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2 Thessalonians
Chapter 3

I have been writing Bible studies and Bible lessons for prison inmates, and Bible Commentaries for many, many years. I have always done extensive study on the topic on which I am writing, plus much deep prayer for wisdom and words; but I have never had a Book affect me as 2 Thessalonians has. I have always felt a deep, gnawing fear for lost souls, and possibly that is why I have always tried extra hard to reach unbelievers. Maybe that is the reason, the Holy Spirit has led me to go SO much deeper in depth with this Book. So, I obeyed His leading, and I have really added much more in depth information for this little, but extremely important  Book.

Time of the Second Coming

#1.Immediately after the tribulation (Mat.24:29; 25:31; Rev.6-19)
#2. Before the Millennium (Rev.19:11-21; 20:1-10)
#3. After Antichrist reigns 3 1/2 years (Rev.13:5)
#4. At the end of this age (Mat.13:38-43,47-50)
#5. After the Revived Roman Empire is established (Dan.2:44-45; 7:23-24)
#6. In the days when moral conditions will be as in the days of Lot and Noah (Gen.6:5; 13:13; 18:20-21)
#7. After the church is raptured (1 Thes.4:13-18)
#8. When Jerusalem is surrounded by armies and half the city is taken (Zec.14; Joel 3)
#9. After all of Revelation 4-19 is fulfilled.
#10. Before the Millennium (Rev.20:1-7

Testimonies Proving the Second Coming of Christ:

1. Enoch (Jude 1:14-15)
2. Jacob (Gen.49:10)
3. Balaam (Num.24:7,17-19)
4. Moses (Deut.4:27-31; 30:1-11; 31:29)
5. Job (Job 19:25-27)
6. David (Ps.22:26-31; 72:1-17)
7. Ethan (Ps.89:1-37)
8. An unknown psalmist (Ps.102:16)
9. Isaiah (Isa.9:6-7; 59:20; 63:1-6)
10. Jeremiah (Jer.3:14-25; 23:5-6)
11. Ezekiel (Eze.38:19-23; 39:21; 43:7)
12. Daniel (Dan.2:44-45; 7:13-27)
13. Hosea (Hos.3:4-5; 5:15; 11:9; 13:10)
14. Joel (Joel 2:1-11; 3:1-21)
15. Amos (Amos 1:2; 9:11-15)
16. Obadiah (Obad.1:15-21)
17. Micah (Mic.1:3-4; 4:1-7)
18. Zephaniah (Zep.1:7-8,14-18; 3:8-20)
19. Haggai (Hag.2:6-9,21-23)
20. Zechariah (Zec.2:10-11; 8:3-8,23; 12:1-14; 13:8-9; 14:1-21)
21. Malachi (Mal.3:2-5; 4:1-6)
22. Jesus (Mat.16:27; 19:28; 23:38-39; ch.24 & 25; 26:64; Lk.21)
23. Peter (Acts 3:20-21; 1 Pet.1:7,13; 2 Pet.1:16; 3:3-4))
24. James (Acts 15:13-18)
25. Paul (Rom.11:25-27; 1 Thes.1:7-10; 2 Thes.2:1,8-12; 1 Tim.6:14; 2 Tim.4:1,8; Tit.2:13; Heb.9:28)
26. John (Jn.14:28; Rev.1:7; 11:15; 16:15; 19:11-21;22:20)
27. Angels (Acts 1:11; Lk.1:32-33)
28. Lord's Supper (1 Cor.11:26)
29. Lord's prayer (Mat.6:10)
30. Jude (Jude 1:14-15,24)
  
