II Thessalonians 2:1-4

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II Thessalonians 2:1-4 consists of:

  • A correction of one of man's theories in Paul's day
  • A correction of one of the biggest and most popular theories of man in our day
  • Teaching the order of some of the major end times events


Remember: The book of Daniel is the skeleton for the End Times Chronology and parts of II Thessalonians provides some of the flesh.


II Thess. 2:1-4

"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him [Rapture], 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. [This was one of man's theories in Paul's day.  Note also that Paul just equated the Rapture and Second Coming with "the day of the Lord"] 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. [this is the abomination of desolation]"

Notice that there are several things listed here that have to happen before the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ!

This is the reason Paul is writing this portion of the letter.  Because some were spreading a man-made theory that the Rapture/Second Coming had already happened.

Pay very close attention to how Paul teaches and encourages them in the truth.  If you do, you will expose one of the biggest and most popular end times myths of our day!


Events which have to occur BEFORE the Rapture/Second Coming:

  • The apostasy (falling away)
  • The man of lawlessness (antichrist) is revealed
  • Antichrist must take his seat in the temple of God (abomination of desolation)
  • The rebuilding of the temple - this is by implication here.  Where is the antichrist going to take his seat and blaspheme God?..."in the temple of God".  Is the temple of God erected today?...no.  So this implies a rebuilt temple...another event before Christ's return.


Let No One Deceive You

Remember, Paul started this section with, "Let no one in any way deceive you..."  If you have similar beliefs about the timing of the Rapture and Christ's Second Coming as most Christians today you have been deceived!

Myth

The Rapture can happen at any moment!

Find more of the myth buster in chapters 4 & 5 of my book.

Do you see it?!  Have these four things happened?  Paul says here in II Thessalonians 2 that these will occur before the Rapture.  This being the case, can the Rapture or Christ's return happen any moment...today...tomorrow...in the next 6 months?  Wow.  Can you sense the jaws dropping?

That's a lot to happen even in a years time.

In my book you'll get a better understanding of the timing involved here and other Scriptures to continue to shed light on Paul's truth and man's theory.

I know this seems heretical to many.  I'm not willing to twist the Word no matter how popular an idea is.  Read back through the passage again and let it speak for itself.

I'm not going to change anything to fit a man-made theory, nor will I change it because I want it to look differently or don't understand why it is that way.

Remember, I had several of my theories blown up by the Word when I studied it only for 18 months on this subject.  I don't mind being corrected by the Word of God!

II Thessalonians 2:1-4


When we understand what the book of II Thessalonians offers concerning the End Times we get a little more meat on the chronological skeleton of Daniel.  We also bring down some of man's theories...rather abruptly.

Overwhelmed by all the theories about the End Times?  Whose end times prophecy is right?

Are the books of Daniel and Revelation confusing to you?

Having trouble keeping up with all the current world news that might pertain to the Last Days?

Understanding the End Times Chronology which God gave us will solve each of these problems for you.  It took me over 2 years to solve these problems for myself and my family.  Now you can do it in the time it takes to read this book - The End Times: What You Need to Know and Why

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