First Things First

It’s so important to take the time to consider God’s primary source of
address on this eternally significant topic (of end times).  The Bible
contains pertinent passages that give awesome information
concerning our days—days just prior to the return of Jesus
Christ.  Although this site is not exhaustive—there are other
passages addressing His glorious return—we do list some of the
essential passages, ones crucial toward understanding the whole
Counsel of the Word of God on this contemporary matter.   

Bible options: . For a literal rendering of the Old & New Testament
texts, the New King James Version, the New American Standard
Bible and the New Revised Standard Version are excellent.  The
English Standard Version is also well done.  Other quality English
versions not employing the word-for-word philosophy of translation
include the New Living Translation and the New International
Version.  Due to 1) God’s purpose behind revelation –
communication,  2) translation and  3) textual concerns, the
recommendation of versions immediately above is listed in
preferential order.

Enjoy!  Simply observe the passages listed below after asking God
for help to understand them.  One warning though:  There are those
today who do not let the Word of God speak for itself.  If you’re
sincerely seeking God’s Truth that so wonderfully transforms, try to
avoid reading anything into the passage.  Interpretations concerning
what the passages  might  be saying are one way to possibly wander
away from the Author’s intended meaning.  Instead, simply concen-
trate on what the passages are actually saying.  God gave His Word
for the purpose of communicating crucial things, so He desires us to
gain from the reading of His revelation to us—so much so that we’re
even encouraged to pray for His help to understand!  Psalm 119:18 

Pertinent Bible passages* addressing end-time themes include:

John 14 – 16
I Corinthians 15
I Thessalonians 4, 5
II Thessalonians 2
I Timothy 4
II Timothy 3, 4
Titus 2
II Peter 3
I John 2, 4 and
The Psalms
The Old Testament Prophets, including Daniel
Matthew 24, 25 (also see Mark 13 ; Luke 12, 17, 21)
The Book of Revelation

As we rapidly approach the end of human history, take joy in God’s
precious revelation of Truth!  Lord, we thank You for Your kind and
generous Counsel.  We thank You that You graciously bestow
freedom therein.  May You be rightly praised.  In Jesus Christ’s
holy and precious name, we pray.  Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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