Stand Up, Get Ready and Hold On

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2:17

The book of 2 Thessalonians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I love to read Paulís exhortations and encouragement to the Church because it reminds me that we wonít be here much longer, but we are headed for a better place. I know that we talk about it a lot here at True Believers
but I donít think that we can ever stress this message enough.

I donít know about you but Iím ready for the coming of the Lord. No matter how long Jesus waits or how much we pray there will always be many who will not heed the call or hear the warnings.

Sure we want to see all our loved ones saved. Sure we want our friends and family to be in the Rapture with us, but the sad fact is that itís most likely that not all of them will because they just keep putting it off.

Paulís writings are for the church in this book and not for those who are playing church either. He is writing to what Bro. Swaggart called the True Blue, Sin killing, devil chasing, blood bought, sold out, Spirit filled, adopted Sons of God! (I canít say it like he can but you get the gest of it all) Paul is writing to you and to me.

Listen to what he has to say in this passage of chapter 2 of the book of 2 Thessalonians.

2 Thessalonians 2:1,2; Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 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.

Donít ever forget that Jesus is coming, donít let the devil lull to sleep, donít allow doubts to come into your mind, donít allow anything, anybody, anywhere to persuade you that the Coming of the Lord is not very near, even at the door.

Too many people are living a state of laziness and they act as though the Lord is coming all right, but not now. They live like heís coming in 6 months, a year or maybe not even in their lifetime. Iím convinced that I am living in the terminal generation. Iím convinced that before the last one of my generation passes from the scene, that this sinful world and what it holds will be burned away and the new Heavens, and the New Earth and the New Jerusalem is already prepared and will soon come down out of Heaven.

But Paul goes on to say in 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4; 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; 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.

Is there a ďfalling awayĒ going on right now?

I believe that if you will open your eyes.. you canít help but see it happening already.

We are ďfalling awayĒ from the truth of the gospel and falling into compromise.
We are ďfalling awayĒ from the paths of a sanctified and holy life of righteousness