Second Thessalonians 2:1-17 Church Not Involved in Tribulation

Second Thessalonians 2:1-17 Church Not Involved in Tribulation

Second Thessalonians 2:1-17 Church Not Involved in Tribulation Grace Bible Church of Pullman Pastor-Teacher Ron McMurray Assurance to Believers 2:1-2 Deception is the business of Satan. Since Satan has become the ruler of this world he has discovered that his genius is only good for deception. Satan has two basic systems of deception; religion and revolution.

Religion is designed to neutralize doctrine in the angelic conflict; revolution is designed to neutralize the laws of divine establishment in the angelic conflict. In the first part of this chapter it is Bible doctrine which is under attack. There were a lot of religious people in the ancient world and some of them got to the Thessalonians. False prophets are always in the midst and for that reason there is a great deal of eschatology in the Bible. Technically we do not need all of the eschatology that

we have in order to glorify God, but we do need it from the standpoint of understanding His plan only as it relates to us in the future. And what relates to us in the future relates to us now because Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. The Thessalonians were under a special attack in this There are claims that the Church goes through the Tribulation, there are several claims that the Rapture will take place in the middle of the Tribulation and that the Rapture occurs at the end of the Tribulation. These are false doctrines and are an attack upon the whole concept of dispensations.

2:1 Now we request you brethern ( EROTAO PAIndic to ask, request them to hear what he is saying about the immediate problems in the church). In the Attic Greek this verb was used for interrogation In the Koine Greek in the dramatic present it is an urgent request. Why does Paul make an urgent request instead of giving a command? Because everyone must decide for himself in the priesthood what he is going to do about doctrine after salvation. In salvation the issue is what think ye of Christ? After salvation the issue is what think ye of

doctrine? In order that this issue might be thoroughly understood Psalm 138:2 says, He has magnified His Christ does not become an issue again until one reaches greater grace or is very close to it with the fourth floor of the ECS where the believer has capacity to love , category #1. At the same time from the launching pad comes love for Jesus Christ. Then when the person reaches greater grace or very close to it he is occupied with the person of Jesus Christ. He fulfills 1 John 4:19 we love him because he first

loved us. In that area God begins to pour. And as God the Father can pour, because the cup is there is greater grace, Jesus Christ is glorified. He is glorified before the whole realm of demons. With this in mind Christ is never an issue until greater grace is reached. There is no such thing as love at first sight, love must have capacity. The capacity comes with spiritual maturity, the point at which the priesthood functions. There is a hindrance to reaching greater grace and this is the problem with the Thessalonian believers. They are anticipating going through the Tribulation.

by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ HUPER means under the authority. under the coming. These people need to be under the authority of the true doctrine of the Rapture and of the second advent. They need to be under the doctrine; the coming is parousia, used for both the second advent and the Rapture; here it is used for the Rapture. We know because of and our gathering together to him. That is the Rapture. EPISUNAGOGE - means upon, with escort; it means an escort or a guard of

honor. We are not only the bride of Christ at the point of the unto him is the preposition EPI plus the accusative and it means upon him or around him. 2:2 That you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. that EIS TO - introduces a purpose clause plus the quickly shaken -APInfin of SALEUO means to receive instability, to be agitated or shaken. They were shaken because they reacted to the false

teachers with discouragement, boredom, disillusion, self-pity and loneliness, frustration, jealousy and bitterness. When you are hypersensitive to false doctrine is when experience has become the criterion. from your composure APO TOU NOOS from your mind or left lobe of the soul. When you have emotional revolt, the frantic search for happiness which is the reaction (which always triggers the emotional revolt), you cannot recall truth or doctrine. Believers who are shaken and disturbed by false

doctrine are not objective. A vacuum opens up and false doctrine is sucked into the right lobe. This is why in Hebrews chapter six you have to relearn or be disturbed THROEO Pres Pass Infin - state of nervousness, crying out loud. This means that once you are out from under doctrine in your right lobe as a priest you are not troubled, this means to scream. THROEO means to be nervous and scream. In other words, to blow your cork. Once you turn your back on BD you lose objectivity and nervousness builds up until you crack up and scream.

Nervousness is built up for a lot of reasons. When doctrine isnt your life you are nervous and irritable. That is what has happened to these people. either by a spirit ( DIA PNEUMATOS false spirit of teaching, refers to demons. This is the last stage; through a spirit, literally, refers to the demons teaching you. The demons teach you when you drink of the cup of demons. You cant drink of the cup of the Lord [greater grace] and the cup of demons at the same time.

Greater grace precludes demon influence. But when the vacuum opens up and attacks the right lobe you have demon teaching. This is the last state being worse than the first. The first is a frantic search for happiness, the last stage is to be under demon influence, to drink of the cup of demons. No one drinks of the cup of demons without eventually dying the sin unto death. Whichever way you go with this is your attitude toward doctrine. or a message (DIA LOGOU that ignores Pauls teaching re:Rapture. This is what happens in the early

stages when you are on that cycle of frantic search for happiness, emotional revolt, intensification of reactors. Wrong PT. or a letter ( DIA EPISTOLES ignore written letters that were not from Paul. Ignore Wife Beater Theology that bride of Christ is going through the Tribulation. Today that would mean setting up a false criterion in writing. Today the epistles are all in the Bible. Once the canonicity issue is settled it just simply means to read books that have false teaching and accept it ( Gnostic Gospels, etc. ).

as from us should be through us, which indicates they claimed that Paul had written this. as that the day of the Lord has come HEMERA TOU KURIOU second advent after the seven has come ENESTEKEN Pf Aindic - means that it is drawing to a close with the result that it is almost here. In other words, you are in the Tribulation is what this says. This false epistle said that they day of the Lord is almost here; the perfect tense means just about here. The false epistle was saying they were in the last part

of the Tribulation. But maximum suffering does not mean that the Tribulation has occurred. 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. deceive you EXAPATAO - AASubj to lead astray, deceive with false doctrine. The believers in Thessalonica are thoroughly deceived and led astray with false doctrine, specifically the midTribulational or post-Tribulational Rapture. The principle applies to any false doctrine.

