TOPIC : END – TIME REBELLION AND OPPOSITION AGAINST GOD
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, expose me to your truth as I read your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1‐12
Question(s) for Reflection
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Many speculations have been associated with the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some predict the date contrary to Matthew 24:36. Others believe and teach that His coming will be spiritual contrary to Acts 1:11. Still some others (like in today’s passage) believe and teach that He has already come. According to our passage, mention two events that must precede Christ’s second coming (v.3.)
The first is already with us in the form of atheistic and secular humanism, materialistic consumer society, relative morality, social permissiveness which devalues sanctity of human life, sex, marriage, and family life which are all created or instituted by God. The second event is the revelation of the man of lawlessness, also known as the Antichrist. This is a human personality who will be Satan‐incarnate. This has future occurrence.
Point out from our passage the characteristics of the Antichrist (see also Revelation 13). Notice how he will end up (v.8). Vs.6&7 indicate that the Antichrist is currently being restrained. It is widely believed that the restraint is due to the work of the Holy Spirit and the Church.
And so? How do you prepare to escape the end‐time deception (vs.10‐12)?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord Jesus, grant me and your Church victory over the current wave of rebellion against you.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
Psalms 4:8; Ezra 3, 4; Job 31, 32