Jesus Has Not Returned Yet
An EasyEnglish Version with Notes (1200 word vocabulary) on Paulís Second Letter to the Thessalonians
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v1 This letter is from Paul, Silas and Timothy to Godís people who live at Thessalonica. You are united to God our Father, and to the *Lord Jesus Christ. v2 We pray that God the Father, and the *Lord Jesus Christ will continue to be very kind to you. We pray also that they will cause you to be without trouble in your minds.
v3 You are like brothers and sisters to us, and we ought to thank God because of you always. We should thank him, because you are learning to believe Christ more and more. And each of you is loving each of the other Christians more and more. v4 As a result, we speak about you to Godís other groups of *believers. We are so happy to tell them about you. You are showing how Godís people should live. People often cause you bad trouble and pain because you are Christians. But you are continuing to believe Christ. You are continuing to be patient and brave.
v5 All this shows us something clearly, about how God decides about people. God decides about people who die. He decides what should happen to those people. And he will always decide what is right for them. People are causing great trouble for you now because God is your king. So it is right that, as a result, you should live always with God and his people. And God will cause this to happen to you.
v6 God will do what is right. So he will *punish those people who are causing trouble for you. He will cause trouble for them. v7 God will also do what is right for you. You have troubles now. But God will cause you to rest and to be without trouble. You will rest, together with us, when the *Lord Jesus will come down from *heaven. He will come with his powerful *angels. v8 He will come with a very hot fire. And he will *punish those people who refuse to know God. He will *punish those people who do not obey the good news about our *Lord Jesus. v9 To *punish them, he will go on destroying them always. He will shut them out from where the *Lord is present. So, they will never see how very powerful, great and beautiful he is. v10 All this will happen on that special day when Jesus will come. On that day, Jesusí own people will show what great things he has done for them. All those people who believe him will say great things about him. And you will be among them, because you believed our message. You believed what we told you.
v11 So we always pray for you. Our God has chosen you to be his own people. And you must continue to be the kind of people that he wants. So, we pray that he will be happy about you. We pray also that God will work powerfully in you. So then he will make it possible for you to do every good thing that you want to do. You want to do those good things because you believe Christ. v12 We pray this so that other people will say good things about our *Lord Jesus because of you. They will see the great things that he has done for you. Also, Jesus will cause people to say good things about you. This will happen because our God and the *Lord Jesus Christ are so very kind to you.
v1 Our friends, we must explain something now about the time when our *Lord Jesus Christ will return. You know that, at that time, he will bring us all together to be with him. But we ask you something very strongly. v2 You must not let yourselves become confused or afraid easily because of false messages about the *Lordís return. Those messages say that the *day of the Lord has already happened. Perhaps somebody might say that Godís Spirit has shown him a message like that. Or somebody might report that we said it. Or they might say that we wrote it in a letter.
v3 Do not let anyone cause you to believe something false in any way. That day will not happen until certain other things have happened first. Before that day, there will be a time when many people will turn against God completely. Also, before that day, people will see the man who completely refuses to obey God. He is the man that God will certainly kill. v4 This man will be Godís *enemy. He will be the *enemy of everything that people call God. He will be the *enemy of everything that people *worship. He will think that he is much greater than any god. As a result, this man will even go into Godís special house and he will sit down there. And he will tell people that he himself is God.
v5 I told you these things when I was with you. I am sure that you remember that. v6 This man will come at the time that God has chosen. But something makes it impossible for him to come yet. And you know what it is. v7 Already *Satan is working secretly to turn people against God and against Godís rules. But there is someone who is making it impossible for *Satan to work like that freely. And that someone will continue to make it impossible, until God takes that someone away. v8 Then people will see the man who completely refuses to obey God. But when the *Lord Jesus will come, he will kill that man. Jesus will kill him with the words that Jesus speaks. Jesus will kill him with the very bright, powerful light that shines from Jesus himself.
v9 *Satan will cause this very bad man to come. Also, *Satan will cause this man to be very powerful. So, this very bad man will do all kinds of things that people cannot usually do. Those things will surprise people very much. Those things will cause people to believe this very bad man. They will cause people to believe things that are not true. v10 This very bad man will also do all kinds of bad things. He will cause bad people to believe what is not true. So, God will certainly kill those bad people. Those bad people will believe false things because they refused to love the true message. They refused to love the true message so that God could save them. v11 For this reason, God causes them to believe wrong things very easily and very strongly. So then they will believe what is not true. v12 The result is that God will decide to *punish them. They refused to believe what is true. And instead, they enjoyed doing wrong things. So God will *punish all of them.
v13 But you are like brothers and sisters to us, and the *Lord loves you. We must thank God always because of you, because God has chosen you. God chose you to be among the first people that he would save. He saves you because his Spirit makes you Godís special people. Godís Spirit makes you separate from everything that is bad. God saves you because you believe him. You believe what is true. v14 God asked you strongly to become his special people. You heard him when we told you the good news. He wanted you to become special people who would live always with our *Lord Jesus Christ. You will live in the beautiful place with Christ, who is so very great. v15 So, our friends, you must continue to believe Christ strongly. Continue to believe the true things that we taught you. God first taught those things to us. And we taught them to you when we spoke to you. We also taught them to you when we wrote our letter to you.
