2 Thessalonians 2
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, [and sisters v 13, 15] 2 Do not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way.
For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness [sin] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5
Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
If we were going to write a TV show, we would want the levels to be so much deeper than so many programs on TV.
Father God says we all have sinned. This is the trouble we all know surrounding our generation and within us. The Levels of Goodness and the levels of Selfies.
David knew this generation as well.
10 All the ungodly encompass me
in the name of the Lord, I will repel them.
They hem me in, they hem me in on every side:
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.
And who was this to David? These were the people the anointed one of God
was surrounded with - as David wanted to drain the swamp and get to the blessings of God.
David was like Jesus Christ, he welcomed all. Even the good ones who stood far off waiting for the comfortable time to join the band wagon. The anointed band wagon.
There is another level again to 2 Thessalonians 2.
Illness. Cancer, Mortal Illness.
Depression and despair to watch the new report only the grim portions of life.
What approaches and we wish would not.
David gave us a Standard. Solomon did as well.
Song of Solomon 2:4
His Banner Over Me Is Love.
See the directions Father God has given us in the Holy Spirit. This is a serious commentary
for serious times. Times we all should consider as we are all on the same journey Home however many decades apart.
Do not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way.
Jesus had a phrase for this, He said, "Days will come."
I Corinthians 13 says knowledge will pass us by, and what remains is Love.
Believing God is for us. Holding on. Looking each day to find what God gives us is sufficient, what blessing has arrived.
What would cause a strong delusion? For those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Pharaoh encountered this. We must all realize with gladness, in all circumstances, there is something to give thanks about. God is in our souls, causing us to know God is the One in Control.
Give our prayers with constancy and look for the gratitude.
Solomon said Blessing and Woe are from God. Denial is the River of the Exodus, but we are not to stay there.
Jesus arrived with willingness. Going into the fray. Charging in. Every day. Our Hero.
Trouble causes the field to narrow. Redefine. Jesus saw His Disciples 72 in number fall away in Trouble. Jesus saw the field narrow again. Joses, Mary, John stood at the Cross with Him. Jesus is telling us life does this.
A crisis occurred in the day of Jesus.
"4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them: Do you think that they were more sinful than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
The Wild Winds of Life will howl. There is no doubt.
We now have the tools of overcoming, enduring, and finding not just the umbrella to grip with a death grip, but to find out how to learn to ride the waves of real life. Learn to head into the wind, spray, fear, trauma and peace.
Look what Father God is providing:
Thessoloncia Ossios David - Acts House Church from the 4th Century
Sanctuary in God.
1..Not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be
2..God chose you as the first fruits to be saved,
through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
God is not lukewarm in His Love.
Thessalonians is ripe with First Fruit of God.
1 Thessalonians 2
19 After all, who is our hope, our joy, our crown of boasting, if it is not you yourselves in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 You are indeed our glory and our joy.
Jesus is Love.
3. Denial of truth is this: Exalting our ideas above God. Placing our thoughts and our desires above God. Not seeing the events of our lives are His. That He has made us. We are His. We are the sheep who want the verdant pastures of Father God. The Plan and Will of God are good. Suppressing real emotion to be fake to the Lord God. Doing the Process, the time consuming process of the Father with the Prodigal. With God. Expecting His Mercy.
4. Give Thanks. This is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Have Pleasure in Righteousness. Be the one who sees the Good. Surf the Waves. Find the Joy Jesus had in John 14, 15, 16.
5. Stand Firm. God is for us.
6. God is going to reveal Himself. He called you through His Gospel. Stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught.
This is today. Medicine has advanced. Technology provides a bridge to people decades past.
Phones create direction in paths to be made straight.
We lift our Faces to You. You are our Good Father.
May our Lord Jesus Christ - Himself!
AND God our Father!
HE Loves us
and gives us
comfort and good hope
Let us Draw up to You Father God for You comfort of your Jearts
We ask You
establish us, Jesus the Lord, and the Ones we Love -
in every good work and word.
Lord Jesus, Father God, Holy Spirit - we Expect You.
Jesus Christ IS Our Alleluia.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †