Thursday, March 31, 2011

The End Times, The Anti-Christ, And You (whoa!)...3rd in a 2 Thessalonians series...

2 Thess 2:1-2

1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

* End Times and the antichrist are culturally popular topics
* Stay glued to The Word in regard to end times ...we seem to get strange, mystical and weird quickly when arguing in this arena

1. Jesus Will Return
2000 years ago when this was written, it had been 30 years since Christ's resurrection and He had not returned. These people were wondering if they'd missed it. (Easy to understand since, 100 years ago, we might have never heard of things like last week's earthquake/tsunami in Japan.) So Paul is assuring them they have not missed it.

2. We Don't Have To Live In Fear
Christians will win. Christ will never leave or fail or forsake you.

3. Make Sure your Primary Source is the Word
v. 15 "...stand firm to the teachings we gave you.." If anyone says they know when the Lord will return, and gives you a date and time, you can be assured it will not be THAT day and time! Matt 24:36 "No one knows when ... only the Father..."