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12 October 2019

A Few Thoughts About the Last Days

A short note about signs indicating the return of the Lord Jesus.

I believe the Bible teaches imminency.
B1 A few articles that might help us understand the basics.
B2 There is not a long list of signs about Jesus’s return.

But, there are some things prophesied. Are they a sign? Sort of, but are they a sign that Jesus will come soon? These things might be happening, but they are not THE signs. To be a sign, it must be very significant, belantent, perhaps even worldwide. Apostasy is an example.

Some things we do know:
B1 The return of the nation of Israel
C1 Daniel 9:24-27 CSB Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city—to bring the rebellion to an end, to put a stop to sin, to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place. "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an Anointed One, the ruler, will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will be rebuilt with a plaza and a moat, but in difficult times. "After those sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the coming ruler will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come with a flood, and until the end there will be war; desolations are decreed. "He will make a firm covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And the abomination of desolation will be on a wing of the temple until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.
C2 For a covenant to be made there must be a nation of Israel (your people). One article to study (PDF).
B2 Apostasy
C1 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 WEL Don’t let anyone deceive you by any method, because [it will not happen] unless the departure comes first and the man of sin, the son of perdition, is revealed. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above everything that is called god or what is worshiped, so that he, as if God, sits in God’s temple showing that he, himself, is god.
C2 The departure (translated variously as falling away, apostasy, great rebellion, etc.) must not be something ordinary to be a sign. It must be an apostasy never seen before.
C3 Some interpret the word departure to be the rapture.
C4 Perhaps a mysticism as we see overwhelming the church today: 1 Timothy 4:1 NLT Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
C5 The Greek word is ἀποστασία apostasía. It means falling away, defection, apostasy. It would be a departure from the teaching of Jesus Christ.
C6 It is used one other time in the New Testament: Acts 21:21 CSB But they have been informed about you—that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or to live according to our customs. [Emphasis is mine].
D1 Acts 21:21 speaks of a false claim about Paul’s teaching. They claim that Paul is teaching a departure from the teachings of Moses, the Torah.
D2 They claimed that Paul was teaching the believers to not follow the Torah and to disclaim Moses as an authority.
D3 To a religious, seriously minded Jew, this is heresy of all heresies.
C7 English definition of apostasy
D1 the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. (Oxford dictionaries via Bing).
D2 It helps to understand the antonym to help me understand. An antonym is loyalty.
C6 It seems reasonable, therefore, that the apostasy spoken of by Paul would be the heresy of all heresies concerning the Christian faith.
D1 The Gospel would be changed.
D2 Christian doctrine would be changed.
D3 Christian worldview and lifestyle would be changed.
D4 This is happening with greater frequency than any believer would want.
C8 Is it a sign? No one knows when this apostasy occurs. Nevertheless, we do seem to be in a time when the plain teachings of the Scripture are being ignored.
B3 Last days conditions
C1 2 Timothy 3:1-9 WEL Know this also, that in the last days perilous times will come.
2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggers, arrogant, users of abusive language, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, impossible to please, false accusers, unable to control themselves, fierce, despising those who are good,
4 Traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 Having an appearance of godliness but having spurned its power. From such turn away.
6 For this type are those who wheedle into houses and captivate gullible women loaded with sins carried away with various evil desires,
7 Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also oppose the truth. Men with corrupt minds, rejected as worthless in regards to the faith,
9 But they will get no farther, because their foolishness will be clearly seen by all, just as theirs was.
D1 When these last days occur is not said, but the conditions listed in our passage must be extrodinary common and bold.
D2 These people are spoken of as having some sort of religious expression.
D3 They are deceivers who groom people to abuse and take advantage of them.
D4 Truth is no longer reality but personal opinion.
C2 Possibly, the sins of the Canaanites and those living before the flood can give us an idea of the types of sins that God hated so much that He judged them worthy of the death penalty.