Scripture Reveals HOW He Will Come

1. As lightning (Mat.24:27)
2. With destruction (Mat.24:38-51; 25:31-46; 1 Thes.5:2; 2 Thes.1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 1:14-15; Zec.14; Rev.19:11-21)
3. Visibly (Mat.24:29-31; 2 Thes.1:7-10; Rev.1:7; 19:11-21; Zec.14)
4. In brightness and fire (2 Thes.1:7-10; 2:8; Eze.38:17-21; Mal.4:1-6)
5. In vengeance and wrath (Rev.14:14-20; 19:11-21; Jude 1:14-15)
6. With power and great glory (Mat.16:27; 24:27-31; 25:31-46)
7. With saints and angels (Zec.14:5; Mat.24:29-31; 25:31-46; 1 Thes.1:7-10; Jude 1:14)
8. With clouds (Mat.24:29-31; 26:64; Rev.1:7; Dan.7:13-14)
9. As Judge and King (Rev.19:11-21; Isa.11; Zec.14:1-5)
10. As a thief (1 Thes.5:2-4; Rev.16:15)

Comment on 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)

This is one of the clearest Scriptures in the Word of God revealing that the unsaved (unbelievers, the lost, the wicked, enemies of God) will burn in Hell forever. Many people today stupidly deny the existence of Hell. Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV) . . . My friend, this Passage condemns these people to Hell.

The word vengeance in 2 Thes.1:8 means a revenging punishment. In spite of today’s modern, damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1), that a loving God would never allow anyone to suffer in the flames of Hell for eternity, 2 Thes.1:8 CLEARLY states they are wrong! The Bible, in no uncertain terms, tells us that ALL those who fail to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ shall suffer the flames of Hell, the wrath of God's vengeance, forever. See our booklet: http://www.godcannotlie.org/booklet_a_loving_god_wouldn't_send_me_to_hell.htm

Few people today really want to hear the Truth. I used to think that IF people could only hear (or read) the Truth of God's Word they would repent. I was wrong, according to the signs of the times all over the world. Sin today compares to the world before the Flood and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.6:5; 13:13; 18:20-21). The Bible tells us what happened in both those cases! This is why I think the Rapture is very near. The end of this world as we know it, gets closer each day. http://www.hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm

Most people do NOT want the Truth, because their hearts are wicked (Jer.17:9). Jesus stated: Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (KJV) . . . Most religious people are ‘churchy’ but they are not TRUE Christians. They intentionally reject the Truth of God's Word, and follow man’s traditions instead (Mat.15:8-9). 

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV) . . . Lost sinners have the Truth readily available, but they refuse to obey God's Word

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV) . . . ALL the things of Creation clearly show that there IS a God, a triune God! SO . . . they are without excuse. They will have NO excuses on Judgment Day!

The Law of God condemns mankind (Rom.3:10,19,23). We ALL are guilty sinners, and we deserve eternal punishment (Rom.6:23; Rev.20:11-15). Many people have a hard time understanding this because instead of comparing themselves to a Holy God, they compare themselves with other sinners, and there is always someone who is a worse sinner that they are. BUT . . . IF we compare our self with God's Law, we then see that we are completely guilty. IF a man rejects the Gospel, which is the good news of Christ Jesus and His work on the cross, then he is burdened with his own sins, because they reject the atonement and redemption which Jesus made possible for anyone who was interested. Jesus died for the sins of the world (Jn.1:29; 1 Jn.2:2), and that means YOU! Why not accept salvation? It is a GIFT! It is FREE! (Eph.2:8; Rom.6:23) 

If an unbeliever willingly rejects the Gospel, and dies in the midst of all those unforgiven sins, God shall take vengeance upon that person with flaming fire because of their rebellion and sinful pride. That person shall be punished in Hell for each and every sin ever committed in their lifetime, even though they were a good, moral person.  I firmly believe there are different judgments in Hell, just as there are different rewards in Heaven (Lk.12:47). No two people will receive the exact same punishment in Hell, and no two people will get the exact same rewards in Heaven (or lack of rewards 1 Cor.3:13-15). It is all based on what we do in this life.
According to works:  (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).

The average person today is so hardhearted about sin that they do not see anything wrong with abortion, blasphemy, drunkenness, witchcraft, psychics, pornography, strip joints, false religion, gambling, nudity, homosexuality, fornication, etc., etc. SO . . . WHY is God going to punish the wicked with revenge? Because every time we sin, it is a sin against God (Ps.51:4). When we sin, it is always a crime against God. 

