Date: October 31, 1999

Series: The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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Waiting ... in light of Christ's Second Coming
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

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1. Don't be Quickly Shaken - 2 Thess. 2:1-2

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.

Context: The Apostle Paul and his disciples, Silas, Timothy and Dr. Luke had entered the port city of Thessalonica during their 2nd Missionary Journey in 51 AD. Many of the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles heard the good news of Jesus Christ and became His disciples but not without persecution. Once Paul finished his journey he wrote them two letters of encouragement. The first letter addressed a concern they had about what would happen to the Christians who died once Jesus returned to earth? The second letter was written to encourage the new believers that in spite of the rumors the "day of the Lord" had not taken place. In verses 1-2 Paul would explain that the first part of the "coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" would be an invisible coming. Only our Lord's disciples would experience His presence. . The "being gathered to Him" would occur when the Lord Jesus calls His Bride to Himself in preparation for His 'visible' return to earth. That visible coming of Jesus as the Judge in all His glory and power will be witnessed by the whole world.

Some Questions to Consider!

1. Do you really believe Jesus Christ is coming again? ______

2. If you don't believe Jesus is coming again, what is your hope for the future?

3. If you do believe Jesus is coming again, how has that truth challenging your current lifestyle?

4. How do you react when various rumors and prophecies of the 2nd Coming alarm your Christian friends?

2. Don't be Easily Deceived - 2 Thess. 2:3-4

Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Some Questions to Consider!

1. Can you recall that when as a young believer you were deceived about the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ?Explain!

2. How many times have you had to change your mind about the identity of the "the man of lawlessness"?

3. How much time do you spend thinking and studying about the events that will occur during "the day of the Lord"?

4. What do you think has influenced you more concerning the subject of the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ -the current popular books, movies and TV shows or your personal study of your Bible?

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