What is strong delusion? The average fundamentalist will say it is something an unbeliever has from rejecting the gospel so many times, but strong delusion is synonymous with EXAPATAO which means to be thoroughly deceived. Here in effect is a command, but a command that cannot be obeyed apart from many, many acts of LEARNING AND APPLYING DOCTRINE TO ONES LIFE. Therefore the imperative mood is not used, the subjunctive mood is used. The subjunctive mood often carries the strength of the imperative mood, especially with the negative.

So we have the aorist active subjunctive and this is called the prohibitive subjunctive. It recognizes many free will acts of positive volition are going to be necessary to avoid this deception. The believer himself must be free from deception. There is only one way that you can be free from deception: Ye shall know the truth [doctrine] and doctrine shall make you free. Stand fast, therefore, in the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage. The yoke of bondage is false doctrine, demon

influence, Satanic doctrine entering the right lobe of the believer. So we have the concept of deception and the only way to avoid it is to have doctrine in your own soul. Avoid reversionism and revolt against God. by any means. It means that no one should have the means of superimposing their standards on you. Dont let anyone deceive you by their norms and standards. Let no one deceive you with their norms and standards. The norms and standards of this world are the norms and standards of Satan.

Satans cup contains demon possession and demon influence. Satans cup of poison enters the vacuum into the right lobe by scar tissue, by negative volition toward doctrine, where by the doctrine of demons 1 Timothy 4:1 actually hits the right lobe, the frame of reference, enters into the memory center. Satan provides the reversionist a new vocabulary: love everyone, be nice to your enemies, try to lead the way to world peace by disarmament, etc. These vocabularies lead to crusader arrogance categories lets purify the air, sustainability of

environment, global warming, environmental terrorism, communistic agenda promoted in schools through collective agreement rather than This results in a satanic set of norms and standards such as liberalism, communism, demonism, etc. Satanic destruction of Judeo-Christian values by means of promotion of homosexuality, socialism, surrendering freewill to big brother govt., eliminate morality, liberalize news media, etc. Instead of the Word of God on your launching pad you are full of a false brotherly love, the greater good for the greater number, and all of the Satanic doctrines.

All of these things are designed by Satan to capture the soul of the believer and make the believer work for him. The only protection is doctrine. What can demons do to believers? The body of the believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The only thing demons can do is influence. But demon influence often takes on all the characteristics of possession when a Christian is deceived by evil and accepts the Satanic Agenda ( control through socialism, communism, then mass murder of those who disagree with it). Demon influence is a greater power than demon

possession, so the greatest power of Satanic influence is on the believer. We have three means of deception, 2:2 by spirit refers to doctrine of demons; by word is for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. for it will not come ( AASubj ERCHOMAI to come. The day of the Lord or second advent will not come until the apostasy comes first ) unless the apostasy comes first The subjunctive mood indicates that at this point the great

apostasy (departure or Rapture) is merely potential, which would give the Thessalonians a clear idea that the Rapture was not going to occur during their lifetime. It will occur, but not in the apostolic generation. the apostasy - (APOSTASIA ) is translated depart. APOSTASIA occurs only twice: in this context where it means departure, and in Acts 21:21 where it is translated forsake and should be translated depart. APOSTASIA in 2 Thess 2:3 with the definite article refers to the Rapture of the Church, the

departure. The Aor. Act. Subj. of ERCHOMAI. The Rapture is an absolute but it is going to take, under the constantive view, all believers of the Church Age and move them out. Sequence of Events Rapture Church Age 7 Year Tribulation Day of Lord Begins

Anti-Christ Appears They are going to depart; the whole body of Christ is removed from the earth. It isnt an apostasy, it is a departure. The subjunctive mood: the Rapture is always a potential, it has not yet occurred. So first there comes the departure. The verb on which it is based, APISTHEMI occurs only fifteen times, and almost every time it is correctly translated.

For example, Luke 2:37, departed not from the Luke 8:13, in time of temptation fall away should have been translated depart; Luke 13:27, depart from me ye workers of iniquity; Acts 5:37, drew away much people after him should be translated caused many people to depart after him; Luke 5:38, refrain from these men should be depart from these men; Luke 12:10, the angels departed from him; Luke 15:38, who departed from them;

2 Corinthians 12:8, I besought the Lord that it might depart from me; 1 Timothy 4:1, some shall depart from the faith; 1 Timothy 6:5, from such withdraw thyself should be from such ones depart; 2 Timothy 2:19, depart from iniquity; Hebrews 3:12, in departing from the living God. APOSTASIA means the departure, so this is not the passage where we can have any great apostasy before the Rapture occurs. There is a departure and the departure is the Rapture. They are going to depart; the whole body of Christ is

removed from the earth. It isnt an apostasy, it is a departure. This is a gnomic aorist in the sense that the Rapture is an absolute that terminates the Church Age; it is a constantive aorist in the sense that everyone involved is going to be removed at one time. Again the subjunctive mood: the Rapture is always a potential, it has not yet occurred. It can occur at any time and until it occurs historically it is always a potentiality. So first there comes the Principle: The Rapture must occur before the Tribulation.