If a person is not saved, he has never had his sins forgiven in Christ Jesus, and ALL, every one of those sins are piling up on their record. Rev.20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (KJV) . . . The vengeance which God will take in flaming fire upon the wicked in Hell will be punishment for their sins. If God allows suffering in this present world, then WHY would anyone be so foolish to believe that God will not allow torment in eternity?

Some people will argue over the meaning of the word “Hell” in the Scriptures; but there is no way around the plain teaching of 2 Thes.1:8, which warns of flaming fire and God's vengeful wrath against all Christ-rejecters. Hell is a literal place of flaming fire and torment.

Why is it so hard to understand the reality of a literal Hell? If a God of love will allow horrible suffering in this world, then He certainly will allow suffering in eternity. The Bible is God's Word and God warns us about the judgment to come in Hell for all Christ-rejecters (John 3:36).

The Bible has much more to say about Hell than Heaven. The wicked KNOW in their hearts that they are running from God. And they also KNOW that they are sinners. Many Christ-rejecters are in denial, changing the Truth of God into a lie in their own warped mind (Rom.1:25,28). God has forewarned that He will take out His anger in flaming fire against the wicked, punishing them forever (2 Thes.1:9), seeking vengeance against their wickedness.

EVERY PERSON shall meet their fate the day they die. Will YOU go to Heaven? OR will YOU go to Hell? There are NO other eternal destinations. Purgatory is a fairytale, made up by the Catholics. It is just a deceptive way to get people to spend money, supposedly buying indulgences, pardons . . . and making them think they can pray and pay to have a loved one removed from purgatory. RIDICULOUS! That is NOT in the Bible! If a loved one dies without having trusted Jesus, the Christ, then they are forever doomed to the Lake of Fire and they have no hope. It is too late once a person dies a physical death. Heb.9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV) . . . THAT is what the Bible states! NOW is the day of salvation! (2 Cor.6:2). Do NOT put it off my friend, because tomorrow may never come for you!

Everyone has one of two options about eternity:
#1. Believe on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and have your sins forgiven (Acts 10:43)
#2. Pay for one's own sins in Hell forever (Rev.20:15)

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) . . . God sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay our sin debt.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . God the Father simply asks that we come to Him through His Son for salvation.

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . Anyone who attempts to come to God apart from the Son will go to Hell forever. There is NO other way to be saved. 

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV) 
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV)
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (KJV) . . . God in His goodness has provided a Way for our redemption, and that Way is made possible only by the precious Blood of His dear Son.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV) . . . Everyone who goes to Hell CHOOSES to go there! God remains faithful in His offer to forgive. God will forgive even the vilest sinner who comes to Him by way of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.

The choice is ours, alone to make. Every single person must decide for themselves. What have YOU done with Jesus?

The Apostasy or Rebellion

2 Thes. 2:3 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; (KJV)

The rebellion refers to the apostasy in the church. Apostasy a falling away, a defection, a deserting, a rebellion, a forsaking or an abandoning or leaving.  In a Biblical sense, it means a deliberate and willful departure from professed faith in God and His Truth revealed in Scripture.
It is a falling away of many within the Church. Consider the following Scriptures. RIGHT ON, in view of today’s times. We are well on our way to the rebellion!
1 Timothy 4:1-3  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (KJV)
2 Timothy 3:1-9 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was
. (KJV)
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (KJV)
2 Peter 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (KJV)
Jude 1:17-19  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (KJV)

This rebellion, this apostasy has been building up over the years because false teaching and are clear references to Daniel's prediction of an end-time opponent who will bring about a large-scale compromise of faith among God's people (Dan.9:24-27). The apostasy will not occur primarily in the non-Christian world but instead within the church.

