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Jesus returns in 1 and 2 Thess

Already in the first chapter where Paul mentions the fundamental teachings of the Holy Spirit or Assembly repentance, as he mentions at the same time what will be the congregation hope and expectation, namely the return of Jesus.

Rocket launch.

First, the rapture an important learning should be an integral part of the Assembly's foundation and preaching. It is also an event that is separate and distinct in relation to Jesus' visible come to earth, and instead a description of the Lord who descends from heaven to retrieve and twitch his congregation to himself. The Rapture is also a reunion of our loved ones, who simultaneously with rapture from the dead.

Av Mikael Walfridsson
lördag, 12 oktober 2019 00:37

Together with 1 Corinthians 15, as is Paul's letter to the church at Thessalonica, some of the letter at its best describes the return of Jesus. Letters answers include matters what the rapture is, and when it occurs.

This is a review of Paul's two letters that give us an understanding of the end times, and the relationship between Jesus Christ's day who is also uppryckelsens day, and the day of the Lord is Jesus come into judgment for this world. The letters encouraging us at the same time to live in a constant expectation of Jesus' return, and giving us strong and clear promises to be preserved from the wrath of God.

Background of letters

Paul wrote these letters very short time after he had founded the church in Thessalonica. On his second missionary journey, Paul came to the city, where a church was established (Acts 17: 1).

Because of resistance to the gospel becomes Paul had to flee, and he writes letters to encourage the congregation when he by Timothy has heard about their perseverance, faith and love.

Rapture - an important doctrine

Many people dismiss the rapture as an important doctrine or teaching. Some Christians deny it simply, or mean that it is only to be understood symbolically or metaphorically. Others believe that the rapture is just right, but that it overshadowed by the more important doctrines such as the Trinity or baptism.

From there, Paul founded the congregation and until he writes these letters, it is about 6-12 months. So it is in other words a very young congregation that Paul writes to. But even if these people were fairly new in the faith, concealed or omitted Paul not to teach or talk about Jesus' return.

Already in the first chapter where Paul mentions the fundamental teachings of the Holy Spirit (verse 5) or Assembly repentance (verse 9), so whilst he mentions it to be the congregation hope and expectation, namely the return of Jesus (v 10).

Born during the persecution

The church in Thessalonica was born and lived in constant persecution for their faith. They had experienced the same persecution by the Jews, that both Jesus and the prophets had previously experienced (v14).

The letters are an encouragement to the church to continue to walk in faith and in their perseverance in the Lord. During the great persecution and suffering they received the gospel, and had repented of his idols. Now they transferred the Lord and served the one and only true God.

What is the rapture?

If we are to explain and describe what the rapture is, there are many sides and facets of the one can mention:

First, the rapture an important learning should be an integral part of the Assembly's foundation and preaching. It is also an event that is separate and distinct in relation to Jesus' visible come to earth, and instead a description of the Lord who descends from heaven to retrieve and twitch his congregation to himself. The Rapture is also a reunion of our loved ones, who simultaneously with rapture from the dead.

There is no pre-reaching promises about the rapture of the church that means it is "imminent" or related. This means that the church must live in constant expectation of the Lord's return, and that Jesus is about to bring us home. While it is described as above and in the same breath as the great tribulation, which means it is part of the process that initiates and starts the day of the Lord or tribulation. One time the Lord gives the congregation pledge to not be a part of.

The Rapture - HARPAZO

1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 - For when a loud command, a voice of the archangel and the trump of God, Lord himself shall descend from heaven. And only the dead in Christ will rise. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The term "rapture" comes from this Bible verse is translated from the Greek word "harpazo" to "be caught up." This word "harpazo" is only mentioned 13 times in the NT and is only used in 1 Thessalonians 4 in connection with the rapture of the congregation.

"HARPAZO" (have-pad-zo) is Greek and means "poach" take or grasp suddenly. Harpazo became the Latin word "raptus," which in turn became the English word "rapture." In Sweden we have translated the concept of "The Rapture" with rapture.

