THE DAY OF THE LORD
THE DAY OF THE LORD
2 Thessalonians 2
Don’t Be Deceived about the Day of the Lord
2 Brothers and sisters, we have this request to make of you about our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming and our gathering to meet him. 2 Don’t get upset right away or alarmed when someone claims that we said through some spirit, conversation, or letter that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you about this in any way. That day cannot come unless a revolt takes place first, and the man of sin, the man of destruction, is revealed. 4 He opposes every so-called god or anything that is worshiped and places himself above them, sitting in God’s temple and claiming to be God.
5 Don’t you remember that I told you about these things when I was still with you? 6 You know what it is that now holds him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes. 7 The mystery of this sin is already at work. But it cannot work effectively until the person now holding it back gets out of the way. 8 Then the man of sin will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will destroy him by what he says. When the Lord Jesus comes, his appearance will put an end to this man.
9 The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous and wonderful signs. But they will be lies. 10 He will use everything that God disapproves of to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them. 11 That’s why God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a lie. 12 Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will be condemned.
The two greatest causes of division in the Christian church have to do with the Holy Spirit and to do with the End Times, or “The day of the Lord” as Paul writes here.
As such, if this was a doctrinal blog we could enter into discussion about the theological positions that exist surrounding this particular passage. I do encourage you to do some extra reading about 2 Thessalonians 2 (from varied persectives) for you own knowledge.
For the purpose of our devotion though, we can see clearly that Paul is warning the Thessalonians to just “calm down”. No, Jesus had not yet come, and no, the anti-Christ had not yet come.
Today, at least one of those are still a guarantee – Jesus has not yet come. There are many who believe the anti-Christ has, in fact, lived already and that the time of Christ’s return is therefore imminent. Others believe the anti-Christ is the “next phase” in eschatology (study of end times) and others still believe the anti-Christ is not a real figure, but represents the general uprising and sin of mankind.
Whatever our theological position on the anti-Christ, one thing we must always remember is to always keep our eyes on Jesus. Any discussion about the end times should leave us longing for the “Day of the Lord”, having a sense of excitement about the day we get to go be with God forever. If discussions (or even reading of biblical passages) leave us with any other thought or feeling, we need to refocus our attention on Him.
For the Christian, “The day of the Lord” is an exciting day. It’s a day to celebrate, a day we get to go home!
A CALL TO ACTION
If that day scares you or if you’re not looking forward to being with Christ in heaven, ask yourself why. Do some extra reading or speak to your pastor about end times thoughts, so that you can change your own perspective regarding that triumphant day.
Today though, just take time out to thank God that for you, that day represents a day of life and not death, as it will for those who are not in Christ Jesus.
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Jesus again I thank you for my salvation. I thank you for preparing that place for me and for your promise to come and take me to be with you. Help me to have an excitement about that day, to look forward to it with anticipation. For your glory, amen.