Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – June 6, 2021

Corrections on the Day of the Lord, Part 3 – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4



Review – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

Paul’s Request – do not be shaken in mind or _____________

____teachers were leading them to believe they were in the day of the Lord (ejnivsthmi / enist mi – stand in)

The day of the Lord being __________is the unstated apodosis of the conditional sentence of verse 3

The apostasy is either just prior to or is the _________event within the day of the Lord

The parousiva / parousia – the _________of the Lord Jesus Christ to gather His church – 1 Thess. 4:15-18

The parousia is not the 2nd coming of Christ when He physically descends to the Mt of _______(Zech 14:4)

Paul’s reference to Jesus’ parousia & the gathering of the saints in vs. 1 is not __________- why is it there?

The Day of the Lord – Paul will point to two ________that will demonstrate whether it is present or not

There are many varied uses of the phrase, ____of the Lord, (see chart) – Paul’s usage includes these elements

1) It is linked to the parousia of Jesus & our ____________together to Him (2 Thessalonians 2:1)

2) It will come like a _______in the night – suddenly & unexpected (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

3) Believers will not be __________by it (1 Thessalonians 5:4)

4) Believers are not destined for God’s _____that is part of it whether dead or alive (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)

5) It is present if the apostasy has occurred ____& the man of lawlessness is revealed – (1 Thessalonians 2:3)

The Apostasy = ajpo / apo + stavsiV / stasis (from i”sthmi / hist mi) = stand ________from : revolt / depart

If a departure from God, His word or faith, word meaning matches 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

But it is “_____ apostasy” & 1 Tim. 4:1-5 is not definitive event to mark being in the day of the Lord

Matthew 24:10 – “fall away” is from skavndalon / skandalon (_________) and is part of the “birth pangs”

If a reference to Matthew 24, then: 1) it is not a _______defined event & Paul’s mention of it is superfluous

2) The day of the Lord would have to ________ at or just prior to the abomination of desolation

3) Matt. 24:5-14 parallels Rev. 6 – & the seal judgments are part of God’s _______(Ezk 14:21; Rev. 6:17). Comfort in the promise to be rescued from God’s wrath is diminished – you will go through ____ years of it

4) The doctrine of the imminent return of Christ is ____________- look for the revelation of antichrist first

5) The day of the Lord does not come suddenly & unexpectedly like a _____- there are many clear warnings

Apostasy = ______at the parousia of Jesus is definitive & matches the near context & maintains imminence

The Revelation of the Man of Lawlessness – 2 Thessalonians 2:3

The apostasy is the ____event, then the revelation (ajpokaluvfqh/: / apokaluphth ) of the man of lawlessness

Man of lawlessness / sin (see 1 Jn 3:4), son of destruction describe his character and ___________him

The prophecy of Daniel 9:27 marks two __________that will distinguish him:

A) The “prince to come” who makes a “firm _____________” with the Jewish people –

B) The ______________of desolation – stop the sacrifices & exalts himself to be god (Dan. 9,11,12; Mt. 24)

He is the “little horn” of Daniel 7 and is he and his actions are described in detail in Daniel 11:36-45

He is the “beast out of the sea” in Rev. 13. He is used by ______to complete the indignation (Dan. 12:10-11)

Pro it being the abomination of desolation: its ____________in 2 Thess. 2:4, it being definitive, & Matt. 24

Con: *it forces the day of the Lord to begin the ________of the Tribulation with all that view’s weaknesses

Pro it being the firm covenant: *It matches the ___________- passive tense. *It is the exposure of what was previously hidden. *It ____________thief characteristics & imminence. *It comforts the Thessalonians


The study of eschatology is _____________- so be humble & gracious to those with other views

Paul comforts them by proving they could not be in the day of the Lord for neither the apostasy (_________) nor the revelation of the man of lawlessness had occurred.

The same promises made to the Thessalonians also apply to us – we can take _______even when persecuted

KIDS KORNER – Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – count how many times the day of the Lord is mentioned. Talk with your parents about why the promise of the rapture would have comforted the Thessalonians & present Christians.

THINK ABOUT IT – Questions to consider in understanding the sermon and its application. What determines what is true? What factors make most English translations of 2 Thess. 2 confusing? What is Paul’s request in 2 Thess. 2:1-2? What is the difference and importance of translating the end of verse 2 as either “the day of the has come” or “the day of the Lord is present.” Which has the better grammatical / lexical support? Why is it important to translate parousiva / parousia as either “appear” or “presence” instead of “coming’? Why does Paul mention the parousiva / parousia of Jesus and our gathering together to Him in verse 1? What is the day of the Lord? How does Paul use it in his letters to the Thessalonians – what elements belong to it in them? What is the root meaning of the word, apostasy (ajpostasiva / apostasia)? Explain. What factors favor the apostasy being a departure from faith? What factors disfavor that view? What factors favor the apostasy being a description of the rapture? What factors disfavor that view? What is the meaning of the word, revelation, (ajpokaluvptw / apokalupt )? Who is the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction? What do we know about him from the prophecies in Daniel 7, 9, 11 & 12; Matthew 24, Mark 13 and the book of Revelation? Daniel 9:27 gives two possible actions by this man which will reveal him. What factors favor it being the abomination of desolation? What factors detract from it being that? What factors favor it being the firm covenant made with Israel? What factors disfavor that? Why is the study of eschatology difficult? Why should we be gracious and humble with others even if they hold a different view from us on the fine points of eschatology? Write out in your own words your understanding of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 incorporating what you have learned from your own study of it.