Together with most of the other New Testament writers, Paul affirms that the last days were inaugurated in the first-century A.D. when Christ first came down from heaven. If this is true, then like the Thessalonians, we are to be equally steadfast and patient in our hope for Christâ€™s return.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
God will nourish and preserve you in your pilgrimage through this wilderness of sin. He nourishes your souls when you read and hear the preaching of his Word and when you partake of the Lord’s Supper. These are your weapons against Satan’s raging flood of wicked lies and deceptions through false teachers and others who would destroy the church.
Our text concerns the sixth seal, in which demonic forces assemble at the place called Armageddon. Two great forces, Satanic forces and Godâ€™s holy people, meet here for the final battle on the great day of God. And like the persecuted Christians in the first century, we who are Christâ€™s soldiers are warned to watch and always be prepared for this God-appointed battle.
The second important key to unlocking these verses is that the New Testament interprets the Old, so that Old Testament prophecies that talk about the future of Israel is reinterpreted in the New Testament as being fulfilled by Christ and his church.
Ezekiel 38-39 is a prophecy of the Assyrian invasion of Israel in the 8th century B. C., and this invasion is typological–a foreshadow–of the great persecution of Christians by unbelievers throughout this present age until Christ returns.
Since it had no fruit because it was not in season yet, why did Jesus curse the tree? Because he was hungry and it had no fruit? Isnâ€™t that a sin of selfishness, short temper and capriciousness? When Peter noticed that the fig tree had withered, why did Jesus answer, â€œHave faith in God,â€ and then talked about prayer?