It is interesting to see how the word is used and is described in the NT because it gives us insight into the meaning of the word, and an understanding of the moment Assembly becomes caught up to the Lord to meet him in space. We encounter the word harpazo both in connection with Jesus, Paul, Philip, John the Baptist and Jesus promises to His children.


2 Corinthians 12: 2 - I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up (HARPAZO) up to the third heaven - whether in the body or outside the body I do not know.

Paul was caught up to heaven where he became involved in the mysteries of God. The same word HARPAZO is also used of Jesus in Revelation to describe the Ascension after the resurrection

Christ himmelsefärd

Revelation 12: 5 - And she gave birth to a child, a son, who was to rule all nations with an iron scepter, and her child was caught up (HARPAZO) to God and to his throne.

John the Baptist

Matthew 11:12 - And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven subjected to violence, and men of violence oppress (HARPAZO) it.

In connection with John the Baptist's service becomes word HARPAZO also used. When Jesus was in prison, he speaks figuratively about John in connection with (good) violence and thugs who oppress the sky. (Take it by force eng. Translation) to implement something by force / power is a meaning of the word HARPAZO.

When the Lord comes to gather his people, he will snatch the Assembly with strength.

Philip the evangelist

Acts 8:39 - When they came up out of the water tore (HARPAZO) Lord away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more, but continued on his way rejoicing.

Philip had been through an angel has been called by the Lord to go down the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza. Where Philip hits an Ethiopian eunuch who Philip preaching the gospel. When Philip had fully completed their mission, preaching the gospel and baptized the eunuch, Philip gets carried off by the Lord to another place on earth.

To be caught away in other words to become moved in a higher service to the Lord, either earthly or heavenly.

No one can snatch you out of the hand of the Lord

John 10: 28-29 - I give them eternal life and they shall never perish, and no one will snatch (HARPAZO) them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all, and no one can snatch (HARPAZO) them out of my Father's hand.

This is an amazing passage that shows the Shepherd's heart for his sheep. He knows us, we listen to his voice and follow him. The promise that he gives us is that no one should be able to "snatch" us from his hand. The Father has given the Son can not steal again.

It gives us salvation security and the certainty that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus. Satan or circumstances, in other words, do not snatch us away from him.

Rapture is related

1 Thessalonians 4:15 - we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep

1 Thessalonians 1:10 - And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom God raised from the dead, Jesus who has delivered us from the wrath to come.

One of the most important part of the rapture is that it is "imminent," which means it is related, and something you would expect to happen at any time.

Rapture In other words, an unsigned coming, and there are other words, no prophetic signs that will precede the rapture, or something that the Assembly should be aware of will happen before it that this event can take place.

Paul uses the word "we" when he mentions those who are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord, which suggests that the rapture basically already could happen at the time of Paul.

James 5: 8 - Be ye also durable and strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near

Track of Paul's day was the Lord's return close, and he encourages the congregation to live in constant expectation of Jesus from heaven.

When we talk interprets the time we in which we live, and believe that we are the generation that will experience the Lord's return, it is because we compare the prophetic character of tribulation. Because of the signs we can see that the Lord's Day is approaching, and that the birth pangs increase. In other words, internal and external signs which indicate that the 70th and the last week of years is approaching, and thus also the rapture of the congregation.

Förväntningens fruits

When we live in a daily expectation for the Lord to come back, it creates both a förväntningens joy and a longing for his coming.

The expectation makes the bride getting ready, and live a holy life, and assigned to his next groom. It also creates a need for a lost humanity which the Lord wants to reach with his love and saving power. It makes this a good host and material to mean less in relation to the spiritual reality that thousands of people experience every day when they go into eternity without God and without hope.

In the same period, in the late 1800's, when the Lord again raised the tuition of a related rapture, the world experienced one of today history's greatest missionary and evangelization times. Simultaneously with the prophetic word became alive, burned gospel fire around the globe.


