2nd Thessalonians: Book Series 2013 - Ross

Living in the Light of the Return of Jesus

In this series Ross works through Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonican church and considers the issues and doctrine presented regarding the second coming of the Lord Jesus, our response to persecution, correction of error, apostasy, the Day of the Lord, the Rapture of the Church, Antichrist, and church discipline; all topics that are often misunderstood or cause for disagreement. The letter covers a lot of ground but all come back to the question of how we should live in the knowledge and light of Jesus’ imminent return.

A reminder to the persecuted that Jesus will return


Apostasy and error needs to be confronted.


The Word of God is useful for teaching, correction and rebuke.


Overview of Daniel - Ross P

Prophecy brings numerous responses from ridicule, fear, indifference, scoffing, or excitement. Why study prophecy?
1. It promotes the scriptures. 30% of scripture is prohetic.
2. Prevents ignorance, 1 Thess. 4
3. Proclaims Christ. All scriptures point to Christ. Not about us, its about Jesus.
4. Promises personal benefit, Rev 1
5. Promotes holy living. Prophesy gives you perspective on the times to come and changes our conduct with this knowledge.
6. Persuades action now. Romans tells us our salvation is nearer now that when we first believed. We need to study prophecy to motivate us into repentance and action.

Look at the book of Daniel and how it fits into the scheme of prophesy.
Three prophecies:
1. Overview of the gentile domination of Jerusalem. Ch2
2. Seventy Sevens prophecy. Ch. 9
3. Nature of the final ruler, or Antichrist.

Principles of interpretation:
A When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.
B Perspective. Sometimes prophets did not see the difference between the near and far. Foreshortening.
C Prototypes. Partial fulfilment of something early that is completely fulfilled later.
D A text, apart from a context, is a pretext. Need to be careful with taking verses out of context and drawing incorrect conclusions.