We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)
When I worked for a bank, we were trained to watch for counterfeit currency. They could look like the real thing, but upon closer inspection, were found to be counterfeit. The Thessalonians were victim to counterfeits and false information, (fake news), being told the Lord had already come. We are warned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, not to let anyone deceive us.
Christians who have died, and those still alive will be called to meet Jesus in the air. The rapture, and in one blink of the eye, we are taken into the presence of God. Praise God! Isn’t that exciting? But there are still so many who are lost and don’t know the Lord. We must continue to share the gospel expecting that not everyone will be open to hear the good news, but pressing forward anyway (2 Peter 3:3-4).
The Bible teaches that after the rapture there will be 7 years of tribulation. During that time the antichrist will perform his counterfeit miracles and will proclaim himself as god. The times will be so awful and difficult that the Lord will shorten the days so that people could survive. We need to remember, however, that we serve a mighty and powerful God states, “…Jesus will overthrow and destroy the lawless one with the breath of his mouth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8) with just a whisper from God and the evil one is forever destroyed according to God’s perfect will and timing!
Try not to lose sight of this: fact God is in control, even when our world is out of control. May you continue to share the Gospel and be comforted (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on The Unholy Trinity, the Tribulation, and God’s Judgment on August 31st, 2019 - Watch Sermon