This rebellion is connected to the "man of lawlessness." The Scriptures do not elaborate on this man, but it seems to apply it to an individual who represents wickedness mainly in the range of religion (1 Jn.2:22). He will draw away those already persuaded against the true God, and will in the end commit the most foul sacrilege of thrusting himself upon humanity as its object of worship (2 Thes.2:4). He will come by the power of Satan, as opposed to Christ, who came by the power of God (2 Thes.2:9); he will work false wonders, in contrast to Christ’s marvelous and true miracles. Paul portrayed this imposter as a vile and immoral imitation of the true Christ, as the complete opposite of Christ. Although Paul did not himself use the term, "antichrist" (1 Jn.2:18,22; 4:3), is a fitting substitute. The fate of this imposter is sealed; he shall be destroyed at the Coming of Christ.

Exalt himself over everything that is called God (2 Thes.2:4). This description of the man of lawlessness echoes that of Daniel's little horn (Dan.7:8,20,25; 8:9-12; 11:31,36), and which foreshadows John's description of the beast from the sea (Rev.13:1-8). He as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God . . . some have concluded from this verse that the temple in Jerusalem, still standing when Paul wrote this letter but destroyed in A.D. 70, must be rebuilt prior to Christ's Return in order for the man of lawlessness to sit there. It seems to me that this must be so, because the Temple on Earth IS mentioned in the Book of Revelation during the Great Tribulation (Rev.11:1-2). 
To the church, God’s temple is our body (1 Cor.3:16-17; 2 Cor.6:16). But the Great Tribulation will especially be God’s wrath on Israel, and I think there will be a Temple there.
http://www.templemount.org/tempprep.html
http://www.jewishroots.net/library/end-times/rebuilding_the_temple.html
http://signsofthelastdays.com/archives/category/the-rebuilding-of-the-temple
 
The man of lawlessness is very similar to Daniel 11:29-34, and refers to the end-time trial as a period when the lawless ones will do lawlessness. The lawless ones will not understand. They will mislead, be misled or both. This doing of lawlessness in Daniel is directly linked to, if not partly explained by, the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up (Dan.11:31; 12:11), by the end-time enemy in the Temple.

Names of the Antichrist
Abaddon:  (Rev.9:11
Aabominable branch: (Isaiah 14:19) 
Abomination of desolation: (Dan.12:11; Mat.24:15)
Adversary: (Psalm 74:8-10)
Angel of the bottomless pit: (Rev. 9:11) 
Antichrist: (1 John 2:22)  
Apollyon: (Rev.9:11) 
Assyrian: (Isaiah 10:5) 
Beast: (Rev.17:8) 
Beelzebub: (Lk.11:15,18-19)
Bloody and deceitful man (Psalm 5:6)
Branch of the terrible ones: (Isaiah 25:5)
Devil: (Rev.20:2)
Dragon: (Rev.12:9) 
Extortioner: (Isaiah 16:4)
God of this world: (2 Cor.4:4)
Idol shepherd: (Zec.11:16-17)
King of babylon: (Isaiah 14:4)
King of fierce countenance: (Dan.8:23)
Lawless one: (2 Thes.2:9) 
Little horn: (Daniel 7:8)
Man of sin: (2 Thes.2:3) 
Man of the earth: (Psalms 10:18) 
Old serpent: (Rev.20:2)
Prince of the power of the world: (Eph.2:2)
Prince of this world: (Jn.12:31;14:30)
Prince of tyre: (Eze.28:2) 
Prince that shall come: (Dan.9:26)
Profane prince of israel: (Eze.21:25) 
Satan: (Rev.20:2)
Seed of the serpent: (Gen.3;15)
Son of perdition: (2 Thes.2:3)
Spoiler: (Isaiah 16:4) 
Tempter: (Mat. 4:1)
Vile person: (Daniel 11:21) 
Wicked one: (2 Thes.2:8) 
Wicked prince of israel: (Eze.21:25)
The willful king: (Daniel 11:36)
Some of these are names for Satan, but he is the one empowering Antichrist.

What is a mystery in Scripture? It is NOT a whodunit or a mystery story, and it is NOT something you wonder about: Was it the butler who committed the crime? A mystery in Scripture means that God is revealing something, that up to that time, He had not revealed. There are two elements which always enter into a New Testament mystery: #1. It cannot be discovered by man, for it is always a revelation from God; and #2. it is revealed at the right time and not concealed, and enough is revealed to establish the fact without all the details being disclosed.

