Posted on 3/12/2018, 8:24:39 AM by Faith Presses On
In a letter to the Christians at Thessalonica, Paul speaks of a future event he calls “the day of the Lord.” He writes:
“We beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
Some theologians believe the “day of the Lord” Paul refers to here is the final judgment. However, I believe with most scholars that Paul is speaking of Christs second coming. And Paul states that Jesus return will not take place until two things happen:
1. A great apostasy will occur. Many who once knew God will fall away from the truth of the gospel theyve known.
2. The Antichrist, or man of sin, will be “revealed.”
It should be obvious to every lover of Jesus that a “falling away” is already taking place. Many believers today, as well as Christians throughout the past few decades, have grown cold in their love for God. With that in mind, Id like to focus on Pauls second point – that the day of the Lord wont come until the “man of sin is revealed.”
What, exactly, does Paul mean by this phrase? Is he saying Jesus wont come back until the Antichrist has been enthroned as a world ruler, and we all know his identity? I dont think so. Paul knew that Christ could return at any moment…
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