The letters to the church in Thessalonica is Paul's eschatological letter. We can therefore expect that Paul both teach and mention the crucial events that rapture, the Antichrist performanc and tribulation.

2 Thessalonians is also one of the most controversial letter in the NT, in relation to the time point for the rapture of the church of God.

An exemplary parish

In many ways, the congregation set an example for other believers (1 Thessalonians 1: 8). It was a church that lived in constant expectation of the Lord's return. They had repented of idols, and waited now in Jesus revelation from heaven (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

In his first letter that Paul urges Assembly to continue to carry out their jobs and live a normal life, at the same time that they were waiting on the Lord (4: 11-12). He comforts them also by telling us that we will again see loved ones who have already gone home before us, when the dead arise simultaneously with the rapture of the living.

Paul's second letter

Paul's second letter is written about six months later than the first. He writes to the church in order to correct and correct false rumors and false teachings that had taken hold in the Assembly.

The congregation was frightened and confused with regard to the Lord's day, and the domstid that will come over the world. The false rumors and alleged letter from Paul, thought now the congregation that they were already inside this domstid which is also tribulation.

This was something that Paul had clearly explained both verbally and through his first letter to the Thessalonians. Therefore he writes this letter to clarify and correct these misunderstandings.

Lord's day, God's anger and Assembly departure

In Paul's second eschatological letter to the Thessalonians is especially four areas that I want to write and focus on who is the Lord's day, God's anger (Orge), He who holds back, and the word "apostasia", which can mean waste or departure (rapture) .

Finally, we look a little particularly at 2 Thessalonians 2:13, after closer examination is an amazing verse that speaks both confirms and summarizes Paul's teaching to the Assembly on a rapture before the tribulation.

Lord's day

2 Thessalonians 2: 1-2 - When it comes to our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to suddenly lose your composure or be troubled, neither by any spirit or by word or letter, purporting to be from us and that is based on the Lord's day has come.

1 Thessalonians 5: 2 - If the times and seasons, brethren, we do not need to write to you. You know very well that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night. When people are saying, "Peace and safety," then they suffer destruction as suddenly as the pain comes across a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

First, it is important to clarify what the Lord's day really is. Many people commit and refers to the Lord's day as a limited and specific day of 24 hours, which takes place at the end of the tribulation when Jesus visible return. Thus mean that the day of the Lord and the rapture are synonymous and goes out on one.

Probably the most quoted verse is just 1 Thessalonians 5: 2, which mentions the rapture in connection with the Lord's day. As the day of the Lord in the same way that Jesus comes as a "thief in the night" that connects you often confuse these two events.

But a review of some Bible verses that tell the Lord's Day shows that it does not only refer to a single day, but at a time of judgment covering both the Tribulation, Jesus visible return and Millennium.

Joel 2: 11-20 - Lord's Day include an attack from the enemy from the north, which many believe is the same attack we see in Ezekiel 38-39. Many believe that GOG / Magog war occurs in the first part of the Tribulation.

Joel 3: 4 - Here is the Lord's day tied to Jesus' visible return and his judgment on the nations.

2 Peter 3: 10-23 - Here the Lord's day did not refer to Jesus' visible return, then we know that the day the heavenly bodies will be dissolved, and we get new heavens and a new earth in first place after 1,000 years of the kingdom on earth.

Like a thief in the night

Paul describes the Lord's Day as an event that will surprise, and like a thief in the night. When this world do not expect it, it will just as suddenly, and in the same way as when a woman gets travail and reveals himself to this world.

Paul confirms the Bible's description of the day of the Lord, and speak for yourself about it as a time of destruction and pain. Later in 1 Th 5: 9, Paul uses the word "anger judgment" (orway) summarizing and is synonymous with the time.

