4. THE ORDER OF EVENTS,
2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, (B)
by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together
2:2 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
(C) the day of Christ is at hand.(or
is now present)
2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for (C)
that day shall not come, (A)
except there come a falling away first
(i.e. before this),
(C) and that man
of sin be (i.e. is)
revealed, the son of perdition:
2:4 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.
2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these
2:6 And now ye know (A)
what withholdeth (restrains)
that he might be revealed in his time.
2:7 (A) For the
mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he
(i.e. the Holy Spirit) who now letteth
(holds back or restrains)
will let, until he be (B) taken
out of the way.
2:8 And (C) then
shall that Wicked be revealed, (D)
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall
destroy with the brightness of his coming.
TIME BEFORE THE RAPTURE 'a falling away' (i.e. the apostasy),
'what withholdeth', 'letteth' (i.e. the Holy Spirit hindering).
RAPTURE ' the coming and our gathering', 'taken out of the way'.
TRIBULATION ' the day of Christ', 'that day', 'man of sin is
revealed', 'that wicked be revealed'.
SECOND COMING 'Brightness of His Coming'.
were upset or 'troubled'
because they thought the Tribulation was upon them. They weren't expecting
the Millennium first as that would mean peace and they would have no
need to be anxious. They came to this unsound view through false teachers
of the day (seen in the expressions in v2 'spirit,
word, letter as from us') and partly because
of the persecutions they were suffering at that time. Paul is here setting
them straight as to the order of events to come.
is a similar vein shown here:
Ti 2:16-17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase
unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of
whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 2 Ti 2:18 Who concerning the truth have
erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the
faith (in the truth)
of some. (i.e. some were saying the rapture
which involves the
of the dead saints, is past already which would mean the tribulation
was upon them).