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Pamphlet #5151 KC2Thes5-1

If you are one of God's elect, a servant of Jesus Christ?; What is your number one priority in life?

The question regarding the day Jesus Christ returns and when we gather back to Him has now been settled once and for all!

In his first letter to the Thessalonians Paul told us that the Second Advent will occur at the LAST TRUMP, at which time we who are alive and remain in the flesh will be changed into our spiritual bodies to meet the Lord Jesus Christ and all the saints who have gone on before us, i.e. our deceased loved ones who are with Him right now and will be returning with Him as Paul explained in 1 Thes. 4:13-18.

Apparently though, there was some confusion over the definition of the word "LAST"!

Can something be last and yet happen at any moment before something else?

Of course not, because then the "something else" would be last!

So the apostle Paul, authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ, made it real clear in his second letter to the Thessalonians with a simple solid statement of fact as to what MUST happen first, BEFORE Jesus Christ returns at the Last Trump!

In 2 Thes. 2:3-4 he says, "Let no man deceive you by any means."

No man means no preacher, teacher, visionary, commentator, friend or foe, whether male or female, or whether dead or alive!

Paul continues... "For that day", the day the Lord returns, "shall NOT come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

So before Jesus Christ returns, Satan will be cast to this earth along with his angels according to Rev. 12:7-9 and he will appear as the Messiah with "all power and signs and lying wonders (2 Thes. 2:9)", performing miracles "in the sight of men (Rev. 13:13)" and deceive the whole world into believing he is God, i.e. Jesus Christ.

You SEE, if you do not KNOW that the false messiah comes FIRST, which is part of having the "seal of God" in your forehead (Rev. 9:4), no one will convince you after the fact that Jesus Christ has not returned and you will surely worship the abomination of desolation, the abominable one, the wicked one, the beast, the dragon, that old serpent, Satan himself.

But, now you do know, don't you?

Having therefore set the record straight and establishing the chronological order of events leading to the second advent, Paul now concludes his instructions to us with some very useful words of wisdom.

2 Thes. 3:1
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Are you one of God's elect, a servant of Jesus Christ?

If so, then what is your number one priority in life?

Are you just trying to make it through each day and endure your trials and tribulations while looking for signs and anxiously awaiting the culmination of the events of the age and the return of Jesus Christ?

That certainly was not Paul's desire!

Here is a man, the apostle Paul, who while serving God was or would be at various times jailed, stoned, put on trial, shipped wrecked, persecuted and who knows what else.

If ever there was a man who should have been anxious for Christ's return it was him.

Yet here he is requesting that our prayers be that the Word of God continue to be spread freely thereby causing others to be saved and have their lives changed like the Thessalonians, all to the glory of God.

There is not even the slightest hint of "Woe is me" from this great servant of God.

That alone should give one encouragement and comfort and increase one's faith.

[2] And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
And pray that we be not hindered by unreasonable and wicked men in carrying forth that gospel.

There is a battle raging and yet to be waged for the souls of men and yes, there is enmity between the children of God and the children of the wicked one as there has been from the beginning (Gen. 3:15).

The ungodly are unreasonable.
And kenites are wicked men.
Neither of them have the faith.
Lord, deliver us from them.

2 Thes. 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
If we do His will, the Lord has faithfully promised to strengthen us and keep us from evil [the evil one]!

Christ Himself taught us to pray for deliverance from the evil one "... but deliver us from evil [the evil one]: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Amen (Matthew 6:13)" Let there be no doubt who rules supreme and who has all power and glory and can back up His faithful promises!

[4] And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
You must be a "doer" of the Word and not a "hearer only" (James 1:23), doing and continuing to do "the things" which he has commanded you, holding steadfast to His Word and not the traditions of men.

Then with just a little "touch" from the Lord, just a little stablishing and strengthening, He will take care of those wicked men and they will know that you are one of His.

Here are Christ's words to the church of Philadelphia in this final generation:

Rev. 3:8
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Those of the church of Philadelphia, one of the only two churches (the other being the church of Smyrna - Rev. 2:9) that Jesus found no faults with, do as Paul has instructed and they "prove all things" from the Word of God and they "Hold fast that which is good", i.e. the truth as it written, and they have that little touch, a little strength from the Lord.

That is all one ever needs!

[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
As Paul said, the Lord is faithful in His promises to His servants so you can ALWAYS count on Him to deliver you!

"O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield (Psalm 115:9)."

2 Thes. 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:6)."

Again, are you impatiently waiting for Christ to return?

What about the love of God for all of His children, like your brothers and sisters?

Do you love (agape) them?

Then be patient, we will gather back to Christ quite soon enough.

Meanwhile we need to do as Paul instructs us and be "doers" and pray "that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified" among our brothers and sisters before that 6th Trump sounds.

Sure, we are all growing weary of this flesh age, but be of good cheer because you can rest right now in Him:

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Note: If you have a Companion Bible you are fortunate indeed and you can discover that the 37th Psalm contains an acrostic, which is kind of like a hidden puzzle, that describes what happens to the wicked.

They will perish into thin air like a fat droplet falling and bursting upon a red hot coal.

Check it out!

