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2 Thessalonians: The Coming World Dictator (16 of 32)
Series: Through the Bible Survey
AUTHORSHIP: The overwhelming evidence is in support of Pauline authorship of 2 Thessalonians.
DATE: Shortly after writing 1 Thessalonians in. 51-52 A.D., Paul writes a second letter to them under very similar circumstances. He is still in Corinth and is eager to communicate with the believers in Thessalonica.
THEME: After writing his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul received further news to the effect that the believers were being shaken in their faith on the matter of the Lord's return. Someone had caused them to be troubled as to their relation to ''the day of the Lord.'' Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he had already told them about those things (2:5), yet some had taken up the belief that the day of the Lord had already begun (2:2). Paul told them that two things must happen before the Day of the Lord begins: there must be an apostasy and the Man of Sin must appear on the earth.
I. INTRODUCTION - 1:1-2
II. PAUL'S WORD OF COMMENDATION - 1:3-12
A. A word of undiluted praise - vs. 3-4
B. A word of undisputed promise - vs. 5-10
C. A word of undefeated prayer - vs. 11-12
III. PAUL'S WORD OF CHALLENGE - 2:1-3:1-15
A. How the Man of Sin is revealed - vs. 3
1. The climate of his coming
2. The clue to hi ...
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