v16 We pray about you to our *Lord Jesus Christ himself, and to God, our Father. They have shown how much they love you and us. And they have promised to give good things to us all. So, we can continue to be brave and strong for all time. We can hope strongly for these good things. They will give these things to us because they are so very kind. v17 We pray that our *Lord Jesus Christ and God, our Father, will make you brave. We pray that they will continue to make you strong in your minds. So you will always do what is good. And you will always say what is good.
v1 Now, friends, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that, because of us, more and more people will hear the *Lordís message with pleasure soon. Pray that they will believe his message. So then they will thank God for it. That is what happened among you. v2 Pray also that God will not let very bad people cause bad trouble for us. Pray like that, because not everyone believes the message about our *Lord. v3 But the *Lord always does what he has promised. So, he will help you, so that you continue to believe him strongly. And he will keep you safe from *Satan.
v4 Also the *Lord makes us sure about you. We told you things that you must do. You are doing those things. And you will continue to do those things. We are sure about that. v5 We pray that the *Lord will help you to know him more and more. So then you will continue to understand more about how much God loves you. And he will cause you to be patient and strong, like Christ.
v6 Our friends, we tell you this with the authority that the *Lord Jesus Christ gives to us. You must stay away from every *believer who is living in a lazy way. People like that are refusing to obey the things that we taught you. v7 You yourselves know that you ought to be like us. You ought to do the things that we did. We were not lazy when we were with you. v8 We always paid for all the food that we received from anyone. We worked very much, during the day and at night. We worked so that we did not need to ask any of you for anything. So, you did not have to supply anything for us. v9 We could have told you that you must supply things for us. We have authority to do that. But we wanted to show you ourselves what you should do. So then you could be like us. v10 Even when we were with you, we told you this rule. ĎIf anyone refuses to work, you should not let him eatí, we said.
v11 We say this because someone has told us news about you. They have told us that some people among you are living in a lazy way. Those people do not work themselves. But they talk very much about other people. They are busy with things that should not matter to them. v12 We speak strongly to those people who are lazy like that. We speak with the authority that the *Lord Jesus Christ gives to us. We tell them strongly that it is their duty to work. They should work properly so that they may get their own food to eat.
v13 But you other *believers must never stop doing what is good. v14 We have written things in this letter to tell you what you should do. If anyone refuses to obey these things, tell everyone about him. And stay away from him, so that he may be ashamed. v15 But do not think about him or speak to him as your *enemy. Instead, tell him seriously, like a brother, that he should obey our message.
v16 The *Lord causes us to be without trouble in our minds. And I pray that the *Lord himself will do that for you at all times and in every way. I pray that the *Lord will be with all of you.
v17 I, Paul, am writing these words myself to say Ďhelloí to you. I write my name like this at the end of all my letters. This is how I write. v18 I pray that our *Lord Jesus Christ will continue to be very kind to all of you.
AD ~ AD 50 means 50 years after Jesus came, and so on.
angel ~ a servant of God. He brings messages from God to people on earth.
Antichrist ~ another name for the man who will completely refuse to obey God.
believer ~ a person who knows and accepts Christ.
day of the Lord ~ The Ďday of the Lordí is not a 24-hour day. It means all the things that may happen during many years. It includes many events. It will be a time when God will beat all his enemies (Zephaniah 1:14-18). He will be angry with them and so he will kill them all (Isaiah 13:9). This will cause trouble on the earth (Isaiah 13:11; Amos 5:18-20). But it will be a very good time for those who love God. It is a way to talk about the time when God will make Israelís people free (Jeremiah 30:7-9; Joel 3:16). It also is a way to speak about the time when Jesus will return. And then he will start to rule on the earth.
enemy ~ person that wants to hurt or to attack.
heaven ~ the place beyond the earth where God and Jesus Christ live.
Lord ~ master; another name for God or Jesus; it means that he is greater than everyone else.
punish ~ to hurt someone, or to cause trouble for them, because they have done bad things.
Satan ~ another name for the Devil. He is the bad *spirit who wants to be God. He is the ruler of bad *spirits and of all that is bad. He is the enemy of God and the enemy of Christians.
spirit ~ spirits are alive, but we cannot see them. There are good spirits usually called *angels. Bad spirits (also called evil spirits or demons) live in the air round us. *Satan is their leader.
worship ~ to love and thank someone (God) more than anyone else.
A. Marshall ~ The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament
P. Ellingworth & E. A. Nida ~ A Translatorís Handbook on Paulís Letters to the Thessalonians
L. Morris ~ New International Commentary on the New Testament ~ The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians
F. F. Bruce ~ Word Biblical Commentary ~ 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Various Bible versions
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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).
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