The man of sin (lawlessness) belongs to the Tribulation, not to the Church Age, therefore the man of sin cannot be manifest until the Rapture has occurred. Chronology: Rapture Man of Sin in Trib 2nd Advent Stop letting anyone deceive you according to their means: for except there come a departure first. There must be the Rapture before the man of sin can be revealed. Will the Church become corrupt before the Rapture? YES! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 lovers of selves, etc. It is called the turning away from sound doctrine in

2 Timothy 4:3-4 called APOSTREPHO but it is not called APOSTASIA ( apostasy ). and the man of lawlessness is revealed the son of destruction HO ANTHROPOI ANOMIAS the man of the lawlessness. Probably here the lawlessness means the revolution. This is Satans man to lead a revolution against God in the last seven years of the Age of Israel. Dictator of the Revived Roman Empire. He is called the man of the lawlessness because Satan twice in history will make an offer. He offered Christ the kingdoms of the world (Matt 4).

As the ruler of the world Satan made a bona fide offer. Jesus Christ said NO. Satan will make the same offer the dictator of the Roman empire of the Tribulation and this man will says Yes. The only problem is that Satan isnt able to give all that he promises. The man of the lawlessness is identified in seven different passages by different names; First, in Revelation 13:1-10 he is the beast out of the Beastliness has to do with the fact that he is Satans man and under the control of Satan. He sets aside the laws of divine establishment and

becomes unreasonable like an animal. When you walk away from the laws of establishment all you have left is the world animal. All it takes is one old sin nature and one anti-establishment conscience and you have an animal. Second, he is called the little horn in Daniel 7:8,9, 1926. Third, in Daniel 9:26,27 he is the prince that shall come. Fourth, Matthew 24:15 - He is called the abomination of desolation. The historical abomination of desolation was a statue of Antiochus Epiphanes in the temple at Jerusalem,

but the prophetical abomination of desolation is a statue set up in Rome. One is historical and deals with the Jewish wars, and one is prophetical dealing with the Tribulation. Fifth, in Ezekiel 28:1-10-He is called the prince of Tyrus [the Latin for Tyre] . Here we have a description of Satan as the one who is behind this famous personality in the Tribulation. Sixth, he is called the feet of the image in Daniel 2:31-45. This has to do with the rise of the Roman empire in the Tribulation. Seventh, He is also called simply the beast on which

the woman rides in Revelation 17. In other words, ecumenical religion must use political power to gain ascendancy. He is called the beast because he is the political power that brings ecumenical religion into its highest peak of power, verses 8-13. be revealed APSubj APOKALUPTO - ingressive aorist because this is the beginning of his revelation. We are talking about the departure of the Church from the earth. When the Church departs then ingressive aorist this dictator begins to be revealed.

Until the Rapture takes place he isnt even begun to be revealed. It should be after the departure he begins to be revealed. He is alive before the Rapture but is not revealed as the man of lawlessness until after the Rapture. Historically he is unknown until after the Rapture. You are told about him but you cannot identify him before the Rapture, says the subjunctive mood. the son of destruction- the antichrist will be revealed in the Trib. riding on white horse, Rev.6:1-2, HO UIOS TES APOLEIAS - son of perdition, destruction, doomed to eternal damnation - will rise to power just

after Rapture. This word is used for only two people: Judas Iscariot and the Beast or AntiChrist. Both of these people live in the Age of Israel, Judas just before the interruption of the Age of Israel by the Church Age, and then the man of destruction after They are not the same. Judas Iscariot in John 17:12 is called the son of perdition; this man is called the son of perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Because the title occurs only in these two verses in the Bible it has led people to falsely conclude that it is the same person, and that Satan is going to bring

Judas back for the Tribulation. What they are missing is the fact that Satan himself in all of human history has only indwelt two men. Satan indwelt Judas and Satan will indwell the man of sin. These are the only two cases of Satanic possession. He is a gentile (Rev 13:1) He rules over gentile nations (Rev 17:12-15) He uses diplomacy and promotes peace (Daniel 8:25) He sets himself up as a god (Daniel 9:27, 11:36-37, Rev 13:4-6) People will worship him as God (2 Thess 2:11).

He will be supported by the false religious system, the Prostitute, in Trib.(Rev 17:3) and once he has gained absolute power he will destroy the Prostitute (17:16-17). He attacks believers and Jews ( Daniel 8:25, 7:21, 25, Rev 13:7, 17:14). False Jewish prophet of Israel is Antichrist's right hand man ( Rev 19:20, 20:10, 13:11-17 second beast), marks followers with 666. 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above

all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. opposes PAPtc ANTIKEIMI - means to be the enemy of, to be opposed, to be hostile to God from his rise to his fall at Armageddon. He is Satan possessed and he accepts the Satanic proposition rejected by Jesus Christ in the great temptation of Matthew 4. - The offer of the kingdoms of the world will be accepted by the AntiChrist but he cannot rule the kingdoms so Satan will personally possess him.

