Thlipsis: Renewed hatred, Idolatrous worship, Bent on death, Unorthodox, Lawlessness. Already- The Man of Sin In lies and death. Omnipresent- Not yet. Revelation 1:9- "I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus..." Revelation 2:9, 10- "I [Jesus] know your tribulation and your poverty
To quote the cardboard signs: "The end is near!" But this is not a warning or for hope or for fear. To quote the popular worldly proverb: "It is what it is."
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? Because their evil king rages and plots in vain.
"It's not the parts of the Bible that I don't understand that bother me, it's the parts I do understand." -Mark Twain. "I wasted time, and now time doth waste me." - Shakespeare. "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do; I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing." - Ronald Reagan. All examples of chiasmus.
This is a real review of the "year!" Come!
Why do YOU celebrate Christmas? Everyone knows that the materialism and marketing is vain and shallow, so how can someone powerless like you and me truly begin to enjoy "the reason for the season?"
On Christmas, receive the invitation even if you're already present.