Jesus Christ today

Philippians 1: 6 - I am sure that he who began a good work in you also must complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Day of the Lord disclose therefore the wrath and domstid that will go out over the earth over a period of time ranging from rapture (the tribulation start) and the Millennium. When we talk about the rapture of the congregation that is not the Lord's day, but rather the name of Jesus Christ today.

Jesus Christ today is not mentioned in the Old Testament, as it has with the real secret to do, namely, the truth of the NT church, and the rapture of glory.

The NT revelation

Jesus Christ today is only a NT revelation. Lord's Day is not just an OT revelation, but the judgment time of the nations is more detailed in the NT and especially described in Revelation chapters 6-19. "Lord's Day" concerning the earth and the people on the earth while Jesus Christ today concerning NT Assembly rapture and the preparation before the Father in heaven.

When it comes to Jesus Christ today, it is a benämnelse on the day when Jesus will come on the clouds to get his full strength congregation to himself.

Betydningen of this verse is that the Holy Spirit, as at Pentecost began his work by selecting a heavenly people, will fully take and make this people full strength next to Jesus Christ today, that next to Jesus to bring home his congregation to the heavenly dwellings - which thus takes place before the day of the Lord.

Preserved from Lord anger (Orge)

1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10 - The they talk about how we were received of you and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom God raised from the dead, Jesus who has saved us from (ek) the wrath (orge).

1 Thessalonians 5: 9 - For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath (orge) but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ

One of the Pre-trib doctrine important argument for the rapture of the congregation before the tribulation, is that Jesus has saved and saved his church from the wrath to come. (Eng. Wrath to come).

The Greek word in the original text of anger is Orge, and the English meaning "indicates, wrath, passion and punishment. So this is the time when God's wrath and punishment will be poured out upon this earth.

A general theme

Both these Bible verses and something that is a recurring theme in the NT is that the church is not destined to suffer the wrath, but instead of being saved and preserved from it.

The word "from" (ek) does not go through, but instead to distance themselves from anyone or anything literally. Jesus uses the same word when he teaches that "removing the plank in your own eye" in Matthew 7: 5th The beam or splint is then physically removed day away from, and is no longer part of the eye.

If we have these promises to be removed and preserved from the wrath of God, how can the congregation be present during the tribulation?

Saved from wrath

Rev 6: 15-017 - The kings of the earth, the great men and the generals, the rich and the powerful, all slaves free, hid themselves in the dens and in ravines, and they said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us his face sitting on the throne and to the Lamb's wrath (orge). for his wrath big day has come (aorist), and who can stand?

First ti we encounter this word wrath (orge) in Revelation is the sixth seal. The verb "come" is a verb (aorist) meaning and something that already existed previously, but now is found to be the sixth seal.

When you look back at the past seals that have been before the Sixth, it is also not difficult to see that this anger also has permeated the first five seals, which among other things has resulted in global wars, economic hyperinflation, famine and virus outbreaks; which has caused that a quarter of the earth's population perished.

The end of the knobs

Rev 15: 1 - And I saw another great and marvelous sign in heaven: seven angels with seven plagues, the last; for in them the wrath of God reaches its fulfillment

Many believe that this anger is a part of God's wrath first appears at the end of Revelation, but the Bible is clear that with the last seven plagues exit and not the beginning of God's wrath. (Rev 15: 1)

Up 19:15 - The hosts of heaven followed him upon white horses, and they were dressed in white, clean linen cloth. And out of his mouth came a sharp sword, that he should smite the nations with, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and he tramples God, the Almighty, the fierceness and wrath (orge) winepress

At the end of the tribulation completed the wrath of God, and we encounter it for the last time when Jesus comes to defeat and win victory over his enemies at Armageddon.

If the church has the promise of being preserved from this domstid from beginning to end, so it is quite clear that the Church can not remain on earth when the first seal is broken. Paul confirms this later in 2 Thessalonians, where he teaches about events that must first occur before this domstid will over the earth.

Filadelfia congregation

Revelation 3:10 - Because you have kept my word about endurance, I will keep you and save you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the whole world and bring its people to the test.

