The Day of the Lord

II Thessalonians 2:1-17

Read: 2 Thess. 2:1-17

The believers in Thessalonica were confused concerning the doctrine of the return of Christ. Paul had previously written the first epistle to clarify this but the church was still having trouble with understanding this doctrine.

Last week we saw that Paul had written to offer them encouragement. In this second chapter he writes to enlighten them more on this important doctrine. Specifically he writes to correct their misunderstanding concerning the 'Day of the Lord'.

This is a time of divine judgment upon the world. It includes the seven-year tribulation, the second coming, and the 1000-year reign of Christ on this earth. It will culminate with the Great White Throne judgment. So the 'Day of the Lord' is not a 24 hour period of time, but is a time of judgment that spans a multitude of years.

I. Its Relation to the Present (v1-2)

II. It's Relation to Apostasy. (v3a)

III. Its Relation to the Anti-Christ (v3b-5)

IV. Its Relation to the Restrainer. (v6-9)

V. Its Relation to Unbelievers. (v10-12)

VI. Its Relation to Believers (v13-17)