"For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?"-1Th 2:19
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most highly anticipated event in a Christian's life. Many believe it marks the end of the Church age and is the beginning of Christ's millennial rule.
Several terms are used to designate the future coming of Jesus Christ. The term "parousia" is the most common of these. It means in the first place simply "presence," but also serves to designate a coming preceding a presence. The latter is the common meaning of the term, when it is used in connection with the return of Jesus Christ. The various facets of this future visit are defined by the contexts in which parousia appears. In this instance it is Jesus’ examination of his servants subsequent to his coming for them (4:15-17) that is in view.
The formerly pagan Thessalonians probably understood the parousia of Christ in terms of the visits of the imperial rulers of Rome. These rulers were increasingly being thought of as the manifestations of deities who required elaborate ceremonies and honors when they visited the various cities of the Empire.
Paul at this time evidently expected his ministry to end with the return of Christ rather than by his own death. This is one of many evidences that Paul and the other early Christians believed in the imminent return of Christ. Nothing had to occur before His return. This perspective also strongly suggests that Paul believed in the pretribulational rapture of the church.
So. What do you think about the Lord's return? Do it impact the way you go about your life and interactions with other people? Does it give you a sense of joy? Perhaps, even, a sense of dread? Let us know!
Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology (p. 296). Eerdmans Publishing Co - A. Kindle Edition.