A similar promise was given to the church in Thessalonica was also the church at Philadelphia in Revelation.

Because they had kept the Lord's word about endurance, the Lord would preserve the township of (oak, out from) the hour of trial that would come upon the earth. The word "from" (ek) is the same word as 1 Thessalonians 1:10 uses, and that shows that the church should be withdrawn from, and distant from prövelsens while.

The promise of the Lord church at Philadelphia restricts not only the time of God's wrath, but the promise Assembly to be preserved from the whole hour of trial which will come upon the earth.

Apostasia - Waste or departure

2 Thessalonians 2: 3 - Let no one deceive you in any way. For, first, the waste must come and the man of lawlessness, the son of perdition, openly come forward

Paul teaches the congregation about an important and decisive argument, namely that the church could not expect that the day of the Lord (the tribulation) would come before three crucial events would occur:

The waste (apostasia) must come, the one who holds back must come to the site, and laglösthetens man (Antichrist) have openly come forward (Rev 6: 1)

The meaning of the word apostasia

The word in Greek is translated waste, treachery and rebellion is the word "apostasia". The noun "apostasia" comes from the verb "afistämi" whose huvudbetydning is "moving" or "to move something from one place to another." The word is used specifically in connection with any moving from one place to another, or if it goes away or is different from someone.

We find the word apostasia only twice in the NT, where the other is in Acts 21:21 where it talks about "abandon Moses," or apostasy from Moses. While the noun apostasia is rare in the NT, there is the verb afistämi that the word is derived by fifteen times. Only in three cases it refers to religious apostasy. (1 Tim.1, Heb 3:12 and 2 Tim 2: 9).

In the remaining twelve cases does afistämi "to move away from," whether it is a person (Luke 4:13; Acts 12:10), from unrighteousness (2 Timothy 2:19), from the temple (Luke 2:37) or from the body (2 Cor 12: 8).

The first translations

In the English Bible, the Amplified Bible, there is a footnote: "A possible rendering of apostasia ice: Departure (of the church).

The first seven English translations from your 1394 - 1608, everyone was translated by the word "departure" (depart) aimed at the rapture. How is it that the King James Version as one of the very first translations use the word waste instead of departure?

Apostasia historical development

1576 came the Catholic translation into English also called "Rheims Bible". It was the first translation that used the word waste instead of departure (departure).

Kotolikerna used this translation to point to the "waste" that preceded the 1500's through the Reformation.

Conversely, in 1611 when King James Bible was published revised translators they to previous translations from departure to waste to point to the Catholic Church and its teachings as the Great Apostasy. It was thus not study or meaning of the word apostasia who decided this, but who Instruction to the Catholic Church.

The Rapture - a specific event

What exactly does Paul when he teaches about a specific event that will take place just before the tribulation?

Greek apostasia namely has a definite article (which is the Greek word normally not) that makes Paul points to a particular predetermined event, and not something that happens over time.

Many scriptures speak and testify about the apostasy in the last days. (1 Tim 4: 1-2, 2 h 3: 1, 1 John 2: 1). The problem is that none of these scriptures provides support for a specific waste or a specific event to highlight and to be a clear sign for all believers in the end times. All Bible passages that talk about the apostasy in the last days is general and does not point to a specific event. As we know, it was instead the waste and rebel against the Lord of all time. Jude also speaks about it already happened at the time of the apostles. (Jude v 17 ff)

Rapture, however, is a definite event, and something that does not happen over a longer period. It will be a unique character that shows that the end times and the conclusion has been reached.

Clarification of Paul

At the same time, it is a problem when Paul did not have mentioned this waste in his first letter to the congregation.

The second letter to the church is a clarification of what is written in the first and second coming of Christ an event that was both declared and clear ground for Thessalonica. Large virtually every chapter of this letter speaks of the Lord's return and the end-time development, but never mentions anything about a waste as an important and unique event that will precede the Lord's Day and the coming of the Antichrist.

