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The Book of 2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians is one of Paul's Epistles. Epistles are letters Paul wrote to Christians in the early churches.

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ---    David is Israel's greatest king. ---   Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.---  The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected.     A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. ---    This book of the Bible happens between theses times   Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


Modern picture of the city of Thessalonki
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The books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written to the church in the city of Thessalonki in Greece.

Paul founded the church in Thessaloniki, but he had trouble there and had to leave in a hurry. He sent his helper, Timothy, back a few months later to check on the church. Timothy came back with a good report. Then, Paul wrote his first letter to the Christians in Thessaloniki. 

A few more months passed, and Paul got another report from the Thessalonians.  They had questions about the second coming of Jesus. Paul also found out that there were people writing the church letters pretending to be Paul.

Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians was to help the church deal with false teachers.  It was also to help them understand the end times and Second Coming of Jesus better.


2 Thessalonians 1-3

Paul explains about Jesus coming back.
Paul says the Christians must work to support themselves.
Paul prays for the people in Thessaloniki.





The city of Thessalonki



2 Thessalonians 1

This letter is from Paul, Silvanus (also called Silas), and Timotheus (also called Timothy). It is written to the church in Thessaloniki. They are writing in the name of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[1] Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

We send grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  First, we need to thank God always for you brothers. We are thankful that your faith is growing greatly and you are helping each other a lot.
[2] Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

We are proud of you for your patience and faith during all the trouble you have gone through.
[4] So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

God will use your suffering.  He will judge you worthy of the kingdom of God because of how you have suffered. God knows you are right.  He will punish the people who have hurt you.
[5] Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
[6] Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

Don't worry because when the Lord Jesus comes back, He will give you peace. He will come back with His mighty angels. He will have fire and will punish the people who do not know God and who do not obey God's laws.
[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
[8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

He will punish them forever.  They will be far away from the Lord. They will be far away from the glory of His power.
[9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

This will happen when He comes back.  He will be praised and admired by the people who believe in Him. You will be in that group because you believed what we told you.
[10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

We always pray for You. We pray that God will see that you are doing what believers are supposed to do. We pray you will do right and with power and faith in Jesus.
[11] Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ's name will be glorified by what you do. We pray that you continue to have faith in God and Jesus.
[12] That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2

We don't want you to be confused.  Some people are telling you that the Lord Jesus has already come back.   This is not true.  Don't worry about what some people have said. They are lying. They say they heard this from the Holy Spirit or someone else. Some lie and say they read that in some of our letters.
[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Don't let anyone trick you. The day that the Lord Jesus comes back has not happened yet.  There are things that will happen before Jesus comes back.  Before He comes back, people will be against Him.  There will be a man of sin. He will be called a son of perdition. He will be against God.  He will tell everyone he is better than God. He will sit in God's temple and pretend he is God.
[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Don't you remember that I told you about this when I was there with you?

[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Now you know why Jesus is waiting until it is the right time.  The things are already starting. Jesus is letting them go, but when it is time, He will stop it.
[6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
[7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

The wicked person will be revealed. Then, the Lord will destroy him with His breath. When the Lord comes back, it will be so bright that it will destroy the Wicked One.
[8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

When the Wicked One comes, he will work like Satan. He will use false signs and false miracles. He will lie. People will die because they did not accept the truth.
[9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

God sends them a delusion so they will believe a lie.  The people who did not believe the truth and broke the rules will be punished.
[11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
[12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

But we should always thank God for you. You are our brothers whom the Lord loves. God chose you from the beginning. The Holy Spirit makes you clean, and you believe the truth.  He called you by our gospel. You will have the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
[14] Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, brothers, be strong. Hold onto the things you have learned from our words or this letter.
[15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father have loved us. He has comforted us forever. He has given us hope through grace. We pray that He comforts your hearts and helps you in your words and your work.
[16] Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
[17] Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians 3

Finally, brothers, pray for us. Pray that the Lord's word be taken to many places.  Pray that His word be glorified like it is with you.
[1] Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

Pray that we will be safe from evil people.  There are people who do not have faith.

[2] And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

But God is faithful.  He will guard you.  He will keep you safe from bad things.
[3] But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

We are confident that the Lord is helping you do the things we told you to do. And we know you will do these things in the future.
[4] And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

We pray for the Lord to guide your hearts into God's love and patience to wait for Christ.
[5] And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

We order you, brothers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you stay away from brothers who do not obey God's laws.  They don't live the life that we told them to live.
[6] Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

You yourselves know how to follow us. We showed you how to behave when we were there. We have always behaved well.
[7] For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

We did not eat anyone's food without paying for it.  We worked day and night to support ourselves so that we were not a burden to you. We could have asked you for things, but we wanted to show you how to be good examples and how to live.
[8] Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
[9] Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

Even when we were there with you, we told you that people who don't work, don't eat.
[10] For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

We have heard that some of you are not behaving. We heard some of you are not working and are getting into other people's business.
[11] For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

We command those people in Jesus Christ's name to start working and earning their own food.
[12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

But, brothers, do not get tired of doing the right things.
[13] But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

Watch to see if anyone does not obey what we say in this letter. If anyone does not obey, don't be around him. He should be ashamed of what he did. Don't treat him like an enemy, but warn him like a brother.
[14] And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
[15] Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Now, we pray that the Lord of Peace himself will give you peace always in every way.  We pray that the Lord will be with all of you.

[16] Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

I am signing this letter myself. I make a special mark on every letter I write.  I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with you all. Amen.
[17] The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
[18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

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