In 1 Thessalonians 5:10 Paul encourages:
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 ESV)
You might say…the predetermined, inevitable or irresistible course of events for those who confess and believe Jesus is deliverance not damnation, redemption not rejection. God has not destined you for wrath.
I don’t want to go too deeply into this, but this verse (see also 1:10) is most convincing to me that when Jesus returns, believers will not have to endure seven years of the Great Tribulation. Let me explain. Revelation teaches clearly that there will be 7 years of Tribulation that accompany the return of Christ. I am convinced that, prior to that Tribulation, we will all be safe at home with Christ. I have one more convincing reason.
“Jesus Christ, who died for us so that.” Jesus’s death not only freed us from the power of sin, it freed us from the penalty of sin. Jesus’s death made us right with God! He died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. As God’s children, we live with Jesus now. He lives in us, we are in him. As God’s children, we will live with him then (when we sleep…meaning die).
Jesus died to bring us home. That is our destiny.
The predetermined, inevitable, irresistible course of events for you (if you’ve confessed and believed Jesus) is to be at home with Jesus. Now and forever.