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Thankful for end-time warning!

Scripture reading for December 8th:  1st Thessalonians 4-5, 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4  “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 rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called god or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

Paul was concerned about false teachers who were leading the church astray concerning the gathering of Christ’s people at His return.  He told them to check out all messages by the Word.  That day would not come until a great rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed.  He would exalt himself above God and set himself up as God in the Temple of God.  These events were declared in Daniel’s prophesy.

Thankful for prophetic warning:  “The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom.  After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.  He will speak against the Most High and oppress the saints and try to change the set times and the laws. ”  (Daniel 7:24-25)

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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for September 21st:  2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Thessalonians 2: 1-4  “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophesy, 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 rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”  

One of the false teaching going around in Paul’s day in the Thessalonian church was that the second coming of Christ known as the ‘day of the Lord’ had already taken place.  Paul assured them that this had not taken place and would not take place until a time of rebellion occurred that would culminate with the ‘man of lawlessness’ being revealed.  This man would oppose God and God’s people.  He would set himself up as ‘god’ and take over the temple.  This man would also come with counterfeit signs and wonders from Satan used to deceive those who were perishing.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:9)  Believers must not worry because this man is doomed to destruction!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers walk in the light of Christ’s prophetic plan and understand the basic events preceding the ‘day of the Lord’.  They avoid deception by loving the truth of God’s word and staying in step with the Holy Spirit.  “until the time of the end” . . .”The king will do as he pleases.  He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods.  He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.”  (Daniel 11:35-36)

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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for September 22nd:  2nd Thessalonians 2

To correct some confusion in the church concerning the coming of Christ, Paul further explained some of the events that would happen before Christ returned.  “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together 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 rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4)

Paul explained that a day or time of rebellion against God’s rule and word would precede Christ’s return.  During this rebellion, a man called the ‘man of lawlessness’ would rise up by exalting himself.  He would oppose God and set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God!  He would also come with false signs and wonders which would be empowered by Satan.  These signs would deceive those who were on the path of destruction.  “For this reason God send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”   (2nd Thessalonians 2:13)  By standing firm in the Spirit of Christ and believing the truth, salvation is assured!

 

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Beware of ‘Antichrist’!

Scripture reading for December 19th: 1st John 1-5

John, the Apostle, wrote this letter to the church to counter some false teachers called “gnostics” who were saying that Jesus was just a ‘spirit’.  These false teachers were telling church people that it did not matter what one did with his body because our spirit was all that mattered.   But Jesus Christ did come in a human body lived in obedience to the Father.  He taught us to live by grace through faith.  When we break God’s law with our bodies, that is sin and we must confess and repent.  (1st John 1:8-9)  If we say we have no sin, we are living in deception, just like the false teachers.

We do not live in a dual world where we can separate the actions of our spirits and bodies.   This popular teaching was drawing away a number of Christ’s followers.  The problem was that it was taking them to Hell!  John called the false teachers “antichrist”. (1st John 2:16)

The church evidently knew about “the Antichrist” that was to come in the last days.  This person would be a world ruler who would deceive many with false signs and wonders.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:8-11)  Paul described him as the “man of lawlessness”.  John further stated that many “antichrists”  had already gone out into the world at the time of his writing.  These false teachers had come from within the church.  They left the church and drew a following of people who were deceived by their lies and loose living.

“Antichrist” is a term that literally means “one set over against Christ”.  In our language today we would likely use “counterfeit” to describe them.  They used scripture to justify their doctrines.  They often used the name of Jesus Christ but lived in rebellion to what Jesus actually taught and stood for.  They were legalistic and manipulative and lacked the love of the Lord.  These types are still around today!

The best remedy against deception is to know the real thing and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  John told his readers that they had a real anointing that would teach them all things.  (1st John 2:20, 27)  The Holy Spirit would keep them from deception.  The One who lived in them was greater that the deceiver in the world!  (1st John 4:4)

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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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Christ vs. AntiChrist

Scripture reading for December 19th: 1st John 1-5

John wrote this letter to the church to counter some false teachers called “gnostics” who were saying that Jesus was just a spirit.   They denied that Jesus Christ came in a human body. Since they believed that the body was not “spiritual”,  it didn’t matter what was done in the body.  To them, there really wasn’t any sin a person could commit in the body.

But Jesus was a man and lived in obedience to the Father.    Jesus calls all men to repentance.   Breaking God’s law is sin and we must confess and repent.  (1st John 1:8-9)  If we say we have no sin, we are living in deception, just like the false teachers.

We can not separate the actions of our spirits and bodies, doing what we please here on earth and still expect God’s mercy!    John used a word to describe these false teachers who worked among God’s people.  He called them “antichrist”. (1st John 2:16)   These teachers were proposing an alternative Christ that was simply a spirit.  This false teaching took people away from Christ.

The early church knew about “the Antichrist” who was to come in the last days.  He would be a world ruler who would deceive many with false signs and wonders.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:8-11)  Paul described him as the “man of lawlessness”.  John further stated that many “antichrists”  had already gone out into the world at the time of his writing.  These false teachers had come from within the church but left the church.

“Antichrist” is a term that literally means “one set over against Christ”.  In our language today we would likely use “counterfeit” to describe them.  They use the name of Jesus Christ but live in rebellion to what Jesus actually taught and stood for.  They were legalistic and manipulative and lacked the love of the Lord.

The best remedy against deception is to know the real thing and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  John told his readers  that they had an anointing that would teach them all things.  (1st John 2:20, 27)  The One who lived in them was greater than the deceiver in the world!  (1st John 4:4)  Take a moment today to reflect on the truths of John’s epistle.  Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you with His anointing.  Confess that the greater One lives in you!

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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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Loving the Truth!

Scripture reading for October 14th: 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-17

One of the false teachings of Paul’s day in the Thessalonian church was that Jesus Christ had already come back.  False teachers had evidently even gone so far as to attribute this to Paul himself.  Paul wanted to be sure that they got the truth and gave them further teaching about the coming of the Lord and the events surrounding that day.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4)  Paul told these believers that there would be a time of rebellion that would precede the coming day of the Lord.  A man would be revealed that would be known as the ‘man of lawlessness’.  This man would set himself up as God and even use God’s temple to do that.

This lawless man would do the works of Satan but would use deception.  He would produce counterfeit signs and wonders and do miracles that would deceive people into thinking that he was God.  Those who followed him would be destroyed by Jesus Christ, along with this lawless one.  Paul gave the reason that they would be deceived:  “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10b-12)

A love of truth will keep us from deception!  In the world of the twenty-first century, people in our culture question if truth can even be known.  “Truth is relative,” they say.  But God tells us that His word is truth. (John 17:17)   Heaven and earth will pass away, but not His word!  (Matthew 24:35)  Jesus told His disciples that He was the Truth!  (John 14:6) The Holy Spirit is the ‘Spirit of Truth.’  (John 16:13)   Paul told the Thessalonians that they were saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief of the truth.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:13)  May the Lord give us a love of the truth which frees us from deception!

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