Therefore encourage one another with these words...
That's what I wanted to do in yesterday's sermon. I wanted to encourage the people who gathered and those who listen via podcast with thoughts of Heaven and Jesus' victory and the end of days.
Part of the reason I wanted to encourage them with these things is because so many get caught up too easily in the charts, graphs, predictions, prophecies, interpretations, and so forth when it comes to eschatology (Gr. eschaton: "end"). You can lose Jesus in the Nicolae Carpathia characters of the world. And what a terrible trade that would be.
Thinking about the end of time is good because it gives us perspective in trials, hope in darkness, and a fixed point of certainty toward which we can aim our lives. And that's encouraging. Amen.