2 Thessalonians Chapter 2
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
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Matthew Henry's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Cautions against the error that the time of Christ's coming was just at hand. There would first be a general apostacy from the faith, and a revealing of the antichristian man of sin. (1-4) His destruction, and that of those who obey him. (5-12) The security of the Thessalonians from apostacy; an exhortation to stedfastness, and prayer for them. (13-17)1-4 If errors arise among Christians, we should set them right; and good men will be careful to suppress errors which rise from mistaking their words and actions. We have a cunning adversary, who watches to do mischief, and will promote errors, even by the words of Scripture. Whatever uncertainty we are in, or whatever mistakes may arise about the time of Christ's coming, that coming itself is certain. This has been the faith and hope of all Christians, in all ages of the church; it was the faith and hope of the Old Testament saints. All believers shall be gathered together to Christ, to be with him, and to be happy in his presence for ever. We should firmly believe the second coming of Christ; but there was danger lest the Thessalonians, being mistaken as to the time, should question the truth or certainty of the thing itself. False doctrines are like the winds that toss the water to and fro; and they unsettle the minds of men, which are as unstable as water. It is enough for us to know that our Lord will come, and will gather all his saints unto him. A reason why they should not expect the coming of Christ, as at hand, is given. There would be a general falling away first, such as would occasion the rise of antichrist, that man of sin. There have been great disputes who or what is intended by this man of sin and son of perdition. The man of sin not only practises wickedness, but also promotes and commands sin and wickedness in others; and is the son of perdition, because he is devoted to certain destruction, and is the instrument to destroy many others, both in soul and body. As God was in the temple of old, and worshipped there, and is in and with his church now; so the antichrist here mentioned, is a usurper of God's authority in the Christian church, who claims Divine honours.
5-12 Something hindered or withheld the man of sin. It is supposed to be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not mention more plainly at that time. Corruption of doctrine and worship came in by degrees, and the usurping of power was gradual; thus the mystery of iniquity prevailed. Superstition and idolatry were advanced by pretended devotion, and bigotry and persecution were promoted by pretended zeal for God and his glory. This mystery of iniquity was even then begun; while the apostles were yet living, persons pretended zeal for Christ, but really opposed him. The fall or ruin of the antichristian state is declared. The pure word of God, with the Spirit of God, will discover this mystery of iniquity, and in due time it shall be destroyed by the brightness of Christ's coming. Signs and wonders, visions and miracles, are pretended; but they are false signs to support false doctrines; and lying wonders, or only pretended miracles, to cheat the people; and the diabolical deceits with which the antichristian state has been supported, are notorious. The persons are described, who are his willing subjects. Their sin is this; They did not love the truth, and therefore did not believe it; and they were pleased with false notions. God leaves them to themselves, then sin will follow of course, and spiritual judgments here, and eternal punishments hereafter. These prophecies have, in a great measure, come to pass, and confirm the truth of the Scriptures. This passage exactly agrees with the system of popery, as it prevails in the Romish church, and under the Romish popes. But though the son of perdition has been revealed, though he has opposed and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; and has spoken and acted as if he were a god upon earth, and has proclaimed his insolent pride, and supported his delusions, by lying miracles and all kinds of frauds; still the Lord has not yet fully destroyed him with the brightness of his coming; that and other prophecies remain to be fulfilled before the end shall come.
13-15 When we hear of the apostacy of many, it is a great comfort and joy, that there is a remnant according to the election of grace, which does and shall persevere; especially we should rejoice, if we have reason to hope that we are of that number. The preservation of the saints, is because God loved them with an everlasting love, from the beginning of the world. The end and the means must not be separated. Faith and holiness must be joined together as well as holiness and happiness. The outward call of God is by the gospel; and this is rendered effectual by the inward working of the Spirit. The belief of the truth brings the sinner to rely on Christ, and so to love and obey him; it is sealed by the Holy Spirit upon his heart. We have no certain proof of any thing having been delivered by the apostles, more than what we find contained in the Holy Scriptures. Let us then stand fast in the doctrines taught by the apostles, and reject all additions, and vain traditions.
