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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

V. 2 (cont'd.)

** From what we have already learned in 1Thessalonians, what is generally associated with "the day of the Lord"?

God's Judgment! The heretics were saying that all of the events prior to Christ's Second Coming had already taken place, the Thessalonians had missed the Rapture and Christ's return to set up His kingdom was imminent.

** How could that shake you if your faith was as new as some of those in Thessalonica?

1. They feared they had missed the Rapture.
2. They had concerns for the Christians who had died in Christ. (1Thessalonians 4:13)
3. Many were becoming disorderly. (2Thessalonians 3:11)
4. There was general confusion, unsettled spirits and troubled hearts.

V. 3 ** How does Paul correct the problem?

He explains exactly what has to take place before the Lord will return to set up His kingdom.

1. "the apostasy comes first", while this can refer to the general falling away from the faith which will take place in the end times (cf. 1Timothy 4:1 and Matthew 24:10), it is more likely referring to "the" apostasy by the "man of sin or lawlessness" who feigns worship during the first three and one half years of the tribulation, and then deifies himself as the single object to be worshipped. (cf. Daniel 9:27, 11:31)

2. "the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction". This is speaking of exposing an individual who is already alive, but now becomes widely known for what he really is.

V. 4 ** What is the agenda of this one who becomes known as the AntiChrist?

1. He opposes "the" God and every other object of worship thought up by man.

2. He exalts himself. cf. 1Peter 5:5

3. He takes his seat in the temple of God.

4. He displays himself as being God.

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