D1 Noah’s days: Genesis 6:5-7 NLT The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 7 And the LORD said, "I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.
D2 Thoughts, desires, words, and deeds would be exactly the opposite of God’s list.
E1 God’s ten commandments
F1 You shall have no other gods before Me.
F2 You shall make no idols.
F3 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
F4 Keep the Sabbath day holy.
F5 Honor your father and your mother.
F6 You shall not murder.
F7 You shall not commit adultery.
F8 You shall not steal.
F9 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
F10 You shall not covet.
E2 So in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds they do the opposite. The Canaanites did the opposite when obeying the commands of their gods. Deuteronomy 12:31 CSB You must not do the same to the LORD your God, because they practice every detestable act, which the LORD hates, for their gods. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. [Emphasis is mine]
E3 The opposite laws would then be:
F1 Any gods you want or can imagine.
F2 Any image you want or can invent.
F3 Blaspheming Jesus is good.
F4 No time for Jesus. Seel yourself and your own pleasure first.
F5 Do not honor your parents. They are old fashioned and not enlightened.
F6 Murder is the solution to a problem, so abortion, political killings, war, etc.
F7 Any kind of sex as long as you don’t hurt someone else.
F8 Steal if you need to.
F9 Lie to protect yourself and your friends.
F10 Covet and pursue it.
D3 Leviticus 18 speaks about the practices of the people living in the land presently.
E1 The passage:
Leviticus 18:1-30 NIV The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD. 6 " 'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD. 7 " 'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. 8 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father. 9 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. 10 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you. 11 " 'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister. 12 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative. 13 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative. 14 " 'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt. 15 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her. 16 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother. 17 " 'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness. 18 " 'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living. 19 " 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period. 20 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her. 21 " 'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. 22 " 'Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. 23 " 'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion. 24 " 'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you. 29 " 'Everyone who does any of these detestable things--such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God. [Emphasis is mine]
E2 Some comments
F1 Sexual sins predominate
G1 The Israelites were not to have intercourse with mother, stepmother, stepsister, granddaughter, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, a woman AND her daughter, a woman AND her granddaughter, when a woman is unclean, neighbor’s wife, any male, any animal, etc.
G2 Sex is good and is to be pleasureable for husband and wife only.
F2 The Israelites were to never sacrifice children to any god (Molech is mentioned here). Note from the Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature 1895):
(Heb. Mo’lek, מֹלֶךְ, king, always with the art. הִמֹּלֶךְ, except in 1Ki 11:7; Sept. ἄρχων in Lev 18:21; Lev 20:2-4; Μελχών v.r. βασιλεύς in 1Ki 11:7; Μολὸχ ὁ βασιλεύς in Jer 32:35; and simply Μολόχ in 2Ki 23:10, as Aquila, Symmachus, and Theodotion everywhere render; Vulg. aMoloch), called also MOLOCH (Amo 5:25; Act 7:43), MILCOU (1Ki 1:5; 1Ki 1:33; 2Ki 23:13), MALCHAM (Zep 1:5), and MELCOMI (marg. Jer 49:1; Jer 49:3, text “their king”), is chiefly found in the Old Testament as the national god of the Ammonites, to whom children were sacrificed by fire.
F3 God ordered the people not to live by the rules, laws, and standards of the Canaanites or anyone else; they were to live by God’s rules.
F4 Punishment was to be vomited out of the land.
F5 A note from Believer's Bible Commentary by WILLIAM MACDONALD 1985 on this passage: Verses 1-23 tell the people what not to do; verses 24-30 tell them why not to do it. It is no accident that impurity and idolatry are found together in the same chapter (see also chap. 20). A person's morality is the fruit of his theology, his concept of God. The Canaanites were a graphic illustration of the degradation that idolatry produces (vv. 24-27).
B4 God’s promise to bring the Jews back to Israel
C1 The Jews coming back to Israel has never happened like it has the last 70+ years.
C2 It was prophesied:
D1 Jeremiah 16:15 NKJV but, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.' For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.
D2 Jeremiah 30:3 NKJV For behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 'that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,' says the LORD. 'And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

