1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God. (2nd Thes 1-4)
Now I always was taught that the falling away was the rapture, but I saw a study with this word in Greek. Falling away is apostacia, which is a defect from the faith, where we get the word apostacy. This then seems to say that there are two events that must happen before the 2nd Coming and Rapture. The Apostacia and the man of sin..
They would have been shaken by thinking not that they were left behind, but that they had missed return of Jesus and all that came before it. If 1 Thes. 4:18 was a secret rapture before the tribulation, then verse 3 would make no sense.
…In the world you will have tribulation… – Jn. 16:33
…They will deliver you up to tribulation – Mt. 24:9
For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, – 1 Thes. 3:3-4
Yes and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. – 2 Tim. 3:12
So then what of the church in the hour of tribulation? The ‘tribulation saints’ would be all saints alive. They could be praying against the man of sin’s empire, releasing seal and trumpets like a corporate Moses. Luke 18:8 ties crying out day and night (prayer) to Jesus finding faith on the earth at His coming.
It seems like the Joel 2 outpouring mostly refers to an end-time outpouring and Matt 13:39/Rev 14:14-16 say the harvest is at the end of the age. It seems like it is the church’s most glorious hour. John 14:12 greater works would be needed in an hour of testing and refining by fire unto glorifying God.
What if we are protected like Goshen and Zeph 2:3? One is at the mill, one is taken (destroyed-greek), one is left behind (protected/redirected like OT). I’m believing for the protection and direction of God in an hour where miracles will be plentiful for those who know there God. I’m starting to see the need for wise virgins like those of Matt 25, who build their life on getting oil, increasing their capacity for the Holy Spirit.
Everyday that He delays His Judgment is mercy and we need to see it as such.
Luke 21:34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
You don’t need strength to be raptured, You need it to endure in an hour when many will faint from fear. If in luke 18:8 faith is tied to crying out day and night, perhaps prayer in the context of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, is tied to strength to stand. Jesus’ exhortation in Matt24, talking about the end times was to watch and pray, watch seemed to be refering to the signs of the times, and pray could mean seeking guidance be protected and in the right place to avoid danger, as well as strength to stand bold in the face of percecution. For now I think it is studying the end time Scriptures talking with the Holy Spirit, asking for revelation. We have the anointing that teaches you concerning all things, (1 Jn. 2:26-27) and the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor. 2:12). The Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:13). Isa 29:30 “you will hear a voice behind you saying this is the way, walk in it.”