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  1. Dogma in the Pauline EpistlesThe Second Coming: Epistles to the Thessalonians

  2. The Coming of the Lord • Read 1Thes 4: 13-18 • Death is but a repose (sleep), through faith in Christ • “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” (1Thes 4:13)

  3. Death is but a repose • “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.” (Psa 3:5) • “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power” (Rev 20:6)

  4. We should not “sorrow as others who have no hope” • “Jesus Wept” (Jn 11) • “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Rom 12:15)

  5. Death is powerless • “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” (1 Thes 4:14) • “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (Jn 11:25)

  6. God will bring them with Him • “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Rev 21:3) • St. John Chrysostom’s letter to a father whose son died: “When you seek your son, search for him where the King is found, and where the angelic hosts are. Do not seek him in the grave on the Earth, lest while he is exalted above, you remain crawling below!”

  7. The Coming of the Lord • Read 1Thes 4: 15-17 • The events that accompany the Lord’s coming: • a shout • the voice of an archangel • the trumpet of God • the dead in Christ will rise first • those alive are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air

  8. Glory of the faithful servants: meet the Lord in the air • When a King enters a city, the nobles go out to meet Him • Rapture: • Happens at the second coming, not before

  9. The Man of Sin • Read 2Thes 2: 1-12 • Read The blasphemous king: Dan 11: 29-39 • The false prophet, and the two beasts: Rev 13, 16, 19, 20 • Antichrist: 1Jn 2, 4, 2Jn 1

  10. Who is he? • A Jew, from the tribe of Dan • “fore-runners” to the antichrist • Roman Pope • Protestant movement • Movie clip: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82OW1oHrU08

  11. True Christ vs. antichrist • man of sin is revealed[3] • the son of perdition[3] • who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped[4] • Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God...(Phil 2:5-8)

  12. True Christ vs. antichrist • so that he sits as God in the temple of God[4] • What is the temple?

  13. True Christ vs. antichrist • The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish[9-10]

  14. The Blasphemous King • Therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. (Dan 11:30) • And they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices (Dan 11:31) • “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods” (Dan 11:36)

  15. The Restraining • And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. [6-7] • “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth” (Rev 20:7-8)

  16. Hope… • And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. [8] • And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (Jn 1:5)

  17. The Second Coming • Death is but a repose • We should not “sorrow as others who have no hope” • Death is powerless • The Rapture, happens at the second coming: • a shout • the voice of an archangel • the trumpet of God • the dead in Christ will rise first • those alive are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air

  18. The Second Coming • Man of Sin (before: general apostasy, rapture) • Son of perdition • opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped • sits as God in the temple of God • according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception • God is restraining him now • The Lord will consume him with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.