There are fifteen mysteries in the New Testament:
#1. The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mat.13:3-50; Mk.4:11; Lk.8:10).
#2. The mystery of His will (Eph.1:9).
#3. The great mystery of Christ and His church (Eph. 5:32; Col.4:3).
#4. The mystery of the Gospel (Eph.6:19). 
#5. The mystery of Israel's blindness during this age (Rom.11:25).
#6. The mystery of the faith (1 Tim.3:9).
#7. The mystery of the translation of living saints at the end of this age (1 Cor.15:51-52; 1 Thes.4:13-17).
#8. The mystery of the N.T. Church as one body composed of Jews and Gentiles (Eph.3:1-12; 6:19; Rom.16:25; Col.4:3).
#9. The mystery of the Church as the bride of Christ  (Eph.5:23-32).
#10. The mystery of being in Christ (Gal.2:20; Col.1:26-27).
#11.  The mystery of Christ as the incarnate fullness of the Godhead embodied, in whom all the divine wisdom for man subsists (1 Cor.2:7; Col.2:2,9).
#12. The mystery of godliness (1 Tim.3:16).
#13. The mystery of iniquity (2 Thes.2:7; Mat.13:33).
#14. The mystery of the seven stars (Rev.1:20).
#15. The mystery of the woman (Rev.17:5,7).
My friend, even with all these, God has NOT revealed everything to us. There are many things God has NOT told us, because it is not necessary for us to know. When it is necessary, He will reveal them to us.

Facts about the Antichrist:
#1. Called "the man of sin" because he will be the embodiment of lawlessness and leader of the great apostasy of (2 Thes.2:3,8-12; Rev.13:1-18; 14:9-13; 15:2-4; 16:2-12).
#2. Called "the son of perdition," because of being destined to destruction by by his rebellion, like Judas or any other man who sells himself to Satan (2 Thes.2:3,8-12; Rev.13:2; Dan.8:24; 11:37-39).
#3. He shall be revealed (2 Thes.2:3).
#4. He will oppose God (2 Thes.2:4).
#5. He will exalt himself above God (2 Thes.2:4).
#6. He will accept worship as God (2 Thes.2:4).
#7. His worship will be carried on in the future Jewish temple at Jerusalem (2 Thes.2:4; Dan.8:10-14,23-27; 9:27; 11:36-45; 12:1-7; Mat.24:1-7,15-21; Rev.11:1-2; 13:1-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 16:2-12; 20:4-6).
#8. He will claim to be God (2 Thes.2:4).
#9. He has a time to be revealed (2 Thes.2:6).
#10. Something now holds back or hinders his revelation (2 Thes.2:7).
#11. The spirit of lawlessness now works preparing for his revelation (2 Thes.2:7).
#12. The mystery of iniquity, or spirit of lawlessness cannot reveal him until the hinderer of lawlessness be taken out of the world (2 Thes.2:7).
#13. When that which hinderers lawlessness is taken out of the world, then shall that wicked be revealed (2 Thes.2:7-8).
#14. When the wicked is revealed he will live until the Second Coming of Christ, will head the armies at Armageddon and will be destroyed by Christ (2 Thes.2:8; Rev.19:11-19; Dan.7:24-28; 8:23-27; 9:27; 11:36-45; Mat.24:15-31).
#15. He is NOT God, he is a man, for he will be killed by Christ at Armageddon (2 Thes.2:8; Dan7:11; 8:25; Isa.11:4; Rev.19:11-21). This man is NOT Judas or anyone else who has already died (Heb.9:27).
#16. He will be Satan's agent and Satan’s last attempt to raise up a world dictator (2 Thes.2:9; Dan.8:24; 11:37-39; Rev.13:3).
#17. He will have miraculous powers from Satan (2 Thes.2:9; Dan.8:24; 11:37-39; Rev.13:2,11-18; 16:13-16; 19:20; Mat.24:24). Antichrist will NOT have omnipotent power like God, and his power shall end at his death!
#18. He will be a deceiver (2 Thes.2:10; Dan.8:24-25; 9:27; 11:36-45; Mat.24:15-31; Rev.13:1-18; 19:20).
#19. Only those who are not saved by the Blood of Christ will follow him (2 Thes.2:10-12; Rev.13:1-18; 14:9-11; 16:13-16; 19:20).
#20. The reason people are deceived by him is that they have rejected Truth, loved sin, and refused salvation (2 Thes.11-12).
#21. He will be a strong delusion and a lie (2 Thes.2:11-12; Dan.8:10-14,25; 11:39).

