Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...We ask you...not to be easily upset or troubled, either by a prophecy or by a message or by a letter supposedly from us, alleging that the day of the Lord has come. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 CSB
Paul knew that there were many ways of looking at current events and prophecy. But there was only one correct way among many wrong ways that might seem right.
The Thessalonians were facing challenges and fierce opposition. In this vulnerable state, they had heard messages, allegedly on Paul’s authority, that “the day of the Lord has come “(v. 2). As a result, many were troubled and confused.
If Jesus already had come, what did this mean for those who still were alive? Had they missed out? Was there something wrong with them?
Paul assured them that this day had not come. But he used the opportunity to warn them about the very real presence of deception, and of how believers can become victims.
Satan was the source of much of this deception, spreading ideas, interpretations, rumors, and conclusions that seemed plausible. He backed up these deceptions with “false miracles, signs, and wonders” (v. 9).
Paul’s warning still applies: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way” (v. 3). As the apostle said, it is possible for anyone to be deceived, and we must understand that deceiving messages can seem convincing.
Realize that there are many ways you can be deceived. To keep from becoming a victim, it is critical that you have a personal relationship with God, that you are sensitive to His Spirit, and that you know His Word, so you can stand strong without compromise.
PrayerFather, give me discernment to recognize any misleading and deceitful message. Help me stand on Your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.
Extended Reading2 Thessalonians 2