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Before the Rapture Comes (4 of 9)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 2
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2. We are going through a study of 1st Thessalonians. We finished that last year. And now we're in 2nd Thessalonians. I've entitled this series, "Living Ready," because the Book of 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians talks so much about the Second Coming of Christ. And in the passage that we're going to look at today, Paul talks about the rapture, and he tries to correct some problems that the people were having with some incorrect information.
Now he says this in chapter 2, verse 1: He says, "Now we request you, brethren with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus and our gathering together to Him..." That's the rapture when He calls us up. He had already talked about that in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4. "...and our gathering together to Him that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us..." No doubt there were some false teachers who were writing letters to the Thessalonians and saying, "Well, this is from Paul." And Paul said, "I didn't send you that." And the letters were doing this: "...to the effect that the day of the Lord has come." The people thought, Hey, you know, Paul said there was going to be this catching away. He said that God hasn't destined us for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He said that we were to wait for the Son, who is going to come and rescue us and save us. And we didn't think we were supposed to go through the day of the Lord, which is the time after the rapture, where God pours out His wrath on an unbelieving world, the tribulation period." And they said, "But we must have missed the rapture." And that's what the false teachers were telling them, "You've missed the rapture and you're living in the tribulation period." And they thought they wer ...
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