As a result the man of lawlessness becomes Satans chief agent in the world during the Tribulation. The AntiChrist cannot take over the world in the Church Age due to the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit. During the intensified stage of the angelic conflict God the Holy Spirit restrains Satan from ever making this offer to anyone else. So this is an offer that Satan cannot make until the Church is removed from the earth. He is opposed to any form of the divine institutions. - Opposed to marriage and he will have a system of

so-called freedom in sex (adultery, fornication, perversions such as homosexuality, lesbianism, pedophilia, beastiality ). - Opposed to nationalism and will seek to have a strong international organization. - Opposed to human freedom and will use the military in order to destroy the freedom of those who oppose him. This is why we have the Armageddon campaign and why the man of lawlessness is involved. exalts himself PMPtc HUPERAIRO - static present. The word means to lift ones self up above

everyone else and so it is the epitome of arrogance and haughtiness. Satan possession is very much like demon possession, it is designed to exalt the individual or someone connected with the demon possession. The man of lawlessness as the head of the ecumenical religious system manifests this particular pride. If you want to empower your organization what you Remember that religion belongs to the devil. This man does exactly that. He combines the states of western Europe into one organization the kingdom

of the west, the revived Roman empire. But to consolidate this and to bring others under his sphere of influence he uses religion. So, he exalts himself above all that is called God is the religious activity of that day. In the Tribulation there will be an unusual combination, both of which we have had historically but never together. Historically we have had the military power of the Roman empire. Later on we have had the Holy Roman empire . The Holy Roman Empire was a confederation of states

in western Europe held together by the Roman Catholic church, and held together by religion. This holy Roman empire was finally broken up to some extent by the Reformation. In the Tribulation the religious and military will be combined; which results in the enslavement of millions of people. that is called God ( LEGO PPPtc related to God ) or that is worshipped (SEBASMA the object of worship that refers to all religious systems in the world ). he sits in the temple of God AAIndic KATHIZO

- The statue of the antichrist sits in the Jewish temple of God, called the abomination of desolation. The concept here is first of all this: Jesus Christ as a man is seated at the right hand of the Father, so the devil has put a man at his own right hand. This is an attempt to duplicate, a false duplication of the glorification of Christ. Satan seeks to glorify this man so he sets up a statue of the Antichrist in the temple. Of course, you cant have a man sitting there all the time so an image is substituted. Satan sets up a statue in the Tribulational temple in

Jerusalem to neutralize and destroy Israel. Satan knows that God must fulfill His unconditional covenants to them at the end of the Tribulation. Also, this dictator is in Rome and therefore his image is set up to remind not only those in Israel but the world that just as God has at His right hand Jesus Christ so Satan has set up a man at his right hand. The abomination of desolation of Matthew 24:15 is the statue of the antichrist sitting in the Jewish temple. showing himself that he is God APODEIKNUMI PMPtc - to proclaim himself in a

dramatic way. that he is God this is a trend of ecumenicalism in the Tribulation and takes us back to the old Roman empire when the emperor was declared to be God. The same trend will exist in the revived Roman empire of the Tribulation; the revival of the emperor cult of the old Roman empire. 2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? Paul has taught very clearly to the Thessalonians believers that the Church will not go through the Tribulation. They have been deceived by a false letter

claiming to be from Paul. Paul reassures them that they were not in the Trib., there is no revival of the Roman empire, there has been no such dictator, there has been no activity like this in Jerusalem. Do you not remember these things? asks Paul. Remember PAIndic MEMONEUO to remember or recall what has been taught. The problem with the Thessalonian believers was reaction leading to a frantic search for happiness and emotional revolt which shuts down the valves of the right lobe.

Paul is calling for these things to be moved again once more into their memory centre. When we react we become afraid, shift into negative gear, and our frame of reference shuts down. We lose the ability to recall sound doctrine. This means that we have to RELEARN what has been lost due to emotional revolt and early reversionism. Paul taught them face to face but now that he is gone they fall apart and cannot recall what he taught them. 2:6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

the restraint upon the man of sin. And now ( church age ) you know ( OIDA Pf tense there is doctrine still resident in the frame of reference) When believers are influenced and accept false you know what is restraining PAPtc KATECHO to hold back, restrain, suppress. This same verb is used in Romans 1:18 where it is translated hold. The Holy Spirit keeps in check, restrains, the rise of the man of sin until the body of Christ is removed from the earth. that he may be revealed in his own time APInfin APOKALUPTO antichrist might be revealed.

There is no way that there will be a revived Roman empire until the Church is removed. Once the church is removed the Spirits restraint is gone. Infinitive of purpose: It is Gods purpose to restrain the revival of the Roman empire until the Church Age is completed. The principle that comes out of this: in his own time KAIROI means an epoch of time or dispensation of Israel in contrast to CHRONOI which can be a moment of time. The man of sin belongs to another dispensation, he does not belong to the Church Age.

Lawlessness means that Satan is utilizing two counter attacks in areas where he is defeated. Satan is defeated by doctrine and he is defeated by the laws of divine establishment. Satan uses religion to counter attack doctrine and he uses revolution to counter attack the laws of divine establishment. The mystery of lawlessness deals with these two attacks, whereas the actual lawlessness of the Tribulation deals with the same attacks which were revealed in the Old Testament and was well-known and understood in relationship to the Tribulation or

Daniels seventieth week. In the devils world there are two kinds of people; those who are born again and those who are unbelievers. We have seen the mystery of lawlessness, the attack of religion and revolution in reversionism on the believer. But there is also an attack upon the unbeliever, and it Unbeliever reversionism is represented in 2 Peter 2:18ff. We see an unbeliever who was taught the laws of divine establishment from his home, from his family,

and from his education. His parents taught him patriotism, that the only system of freedom for any national entity is through military victory and we must always have a strong military. His parents taught him the principle of free enterprise, the principles of law, all the concepts that are related to the laws of divine establishment. He understood these things. In 2 Peter 2 this unbeliever has a friend who is hooked on false doctrine which is contrary to everything that he has ever learned.

