Correction Of The Tribulation by Miles Seaborn

No. 1552
BBC, 9-8-B5

2 Thess- 2:1
Miles Seaborn

Introduction: Barclay said, -This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult
passages in the New Testament! Because it is using terms and thinking in pictures
which were very familiar to those to whom Paul was speaking, but utterly strange
to us.

Paul is writing to correct a misunderstanding. First Thessalonians, the fear that
those who are dead will miss the rapture and resurrection. In this letter dealing
with time of the Second Coming of Jesus and what would happen before, during and

The general background to this passage lies in the Old Testament belief in a final
confrontation between the people of God and the people of the evil one. Psalms 2,
Ezekiel 35-39, Zechariah 12-14. This became centered in individual leaders of
both camps: God's Messiah and the Anti-Messiah (Anti-Christ). cf. Gen. 3:15, Daniel
7-12, Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28.

The specific background of the passage in the New Testament is: Matt. 24, Mark 13,
Luke 21, 1 John 2, and Revelation.

It must be remembered that the whole subject of the return of Christ is presented
in the Bible in a dialectical tension.

On one hand, any moment return of the Lord is balanced with the references that
several events must happen first. One of these poles does not eliminate or
contradict the other.

Some examples of the necessary preliminary events would be:
A. The Apostasy: Matt. 24:10-13, 21; 1 Tim. 4:1, 2 Tim. 3: Iff and 2 Thess.
2: 3ff.
B. Gospel preached to ail nations. Matt. 24:14
C. Revealing of Anti-Christ. Matt. 24, 2 Thess. and Rev. 13.
D. Salvation of full number of Gentiles and Jews. Romans Y-I


1. The Trouble (word and phrase study) Verse 1.

Pg. 2

"as to the coming...- PAROUSA = 'presence.- The background seems to
be royal visits, where this word was regularly employed. There are three words
u ...

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