A Study of Thessalonians (Part 10) | Prophetic Events Related to the Day of the Lord

Paul writes to the Thessalonian church about the prophetic events related to the Day of the Lord. He warns them about the great deception, the same deception Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24:24, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

1. The great apostasy of the modern Church

The great “falling away” prophesied by the Apostle Paul is a “super sign” that the rapture of the Church is near. While there have always been “Christians” and “churches” that have “fallen away,” it has never been as widespread and “en masse” as now.

God describes the end-times “Church” as a “harlot” because she has prostituted the truth with lies! Revelation 17:5, “And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

2. The rapture of the true Church

Paul is very clear that the Holy Spirit is currently restraining Satan and unmitigated evil from complete world dominion. It’s currently God’s Spirit in God’s people restraining Satanic wickedness from complete world domination. But when God’s Spirit leaves with God’s people at the rapture of the Church, all restraint will be removed too.

3. The emergence of the Antichrist
The Antichrist will be a political leader who will unite the world into a global governance and a global system of commerce.

He will broker a seven-year peace treaty with Israel and her enemies, allowing the Jews to rebuild their temple. (See Daniel 9:27) The temple must be rebuilt because the Jews will be worshiping in the temple at the time the Antichrist breaks the peace treaty midway through the tribulation.

4. The deception of the masses of humanity

After the rapture, God will bring condemnation through a strong delusion on all those who had heard the truth of the gospel but had rejected it. There will be worldwide revival among those who have never heard the gospel prior to the rapture (Revelation 7). But those who knew the truth and rejected it will believe a lie and follow the Antichrist, damning their own souls.

5. The destruction of Satan’s kingdom

Satan will reign through the Antichrist over a world kingdom for a short season. But his diabolical reign of terror will end with Christ’s return to the earth at the end of the seven-year tribulation.

Join Pastor Phil Hopper as he digs deep into the prophetic events related to the Day of the Lord and tells you how you can prepare for what is coming.

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