When Does Sanctification begin?

It began in God's plan before Adam (Eph.1:4), but in involvement in our lives, it begins:

#1. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (Thes.2:13; Rom.1:16)
#2. When a person receives Christ, they receive His righteousness and sanctification (1Cor.1:30)
#3. When born again (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1Jn.4:7; 5:1-5,18; 1 Pet.1:23)
#4. When one becomes God's elect through sanctification (1 Pet.1:2-4; Eph.1:4)
#5. When made righteous through Christ’s righteousness (1 Cor.1:30; 1 Jn.1:9; 3:7-10; 5:1-5,18)
#6. When the Holy Spirit makes us a new man (Eph.4:24)
#7. When the old man is put off (Rom.ch.6; Eph.4:22-24; Col.3:8-10; 2 Cor.5:17-18)
#8. When a person becomes dead to sin (Rom.ch.6)
#9. When baptized by the Spirit (Rom.6:3-5; Col.2:11-12; 1 Cor.12:13) 
#10. When a person stops living in sin (Rom.ch.6; 8:12-13; 1Jn.3:7-10; 5:1-5,18)
#11. When a person turns from sin and Satan, to God for forgiveness of sins (Acts 26:18)
#12. When accepted by God (Rom.3:2,28; 4:5; 5:1,9; 8:30; 9:30; 10:4) 
#13. When a person becomes “in Christ” (2 Cor.1:21; 2:17; 5:17; Eph.1:1)
#14. When a person is made a new creature (2 Cor.5:17-18)
#15. When a person is justified (Rom.5:1; 1 Cor.6:11; 1 Pet.1:18-19)
#16. When a person becomes one with Christ (Heb.2:11; 2 Cor.5:17-18; Rom.8:1-13)
#17. When a person accepts Christ as the ONLY Offering for sin (Heb.10:4-14; 1 Cor.1:30; Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12)
#18. When a person is cleansed by the Blood of Christ (1 Pet.18-19; 2:22-24; 3:18; Mat.20:28; 26:28; Acts 20:28; Eph.1:7; Col.1:7; Heb.9:12-14; 1 Jn.1 :7; 2:2)
#19. When saved to the uttermost and from Satan (Heb.7:25; 1 Jn.3:8-10; 5:18)
#20. When redeemed (Lk.1:68-77; 1 Cor.1:30; Tit.2:14; Heb.9:12-15; 1 Pet.1:18-23) 
#21. When a person believes the Truth (1 Thes.2:13)
#22. When saved from fornication (1 Thes.4:3-4; Gal.5:24; 1 Cor.6:9-11)
#23. When a person becomes the temple of God (1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:19-20; Rom.8:9)
#24. When reconciled to God (2 Cor.5:17-21; Col.1:20-123; Rom.5:1-11)
#25. When a person is saved by faith (Eph.2:8-9)
#26. When brought to obedience to God (1 Pet.1:2; Rom.6:16-23; 8:12-13)
#27. When one is prepared for resurrection (Heb.12:14; Rev.20:4-6)
#28. When grace brings salvation and the Spirit renews (Tit.2:11-13; 3:5)
#29. When converted and all sins are blotted out (Acts 3:19-21; 26:18)
#30. When purged of all sin (Heb.1:3; 10:1-18; 2 Pet.1:4,10).

This above facts have to do with immediate sanctification, but there is also progressive sanctification and complete sanctification.

Progressive sanctification is what slowly separates the people of God from the world and makes them more and more like Christ Jesus.