The are not exact signs, but perhaps the above are indications that the Jesus’s return is soon.

Like the Apostle John we pray, as all believers have for nearly 2,000 years: Revelation 22:20 NKJV He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

13 February 2019

1 Timothy 4

Three Outlines Today

1 Timothy 4:1-5

B1 Warning of Apostasy
C1 This is for the latter times
D1 End of the church age
D2 Just before the Tribulation
D3 Society falls apart
D4 Like the days of Noah and the times of Sodom and Gomorrah
E1 The sins of society are NOT any special sins.
E2 They are the breaking of God’s Commandments as summarized in the 10 Commandments.
E3 Every law is broken in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
E4 Truth changes from the correspondence theory (reality) to the Narcissistic theory (what I say is truth, is truth).
C2 Characteristics of those times
D1 Depart from the faith—leaving the Gospel and doctrine as taught by the Lord Jesus and the Apostles.
E1 The main doctrine modified concerns the Gospel. Works or something else become necessarily.
E2 Then the doctrine of God, the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are changed.
E3 Christianity departs from evidence and a reasonable faith to one of experience and mysticism.
D2 Turning to seducing spirits and teachings of demons.
E1 Lifestyle is determined by whatever a person decides.
E2 Doctrine and messages come from meeting God(?) in the silence. The people are deceived to think it is Yahweh who gives these messages, but the messages come from the false. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 CSB - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
D3 Lies and hypocrisy
E1 What these false teachers say and do are not the same.
E2 They love to cover up and hide.
E3 Many fake pastors hide various abuses and financial documents from the faithful.
D4 Conscience seared—people do all these things and do not feel any guilt.
D5 Forbid marriage.
D6 Teach the necessity to avoid certain foods.
E1 These are not foods related to health, but to spiritual progress. Some teach that Christians must follow the dietary laws outlined in the New Testament. If someone wants to follow them, so be it, but if they teach it is spiritually necessarily for the Christian, it is false teaching. I am a Christian not a Jew. God bless the Jews.
E2 The truth is Christians can eat. The reason? God created these foods to be partaken with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. So if a teacher teaches the necessity of not eating something for spiritual reasons, they are teaching lies. Beware! We have been warned.
E3 These foods are spoken by the Holy Spirit to be good and not to be refused. We are to be thankful for them, when we eat any food.
E4 These foods are sanctified.
F1 Because God said so.
F2 Because of prayer.
E5 We can also worship on Sunday or any other day: Colossians 2:16-17 WEL So then don't let anyone condemn you in food, drink, religious festivals, new moon, or the Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of things to come, but the real substance is Christ.
E5 A link about Torah observance by Jews for Jesus.

1 Timothy 4:6-10

B2 Remind brethren
C1 These are for the pastors/leaders
C2 We are being good, that is, pleasing servants of the Lord Jesus.
D1 We remind our fellow believers of these things. Thusly, we must not do these things.
D2 We have to remind ourselves through Bible reading, Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
D3 We have to be open and listen when our fellow believers remind us.
C3 We have to be nourished in the faith. This is knowing the Gospel and Biblical doctrine.
C4 We have to follow them carefully. We do not follow them to be saved or to be better Christians than someone else. We do follow them because we want to be good servants of Jesus Christ.
C5 We are not to follow crude myths or old wives’ stories. These are not doctrine. They are religious myths and stories. None of them are something Christians need to believe. Some examples are
D1 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
D2 Breaking a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck.
D3 Cleanliness is next to godliness.
C6 We need to be in training for living a godly life.
D1 We must know the Bible.
D2 We must know what we believe.
D3 We must know how to live a Christian life.
D4 We must be able to answer questions challenging our faith (apologetics).
C7 Physical exercise is OK but will not enhance our faith.
C8 We need to be ready for living tomorrow with God’s standards stronger in us then today.
C9 Believing that Jesus is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe is offensive to many people. The Gospel is offensive. Jesus is offensive. A Christian life is offensive to many. God’s standards are offensive to many.
B3 Applications
C1 Christians are different. Saving faith is different. Jesus is different. Jesus suffered, so will we.
C2 God gives us grace and strength for whatever we face.
C3 We need to be taught and to teach each other.
C4 We need to encourage each other in the faith.
C5 We need to pray for each other.

1 Timothy 4:11-14

B3 More pastoral advice.
C1 Paul is speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so all these words are not suggestions, they are required.
C2 Command and insist on these things
D1 This is not elder or pastoral abuse.
D2 A controlling pastor is either miseducated or more likely, evil.
D3 The word command has the idea of emphasizing the importance.
D4 The command is from the Holy Spirit.
D5 Teach has the idea of letting people know.
D6 Whatever we teach and emphasize MUST be followed by us. We cannot be someone who says but does not do. That is a hypocrite, and God will judge.
C3 All Christians need to be an example.
D1 Those who have been a Christian for many years better be an example.
D2 Those who have not been a Christian for many years can be an example to those who have.
D3 The idea is be an example.
D4 We are to be an example in our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds especially in love, attitude, faith, and purity. There are too many abusing pastors. They are not pure.
C4 Read, exhort, and teach.
D1 We are to do these things to ourselves.
D2 We are to encourage these things to others.

