Ever get confused by the times we live in? The letter Paul wrote to people living in Thessalonica is as relevant today as it was nearly 2000 years ago. I re-arranged 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 ever so slightly:
Let’s clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet Him.
- Don’t be easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. It’s not true.
- The day of the Lord will be preceded by a great rebellion against God
- The man of lawlessness will be revealed – the one who brings destruction.
Right now he is being held back, because he can only be revealed when his time comes. Now, this lawlessness is already at work secretly in the world. It will remain secret (to most people) until the one who is holding it back steps out-of-the-way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
The man of lawlessness is no match for Jesus. He is only a created being. Forever remember: “In Christ all the fullness of GOD dwells in bodily form and you have been given fullness in Christ who is head over EVERY power and authority.” (Colossians 2)
The man of lawlessness is doing the work of Satan with counterfeit power, signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because
They refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
Remember, God has chosen you for salvation. His salvation comes through the Spirit of God who makes you holy. You received salvation because you believed in the truth.
Therefore, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching of God through Jesus Christ.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!