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First, let me say that G. K. Beale’s contributions to the field of Biblical Theology and Eschatology are second to none.  Reading his books is a worthwhile investment and will greatly increase your understanding of the Bible.  Second, I have been working through his commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians and would highly recommend it.  I quoted from this book in a previous post, but found something else that I think is important for Christians to consider with respect to the Great Tribulation.

Christians too often feel they are not in danger of being hurt badly in their faith, since, from all outward appearances, the Great Tribulation does not yet seem to be here.  They conclude that they do not need intensely to guard their faith by holding to God’s Word with all their might.  Life’s sometimes-comfortable circumstances make people feel falsely secure, just as riggers working in high rafters of huge auditoriums with fake ceilings directly below may be lulled into a false sense of security that a fall might not hurt them.  Indeed, Satan’s method is not so much in scaring us to death as persuading us that the danger of a spiritual fall is minimal.  Paul wants to keep us from being lulled to spiritual sleep, so that we will not be deceived.  The Great Tribulation has begun, and saints need to guard their souls with all their strength with God’s Word because God’s people must make every effort to “stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against . . . the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:11-12).  How do we do this?  By holding closely to the Bible, which is one of our offensive weapons against the devil (Eph 6:17). (Beale, 1-2 Thessalonians, 220)

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