1 Timothy 4:15-16

B4 Be steadfast in your belief
C1 We need to think. We need to deeply think. We need to carefully.
C2 The things of God are most important to our life today and in the future life.
C3 We are to be dedicated to God’s ways.
C4 We need to grow in the faith.
C5 We need to be careful what we to and teach.
C6 We need to continue in the faith.
C7 We need to encourage all the brothers and sisters to continue, and they to encourage me.
B5 Applications
C1 There is a Christian life for our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
C2 We need to study, teach, and life the Christian faith.
C3 We need to actively think about God’s teachings.
C4 God will give us grace to do these things.
C5 Do not quit.

20 July 2017

Future-Proof Faith

Theme: Enduring in truth

Scriptures: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Objectives (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School lesson book)
Know: False teachings had upset and alarmed the Thessalonian believers. Paul pointed them back to the truth and encouraged them to stand firm in the truth.
Think: Christ’s triumph over evil gives me hope and encouragement to persevere.
Do: Hold fast to the teachings of Scripture in order to stand firm and endure.

Notes and questions:
B1 The saints in Thessaloniki have been troubled by someone who has claimed that the Lord Jesus has already returned. Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, NKJV)
B2 Outline
C1 Regarding the coming of the Lord Jesus and our gathering to Him 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8
C2 Exhortations to be steadfast and for comfort. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-17
B3 The first sentence: Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 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. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, NKJV)
C1 Paul is speaking to the Thessalonians, which can be applied to all Christians.
C2 The topic is in response to false teachers who have taught that the Day of Christ has come.
B4 The word wrath
C1 Greek word
D1 G3709 ὀργή orge
D2 Strong’s definition:
E1 (properly) desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind).
E2 (by analogy) violent passion (ire or (justifiable) abhorrence).
E3 (by implication) punishment.

