October 3 – Today’s Readings – 2Thessalonians 1-3 and Psalms 93
2Thessalonians 2:3-4 reads, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
At the end of time (which may be very soon) there will be both horrible things and glorious things taking place on the earth. For example, Paul, Timothy and Silas outline the coming of “the man of lawlessness”. This individual or spirit will be revealed when “the rebellion” occurs. What does this all mean? There is plenty of rebellion around today and many lawless people. In this account however there is no doubt that this “spirit” will increase in the Earth till there comes one who will sit above all religion and declares himself to be God. Has this already happened? Yes, many times over, but this “lawless one” will have the full backing of Hell itself and will perform all kinds of “counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders”. [2Thessalonians 2:8-9] This is a serious issue because many Christians consider any miracle to be irrefutable evidence of God’s presence and work among us. In fact these miracles will be “a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie”. [2Thessalonians 2:11] In other words, there will come a time when much evangelism will cease because Christians will be pushed to the side – overrun by a spirit of rebellion against God.
I’m writing this to you not to frighten you but so you may be prepared when it happens. Do not be deceived – you know the voice of the Good Shepherd – follow it. Just because extraordinary miracles take place does not mean you should run after them. Follow the voice of God and especially the Word of God.
Now for the great news – when this rebellion comes, it will usher in the return of the Lord Jesus. “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
Here then is the outcome – we may see great trouble before we go to heaven but in God, we have “NO FEAR”. I’ve seen many bumper stickers with this catchphrase on it but the truth is – WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN CLAIM THIS SLOGAN AS OURS. We truly are set free from fear because we don’t even fear death. Praise God.
1. Why do you suppose that there is a constant flow of “End-of- the-World-Christian” books, movies, and even preachers spreading fear amongst Christians concerning the end times? Remember – God is not the author of fear!