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2 Thessalonians 2 : *Antichrist will come before Jesus returns

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.

Verses 1-3 When he was with them, Paul had taught the Christians at Thessalonica about Jesusí return. (See verse 5.) He had said more about it in his first letter to them. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 5:1-10.) But other people had taught that it had already happened. So, Paul is explaining that certain things must happen first.

The Ďday of the Lordí is not a 24-hour day but a longer time. 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.

Verses 3-4 The Ďman who completely refuses to obey Godí is the opposite of Jesus Christ. Another name for him is Ď*Antichristí (see 1 John 2:18, 22 and 4:3). The book in the Bible called Daniel tells about a very bad ruler like this. (See Daniel 7:25-26; 9:26-27; 11:31-39.) And the Bible also describes a strange animal that may also be like a picture of this person. (See Revelation 13:1-8.)

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.

Verses 6-7 Something (verse 6) and/or someone (verse 7) is making it impossible for *Antichrist to come yet. Paul had taught the Christians at Thessalonica about this. So, they knew what it and/or he was. But we do not know certainly what Paul means here. He may mean the government or governments that rule people in this world. God chooses to let governments rule people. And good governments make good rules. Those rules help people do what is right.

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.


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