Summary of the Book of 2 Thessalonians
The Book of 2nd Thessalonians is a Pauline Epistle (letter from Paul). The Apostle Paul wrote it about 52-54 A.D., several months after his first letter to the church in Thessalonica.
Some of the people in Thessalonica had thought that Jesus had already returned, this letter was written to correct any misunderstandings.
Chapter 1 – Paul highlights the great hope of Jesus’ future return although the exact time is unable to be known by anyone. He commends the church in Thessalonica for their perseverance in the midst of persecution,
“So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure” (1:4).
Paul teaches that God will punish those who are persecuting on the last day.
“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (1:8-9).
Chapters 2-3 – speaking of the return of Jesus Christ, Paul was sure to include the signs and setting that “the man of lawlessness” (the antichrist) had to arrive.
For that to occur the “restrainer” (Holy Spirit) must be removed from restraining him.
The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and when He is removed, all believers will be “caught up” in the clouds with the Lord Jesus (1 Thess 4:17).
Paul pushes them to pray and serve until this all transpires.
“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (3:5).