Reflection on 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17

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Passage: https://www.biblegatesway.com/passage/?search=2+Thessalonians+2.1-5,13-17

Scripture

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

Observation

Concerning the coming of the Lord, Paul encourages the brethren not to become unsettled by prophecies and reports supposedly coming from him saying that the day has already happened. That day will not happen until the man of lawlessness is revealed who will oppose every godly thing and proclaim himself to be God.

Paul encourages the Thessalonians to stand firm and hold onto Paul’s teaching.

Application

End time prophecies have always been a source for alarmist teaching. We can become very unsettled, and even fearful, because of false teaching, false prophecies and speculation presented as truth.

When I first became a christian in the 1970’s, the then USSR was supposed to be allying itself with China to bring on the battle of Armageddon. The Great Tribulation was supposed to happen by 1988. Lately the rise of ISIS and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have all been “found” in Bible prophecy.

We are called by God to know the Scriptures (all of them and not just parts of Revelation) and to trust Him. He is the one- the only one- who knows the day, the hour and the manner of Christ’s coming.

Prayer

Come Lord Jesus, cone. Help me Lord to trust in you and to know that all of history is in your hands. Amen.

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