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Two Things from II Thessalonians Two

written by Asher Intrater
November 30, 2012

The Second Coming of Yeshua is mentioned twice in II Thessalonians 2 (verses 1 and 8). The “day” of the 2nd Coming is referred to as “the day of the Lord” (verse 2) or “that Day” (verse 3). This expression “day of the Lord” is equivalent to the “day of YHVH” which appears throughout the Prophets.

One thing that will happen at the coming of Yeshua is what is commonly called the “Rapture,” here referred to as “our being gathered unto Him.”

II Thessalonians 2:1
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering unto Him…

The 2nd Coming of Yeshua and the Rapture happen on the same day. Another thing that happens on that day is the destruction of the “anti-Christ,” referred to as “the man of sin, the son of perdition” (verse 2) and “the lawless one” (verse 8).

II Thessalonians 2:8
The lawless one… whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

In these two references to the 2nd Coming, we note that on that day we are raptured to Yeshua (verse 1) and the anti-Christ is killed (verse 8). We are raptured to the Lord at the same time that He destroys the anti-Christ. Not before!

If we are raptured at the time the anti-Christ is destroyed, then the Rapture cannot be “Pre-tribulation” or “Mid-tribulation.” Yeshua destroys the anti-Christ when He comes, marking the end of the tribulation — at which time we are also gathered unto Him.

The critical issue here is not the theoretical aspects of end times’ chronology, but the very practical question of whether the Body of Messiah will be prepared to stand victorious in the difficulties of the end times. If we are taught that we will not be here during the tribulation, then we will not be prepared. This error is so damaging that Paul refers to it as one of the primary “deceptions” of the end times.

II Thessalonians 2:3
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 “falling away (apostasy)” and the “revealing of the man of sin (anti-Christ)” are central events of the tribulation. Paul says it is a dangerous deception to think that the rapture will come before these events. We are to prepare for spiritual battle; stand in the truth of the word of God, victorious by faith in the midst of trials and tribulations.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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