It is therefore nearer to believe that Paul refers to the coming of the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 than to a specific waste that scripture does not otherwise mention.

He was holding back

2 Thessalonians 2: 6-7 - You know what it's like now holding him back so he can emerge only when his time comes. Already, the mystery of lawlessness operates. He who now holds it back will only be cleared out of the way.

Verses 4-8 of the same chapter discloses the Antichrist, and the one who holds him back so that he can not appear before his time is. Today, we write 2014, and we can confirm that it or he who holds back is still here when the Antichrist has not yet come forward.

Grammatically becomes the holding again described as both "it" and "he". The word spirit in the Holy Spirit is the word "pneuma" in Greek, which is a word in no sex. At the same time that the Holy Spirit is also God, he is described as a "he". There have been many guesses on what's holding back the Antichrist, but that both are neuter while masculine can be no other than the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit in the church

The Holy Spirit is closely linked to the church, and has been since the day of Pentecost in the APG Chapter 2. In GT seemed the Holy Spirit also on earth, but rather with the base top. Just as he will do in the tribulation.

The Holy Spirit will continue to work in the people in the tribulation, but from uppryckelsens moment from above. Therefore, we see no longer the Holy Spirit represented by Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelation and beyond. In the letters to the seven churches, we hear these words: He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the congregation. After Chapter 3, which is the Assembly's rapture is no longer the Holy Spirit who speaks. Revelation 13: 9 - He who has ears, let him hear. Nor is the Holy Spirit that comes with different salvation and judgment message to people in the tribulation, then it will instead be done by angels. (Rev 14: 6-7).

When the Assembly becomes caught the Holy Spirit has no place to work from more then Assembly is the only temple that God knows today. (1 3:16). The only church that is represented in the tribulation is skökoförsamlingen, and may the Holy Spirit does not operate in or from the outside.

Rapture in 2 Thessalonians 2:13

2 Thessalonians 2:13 - But we are bound to thank God always for you brethren beloved of the Lord, because God from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Eng trans. "But we ought to Thank God always for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, Good Because you chose, a first fruit, for deliverance by the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."

The first thing that is important to mention in connection with this verse is that it is mentioned in connection of these eschatological letter discloses the teaching of "the Lord's day."

The antecedent chapter (Chapter 2) Paul had just taught the congregation about the man of lawlessness, which must first come forward openly presented. We see Antichrist to emerge at the first seal, and when the white horse appears.

Could it be that this gratitude for the salvation that Paul expresses in this verse, the same salvation that he tantly have taught in two letters that disclose the wrath of God? In this case, it is yet another confirmation of Paul's recurrent theme of the Assembly, namely the Lord's saving and preservation of God's wrath and tribulation.

Selected to be the salvation

To understand this word of salvation (soteria) that Paul uses, you also have to interpret it according to the time he signs in.

The word salvation (gr. Soteria) have the following meaning in ENG; deliverence, preservation, safety, salvation: deliverance from the molestation of enemies.

From the word is used in the Old Testament, we can see that the meaning of the word changes, the further ahead we will in time relative to when the letters were written.

Salvation in the Old Testament

In the OT, we find the word 78 times and is often related to the Hebrew word Yeshu'ha. The majority of the times the word is used in the Old Testament, is connected to a physical salvation from enemies or temporary trials for Israel.

We see it among others for Israel's deliverance from Egypt, here, when they go through the Red Sea. It is also used when David rescued and freed from Saul's persecution, and the salvation of Israel from natural enemies like the Philistines, Moabites and Edomites.

Isaiah uses this word both to describe Israel's rescue at the return of the Messiah, but also to describe the spiritual and the new covenant that the Lord will establish with Israel.

Salvation in the NT

The New Testament is the word "Soteria" used by both physical danger (Acts 7:25, 27:34), but above all by describing the spiritual salvation we have received through Jesus' death on the cross. (Phil 1:28, 2 Cor 7:10 Efe 1.13)

We can see that the meaning of this word can be both a spiritual salvation, and a physical salvation from a temporary danger or circumstance. The GT is mostly a physical danger while the majority of the NT stands for a sense of spiritual salvation.

