Divine Service ~ The Second Last Sunday of the Church Year ~ November 19, 2017
“There, in the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man was coming.” (Dan. 7:13). The Lord Jesus will return in glory on the Last Day with all His holy angels. “All the nations will be gathered in his presence…He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” (Matt. 25:31–33). Those on His left will be cast into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For they rejected Christ by failing to receive and support His brethren, that is, the preachers of the Gospel. But those on His right will inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. For they received and supported His brethren and believed what they preached. We believe in the promise of Christ’s coming, even it is delayed because of His long-suffering mercy. Conducting ourselves in godliness, knowing that this fallen creation will soon pass away, we look forward to “new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13).
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