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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One


Remembering the Truth


V. 1 ** Let's take a brief look back at chapter one to be reminded of the thinking behind all that Paul has
already written to these Thessalonian Christians.

V. 3 - Giving of thanks to God for them
V. 4 - He speaks proudly of them
V. 5 - God considers them worthy of the kingdom
V. 6 - God's retribution on their behalf (continuing on through V.9)
V.10 - Christ will be glorified in His saints
V.11 - The saints are glorified in Christ (continuing on through V.12)

** Having just spent the entire first "chapter" of his letter encouraging the Christians in Thessalonica, is there any indication that Paul is about to shift his thinking to another subject?

Yes - His use of the word now - (de) in the original Greek, is used 344 times in the New Testament. 269 times this word is translated as "now". Other times it is translated; "on the other hand", "moreover", "nevertheless" and "however".

** While he still wants to encourage his reader, he is "now" going to strengthen them by talking about two major events in human history which are yet to take place. What are they according to verse one?

1. "the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ"
2. "our gathering together to Him"

** Let's look at these two events, one at a time. Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 24:3-14 as we learn together the six "D's" of Christ's Second Coming.

V. 5 - Deception V. 6 - Dissension V. 7 - Devastation
V. 9 - Desecration V.10 - Defection V.14 - Declaration (cf. Revelation 14:6-7)

** This is an apt description of Christ's Second Coming, but while we are still here in Matthew 24, what of "our gathering together to Him"?

Many commentators feel that 2Thessalonians 2:1 is yet another reference to the rapture of the church, but Paul had already settled that issue in 1Thessalonians 4:17. Here, he has in mind the gathering of all of the elect (including the Raptured Church, the OT saints and those who became Christians during the Tribulation) for the purpose of entering the millennial kingdom.
cf. Matthew 24:29-31 and Matthew 25:31-34

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