Verse 1 – Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
Verse 2 – not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
There had been false prophecies given, that said the day of the Lord had already come. Paul tells them not to be troubled with what they had heard because they all would be gathered together when it happened.
Verse 3 – Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
The word “apostasy” can also mean a great rebellion. It carries the idea of “defection” or “departure” of the true gospel. The “falling away” will come first. People are more open now then ever before in their rebellion against God. We see it every day. What they used to do in secret, now there is no shame in the open.
I believe before the church is raptured the man of perdition, lawlessness, will be revealed. Only two things need to happen before the time-clock starts ticking toward the rapture and the seven-year tribulation starts.
Verse 4 – who oppose and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
When the Anti-Christ does this, it will be what Daniel spoke about, the abomination of desolation. People will be so deceived by what this man says and does, he will say that he is God and millions upon millions will believe him. This will occur during the great tribulation period (Matthew 24:15; see also Daniel 9:27).
However, when he first appears on the scene, he will be all nicey nice, acting like he has all the answers to world peace. Because the true believers are aware of this, they will see right through his deception.
Verse 5 – Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
Verse 6 – And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
There will come a day when the “restraining’ no longer restrains the Anti-Christ from appearing. We can assume this is done by the power of God’s Spirit. Does He not set things in motion and control all? In God’s timing this man of lawlessness will be revealed.
Verse 7 – For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
Let me ask you a question. When the rapture occurs, and all believers which are filled with the Holy Spirit are removed from this earth, what state is the rest of mankind left in? That’s not to say that there wont’ be any saved during the tribulation, because there will be.
Verse 8 – And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
Even though Satan knows his true end, he is so prideful and arrogant, he always thinks he can over power our Redeemer. His main goal is to take as many people who are the “lost’ to hell with him. But his end is sure to come, as it is written!
Verse 9 – The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
The “lawless one” will use counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders. God’s miracles always have a purpose to help, heal, and strengthen our faith towards Christ. However, the man of lawlessness will have power to do miracles, signs, and wonders, that comes directly from Satan. Those things will be used to deceive and destroy people and lead people to worship himself, not Christ.
Verse 10 – and with all unrighteousness deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Verse 11 – And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
Verse 12 – that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
We all have the freedom of choice to either believe the truth of the gospel, or reject it, accept God’s Son, or reject Him. These who are condemned ad sent a strong delusion, had already turned their hearts away from receiving Christ.
Those who keep putting off turning their hearts and minds toward God are fooling themselves in thinking there will always be another opportunity.
Comfort To the Believer on the Day of the Lord
Verse 13 – But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
The following things are affirmed or implied here: (1) God chose or elected each one that believes the truth unto salvation. The doctrine of election therefore is true. (2) This was from the beginning, from eternity. (3) This was and is the choice of the person who believes to follow Christ. (4) It is clear that all believers know they were chosen by God and therefore should always give thanks and be grateful. There will be evidence in a person’s life that they were chosen by God – look at Paul as an example.
Verse 14 – to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 15 – Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
Verse 16 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
Verse 17 – comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.