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DON'T LOSE HOPE! (1 of 8)
Hope for the End Times
II Thessalonians 1:1-4
Our overall theme in this series in II
Thessalonians is "Hope for the End Times." This is
the follow-up letter which Paul, under the Holy
Spirit, wrote to the young believers in Corinth. The
first letter was written to address some of the
questions which had arisen in the minds of young
believers around the coming again of the Lord Jesus
Christ. This letter is written to deal with some
additional problems that have surfaced in the
fellowship as messages have been received to Paul from
the believers in Thessalonica.
Several problems are prominent in these chapters.
There is the problem of the great trial and the
trouble that they are experiencing, especially the
matter of persecution. So, questions were being
raised in the minds of these young Christians -- why
are we going through such trials and tribulations and
difficulties? It is not wrong to ask, why. I remind
you that the Lord Jesus Himself, on the cross said,
why has thou forsaken me? So, they are raising the
question why all these troubles and trials. It is the
question that revolves around the righteousness and
the justice of God.
There was another problem also. They had
received a forged letter, supposedly from Paul, in
which some were teaching that they were already in the
Great Tribulation. You will find a mention made of
that in chapter 2:2 where Paul refers to that forged
letter they had received. There were some teachers,
because of the trials and tribulations that were
happening at that particular time, who were teaching
that they were already in the day of the Lord or the
Great Tribulation time. Sometimes when days are
difficult and people are going through great trials as
believers in the Lord and they hear that they are in
the Great Tribulation, they are prone to believe that
it must indeed be true.
There was also the problem of some of the young
believers there who because they thought the Lord was
going to come very soon, had become very lazy and idle
and were busy bodies in the congregation. To answer
these particular matters Paul writes this second
letter. In chapter 1 he deals with the matter of the
trials and the persecutions. In chapter 2 he deals
with the matter of the end time events that must
transpire. In chapter 3 he deals with the practical
problems of how believers should conduct themselves in
the end times. So, the response in chapter 1 to
trouble, he discusses the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In chapter 2, the response to false teachings, he sets
forth the rebellion of the Antichrist. In chapter 3
to answer the problem of those who had become lazy in
the congregation, he sets forth the responsibilities
of the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the first four verses which are introductory
to this study, the Apostle Paul be ...
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