Inside Story: A Passion for Sharing
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My name is Christian, and I live in Denmark.

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My family has no real relationship with Christ; but when I was a child, my grandmother had taught me to pray and to trust in God.

My faith in God wasn’t popular with my classmates, and often they teased and tormented me. So when I was ready to enter high school, I didn’t want to attend a public school. My parents helped me find a Christian school, […]

Thursday: Truth and Lies
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Read 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.

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Why does God allow so many to be deceived? According to this passage, what have the wicked rejected?

Verse 11 is a text that many people find extremely challenging. Paul states very directly, “God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” (2 Thess. 2:11, NIV). The knee-jerk response to this text is something like, “How can a God of truth send deception? How can He act the same as Satan […]

Wednesday: The Antichrist Revealed
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Read 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10.

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How do we understand these events? What’s especially important in all this about the phrase, “they received not the love of the truth”?

The man of sin was introduced in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. Through much of Christian history he has operated to undermine God’s law (particularly the Sabbath) and to usurp powers that belong only to Christ. In passages such as Daniel 7:20-25 (the little horn) and Revelation 13:1-7 (the beast from the sea), this same power operates […]

Tuesday: The Restrainer
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According to Paul, what two things characterized the world situation at the time he wrote?

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How do we see the great controversy revealed in these verses? 2 Thess. 2:6-7.

Combining these verses with the previous ones, we can see that Paul is outlining three stages of history from his time until the end. The final stage begins at the Second Coming. Before this stage is the revelation of the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3),also known as the lawless one (2 […]

Monday: Paul’s Short Answer
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In the short interval between 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the Thessalonian church members became confused about the meaning of what Paul wrote in the first letter.

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They drew the conclusion that the Second Coming was either at hand or had already come in some secret way (2 Thess. 2:2). Paul’s short answer to this problem? “That can’t possibly be true. There are too many things that haven’t happened yet.”

The confusion in Thessalonica caused Paul to write his […]

Sunday: The Problem
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What is the topic addressed by Paul in the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians?

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How are these words relevant to us today? In what way do we face similar challenges within our church regarding end-time events (date-setting, conspiracy theories, and the like), however different our context? What similar principle do we find here that we also constantly confronted? 2 Thess. 2:1-3.

There is no clear evidence in this passage that the church was asking questions about the second coming of […]

Sabbath: The Antichrist
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Thess. 2:1-12, Matt. 24:1-14, Zech. 3:1, Dan. 8:8-11, Acts 2:22.

Memory Text: “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” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, ESV).

Key Thought: In correcting the Thessalonians’ false theology of last-day events, Paul reveals truth about end-time deceptions.

In the midst of all Paul’s words of encouragement as well as exhortation, he wrote about end-time events, including the greatest end-time […]

Further Study: Promise to the Persecuted
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“The Bible is written by inspired men, but it is not God’s mode of thought and expression.

It is that of humanity. God, as a writer, is not represented. Men will often say such an expression is not like God. But God has not put Himself in words, in logic, in rhetoric, on trial in the Bible. The writers of the Bible were God’s penmen, not His pen. . ..

“It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but […]

Inside Story: Light in the Darkness, 2
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Nima was one of many Bhutanese who received a copy of The Great Controversy.

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He read it through several times and is sharing his discoveries about God with his family and friends in their small village in Bhutan. He meets with a small group of about 15 people in the bedroom of a house to worship. Several are preparing for baptism. And their numbers grow as Nima continues to share his faith and provide Adventist […]

Thursday: Glorifying Christ
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Read 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12. What does it mean that Jesus Christ will be glorified in His saints?

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The full sentence in this week’s text (2 Thess. 1:3-10) provides a number of important details about the second coming of Jesus. When Jesus returns, He will afflict the afflicters and provide rest for the afflicted (see 2 Thess. 1:6, 7, ESV). He will come down from heaven in the company of powerful angels (2 Thess. 1:7). He will come with flaming fire and execute justice on […]