The second chapter of 2 Thessalonians is about the Antichrist. It’s important to remember that Paul’s intention in writing this letter wasn’t to scare us by talking about the end times. The reason he wrote this letter is because someone in the Thessalonian church had made a false claim that the second coming of Christ had already taken place. Paul wanted to reassure these young believers that the second coming of Christ had not taken place.
“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit of a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, ESV)
I used to worry about passages like this one and ask myself questions like: What if I miss the second coming of Christ? What if I get left behind? What if I mistake the Antichrist for Christ and get drawn into following him?
What kinds of questions have you had concerning the second coming of Christ? As I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, I’ve come to understand that the second coming of Christ (or the Day of the Lord) is not to be feared by Christians. In fact, it’s something we should look forward to. God won’t let us be deceived by someone claiming to be God. He loves us too much to let that happen, and his Spirit is right here inside every believer. When the Day of the Lord comes, there will be no more pain, no more tears, and no more sorrow. We will experience joy for all of eternity!
Spend time in prayer thanking God for sending Jesus to rescue us. Without Christ, passages like 2 Thessalonians would be scary passages to read. Instead, they should motivate us to share our faith with everyone we love. Come up with a list of your loved ones who don’t know Christ, and commit yourself to praying for them every day. As a famous atheist once said, the cruelest thing a Christian can do is to keep the good news of Jesus to themselves. We must share the message of salvation with others.