16,17 We may and should direct our prayers, not only to God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, but also to our Lord Jesus Christ himself. And we should pray in his name unto God, not only as his Father, but as our Father in and through him. The love of God in Christ Jesus, is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for. There is good reason for strong consolations, because the saints have good hope through grace. The free grace and mercy of God are what they hope for, and what their hopes are founded on, and not any worth or merit of their own. The more pleasure we take in the word, and works, and ways of God, the more likely we shall be to persevere therein. But, if we are wavering in faith, and of a doubtful mind, halting and faltering in our duty, no wonder that we are strangers to the joys of religion.
Nadujo's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment about verse 7 on 8/19/2014, 8:22pm...
Lets look at another idea here. Read Daniel,chapter 11 esp., verse 45. Then read verse 1 in chapter 12.Next, read verse 7 in Revelation chapter 12. Michel is the protector of Israel and when he goes back to heaven to kick Satan out for the last time, Israel is left unprotected. book of Job tells us how Satan goes back and forth from earth to heaven. Time will tell which belief is correct.
Word's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment on 8/15/2014, 6:33pm...
Antichrist comes in peace and flatteries as Daniel 8 23,24,25 and throughout Daniel and Rev. Tells us he comes with power looks like the Lamb but speaks like the dragon, disguised as antichrist which means translated instead of Christ. He will be telling people follow me and I will fly you away. He wants company in the lake of flyers.
Word's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment on 8/15/2014, 6:18pm...
Larry there is no rapture in the Bible. In fact Ezekiel 13 18 to 25 says God hates preacher 's who teach his children to fly to save there souls. Scriptures says All will change to spirit bodies at the same time, the 7th trump. First Thessalonians 4 is speaking, subject in verse 13th verse, where are the dead letting us know they are with Christ and will return with Him at the 7th trump. Clouds is street Greek for crowd and air is the breath of life God blew into us and we will return to our spirit bodies at that last trump. If the elect are here to the end with gospel armor on to fight, these fighting are, the set aside ones, the true Church in the scriptures,how could any one escape the test God 's children are to go through.
Word's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment on 8/15/2014, 5:57pm...
There is only one son of perdition. Reason, only one person has been sentenced to die. Ezekiel 28 18,19. Every other person has to wait until the great white throne judgment. Satan is death and when he sits in the temple claiming to be Christ come as antichrist mothers,fathers,sister,brother will turn their family members over to death because they think it 's the real Jesus. That 's scripture.
Anon's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment about verse 3 on 8/15/2014, 12:17am...
People 's Bible Notes confirmed my first inclination. Anyone can be the son of perdition. The whole world will be tried and tested. The son of perdition will be revealed in this testing.
Word's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment on 7/15/2014, 1:31pm...
This tells us up to verse 8 that Satan as antichrist sets in the temple and that there is a falling away, meaning, your religions or your belief, all the world religions become one under the false prophet, and then in verse 8 and then you will see The True Christ come. That 's why it says that the antichrist looks like the Lamb but speaks like a dragon because he is the dragon who is looking and acting like the Lamb of God. Comes on a white horse in Rev. 6.2 just like Jesus only his crown is fake an bow is an imitation but it looks real enough cause the world loves this fake who can bring lightning from the sky.
Charles Yost's 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 comment on 5/20/2014, 4:02am...
There are lots of lies going around that people believe. The Word of God must be the Standard of Truth. The passage says that, "the mystery of iniquity doth already abound.. " vs. 7 but later says that, "...because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth. " vs. 13 God doesn 't have to send someone strong delusion if they already believe a lie. Take them to the Book! Make them prove it to you but be sensitive to the Spirit so you know when you have been wrong.
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