Preparation for the Last Day

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2 Thessalonians 2

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Preparation for the Last Day

Did you know some people claim Paul didn’t write this letter because he hadn’t spoken of the “man of sin,” (that is, the antichrist) before this? But Paul, as a Pharisee, knew his Old Testament practically by heart, and Daniel had made very clear the kind of things that would happen before the Great Day of the Lord. Paul reminds the Thessalonians (and us) that before Jesus comes, the prophecies of the antichrist must first come to pass. What in this chapter gives you hope and comfort?

Day 307

Father, we can see the Great Day approaching now. We can even see that “man of sin” at work in our world, in ways Paul could not have imagined. Keep us faithful, and safe from both apathy and fanaticism.

Today's Study Verses

2 Thessalonians 2:16

2 Thessalonians 2


1 Now 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;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

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:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

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.

13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.