The Day of the Lord

by Mike Ratliff

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 ESV)

On March 19th I wrote and posted The Parousia of the Lord, which was an expositing of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The last line in that post reads, “God willing, I will exposit 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 in my next post.” It is evident that that was not God’s will for me to do that in my “next post.” A lot has happened since then. However, I believe it is now time to exposit that passage. Before I do so, however, let me make it clear that I am not an eschatology “expert” or “specialist.” I believe eschatology is important and we should learn as much as we can from God’s Word about it because it is the fulfillment of God’s plan for His creation and His people. All I know to do is to look at what God’s Word says, keep it in context and make room for the Holy Spirit to write those truths on our hearts. Continue reading