2 Thessalonians 2:1-7
“To build our character”
In Paul’s second letter to the church in 2 Thessalonica chapter 2 verse 1, he addresses an area that they had become confused about “…the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him”. Biblical prophecy was not put forth for Christians to make calendars. No, it was given to build our character and encourage us to stay on course where God has placed us. The church at Thessalonica reveals the danger of prophetic calendars for Christians as clearly someone had got these precious believers to start date setting instead of heart changing! To set their hearts back on coarse Paul had to reassure them that they weren’t on the same month as the Day of the Lord was on. In fact, they weren’t on the calendar of God’s wrath at all. Based upon verse 2 the confusion had not come from Paul or his letters and in verse 3 he says that their confusion had come about from “deception”. Finally, in verse 5 he asks if they had “forgotten what he had clearly taught them while he had been with them those 3 to 4 weeks”. We can deduce two things from establishing the context:
- Paul was not confused with regards to what he believed and taught. And he had not changed his mind or position. Paul had remained convinced regardless of his or others personal experience.
- The end times is a subject in which deliberate “deception” had been put forward. Further more the deliberate deception was being put forward by the person Paul alludes to in verse 4, satan. Satan wants the church to remain confused and indifferent about the events and the timing with regards to Jesus’ return and coming for His Church. I can deduce two things by this:
- Satan knows that he lost at the cross and that his time as ruler of this world is short!
- His deception is designed to render the church less effective in the short time that he has left!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!