Saint Paul delivering the Areopagus sermon in Athens, by Raphael, 1515.

Saint Paul delivering the Areopagus sermon in Athens, by Raphael, 1515.

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… 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.

As you read the above Scripture you will notice that there is an order of events to the End of Days.

The last event to happen, and the main one as far as Scripture is concerned, is the Second Coming of Christ. The Thessalonians were very concerned that they had perhaps missed the rapture of the church, and that the Day of the Lord, or, the Great Tribulation was upon them. Here, Paul corrects the error; and we should study this passage to fully understand the order of events. Deception is rampant in the church these days, we were warned, and that warning has proven to be so true. This chapter is written to prevent our being deceived.

Notice that the coming of Christ is tied together with the rapture of the church. Our gathering together with Christ is the rapture or catching away. It is the gathering of Christians, both the living and the dead, from all over the earth, and this event will happen when Christ steps over the threshold of eternity into our universe of time and space. It is also connected here with the Day of the Lord (here expressed as the Day of Christ), and that event will only happen as we get near the end of the Great Tribulation.

In other words, Christ doesn’t come back until the end of the Great Tribulation. At that point in time He will then gather up His church.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matt. 24:29-31).

Once we come to understand that bit of truth we become more perceptive to what Scripture says to us regarding end time events. In other words, we are freed from the doctrines of men because we allow Scripture to teach us as the Lord intends.

This is so important because of the order of events in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.

With that foundational understanding, it is plain from the passage that the return of Christ, and the gathering of Christians will not happen until two things occur:

  1. The apostasy.
  2. The revelation of the Man of Sin.

The apostasy Paul mentions here is not the general apostasy which is common in the church. Paul wrote earlier that during the time of the end men would abandon the doctrines of the faith and give heed to false doctrines.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1).

The Apostle John also said that even during his lifetime, in the first century, the spirit of antichrist was working to produce the many (lessor) antichrists.

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time (1 John 2:18). 

The many antichrists spoke of here are responsible for the general apostasy which infects the church, in the past, and today. This includes thousands of false preachers and false prophets all around the world (and most of American Christian TV), and bigger fish like the pope, and the evil soul robbing doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. It also includes all religions on the Earth that are in contradiction with the teachings of Jesus and the apostles.

The general apostasy is one thing, but the apostasy spoken of in Second Thessalonians is something more, because it is connected with the revelation of the Antichrist, the Man of Sin.

Once the Man of Sin makes his appearance we know that he will possess all the power of Satan himself.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

The Antichrist will come will “all power.” That refers to the power of Satan, the Fallen Cherub who has the power to work miracles; yes, real miracles in our world of time, space, and matter.

Some may dispute that, but I think it is dangerous to discount the power of evil supernaturalism. That is the mistake that many people make. They seem to believe that Satan only works “fake” miracles, only uses illusion in some way–almost like a stage magician. But the Bible says “all power” and that is exactly what it means.

The Greek word for “all” is pas, which means “all, any, every, the whole.” And the word for “power” is dynamis, which refers to “strength power, ability; power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature.”

By nature Satan is a very cunning, clever, and powerful, angel of light.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). .

The danger is that we discount the power of Satan because we don’t want to believe it can really be that bad.

As Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:4).

And as Paul said, “Let no man deceive you by any means” (2 Thess. 2:3).

This is part 1. On the next post I will write about how this applies to the present, and to the general apostasy currently in the church which is preparing the church for the revelation of the Man of Sin.

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo

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