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08-06-23 God is Thought. The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines, our building blocks, our Godly thoughts laid one upon another, ascending into the mind of Christ. These study notes are archived at


APOSTASY (abandoning faith)

Dict.: an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, principles, etc.


(2 Thes 2:1,2) Now we beseech [Gk: intreat, pray] you, brethren, by [Gk: over, regarding: on the part of] the [Second] coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together [“to meet the Lord in the air” 1 Thes 4:17 (by our “rapture”)] unto him [unto Christ Jesus], That ye be not soon shaken [Gk: waver, agitated, rocked, fig. disturbed, incited] in mind [in your thoughts], or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that [convey the error of] the day of Christ [“the day of the Lord” i.e., the 1,000 year Millennium (2 Pet 3:8)] is at hand [Gk: (is) present] [1]

1.    (2 Pet 3:10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night [i.e., as a sudden surprise]; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise [enormous explosions, blasts (a spiritual “trumpet” call)], and the elements [Gk: orderly arrangements] shall melt [Gk: loosen: break up, dissolve] with fervent [extreme, impassioned] heat [Gk: be set on fire] [“For our God is a consuming fire.” Heb 12:29], the earth also and the works [of man] that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved [Gk: loosened: broken up, melted], what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [Gk: behavior] and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 



(2 Thes 2:3,4) Let no man deceive you [Gk: to seduce wholly: beguile /// cheat, delude] by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first [Gk: a defection, (“apostasy”) /// separation, (specifically) divorce], and that man of sin be revealed [Gk: to take off the cover, disclosed], the son of perdition [Gk: ruin or loss: damnation, destruction, waste]Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth [on the throne] in the temple of God [“ye are the temple of God” 1 Cor 3:16] [sitting on the throne of every lost soul’s heart], shewing [Gk: to show off, exhibiting] himself that he is God [i.e., in total control of the thoughts of his subjected followers]


(2 Thes 2:5-7) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you [on a previous visit], I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth [“is restraining” NKJV] [1] [i.e., the blanket of the Holy Spirit is covering the world and thereby restraining the man of sin] that he [the man of sin, Antichrist] might be revealed [Gk: to take off the cover, disclosed] in his [appointed] time. For the mystery of iniquity [Gk: illegality, violation of law, wickedness] doth already work [Gk: show forth self]: only he [the Holy Spirit] who now letteth [“restrains” NKJV] will let [will continue to restrain], until he [the Holy Spirit] be taken out of the way [by God from obstructing, thwarting, restraining the man of sin who is Antichrist]

1.    restrain = Dict.: 1. to hold back from action; check, suppress; curb. 2. to keep under control. 3. to limit; restrict.


(2 Thes 2:8-10) And then shall that Wicked [Gk: lawless] be revealed [Gk: to take off the cover, disclosed] [1], whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth [“which is the word of God”] [2], and shall destroy with the brightness [glory] of his coming: Even him [who is destined to be consumed, destroyed], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish [Gk: are destroyed fully, die]; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved

1.    (Dan 7:25) And he [Antichrist, the man of sin] shall speak great words against the most High [God and His saved children], and shall wear out [Heb: afflict] the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time [for 3 years, i.e., the Great Tribulation]

2.    (Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:


(2 Thes 2:11,12) And for this cause [i.e., for their unbelief] God shall send them [the unbelievers] strong delusion [i.e., Great Tribulation], that they should believe a lie [Gk: falsehoods: lying]: That they all might be damned [Gk: condemned, punished] who believed not the truth [1], but had [self-serving] pleasure in unrighteousness. 

1.    (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. 



(2 Thes 2:13-17) But we are bound to give thanks alway(s) to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification [Gk: purification /// to make holy] of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel [Gk: good news], to the obtaining [Gk: acquisition: purchase, possession] of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions [teachings] which ye have been taught, whether by word [i.e., by the Bible], or our epistle [Gk: a written message: letter]. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work