2 Thessalonians  2:1-17 – CLEAR THINKING ABOUT THE CONCLUSION (THE DAY OF THE LORD)

CLEAR THINKING IN A CLOUDY WORLD #2 – 2 Thessalonians 2

“In order to understand the nature of the error Paul is correcting, it is necessary to define what is meant by the “day of the Lord.” This expression is found often in the Bible. In a word, it is the period of time predicted in the Scripture when God will deal directly with human sin. It includes the tribulation time preceding the second advent of Christ as well as the whole millennial reign of Christ. It will culminate in the judgment of the great white throne. The Day of the Lord is therefore an extended period of time lasting over one thousand years.”                    John F. Walvoord, The Thessalonian Epistles

The Thessalonian Church founded by Paul and his coworkers (Acts 17:1-10) had been suffering under persecution and some false teachers were saying that they were already in the tribulation period. Paul wrote this letter to clear up their cloudy thinking. In Chapter 1 Paul wants the Thessalonians and us to think clearly about the conditions that we are in (Encouragement, Expectation, Exaltation).

Persecution was great in the Thessalonian Church, and some false teachers were telling the Thessalonians that the “The Day of the Lord” had already arrived. In Chapter 2, Paul is reinstructing the Thessalonians in the truth of the Day of the Lord, wanting them to think clearly.

THE STRESS – Vss. 1-2

  • 1 – The Thessalonians had been instructed by Paul that the Rapture would precede the “Great Tribulation Period”. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:5, Revelation 3:10
  • 2 – False teachers added stress by telling the beleaguered Thessalonians that they missed the Rapture, and they were going through the Tribulation. They even misrepresented Paul.

THE SCHEDULE – Vss. 3-5

  • 3 – The Day of the Lord will not arrive until there is the Apostasy (Falling Away). We have apostasy now, but it will get worse. 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Timothy 4:3-4
  • I believe this Apostasy will take place with the appearance of the “Man of Sin”, or the Anti-Christ. He will be revealed at the beginning of the Tribulation Period which starts the “Day of the Lord.” Daniel 9:27
  • 4 – The Anti-Christ will actually set himself up as God.
  • 5 – Paul reminds them that these are things previously taught by him.

THE SECURITY – Vss. 6-7

  • 6 – Right now there is a “restrainer” in place until God’s time arrives. Satan’s plan has to follow God’s timetable.
  • 7 – The mystery of lawlessness is already at work but can only go so far. 1 John 2:18-19
  • The “restrainer” appears to be the Holy Spirit at work in the Church, that is, true believers.

THE SCAM – Vss. 8-12

  • 8 – After the restrainer is removed, the lawless one, the Anti-Christ, will be revealed.
  • 9 – The Anti-Christ will be Satan’s tool.
  • 10 – The unsaved will be deceived.
  • 11 – God will send them “strong delusion” so they will believe the “lie”.

Revelation 13:11-18

  • 12 – Notice the unsaved were condemned because they did not believe the truth.

THE SUPREMACY – Vs. 8

  • The Anti-Christ and his False Prophet are doomed with the return of Jesus and the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 19:20

THE SUPPORT – Vss. 13-14

  • Paul encouraged the Thessalonians because they were in a great position in Christ.
  • The fate of believers is the exact opposite of those deceived by the Anti-Christ.

THE STAND – Vs. 15

  • The Thessalonians were to stand strong and hold on to what they were taught.

THE STRENGTH – Vss. 16-17

  • 16 – We have great support from God the Son and God the Father.
  • 17 – God the Father and God the Son will comfort and establish us!