The Greek word for comfort is Stron’s # g2293. θαρσέω tharseō; from 2294; to have courage: — be of good cheer (comfort). Compare 2292.
AV (8) – be of good cheer 5, be of good comfort 3;
to be of good courage, be of good cheer. However, in our passage of IThess. 4:18, we find “comfort” here has a bit more force behind it. Strong’s # g3870. παρακαλέω parakaleō; from 3844 and 2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): — beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray. AV (109) – beseech 43, comfort 23, exhort 21, desire 8, pray 6, intreat 3, misc 4, vr besought 1; to call to one’s side, call for, summon to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.to admonish, exhort to beg, entreat, beseech to strive to appease by entreaty to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort to receive consolation, be comforted to encourage, strengthen exhorting and comforting and encouraging to instruct, teach. More of a command setting!
Why should there be a call to be comforted by believers? If we really sat for a moment and thought of the condition our world is in from the condition countries are in financially, the condition of the world’s population, the world’s animal population, the world’s weather condition. These would include war, famine, pestilence, beasts, the persecution of believers, and natural disasters.
Animal Extinction is of vital concern! Everything from deforestation to agricultural clearance, logging, habitat fragmentation, urbanisation, hunting, poaching, industrialisation, human-generated climate change and the black-market pet trade all play their part in wiping out species around the world, little by little, day In day out, rapidly increasing extinction rates to unprecedented levels.
World population is also becoming a vital concern! The world population was estimated to have reached 7,500,000,000 at 16:21(UTC) on April 24, 2017. The United Nations estimates it will further increase to 11.2 billion in the year 2100. UN projections show a continued increase in population in the near future with a steady decline in population growth rate; global population is expected to reach between 8.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.World population is also becoming a vital concern!
The Globalist Agenda is also should be thrown in the mix The Globalist Agenda represents a plan to bring all of Earth’s inhabitants under the control of a single, global state. There is a small, but powerful group of individuals who are the architects and instigators behind the formation and implementation of this “New World Order”. Using their influence through international organizations such as…
I am pointing these things out because each one and other things are factors in why we believers should comfort another with the details of the “Rapture”. We “Born Again Believers have a Blessed hope!!! That whether we live or die we will live with our Lord Jesus Christ forever!!! The coming of the Lord will occur in two phases, once before the church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and the other at when he physically returns to reign on the earth for a thousand years. The Churches Rapture is “Pretribulational and the rapture of tribulation saints is “Premillennial”.