Sanctification differs from justification in several ways. Justification is a one-time work of God, which results in His declaring “not guilty” to those who have believed Him (1 Jn.5:10-13), and accepts the work of Christ on the cross (Jn.3:15-16). Sanctification is a process, which starts with justification and continues throughout life. Justification is the starting point of the line that represents a TRUE Christian’s life . . . sanctification is the line itself.

Sanctification is a three-stage process, past, present and future. The first stage happens at the beginning (birth, Jn1:12-13; 3:3-8) of our Christian lives. It is a preliminary moral change, which breaks us away from the power, love and lust of sin. It is where we can count themselves “dead to sin but alive to God” (Rom.6:11). When sanctification begins, we are no longer under sin’s power (Rom.6:14). Our desires are rearranged, as we develop a love of God and His righteousness. We are no longer slaves of sin, but servants of righteousness (Rom.6:17-18).

The second stage of sanctification needs a lifetime to complete. As we grow in grace, we slowly but surely change to be more like Jesus with each passing day (2 Cor.3:18). This process is one of daily spiritual renewal (Col.3:10). The apostle Paul was being sanctified even as he ministered to others. Paul claimed that he had not reached perfection, but that he pressed on to attain everything Christ desired for him (Phil.3:12).

The third and final stage of sanctification happens in the distant future. When believers die, their spirits go to be with Christ (2 Cor.5:6-8). Since NOTHING unclean can ever enter Heaven (Rev.21:27), we must be made perfect . . . BEFORE we enter Heaven! The sanctification of the whole person . . . body, soul, and spirit, will finally be complete when the Lord Jesus Returns (Rev.19:11-21; Zec.14:1-5), and we receive glorified bodies (Phil.3:21; 1 Cor.15:35-49).

God’s work in sanctification involves all three members of the Trinity. God the Father is constantly at work in His children “to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil.2:13). He changes our desires, so that we want to please Him, and He empowers us to do so. Jesus paid for our sanctification on the cross and, in reality, has become our Sanctification (1 Cor.1:30),
and Perfecter of our faith (Heb.12:2). The Holy Spirit is the main Agent of our sanctification (1 Cor.6:11; 2 Thes.2:13; 1 Pet.1:2), and He is the One, the ONLY One, who produces in us the fruit of sanctification (Gal.5:22-23).

Our role in sanctification is both passive and active. Passively, we must trust God to sanctify us, presenting our bodies to God (Rom.6:13; 12:1) and yielding to the Holy Spirit. It is God's will that we should be sanctified (1Thes.4:3), and God will have His way.

Actively, we are responsible to choose to do what is right. Each of us should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable (1 Thes.4:4), and which involves mortifying the deeds of the body (Rom.8:13), and striving for holiness (Heb.12:14), fleeing immorality (1 Cor.6:18), cleansing ourselves from every defilement (2 Cor.7:1), and making every effort to increase our faith (2 Pet.1:5-11).

Both the inactive and the active role are needed for a healthy Christian life. We should never emphasize the passive (inactive) role, because that may tend to lead to spiritual laziness and neglecting spiritual discipline. The end result of this course of action is a lack of maturity. On the other hand, to emphasize the active role can lead to pride and self-righteousness, which could result in a Christian life without joy. As we pursue holiness, we must remember that only Almighty God can empower us to do this. The end result of uniform sanctification is a steady, mature Christian life that will faithfully reflect the nature of our awesome and holy God.

John makes it clear that we will never be totally free from sin in this life (1 Jn.1:8-10), and praise God, the work of sanctification that God has started in us He will finish (Phil.1:6).

Seven Parting Commands:
#1. Withdraw from disorderly brothers (2 Thes.3:6).
#2. No work, no eat (2 Thes.3:10).
#3. Work peaceably, in quietness (2 Thes.3:12).
#4. Make your own living, don’t beg from others (2 Thes.3:12).
#5. Do not be weary in well doing (2 Thes.3:13).
#6. Have no fellowship with agitators lest you be ashamed (2 Thes.3:14).
#7. Rebuke rebels (2 Thes.3:15).

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