After hearing it he goes absolutely negative toward this false teaching and its propaganda. Now this same person has another friend who takes him to hear a good evangelist who brought out all the principles of reconciliation and propitiation. And while it was a very clear presentation in the ministry of the Spirit he said negative to it. The moment that he goes negative to the truth he immediately causes scar tissue on the left bank of the soul, it opens up MATOITES valve and for the first time Satanic propaganda comes through to his right lobe.

The doctrine of demons of 1 Timothy 4:1 enter into his right lobe and all of a sudden he is going through a period of confusion, then a period of rethinking everything he has ever learned, then a period of reaction and a period of emotional revolt. The emotional revolt plus the infiltration of Satanic doctrine changes him inside so that he now returns with his friend to the false doctrine. This time he hears the same person give the same false doctrine and says yes. And when he says yes he has now reached the point of strong delusion or the dog returns to his vomit.

The great attack in the Tribulation is now found in 2 Thessalonians 2 and again we have an unbeliever who was taught the laws of divine establishment and principles of authority. He hears apostate teaching in the Tribulation and says no. But then he hears one of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists of the Tribulation and rejects the gospel, and then he goes back and he hears another message from ecumenical religion and goes positive to it, he says yes. He has now reached the stage of strong delusion. 2:7- mystery of lawlessness is already at

work- MUSTERION TES ANOMIAS this is the evil that is present in the world today. It seeks to overthrow CA mystery truths and replace them with satanic ideas. only he (Holy Spirit) who now restrains will do so until he (Holy Spirit) is taken out of the way. KATECHO pres act ptc shows continual restraining min of HS until the Rapture when His restraint against evil is lifted. (I Thess 5:2, 2 Thess 2:2-3) 2:8 Anti-Christ revealed after Rapture APOKALUPTO pres pass indic certainty of the revealing.

Lord will slay ANAIREO fut act indic The Lord will violently kill antichrist with the breath of His mouth appearance of His coming 2nd advent EPIPHANEIA TES PAROUSIAS by the outshining of His presence (Rev 19:11-21) 2:9- the one whose comingSatan The antichrist will be energized by Satan so that he can perform signs and wonders to deceive people into believing that he is a god. (Matt 24:24) power, signs and false wonders

DUNAMEIS claims same inherent power that God has. TERAS healings, resuscitations that he will call resurrections. SEMEION signs, miracles to lead men away from God and towards antichrist 2:10 deception of wickedness for those who perish Trib unbelievers APOLLUMI pres pass ptc the ones perishing due to following antichrist and believing his lies (philosophies) they did not receive the love of the

truth so as to be saved. They did not believe in the gospel of Christ so are not saved SOZO aor pass infin- result of not The followers of antichrist: - Reject authority of God and Bible - Deny death & believe in reincarnation - Believe man can be a god, mysticism psychic predictions, psychic hotline number may be 1-800-666-LIES - Deify Lucifer and false wisdom Antichrist will promote:

- Mandatory new world religion, Court - Universal economic system (food, health, water, tax, draft, credit cards) 2:11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, PEMPO pres act indic God continually allows them to believe false realities and they harden their hearts. PISTEUO AAInfin to believe as a result without question due to their scarred souls (Romans 1:24)

PSEUDEI the lie that man can be a god, he wont die, God and the Bible are wrong, worship of self and Lucifer. 2:12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (judgment upon unbels) did not believe the truth negative volition of unbelievers rejected God, the Bible, salvation in Christ alone. pleasure in unrighteousness TE

ADIKIA the unrighteousness presented by antichrist appeals to neg. vol. so they took pleasure in it. It appeals to the Deliverance of Thessalonian Believers 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethern beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. chose you for salvation - Believers have reason to rejoice because the Thessalonian

believers were of the chosen (saved by grace). ELECTION HAIREO aor mid indic to take, taken. The Lord has taken you, the beginning or firstfruits of salvation through sanctification HAGIASMO set apart in Christ, sanctified by PNEUMATOS the Spirit, and faith in the truth. Paul rejoices that some Thess. have believed in the gospel and been saved.

Doctrine of Grace Election 1. Vocabulary EKLEGO to choose out, gather out or elect 2. I Peter 1:1-2 Chose according to the foreknowledge of God. Conclusions: a) Gods election acc. to omniscient foreknowledge b) Election is used to encourage bels. 1:2-9 c) Election acc. To human vol. Choices, 1:5-9 d) Election relates to Et. Sec. And eternal rewards 1:4-5, 7b, 9. 3. Titus 1:1 for the faith of those chosen

of God. Conclusions: a) Gods choosing included human vol. responsibility ( faith 1:1,4) b) Gods choosing giving gospel (1:3b) Compare I Thess 1:3-5, 2 Tim 2:10 4. Eph 1:4a He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. Conclusions: a) Gods choosing encourages us to live CWL (1:4) b) Choosing involves grace

predestination (1:4) and will(1:5b, 9a,11) c) 1:13, 15 human vol involved 5. Col 3:12 Chosen of God, change heart Conclusions: a) Gods choosing puts us in the holy and beloved (3:12). b) Vol involved in living CWL (3:12b) c) Note vol appeal in Col 3:1-17 6. Romans 8:33 Who will bring a charge against Gods elect? God is the One who

justifies. Conclusions: a) Rom 8 message of encouragement (vs 28, 31, 37). b) Elect=justification in Gods eyes c) Election follows foreknowledge, predestination and calling of vs 29-30. Note the Grace progression: Foreknowledge Predestination Calling (HS conviction, +Vol response to gospel)

Election (saved by grace) 7. Romans 9:11 Gods purpose acc to His choice might stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls. Conclusions: a) Gods calling (v11) is guided by His purpose and choice. b) Gods grace calling is opposite to human works for righteousness c) Calling includes human vol (9:30-33) Compare called and chosen and faithful in Rev 17:14.

