Endtime Bible Studies

Second Thessalonians 1–2

David Brandt Berg

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We’re now studying the second epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians, beginning with the second verse of chapter 1:

“Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

He thanks God for your faith and your faithfulness, and he glories in your faithfulness and your faith in spite of persecution and tribulations. He says that since you have been persecuted and troubled and tribulated by the world, that it’s a righteous thing with God to recompense and to give tribulation to them that trouble you. And so he says:

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day!” (v. 7–10)

Paul was thanking the Lord for the faithfulness of His disciples and His saints. He says, “Don’t worry about those people who are giving you a lot of trouble right now. The Lord’s going to tribulate them and give them a lot of trouble too!” When? “When He shall come!” Verse 10 of that first chapter: “When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day!” What day? Let’s drop down to the second chapter.

He says, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand” (v. 1–2). Here he calls it the day of Christ. In the preceding chapter he calls it the day when God will wreak vengeance on His enemies and trouble them that tribulate us.

He talks about the day when Jesus will wreak vengeance on our enemies—the day when God will trouble them who have tribulated us in the Great Tribulation. We’ve had Great Tribulation, then Jesus comes to give them a lot of trouble, a lot worse than the Tribulation ever was! That day. What day? Verse 10 of the first chapter: “When He shall come!”

He’s talking about the day when Jesus will come again; the day when Jesus will come back again. The day when Jesus will come to be glorified in His saints. In that day! So he says in the second chapter, first verse: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto Him.”

What happens at His coming? Our gathering together unto Him, what’s it called? The Rapture! The exodus! Yes, exodus, that’s for sure—ecstasy! The exodus of the church, of the Bride, from this horrible world that has persecuted her and tribulated her with Great Tribulation, whom God is now going to trouble because of the way they treated His Bride. The day when Jesus comes and He raptures His saints, taking His Bride out of this world.

Jesus is going to come and take us up to be with Him, unite us with Him in the Rapture. That’s the day of our uniting to the Lamb! That’s the day of our union, followed by this Marriage Supper that lasts about 30 days (Revelation 19:9). What a shindig, what a party! Hallelujah!

That’s what Paul is talking about here when he’s talking about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto Him. And back in verse 10 of the first chapter: “When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, in that day!” The day of our Rapture, when we are raptured into His very arms to be His Bride, wedded and married forever.

 
 

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