2 Thes. 2:6
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
This is a command from Jesus Christ concerning a brother, whether he be a blood relative or a brother in the Lord.

Withdraw yourselves from and do not pattern your lives after those who walk disorderly, i.e. contrary to the word of God.

[7] For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Paul and Timothy and Silas set the example for them (and us) to follow.

They did not behave inappropriately or take advantage of or "use" people, nor did they pass a collection plate!

They established the honorable "Work Ethic" as the Godly manner in which to both serve the Lord and conduct one's life!

That's right, the "Work Ethic" applies both spiritually and physically!

[8] Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Paul paid his own way so that his credibility was beyond reproach and his accountability was only to God.

No one could say that he preached the gospel and served God for the money.

He was a tent maker and to be sure a very skilled one at that!

[9] Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Paul lead by example which is what great leaders do!

As the saying goes, "He practiced what he preached."

He knew that it would have been OK for him to receive support for his ministering unto the Thessalonians but he chose rather to set the proper Christian example and pay his own way lest his former admonition to those who were living off the charity of others while "waiting for Christ to return" appeared to be even the slightest bit hypocritical.

2 Thes. 2:10
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
The Greek word translated "would" as in "would not" is "thelo" which means to "prefer".

In other words, if anyone chooses not to work, neither should he eat.

We should not be supporters and enablers to those who are able to but are too lazy to work and support themselves, again both spiritually and physically.

[11] For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
They should have been busy working, being doers, but instead they were busy hanging out and nosing into everyone else's business.
[12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
Loafers, busybodies and those who are always looking for the easier softer way, are commanded and exhorted by the Word of God to mind their own business and earn their own keep.
[13]But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
Never get tired of doing what is right.

It is not always easy to do the right thing and at times it seems like a constant uphill battle, because often it is.

Never get disheartened either by fact that you have to work hard for what you get while others seem to prosper and dwell in luxury, especially the children of disobedience who have no faith in Christ.

Also, never get weary of telling the truth or of teaching the truth of God's Word as it written, regardless of how unpopular it may be!

For if you follow Christ, the Word of God, and do what is right you shall accrue unfathomable riches in heaven as it is written in Matthew 6:20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:"

2 Thes. 2:14
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Tough love is not called "tough" because it is the easy thing to do. It is far easier to enable someone by giving him (or her) a handout than to let him go hungry for a day or fall flat on his face.

But if by your "kindness" and your "compassion" based on your "feelings" instead of that which is right by the wisdom contained in the Word of God, even as Paul just declared regarding the lazy who refuse to work, you PREVENT a person from "experiencing the consequences of his or her own actions" you have "WRONGED" that person and you have NOT shown them the love of God!

Even if, and especially if, it is your own son or daughter or husband or wife.

You see, you have actually practiced liberalism and executed injustice!

This is exactly the kind of feel-good, ungodly thinking that has produced the plethora of entitlement programs in this country which debilitate the spirit of our people and weaken our nation.

Do not misunderstand what is being said here!

We are not talking about widows and orphans and some disabled people who are not able to support themselves or those who are temporarily "down on their luck" but are working hard to recover.

We are talking about those who "willingly" refuse to work and do for themselves either physically or spiritually.

As Paul just said in verse 14, they should be ashamed of themselves and if we don't support them and have no company with them, perhaps sooner or later they shall be!

2 Thes. 2:15
Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Be careful not to be mean or hateful to someone, although you can be GUARANTEED that is exactly how the "freeloader" will view you and so accuse you.

Always be gentle and kind but firm in your convictions and let them know precisely WHY you are doing what you do!

Then it won't be a problem to "have no company with them" because it just may be, at least for awhile, they will have no company with you!

You know, when you think about it, just as the state governments have developed a welfare program where even people who can work, but are unwilling to, show up once a week for a pittance of a paycheck, the churches have developed a spiritual welfare program where people show up once a week for a pittance of crumbs from the Word of God, and they are lucky if they even get that.

It is known as the "famine" of the end times (Amos 8:11).

The churches themselves should be ashamed!

You see, all one needs to do is open the Word of God and come the 'table of the Lord' and they can feast to their full on the delicious meat of His Word and taste the delicacies of the rich "hidden manna".

Of course it does require some work and effort and study on one's behalf!

But then you will never have to be ashamed because you are a workman and you do show yourself approved unto God.

2 Tim. 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

What was that again Paul said about those who would not work?

2 Thes. 2:10
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
No wonder there is a spiritual famine in the land.
2 Thes. 2:16
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
The Lord gives us peace, which is comfort and inner peace of mind and freedom from anxiety and worry including what others think about us as they call us uncompassionate or cruel-hearted Christians because we seek the truth and execute discipline according to the Word of God.

He gives us that peace, that freedom, through His Word which is Truth (John 17:17).

As John 8:32 says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

[17] The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
Paul wrote the salutation of this second letter to the Thessalonians "by his own hand" as the sign of its authenticity.

How authentic is his epistle?

It is the Word of God!

Therefore believe it and do it, for you see, our Lord Jesus Christ has already shown us His grace by giving us these epistles of Paul whereby we may grow in His grace and knowledge.

[18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
His grace is with you, if you will but believe the Word of God!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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