8. Election Summation a) Election is climax of Gods planned EP salvation activity. b) Election follows Gods foreknowledge predestination and calling. c) Election takes into account human vol responsibility regarding gospel, faith, and CWL. d) Election concerns Christian encouragement, security and rewards through sanctification by the Spirit and belief

in the truth. EN plus instrumental of HAGIOSMOI by means of sanctification or set apartness of the Holy Spirit. Doctrine of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit 1. The BHS is a function which did not occur before the Church Age. It could not occur until Jesus Christ had achieved strategic victory from the cross, resurrection, ascension and session. Until there is strategic victory God the Holy Spirit could not function under the baptism of the Spirit. Because the Age of Israel is interrupted and a new dispensation is necessary to

fulfill the principle of the intensified stage of the angelic conflict. The Levitical priesthood is inadequate for the intensified stage of the angelic conflict. Christ is at the right hand of the Father, He has broken the back of Satan, and therefore it is impossible to continue in a There must be a universal priesthood, every believer must be able to represent himself before God in this intensified stage. The reason is that every believer is a target in the

angelic conflict and therefore an entire new dispensation begins, the Age of Israel is interrupted before its completion, the completion of Israel is in the Tribulation. In this particular dispensation, the Church Age, it is imperative to understand a total change has occurred, a change which makes every believer what Melchizedek was and what Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father, and that is a royal priest. So the baptism of the Holy Spirit is designed to take every believer in the Church Age and relate him to the decrees and election, relate him to the cross, relate

him to Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for operation footstool. No believer had the baptism of the Spirit until then. The baptism of the Spirit on its first occurrence was accompanied by a special warning to Israel. It occurred in Jerusalem and it was only fair that all believers in Jerusalem might begin to understand that Jerusalem was close to its destruction and to its loss. Therefore the first time the baptism of the Spirit occurred it occurred in Jerusalem accompanied by another special gift tongues. The purpose of tongues was to warn the unbeliever of

the coming of the fifth cycle of discipline, it was not a part of the baptism of the Spirit. They occurred simultaneously on the first occasion but that is the only time, tongues is not a part of the baptism of the Spirit and later on Satan used it as a distortion of the baptism of the Spirit. 2. We know that the BHS did not occur until the day of Pentecost because it was prophesied by Jesus Christ. While Christ was on earth the baptism of the Spirit did not occur because He prophesied it John 14:20; Acts 1:5. 3. The mechanics of the BHS are given in 1

Corinthians 12:13 God the Holy Spirit enters every believer into union with Christ. ---He is identified with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension; he is identified with Christ as Christ was a part of the election and a part of the destiny of the divine decrees. ---Therefore because of positional truth every believer is predestined to live with God forever under perfect 4. The unification of believers is achieved by the baptism of the Spirit Ephesians 4:5. 5. The implications of the baptism of the Spirit provide equality not existent in physical birth

Galatians 3:26-28. 6. The basis for retroactive positional truth is found in Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12. Retroactive positional truth identifies us with Christ in His death. The significant thing with this part of the baptism of the Spirit is the fact that when Christ was bearing our sins, which came from the old sin nature, He was also Lust is the motivator of life, human good is the carrying out of this motivation. Human good was rejected. The royal priesthood demands that we never be

motivated by lust or jealousy or bitterness, and that furthermore we never in our lifetime as a royal priesthood perform human good. 7. The baptism of the Spirit is also related to current positional truth Ephesians 1:3-6; Colossians 2:10. The implication of current positional truth: Jesus Christ is resurrected, He is seated at the right hand of the Father. We share His heirship, we share His election, we share His destiny, we share His sonship, we share His righteousness, we share His eternal life. The very basis of strategic victory is now ours in toto.

We have a total strategic victory and because we do it is imperative that we move to our tactical objective. 8. The baptism of the Spirit begins the Church Age Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:5; 2:3 cf Acts 11:15-17. 9. The baptism of the Spirit is not an experience of any kind. It is not ecstatics, it is not speaking in tongues. The aorist tense of 1 Corinthians 12:13 plus the subject of that verb, we all, indicates that no one experiences this ministry of the Spirit at 10. The baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment we believe in Jesus Christ Colossians 2:12. 2:14 to which He called you by our gospel

for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ the objective here is greater grace. The purpose of salvation and staying in this life is to reach the maturity. God delights in blessing you to the maximum in time, right under the devils nose and in the devils kingdom. he called KALEO AAIndic - generally used to relate salvation to the eternal decrees. The aorist tense is a constantive aorist, which means that in eternity past God knew that you were going to The active voice: God the Father produces the decrees in eternity past. His omniscience knew what

we would need and what the situation would be at every moment in our lives. by our gospel for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ - the glory of Christ is the greater grace life. So in eternity past not only did God design for us salvation He also designed spiritual maturity. That is the glory of Christ. Doctrine of the Greater Grace Life 1. Definition. The greater grace life is the ultimate stage of Christian growth, the stage beyond the ECS. Greater grace ( James 4:6) is the area of reaping what God has sown in eternity past.

