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*       II Thessalonians 2

This is another good letter from Paul to the Thessalonians, he wrote this letter to clarify one of his previous letters to them, the one in I Thessalonians 4. In that one, when he was explaining where the dead are, they misconstrued what he had said, and applied a meaning that he didn't intend, much like many have done today.

So then, let's read this letter he sent to the Thessalonians, and read his clear message to them and us.

With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: "Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."

II Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering back unto Him,  —>   Paul is pleading with the Thessalonians and us, to listen to what he is saying about Jesus' return, and how we will be gathered back to Him. This gathering takes place, as we'll read about here in this letter,right here on earth.

II Thessalonians 2:2 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.   —>   Like Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5 and Luke 21:8 "be careful who you listen to and pay attention to, otherwise you could be deceived into believing false doctrines," He also said the same thing but in a different way, in Matthew 16 5-12.

II Thessalonians 2:3 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,   —>   Paul is telling them and us to pay attention, because many men will come with false doctrines and will deceive many so as to confuse, and lead people to the wrong christ. But, Jesus will not return until the apostasy - lack of hearing Father's Word, Amos 8:11, is in full swing, and satan, as the anti-christ, (or instead of christ as this reads in the Greek) stands in Jerusalem, proclaiming that he is Christ and then he will be revealed as the false christ.

We are beginning to see the falling away and the apostasy take place now, as Father's Word is being attacked on a daily basis. Christianity and the name Christ, the ONLY means by which we can be saved and have eternal life with Father, is being supplanted by many false doctrines, idols and other religions, the muslim being one of them.

II Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.   —>   Does this sound like he'll be coming in and destroying the earth? No! satan will be right there in the temple in Jerusalem saying, I am Christ and I have returned, so you can now stop taking communion in My absence. This is the abomination of desolation that Jesus was talking about in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, where He was quoting from Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, satan saying and portraying himself as God. If you still believe that there is a rapture of the church, you obviously cannot comprehend what you read, because verses 1-4 of this chapter make it very plain and clear that satan comes first.

II Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?   —>   Paul is asking the Thessalonians, and us, don't you remember I already stated this? How could you have gotten it confused? I'll go over it with you again...

II Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.   —>   Yes he'll be revealed in his time alright, when is that? At the sounding of the sixth trumpet which is the second woe trumpet. We can read that the fifth angel sounds, and that a star falls from heaven in Revelation 9:1, this star is satan, identified as Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-16, and he goes to the bottomless pit where the fallen angels are kept to loose them, and as Revelation 9:2-10 tells us, to allow them to run loose on the earth, bringing in and establishing the deception of satan's lies in preparation for satan's ruling dominion. Oh, reading everything in Revelation 9:2-10 sounds so scary but, if you are familiar with Father's Word, you'll understand that this is all spiritual, and it is nothing but lies and deceptions and as Revelation 9:4 tells us, they cannot hurt anybody that is sealed with the truth of Father's Word in their mind. Revelation 9:5 then tells us, that this time can only be for five months, not seven years or ever 3 1/2 years, like most preachers say. Satan himself doesn't actually show up and take control until the sixth trumpet sounds, which is the second woe. That is when he will actually be here de facto, in charge and proclaiming himself as God. And it is in this time, that he will be revealed.

II Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.   —>   It is during this time that the fallen angels are at work here on earth, satan up to this point is actually still being held by Michael the arch angel. Michael releases satan at the sixth trump as can be read in Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,   —>   (notice the coma here meaning the sentence continues into the next verse) [12:8] And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.   —>   satan and his angels, as we'll see, are about to be ejected [12:9] And the great dragon was cast out that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:   —>   how many? The whole world, except as Revelation 9:4 tells us, those sealed with the truth of God's Word. Satan will be cast out unto the earth, and his angels will be cast out with him. Satan (as a man {but not in the flesh because he will never be born of woman} as anti-christ) and his angels now have full control over the whole earth.

So satan and his angels are here for that five (5) month period deceiving the whole world, and then he is revealed for whom he is and THEN Christ returns, consuming his role as "instead of jesus", and turning all of us which are still alive in our flesh bodies, into our spiritual bodies - I Corinthians 15:51-54 and Zechariah 14 give a good description of this.

II Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the brightness of His coming:   —>   Satan gets revealed as to who he is first, and then Christ returns. That plain, that simple.

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

II Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; (they perish spiritually because they accepted satan's lies as truth) because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.   —>   they believed those preachers that told them they would be raptured by the first one that appeared, and when satan showed up they accepted his lies and his mark (it is NOT a physical mark), whereby when Christ returns and they now see the fake for who he is\was and the True Christ of who He is, they will be wishing for mountains to fall upon them for their shame.

What sadness, all those years they sat in their church listening to a false doctrine, clutching that security blanket, only to have it pulled out of their hands at the end. For you preachers that teach this false doctrine, I pray for you, because you will be held accountable for every soul that you have deceived with this falseness.

II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:   —>   See the colon - indicating it continues:

II Thessalonians 2:12 That they might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.   —>   Father said, "you want to believe a lie and not My Word, then I'll allow you too, not only that but I'll make you believe even more lies." "You want to listen to man and not Study for yourself deeply enough, and ask Me for understanding and knowledge?" "I'll allow you to be fooled and deceived into worshiping satan as anti-christ." Harsh words indeed, but they're Father's Words, not mine.

II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:   —>   Who are these that are chosen? They are the elect of God, chosen from the "foundation of the world," those "predestinated", those whose names where written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the "foundation of the world." The Thessalonians (not all of them and others also) were the "remnant" of God, those chosen to bring forth the Truth in His Word and pass it on to the other elect and so forth to the end of this age.

Where can we read about these elect in Father's Word? Start with Ephesians 1:4-5, 11; Romans 8:28-39; Romans 11:1-10; Revelation 13:8 and 17:8 and many other places in His Word.

II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.   —>   To the acquisition, preservation and purchased possession of God's and His Christ's Glory.

II Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.   —>   Remember, Paul was a called and chosen vessel of the Lord and he was therefore bringing forth the Truth in Father's Word, not the traditions of the chief priests, pharisees, sadducees, elders, scribes or any other MAN.

II Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God even our Father, Which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,   —>   Our only hope is through God's grace extended to us through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ shed on the cross at Calvary.

II Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort you hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Apr 2011

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