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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

Because of Christ’s love He has warned the Church about one man who will come that will be known for terrible evil and lawlessness.  This person will be called the ‘man of lawlessness’.  We should know about him to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and warn others.

“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)

The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly.  (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3)  According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed.  Some in Paul’s day were saying that the day of the Lord had already come.  He wrote this to address the concern that some had missed the rapture.  We are still watching for this to happen today.

Paul goes on to describe the man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god.  He will do this through Satan by counterfeit signs and wonders.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10)  These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love truth.  They will be deluded and go to their destruction.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

We have a choice each day to read and believe God and His word.  If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie.  Lies may sound good, but they lead to destruction.  God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  This is all a gift of God’s grace.  Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.

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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

Because of Christ’s love for His bride, the church, He describes a “man of lawlessness” who will come at the end of the last days and be known for his terrible evil.   God wanted to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and understand His plan for the final judgment of those who refuse to believe in Christ.

“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have com from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)

The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly at a time when most are not expecting it.  (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3)  According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed.  Even though it has been nearly 2000 years, these words are as true today as when they were originally written.

Paul goes on to describe this man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god.  He will do this by being empowered by Satan to do counterfeit signs and miracles.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10)  These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love God’s truth.  They will be deluded and go to their destruction.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

How important the love of the truth is!  We have a daily choice to read and believe His word.  If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie.  God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  This is all a gift of God’s grace.  Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.

Take time today to share Jesus Christ with someone who does not know Him.  Ask them if you can share this passage about the coming man of lawlessness.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you in sharing truth about Jesus the Son of God and the events leading to His return to earth for His Church!  The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy!  (Revelation 19:10b)

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Live a Life Worthy of His Calling!

Scripture reading for December 6th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

As Christians, we are called by God to become sons of God Father through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  This calling is to eternal life in heaven and to be faithful witnesses of His love and grace in our time here on earth.  Paul commended the Thessalonian church for their love that was growing and faith that was increasing.  They were going through trials and persecution and suffering at the hands of wicked men. This was troubling them.

“God is just:  He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.  This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all who believed.” (2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10a)

We are not to be concerned about getting even.  Our job is to preach the gospel and live holy lives.  Jesus can return at any time and there will only be two possible outcomes for each person.  He will punish those who do not know Him or obey His gospel with everlasting destruction.  This means the lake of fire!  (Revelation 20:14)  Or He will be glorified in His holy people and they will marvel at His glorious presence!  This will happen very suddenly and come with flashing glory and great awe and power.  No man will be able to control or change his circumstances at that moment in time that will soon arrive!

These simple truths motivated Paul to pray for the Thessalonians.   He prayed that they would be found or counted by God as worthy of His calling.  He prayed that by Christ’s power, they would fulfill their purpose and act in faith daily.  The hope of Paul, the pastor and apostle, was that Christ would be glorified in them and they in Him!  Take time today to pray for yourself along these same lines.  Are you living a life worthy of Christ’s high calling into His Glory?

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The Man of Lawlessness and Rebellion

Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

Because of Christ’s love He has warned the Church about one man who will come that will be known for terrible evil and lawlessness.  This person will be called the ‘man of lawlessness’.  We should know about him to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and warn others.

“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)

The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly.  (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3)  According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed.  Some in Paul’s day were saying that the day of the Lord had already come.  He wrote this to address the concern that some had missed the rapture.  We are still watching for this to happen today.

Paul goes on to describe the man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god.  He will do this through Satan by counterfeit signs and wonders.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10)  These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love truth.  They will be deluded and go to their destruction.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

We have a choice each day to read and believe God and His word.  If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie.  Lies may sound good, but they lead to destruction.  God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  This is all a gift of God’s grace.  Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.

Take time today to share Jesus Christ with someone who does not know Him.  Ask them if you can share this passage about the coming man of lawlessness.  Let the Holy Spirit lead both of you to discover truth and to love it!

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