I am starting this thread after posting to, and considering this one.
Look, I don't want to argue Eschatology...
I want to talk about Christ. He is our Blessed Hope.
Christ is our Hope, in Him do we trust. He is greater then all
the trials of this life. In Him we find our Hope of life forever...
He is our Rock, our Salvation, in Him (and in Him alone) we trust.
Countless people have followed Christ to their death, either because of their following Christ or just because of the fact that it is appointed once for all men to die. They have Trusted in Faith and received the promise.
Our Blessed Hope is Christ.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Some cite the pre-tribulation return of Christ as the 'Blessed Hope'....
HE IS SO MUCH MORE...
Ours is a Hope that is greater then any belief that we would be 'removed' from a time of trial. Our Blessed Hope is far, far greater then that.
WHATEVER your eschatology, know that the Lord is greater then being called 'Blessed' simply for the relief from the struggle.
Our Lord is greater then that. Our Blessed Hope is greater then whatever comes.