Greater grace is characterized by O/C and the greater grace capacities: - Capacity for freedom, for life, for love, for happiness, for prosperity, and even for adversity. - Above all, whatever greater grace blessings were assigned to you in eternity past you have the capacity to enjoy them. Human Soul MIND WOG

VOLITION LAWS DIVINE ESTABL. EMOTION MENTALITY MORALS SELF AWARE

HEART INDW. CHRIST Greater Grace Happiness Love ECS R.M.A M.D.L G.O GOSPEL CONSCIENCE FAITH

TRANSFER HUMAN SPIRIT 2. Characteristics. The greater grace life is related to the analogy of the cup running over in Psalm 23:5. The cup in the greater grace capacity is maximum blessing through capacity. The cup is made up of doctrine and God does not pour until you have a cup. 3. Greater grace is distinguished from other categories of Gods grace.

a) Salvation grace Ephesians 2:8ff. It demands positive volition towards the person and work of Jesus Christ which results in being saved from eternal judgment. b) Second category - Living or Logistical Grace - the grace that keeps you alive in phase two (time). This is everything that God does for you in time to keep you alive and intact in the intensified stage of the angelic conflict. - No volition is involved, this is a matter of the sovereignty of God.

c) Third category Greater grace. Volition is involved here. Positive volition is expressed toward the written Word ( doctrine ) instead of the living Word. d) Fourth category in this distinction has to do with Ephesians 2:7 where you have the exceeding riches of his grace. But the Greek says, surpassing grace. Surpassing grace is phase three (eternity) grace, and there is no volition involved. The angelic conflict is over, this is the place of ultimate sanctification, this depends upon the

sovereignty of God and it lasts forever. 4. The analogy - Greater grace is analogous to God resting on the seventh day. This is brought out in Hebrews 4:3, 10. 5. The love problem related here. Because greater grace is different from reversionism, believers under discipline of reversionism sometimes have the feeling that in reversionism God doesnt love them any more. When a believer is carnal Christ still indwells him, it is only when he goes into reversionism that Christ goes outside the door and starts knocking Revelation 3:20.

The issue here is, does God love the reversionist? The answer is that God loves every believer with maximum love. The issue was settled at the cross through propitiation whereby God found a way to love every believer regardless of his status in time and not compromise His righteousness and His justice. So the believers love response varies according to the amount of doctrine in his soul. God expresses His love in different ways, the means of expression is different. Expression to the greater grace believer is Romans 8:28 or God pouring.

6. The key to greater grace begins with the happiness spectrum. It always begins with the acquiring of +H. Our +H runs all the way from tranquility to ecstatics, it all depends on the situation. The key is sharing Gods happiness Philippians 4:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16. This happiness is acquired through the intake of doctrine 1 John 1:4. 7. The celebrityship of Christ. The greater grace believer has maximum love and appreciation for the Lord Jesus Christ Lamentations 3:22-25; Hebrews

12:2; Colossians 3:1,2. The celebrityship of Christ has a constant test, the communion table is one of the issues. When believers reach greater grace communion has a meaning that it never had before. 8. The capacity factor is involved in greater grace. Freedom Galatians 5:1; James 1:25-2:12; Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Life 1 Samuel 17:47; 18:5, 14, 30; Love in all of its categories * For God ( Deuteronomy 6:6; 30:20; Joshua 23:10,11;

1 John 2:5; 4:19 ) * Marriage ( Song of Solomon 8:6,7 ) * Friends ( 2 Samuel 1:26 ) * Happiness ( Psalm 9:1,2; 21:1; 31:7; 43:4; 97:12; John 17:13; 1 John 1:4 ) * Suffering ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10) 9. The availability of greater grace Isaiah 30:18, God is tapping His foot waiting for us to get there. This is an anthropomorphism of impatience. 10. The promotion of greater grace Psalm 84; 1 Samuel 17.

2:15 Therefore, brethren stand fast royal priests, members of the royal family of God. STEKO PAImpv - to stand firm under pressure. The present tense is the progressive present. As you continue to take in doctrine you continue to stand firm. The active voice: the royal priest produces the action under the control of the Holy Spirit and the application of doctrine. The imperative mood is a direct command. This verb means to be consistent. and hold KRATEO PAImpv - to seize and to hang on to. Refers to consistently learning and applying BD.

the categories PARADOSI to hand over something that is categorically arranged, categories. which you have been taught the relative pronoun refers to the categories of doctrine. The aorist passive indicative of DIDASKO refers to someone teaching you in public assembly who is qualified. In the royal priesthood the only surviving qualification is the gift of pastor-teacher. Culminative aorist takes in the teaching of the PT and your learning and application of BD. The result is entrance into the greater grace life. You

are taught until you reach that point. by the word even our epistle DIA plus LOGOI, DIA plus EPISTOLE. 2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace. ELPIS hope means expectation, anticipation. The problem is to find out what in context is expected or anticipated. This time the expectation is in eternity, phase three. In time our expectation is greater grace and blessings

but in eternity our anticipations is being face to face with the Lord in our resurrection body. having loved us APPtc AGAPAO - they have loved us from eternity past. Their love from eternity past ends up ultimately in having everlasting life. The ultimate reflection of the love of God is the fact that you are going to live with Him forever is a perfect state in ideal conditions. everlasting consolation AIONIAI means eternal; consolation, PARAKLESI means the act of encouragement and refers to all scriptures re:heaven

and eternity. good hope AGATHOI ELPIN good expectations of eternity or phase three. by grace EN plus instrumental CHARIS by means of grace. CHARIS is surpassing grace in eternity. 2:17 the application. Comfort your hearts [right lobes] AAOptative of PARAKALEO which has two opposite meanings. - PARAKALEO - means to exhort or it means to comfort. Here it refers to comfort and doctrine is the comfort of the right lobe.

