First Thessalonians dealt with the Rapture. Second Thessalonians deals with the Second Coming. The Thessalonians received a letter, allegedly from Paul (it was not), claiming that the Day of Christ had begun. Paul writes 2 Thessalonians to correct this error. Chapter 2 deals with what happens before the Day of Christ, what will happen during the Day of Christ, and how we must stand till the Day of Christ.
Today we will look at what will happen during the Day of Christ.
What will happen during the Day of Christ? (2:8-12)
- The Antichrist will be Revealed and Destroyed. (2:8-9)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
- Christ Rejectors will be Deceived and Damned. (10-12)
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Paul now tells the Thessalonians that Antichrist will be revealed and destroyed and Christ rejectors will be deceived and damned. This is during the Tribulation period. The Thessalonian believers are gone in the Rapture. However, I am sure it caused them to think about those unbelievers in their midst. Were they willing to let unbelievers go to a Christless eternity without being given the Gospel?
It is the same question we should be asking. What should our answer be?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001