Signs of the Storm, Pt 4
October 30, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Persecution Passage: 2 Thessalonians 2:1–2:12
In this sermon podcast on 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Pastor Brent looks at the final two of six “signs” of the storm known as the Day of the Lord so that you can stand firm in the face of persecution.
The Thessalonian church was a stalwart church. They were thriving under the pressure of persecution. Their faith, love and hope exploded with new growth and they were an example to all of the churches in Macedonia and to the church today.
However, the Thessalonian church was shaken to its core. In one sense we could say that they lost their composure being anxious and alarmed. What caused their disturbed state? The Thessalonian church had been deceived by a false message.
In chapter 2, the Apostle Paul appeals to the church to not be quickly shaken from its composure nor be deceived. Why were they deceived? They had been taught that the Day of the Lord had come. The reason for their persecution was that the Day of the Lord had arrived and they were in it. This message brought great fear to them.
If this message was true, they had missed the rapture and were unaware of the arrival of the Day of the Lord, both of which Paul had already taught them. Now, Paul must comfort this church with the truth about the coming of the Day of the Lord.
How does Paul comfort the church? Paul goes back to the truth of the Scripture. In this section Paul teaches them from the Old Testament the signs that will precede and accompany the Day of the Lord. As Paul comforts the Thessalonians, he also comforts our hearts with key precursors to the Day of the Lord so that we also will not be deceived and will stand firm in the truth.