5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.
From the previous verses of Chapter 2, Paul in this letter to the Thessalonian believers, writes to clarify certain things about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the rapture of the saints.
Regardless of what some people told the Thessalonian believers, presumably some other teachers, Paul lets them know that, the day of the Lord, a time of God’s great wrath and judgment (Zephaniah 1:14-15; Revelation 16:14) has not yet come. He assures them that the day of the Lord will not commence until a rebellion or apostasy occurs, followed by the emergence of the man of lawlessness or the Antichrist. The man who will try to take on the role of God.
In the verses 5 and 6, Paul conveys that these Thessalonian Christians should have a knowledge about the day of the Lord, for he use to tell them these things when he was with them. Paul also writes that these Christians know what is holding back the man of lawlessness or the Antichrist.
Like in Paul’s days, we are still facing false teachings today, which contradict God’s word and bring confusion. We therefore need to know and remember what the Bible teaches. To that end, we need to study God’s word, to meditate upon it, and memorize it.
Although we are already experiencing evil in this world, we can yet have this comfort of being spared from worse evil, knowing that the Antichrist is being held back.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.