BIBLE: I Thessalonians Chapter 1 – Headline “The Gospel has Gone Out but it Didn’t Go Out!”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

I Thessalonians

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The Greek meaning of “Election”
  • The connection between Grace and Peace
  • Names and verses for the seven year tribulation


I Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy

Paul is the writer, Silvanus and Timothy were with Paul.

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Note: Verse 1 highlights and recognizes the Deity of Jesus.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

GRACE: Grace relieves us from guilt. Peace is the result.

PEACE: Greek: Eirene. The Hebrew word would be Shalom. This is more than an absence of hostility, but wholeness and well-being. Here, likely referring to peace with God.

Their Good Example

I Thessalonians 1:We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,

What were they giving thanks for?

  • Thankful: for their salvation. I Thess 2:13
  • Thankful they are persevering in the faith despite opposition. I Thess (Therefore; persevere in faith,
  • He prays for them, regularly. I Thess 3:10-13.
I Thessalonians 1:remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,
I Thessalonians 1:knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
  • Election g1589 Acts 9:15; specifically used of that act of God’s free will by which before the foundation of the world he decreed his blessings to certain persons;
I Thessalonians 1:For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
  • The gospel comes in Word and Power.
I Thessalonians 1:And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
I Thessalonians 1:so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.
I Thessalonians 1:For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.
  • Their faith has “gone out” but it did not “go out”.
 I Thessalonians 1:For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
I Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

The wrath to come is the seven year tribulation. Jesus delivers believers from the “Day of Wrath … to come.” It is also known as the Day of Wrath, the Day of the Lord’s Wrath, the Day of the Lord, the day of indignation, the day of sorrows: a birthing term for a woman’s labor pains, the time of Jacob’s troubles, the Day of Grief and desperate Sorrows, the Day of Distress, the Latter Days, The Day of Great Affliction, the Last Kingdom of the Antichrist on the dream of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue (the ten toes), Daniel’s 70th week (see the book of Daniel), the book of Revelation, and the Day of Vengeance.

Believers are “raptured” (snatched away) prior to God’s “Day of Wrath” after the pattern of the Jewish High Holy Days: See chart below:


Tribulation (“Threshing”)

Matt 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Genesis 50:1,10 Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him (Jacob)…and they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. Note: Atad means “a thorn-bush,” (Buckthorn) the rhamnus paliurus of Linnaeus, translated “bramble” in Judges 9:14 (Like a crown of thorns)

Jeremiah 51:33 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: The daughter (Jerusalem) of Babylon (idolatry) is like a threshing floor (the 7 year tribulation). When it is time to thresh (beat and separate) her; yet a little while and the time of her harvest will come. (The 3rd order of the 1st resurrection.) 

The Day of Wrath

Romans 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Revelation 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Daniel 11:36 “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.

The Day of the Lord’s Wrath

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the Lord’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.

Ezekiel 7:19 ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the Lord; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.

The Day of the Lord

Zech 14: 1-2 [The Day of the Lord] Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided  in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city  shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.

The Day of Indignation

Ezekiel 22:24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’

Nahum1:6, 9 Who can stand before His indignation? Affliction will not rise up a second time.

Zephaniah 3:8 A Faithful Remnant – “Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All My fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy.

Hab 3:12 (At the return of the Lord on Yom Kippur, at the end of the seven year tribulation) In indignation You (The Lord) marched through the earth; In anger You trampled the nations.

Isaiah 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations

Isaiah 30:30 “The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, And show the descent of His arm (His Son), With the indignation of His anger And the flame of a devouring fire, With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.

The Day of Sorrows

Isaiah 13:8 And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble

Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it. (Note: there was a seven year famine in Jacob’s time. Likewise there will be a seven year famine during the tribulation but it will be a famine of God’s word.)

Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.

The Day of Grief and Desperate Sorrows

Isaiah 17:11 In the day you will make your plant to grow (Israel is blooming), and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish, but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow.

The Day of Distress

Gen 42:21 (Joseph and his brothers) Then they said to one another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.”

Obadiah 1:14 You should not have stood at the crossroads To cut off those among them who escaped; Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained (the remnant) In the day of distress.

Zep 1:17 “I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.”

The Latter Days

Deut 31:29 for I know that after my (Moses’) death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.”

Deut 4:30-31 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

The Day of Great Affliction

Deut 4:30-31 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Matthew 24:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

Jeremiah 30:12-15 12 “For thus says the Lord:‘ Your affliction is incurable, your wound is severe. 13 There is no one to plead your cause, that you may be bound up. You have no healing medicines. 14 All your lovers have forgotten you; They do not seek you; For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, With the chastisement of a cruel one, For the multitude of your iniquities, Because your sins have increased. 15 Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, Because your sins have increased I have done these things to you.

Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”

The Last Kingdom of the Antichrist on the dream of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue which are the ten toes

Rev 17:12-13 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.

Rev 17:17 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot (Jerusalem), make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

Dan 2:41 Whereas you saw the feet and (ten) toes, partly of potter’s (H6353) clay (H2635) and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic (2917)  clay.

The Day of Vengeance

Luke 21:22 The days of vengeance – And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

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