Do Not Be Deceived-2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 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. 3 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. 4 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.”

2 Tessalonicesi 2:1-4 “Ora, fratelli, circa la venuta del Signore nostro Gesù Cristo e il nostro incontro con lui, vi preghiamo 2 di non lasciarvi così presto sconvolgere la mente, né turbare sia da pretese ispirazioni, sia da discorsi, sia da qualche lettera data come nostra, come se il giorno del Signore fosse già presente. 3 Nessuno vi inganni in alcun modo; poiché quel giorno non verrà se prima non sia venuta l’apostasia e non sia stato manifestato l’uomo del peccato, il figlio della perdizione, 4 l’avversario, colui che s’innalza sopra tutto ciò che è chiamato Dio od oggetto di culto; fino al punto da porsi a sedere nel tempio di Dio, mostrando se stesso e proclamandosi Dio.”

 

     The Thessalonian believers were asking good questions about the coming of the Lord. Even you and I have asked questions about an event that seems hard to capture in our minds. Paul was also aware that there were false teachers running around with times, dates and ideas about what it meant. Today is no different as people try to create the secret key to when the Lord will return. Like in the days of the Thessalonian believers, some people who desperately want answers will fall for it. Christians can be misled by impressive speeches and charismatic personalities if they are not grounded in the Word.

     Paul’s counsel is a reminder to all believers. “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way,” (v. 3). Then Paul gives them a simple concept that will help them to understand the coming of the Lord. They should not get sidetracked with dates and prophecies but simply follow the three signs in verses 3 and 4. First, great apostasy (a fallen church) and second, the revealing of the man of lawlessness. Although there have been many men in history whom some have thought were the man of lawlessness, this antichrist figure will be, without question, distinct from any one before. Lastly, Paul says that he will move to replace the worship of God with the worship of himself and will proclaim himself to be God.   

     We are not there yet but we are racing toward it. What is alarming is that the condition of the church has become a tool of the enemy to put the plan in motion. On that day, the church will no longer hold true to the faith and will be enticed by the deceitful and clever schemes of the devil. Therefore, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way,” (v. 3).

Pray with me: Lord, I know You will return someday. Help me to be strong in the Word so I will discern truth from error and help me to simply trust that as You have directed the past, You will also direct the present and the future.



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