU ARE  A GENTILE.  YOU DON’T EVEN BELONG ON THIS TREE.  BUT YOU THINK THAT THE OWNER OF THIS TREE WILL PRUNE THE BRANCHES THAT BELONG ON IT, BUT THEN SPARE A FORIENG BRANCH THAT IS UNNATURAL, AND GRAFTED IN FOR DOING THE SAME THINGS THAT THE NATURAL BRANCHES DID WHICH GOT THEM CUT OFF TO BEGIN WITH?

      YOU ARE AN ADOPTED SON, BUT YOU THINK YOU CAN BOAST OVER THE NATURAL SONS, FOR DOING THE SAME THINGS THEY DID AND GET AWAY WITH IT?

      You cannot refute me.  You cannot even begin to refute me.  To try is evidence of a lack of relationship with God.  Yeah.  I typed it and I mean it.  It is EVIDENCE of a lack of relationship with God, a lack of knowing His character, and an obvious lack of knowing His Word.

      I am literally telling you the SAME THINGS that Paul and the author of the Book of Hebrews told the early Christians – do NOT make the same mistake of your unbelief in God’s deliverance, because if you do, having a WARNING, your fate will be WORST than Israel’s … because you were told and you ignored the warning.  That makes you WORST than Israel, for as the Scriptures say, “ISRAEL IS OUR EXAMPLE”

      1)
      Whomsoever has sinned against Me, I WILL blot OUT of My Book.

      Take your argument to God.

      2)
      “Do NOT consider only the goodness of God, but also His SEVERITY … or you will also be cast off” – Paul

      Take your argument to God

      3)
      “We see that they could NOT enter, because of UNBELIEF” – Book of Hebrews

      4)
      “There people always are in error, because they do NOT know My character” – God

      5)
      “My sheep HEAR My voice.  They cannot hear because they are NOT Mine” – Jesus

      6)
      Nicolatians were a bunch of self-professing “Christians” … and so were the Cretians.  Won’t stop them from going to Hell though.

      7)
      I swore in My wrath that they will NOT enter My rest.

      … therefore, Brethren, do NOT be like those who PROVOKED God by disbelieving in His deliverance, or YOU will not be allowed to enter in either.

      My word?

      Not on your life.

      I told this thread to READ Numbers 13 & 14 and then READ Hebrews 3 & 4.

      So far, the responders have not.  But they want to argue something as if its MY words, when its all right there in the Word of God!

      Amazing.  Absolutely amazing … how weak and watered down these Western Christians are.  So far, I see comments, but ZERO rebuttals.  Zero attempts to refute me IN the Scriptures I posted.  Zero attempts to show me how I’ve mismanaged the Word of God, or stated that it means something other than what I’ve shown. Vanity.  But the Word of God is clear.  The warnings are clear.  I’m not out to convince or convert anyone. 

      Those to whom belong to the Shepherd WILL hear the Spirit of Truth.  Those who are not … do not. 

      Nothing has changed in my 40+ years … except more and more Bibllical ignorance among Westerners who claim to be “Christian” 

    • We “westerners” have an expression which is biblical in its roots: Pride comes before a fall. You are taking so many scriptures out of context it is unreal. Unbelief in the Messiah is what causes damnation, not unbelief on the method Jesus takes us home to be with Him. We have a promised rest which is guaranteed on faith in Christ alone. Period. There are no two ways about it. It’s all about Jesus. This is EXACTLY what Jesus warned about so many times. That men with damnable heresies will deceive… Here you are telling others we must believe on something that is extremely vague in the Bible: the rapture. It’s so vague, in fact, that Paul calls it a MYSTERY, and here you are preaching that you must believe it to be saved, instead of preaching on the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah, which is what leads to true repentance and salvation. SMH

  3. Hi BibleProject, I’ve got some trouble, I do not see in the scriptures that the image of Caesar’s arrival met by his delegates is used by Paul for make a compare with the return of Christ, so I conclude that is what you found from the language used like “with a *shout*, with the *voice* of the archangel, and with the *trump* of God”(4:16). It’s pretty good, but it’s not really this image that i see with the next verse where Paul says that we will be ” *caught* up together in the clouds” and so not for escort him back but much for be taken and leave with him to our promise Kingdom in the mansion of Eternity according to John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” That’s why I do not see the new earth as a planet anymore in our place but more as a new place in the heavenly realm, knowing that we will be like angels, that there will be no more death, no more pain and no more stars sun or moon because only lighten by the glory of the Father and the Son.(Rev. 21)

    I think your biggest challenge will be the book of Revelation! I hope you will make an amillennialist interpretation ahah.

    God blessed you with this ministry and bless people through you, continue brothers it’s awesome.

  4. Hey BibleProject, I want to thank all of you for making these incredible videos! You are a blessing for many who want to read the bible, but struggle after a few pages because it’s very hard to read.
    Speaking for myself, I always had this struggle and wasn’t able to make my way through it. You really encourage me to read the bible and the short videos help me to get a better understanding.
    I can’t thank you enough for what you’re doing. God bless you and your work!

  5. perfect background presentation to prepare to read the book…………..appreciate the bible project…………………………………

  6. Guys Jesus is not setting Hi’s kingdom on Earth when He comes. We’re not caught up to meet the Lord in the air only to come back down again as you said at 5:35.

    Read John 14:2,3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

    Jesus come’s back to Earth to kill the wicked, raise the dead who listened to God and Himself, then we’re going back to Heaven in the New Jerusalem for 1000 years where He has prepared a place for us.

    2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

    Jeremiah 25:33 “..the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.”

    When the thousand years are over we all come back to Earth with the New Jerusalem and Jesus will resurrect all the wicked to receive their punishment. This is the third coming of Jesus.

    Revelation 20:7-9 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

    And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

    Malachi 4:3 “You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” Says the Lord of hosts..”

    God talking about Lucifer Ezekiel 28:18 “You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.”

    This is the hellfire the Bible talk’s about and only after everyone has burned up including Satan, God will recreate the face of the Earth.

    Revelation 21:1 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”

    You were doing great work in visualising the Bible but there are inconsistencies in your teachings. I hope you take this as a kind word and keep studying hard. God bless.

    • mustacicalaca1
      Indeed! Great points!
      Why would Jesus Rez the dead if He’s landing anyway? What about the wedding? We’d do it here THEN go back to Heaven so Jesus can come back on His horse to lay down some spankings? on whom? Us?
      Your comment has great points that everyone can read the Harpazo aka rapturo aka rapture is happening.
      Scott Clarke has an interesting theory on Rev 12. Go check it out.
      Maranatha!

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