2 Thessalonians 2 continues Paul’s discussion on the second coming of Jesus. Paul warns us that there will be lots of people who will be claiming to have a spirit or spoken word claiming “to the effect that the day of the Lord has come”. But it hasn’t and we must learn how to discern truth. How do we do that? By knowing God’s Word – the only place truth exists. “Let no one deceive you in any way”. We can only do that by studying the truth daily. We have to be in God’s Word and know what He says about the second coming.
The circumstances leading up to Jesus’ coming again will not be easy. “Rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness….opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship”. Someone will raise up and be “proclaiming himself to be God”. Can you believe it? You better because that is what scripture tells us will happen. Bottom line is that a man will attempt to set himself up as God. And where does this come from? “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan”. He is dead set on still attempting the coupe that got him thrown out of heaven in the first place. Satan wants to be in control. And unfortunately for him, the results will be the same as his first attempt. He will lose because Jesus has already won the victory. This self proclaimed God – a man who believes totally in self – will fail but there will be plenty of confusion and destruction along the way to defeat.
So what are we to do as Christ Followers? Paul tells us straight up: “stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter”. We are to stand firm and know the truth. We have to hang on to the things we have been taught. Now that assumes we actually have been taught – that we have put ourselves in a place where we can learn the truth – be it a Bible teaching church – strong small group – Sunday school or personal study – but somehow we have to know the truth. Do you? Have you got an understanding of the second coming of Jesus? If not – now is the time to dig in and understand it so you don’t fall prey to the coming deception of the enemy!