Comfort is a culminative aorist and it relates this By taking in doctrine so that you know all of these categories you ultimately come to the existing results, and the result is greater grace blessing. So greater grace blessing is the ultimate comfort of the right lobe of the soul. The optative mood expresses a wish or a desire which at the moment does not occur, but this is Pauls desire for these people. establish AAOptative STERIZO - means to stabilize. Culminative aorist refers to the stable life of the greater grace believer.

in every good word and work AGATHOI divine good work or production of the mature believers life. ( Hebrews 6:7). See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Pauls maturity and divine good production along with his suffering. The apostle Paul has a thorn in the flesh, a demon to beat him up so that he would not become arrogant as a mature believer. Therefore that I be not elevated by means of the abundance of revelations. This is not a punitive type suffering, this is a suffering so that he will not lose

perspective in greater grace. Paul is elated about the revelations, and if there is anything that will slow down elation and excitement it is to have a thorn in the flesh. This was a very painful thing for Paul because he had VIP treatment from Satans messenger an angeldemon from the source of Satan. Here is a demon who cannot possess Paul but can disturb him, bother him. Paul is not influenced by demonism, he is not indwelt by a demon, but the demon apparently can pursue him and cause him trouble, and does. to buffet me PAIndic KOLAQIZO - present tense of

repeated action. It didnt happen all the time, it happened occasionally. that I should not be over elated stated for the second time. 12:9 my grace is sufficient ARKEO PAI ndic to be contented, satisfied. always my grace is designed to produce contentment for you. Principle: The intensity of the pain is emphasized in the Greek, and it is coming to a greater grace believer. The intensity of the pain is hooked up with greater grace to produce +H. +H is a spectrum that goes all

the way from tranquility to ecstatics. Ecstatics has been his problem and in time of pain +H takes us over the tranquility side of the spectrum, so that we can have happiness on both sides. Ecstatics never prepare us for anything in life. That is not true of tranquility; tranquility carries the believer where ecstatics will not. The greater grace believer is always going to be on top of suffering. Grace makes the difference my grace produces contentment for you. For my strength HE DUNAMAI - there is no

possessive pronoun here, it is literally the inherent power. In greater grace God gets to express His omnipotence to the maximum. God can convert the greatest disasters of life into contentment for the greater grace believer. is made perfect TELEO PPIndic completion. in weakness by means of weakness; the omnipotence of God is fulfilled by means of The thorn in the flesh, the angel from Satan, is stronger than Paul and therefore Paul would have the disadvantage, but the advantage is his in greater

grace provision. How does Paul respond to this? with the greatest pleasure, to the highest degree. I will boast. This is a gnomic future which means this is my method of operating. in my weaknesses He has discovered a new aspect of greater grace. Greater grace in its simplest form is capacity or the cup in the soul, and God pours. This overflows to others. There is another aspect. The first is all fun, blessing, happiness, things that people enjoy; but there is another set of circumstances which are

circumstances of total suffering. God is glorified in the simplest concept because God does the pouring and God gets the glory. But greater grace capacity also includes suffering. It means that under conditions of suffering God can get more glory than He could have in any other way in the greater grace status. This is because the greater the suffering in greater grace the greater the glory to our only celebrity, the Lord Jesus Christ. that the power [omnipotence] of Christ may rest upon me AASubj EPISKHNO pitch a tent with

me. It is easy for God to pour blessings but when you have suffering in maturity it always involves your volition. When your volition under doctrine is responsive to Him occupation with Christ then His omnipotence stands forth and He is glorified in a very special way. In maturity suffering God has the opportunity to Very few people get to see the omnipotence of God but a thorn in the flesh situation involving angels causing Paul great suffering gives God the

opportunity to show His great power. And that isnt all to let you see it. And how do you see it? God pitches a tent with you right there. 2:10 I take pleasure PAIndic EUDOKEO - static present always that way in greater grace. Five areas in which the greater grace believer will face the same type of suffering. physical illness - ASTHENIA - the problems of physical illness, loss of health. in reproaches means literally, in the sphere of insults or malignings. In other words, in greater grace many believers will know the thorn in the flesh

through being maligned, misunderstood, insulted; in necessities means that God provides for greater grace believers in time of national disaster, the pressure of needs, lack of the details of life; persecutions persecution from religion, from legalism; distresses anguishes from disappointment and frustration in human relationships. for Christs sake is literally on behalf of Christ literally, on the occasion when I am weak [helpless], at that time I am strong EIMI DUNATOI - PAIndic means that the

omnipotence of Christ has pitched a tent in your life so that nothing can get to you. Translation: Because of which [greater grace status] I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in pressures, in needs, in persecutions, in anguishes on behalf of Christ: for on the occasion that I am helpless, at that time I keep on being strong.

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