The Bible offers hope of a glorious future.
Eschatology, the study of the doctrine of last things (death, resurrection, second coming of Christ, the end of the age, divine judgment and the future state) is prevalent throughout the Bible. The promise of a future resurrection goes back to the oldest book in the Bible, Job, which was written some 2000 years before Jesus was born and some 600 years before Genesis was written by Moses (actually Genesis and Job were written by the Holy Spirit, and penned by Moses and an unknown person, for those purists out there :-).
Over 25 percent of the Bible deals with Bible Prophecy, with a substantial portion dealing with Israel’s (and the world’s) Messiah/Savior. The New Testament interprets, enlarges, and completes the Old Testament eschatology. It clarifies:
- The Rapture
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. —1 Corinthians 15:51-52
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. —1 Thessalonians 4:16
- The Second Coming of Christ
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. —James 5:7-8
BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. —Revelation 1:7
- Christ’s Reign on Earth
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. —Revelation 20:6
- And the Final Judgment
And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. —Revelation 20:12-13
Praise be to God for His promise of a glorious future for believers!
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Is there any scripture I can use to show (scare, threaten, etc.) my teenagers to not get into things like nose rings and body piercing? Surely the Lord doesn’t like that! If we defile our bodies, isn’t that like defiling the temple of God?
No, it’s really a cultural issue. God described how He beautifully adorned Israel this way: (note the nose rings)
I also clothed you with embroidered cloth, and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey, and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God. —Ezekiel 16:10-14
Of course, nose rings are a long way from multiple body piercings and green spiked hair. Lip rings, eyebrow rings, tongue rings, and such are more likely to fall under the sin of rebellion—which God says is compared to worshiping Satan.
When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him —Mark 7:17-18
For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry . . . —1 Samuel 15:23
Rather than “threaten” or “scare” your children into doing what is pleasing to the Lord, it would be better to spend the time to teach them the wonders and attributes of a Holy and righteous God. You should try to work from the inside out, not the outside in.
. . . first clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. —Matthew 23:25
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