April 7th, 2007
If there’s one thing that suffers from more false alarms than almost any other, it’s the return of Jesus. A crank preacher isn’t a genuine crank preacher until he has predicted a precise date on which the return of Jesus will happen. Some crank preachers will claim that it has already happened. Some will even claim to be Jesus. There are plenty of crank preachers about nowadays who claim that the current crises in the Middle East are signs pointing towards the return of Jesus. Paul’s advice to the believers in Thessalonica was, “Don’t be easily flustered or upset by a vision or report or letter … saying that the day of Christ has already arrived. Don’t allow anyone to mislead you.”
Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians — Chapter 2
2:1 With regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and us being gathered together to meet him, please 2:2 do not be easily flustered or upset by a vision or report or letter supposedly coming from us, saying that the day of Christ has already arrived. 2:3 Do not allow anyone to mislead you. It will not happen until people first rebel against God, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 2:4 He opposes and sets himself up against all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God, making himself out to be God. 2:5 Do you not remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 2:6 Now you know what is restraining him, so that he can be revealed when the time comes.
2:7 The mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but it is being restrained until the time comes to let it loose. 2:8 Then the lawless man will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the glory of his presence. 2:9 The lawless man will demonstrate the work of Satan with power and false signs and wonders, 2:10 and with all the deceit of unrighteousness for those who are dying. They are dying because they have refused to love truth, and to be saved. 2:11 Because of this, God sends them a false impression, letting them believe a lie. 2:12 Everyone who has not believed the truth, but has enjoyed indulging in evil, will be condemned.
2:13 We must always be grateful to God for you, our friends who are loved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first ones to be saved through the holiness provided by the Spirit and through believing in the truth. 2:14 He called you through our Good News to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2:15 Stand firm, friends, and continue practising the habits which we taught you, either verbally or by letter.
2:16 We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 2:17 will encourage your hearts and sustain you in every good word and deed.
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