Time of the Thessalonians

The New Testament was written over a period of about 60 years, by different authors. The meaning of the word salvation (soteria) can be interpreted both in relation to the time it was written, and through which the author used the word.

Paul wrote his letter over a period of about 20 years, and it is therefore natural that the word undergoes some change of its importance over time. In contrast to some of Paul's later letter to the Romans, for example, where the word almost always used with the importance of spiritual salvation, is the letter to Thessalonica, one of Paul's earliest letters.

Paul's earlier letter

In Paul's early letters letters to Thessalonica and Galatia, never used the word 'Soteria' to express a spiritual salvation. The word is also not James who also is written at an early stage in the history of the Church. Paul instead uses other words, during this time period to describe spiritual salvation such as "kaleo" Gal 1: 6, "Dikaio-oe" Gal 2:16, "exagorazo" Gal 3:13 etc.

The letter probably written after the letters to the Thessalonians was 1 Corinthians, where the word "Soteria" are never used. It is only in Paul's second letter to the church at Corinthians word used again. The word used here three times, and that's when we first see the word used in connection with the spiritual salvation.

It looks like that when Paul uses this word in his early letters, he is still influenced by the way the GT uses this word, and thus is a description of a salvation from a physical or a temporary danger or circumstance. When Paul in later letters using this word is with the majority betydning of spiritual salvation.

Brevens through topic

Each chapter of 1 and 2 Thessalonians disclose any means the return of Jesus, and Paul's eschatological teaching. So it is with other words related to believe that this salvation that Paul refers to in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, also discloses and is a continuation of the topic, Paul teaches.

A review of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 shows that chapter provides:

1. A warning (vs. 1-3)

2. apostasia (vs. 3)

3. lawless one emerges (vs. 3-5)

4. The holding back (vs. 5-7)

5. Antichrist performanc and arrival (vs. 8-9)

6. Delusion and deception of the people (verses 10-12)

7. A thankfully Lord, and a call (vs. 13-15)

When Paul trailing write and express their gratitude to the Lord for the salvation that God has prepared, it must be seen in light of his earlier instruction in the same chapter. In other words, is not a new subject that Paul begins to speak or give thanks for, but simply a continuation else on the topic he already taught throughout the letter.

Our future glory

2 Thessalonians 2:14 - This is what God has called you by our gospel, that you may win our Lord Jesus Christ's glory

The next verse we meet in 2 Thessalonians 2 speaks of our future glory in Christ. It is the glory that Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians where "the perishable must put on impermanence," and "this mortal must put on immortality."

So this is a reference to uppryckelsens today and our future glory, as happens at the moment when the Lord pulls his congregation to him, and he transforms our bodies to be like him. This verse is a continuation of verse twelve, and is a clear link to uppryckelsens day.


Paul declares that before the day of the Lord or tribulation may be, have the lawless one (the Antichrist) to come forward. But for that the Antichrist will be able to come forward, it must be holding him back come to the side of (the Holy Spirit), and to the Holy Spirit to be able to come to the site must first Assembly are taken away and be gone from the earth.

Jesus points to the many characters to follow His visible return to this earth. But the rapture is an unsigned event, and the Assembly's call is not waiting for the Antichrist or his covenant with Israel, but to "wait for his Son from heaven."

We live in a constant expectation that the Lord will soon come and get us home, to save us from the wrath to come, and for us to be with Him forever.

Jesus is coming soon!


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"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], to every one that believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life." - 3:16

"But as many as  received  Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, to them that believe on his name." - John 1:12

"That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." - Rome 10: 9

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- Jesus, I receive you now and confess you as Lord. I believe that God raised you from the dead. Thank you that I am now saved. Thank you that you have forgiven me and thank you that I am now a child of God. Amen.

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