C2 Verses
D1 Amalek: “Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. (1 Samuel 28:18, NKJV)For further information see 1 Samuel 15:1-3.
D2 David: O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure! (Psalms 38:1, NKJV)
D2 Israel: Joab the son of Zeruiah began a census, but he did not finish, for wrath came upon Israel because of this census; nor was the number recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David. (1 Chronicles 27:24, NKJV). For further information see 1 Chronicles 21:1-7.
D3 This is not just wrath but a special wrath, the worst of all wraths. This is revealed in the Revelation, especially seen starting in Revelation 6.
C3 God wants to spare the Christians this special wrath.
D1 And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10, NKJV)
D2 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 5:9, NKJV)
D3 There are no words for Christians to prepare to live through God’s wrath. There are only words of comfort. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, KJV)
E1 Christians have hope
E2 Believers come with Jesus
E3 Resurrection of Christians who had died, not all saints from Adam for the Word states in Christ.
E4 Transformation and snatched up to be with Jesus, who is in the air, not on earth.
C4 1 Thessalonians 5:10 speaks of the Day of the Lord. The events of 1 Thessalonians 4 seem most reasonably to occur before chapter 5.
C5 Note the idea of Imminence. Imminence is something to happen soon or at any time. The Rapture can happen at any time. For the Second Coming ito be seen by all, various events have to happen before He returns. See here, here, and here for more information. Some other verses on imminence:
D1 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:8, NASB).
D2 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5, NKJV)
D3 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20, NKJV)
B5 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8,
C1 What is the warning in 1 Thessalonians 2:3?
D1 Falling away
E1 The Greek word is G646 apostasía (from 868 /aphístēmi, "leave, depart," which is derived from 575 /apó, "away from" and 2476 /histémi, "stand") – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, "a leaving, from a previous standing." HELPS™ Word-studies copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc.
E2 A departing from something.
F1 Thus a departing from Moses as in “but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. (Acts 21:21, NKJV)
F2 And most commonly translated apostasy or falling away as in 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, (2 Thessalonians 2:3, NKJV)
E3 Most believe the word in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 refers to apostasy, while others believe it refers to the rapture, a departing from here to be with Jesus. If it is apostasy, it is the worst of all apostasies, because there have been terrible apostasies even in the days of the Apostles.
E4 The typical Christian church today is Biblically illiterate, doctrinally illiterate, way-of-life illiterate, and illiterate of what truth is. No wonder there is apostasy. Survey after survey show that the nones are a growing percent of the population.
D2 What two things must happen before that day (Day of the Lord)?
C4 2 Thessalonians 2:4-5,
D1 Who is the man of sin (antichrist)?
D2 Note, about 5% of manuscripts have man of lawlessness. There have been lawlessness since Adam, so it seems the context fits man of sin better.
D3 What are the characteristics, attitudes, of this man of sin in our passage?
D4 When Paul wrote this, the temple was still standing in Jerusalem. Another temple must be built. According to the Temple Institute all is ready to build and to worship according to the laws Moses received from God. Why would the antichrist want to sit in the temple?
C5 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7,
D1 The word restrains in 2 Thessalonians 2:6 is G2722 κατέχω katechō and means hold down securely. It is translated variously as suppress, bound, keep, hold fast, etc. The idea here is to prevent, suppress, something. Many believe this that hinders is the church, which will be removed in the Rapture. Personally, I believe the Holy Spirit is the restrainer. After the rapture, God will not suppress evil. He will take His hands off the reins and let people sin. There will be no control, just evil without any hindering. Is it a punishment to not hold down sin?
D2 What is the mystery of lawlessness? This lawlessness is a mystery, that is, something not well understood. We see lawlessness every day with its frequency increasing. Mystery is the opposite of being revealed. The core, the motivations, of this lawlessness is hidden from view. The lawlessness has a facade that will fully be revealed in that day. Why would the devil and his man of sin want to cloak the intentions and goals from people?
C6 2 Thessalonians 2:8,
D1 After the conditions have been meet, the antichrist is revealed. What is the end of the antichrist, and who did it?
D2 As Christians, we get our strength from the Holy Spirit. Where does the antichrist get his strength? Why would anyone want to get their strength from that source?
B6 2 Thessalonians 2:9-17,
C1 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10,
D1 How does the antichrist convince and win over his converts?
D2 Why would these lying signs convince people?
C2 2 Thessalonians 2:10,
D1 Why is truth important?
D2 Why don’t people love truth? See 1 Corinthians 1:18, John 14:6,
C3 2 Thessalonians 2:11,
D1 Why is God the one sending the delusion (or error)? (It is a punishment for sin).
D2 What did they do to deserve this? (Hardened their heart). See Psalm 81:12 and Romans 1:24. These people choose to believe the lie. Jimmy DeYoung teaches that the lie is that the antichrist IS the Messiah. See Romans 1:25 and 1 Timothy 4:1. We can resist or not resist truth.
C4 2 Thessalonians 2:12,
D1 What are the 2, and only 2, choices every person must make?
D2 Why are these people judged?
D3 See Romans 2:8 and John 3:15-17.
C5 2 Thessalonians 2:13,
D1 Why did God choose these people? They were chosen because they met God’s conditions. God is so wise and knowledgeable that He knows.
D2 Salvation is through (literally in). What 2 things, according to this verse,? The work of the Holy Spirit (sanctification, which is here, a separation from the kingdom of satan into the Kingdom of God. It is a transfer. God also requires faith. We must believe His truth. See the contrast the two groups. Those in 2 Thessalonians 2:12 did NOT believe the truth. See 1 Peter 1:2
C6 2 Thessalonians 2:14,
D1 We hear the Gospel through what means?
D2 If we meet God conditions, what do we receive?
C7 2 Thessalonians 2:15,
D1 What do we have to hold on to?
D2 The word traditions is G3862 παράδοσις paradosis, and it means something handed down. The Lord Jesus condemned Jewish traditions as in Matthew 15:2 and Galatians 1:14. The teachings of the Apostles, however, are the teaching of Jesus as in 1 Corinthians 11:2.
C8 2 Thessalonians 2:16,
D1 What has God given us?
D2 How can we know these in our lives?
C9 2 Thessalonians 2:17,
D1 Paul prays for the people. What is the work of God in our lives?
D2 How has God done this in your life?
B6 Next week
C1 Doing my part
C2 Theme: Living with integrity
C3 Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18