Coachlight Bible Study – II Thessalonians

True Discipleship


In first Thessalonians, we learned that Paul, having a burden for the new converts in Thessalonica, sent Timothy back to see the new church and report back to Paul.  Paul’s stay in Thessalonica was cut very short because of persecution by the Jews observing the changed lives of the Gentile Thessalonians.

After hearing Timothy’s encouraging report, Paul wrote I Thessalonians to encourage this group to continue in the three things Paul noticed in his brief stay at Thessalonica: 1.) Their “work of faith”, 2.) “labor of love”, 3.) “patience of hope”.

Paul accomplished this by demonstrating what true evangelism is, and then by more instruction on the Day of the Lord.

After writing I Thessalonians, Paul learned that false teachers had crept into this group and had caused discouragement to fester in the group.  The false teachers had perverted the teaching about the “Rapture”, and had caused many to think of the persecutions the church was going through was actually the “Tribulation Period”.  Because of this, many had lost their “patience of hope”, quit their jobs, and just waited for Christ to deliver them.  Many of the Post-Tribulationists and Mid-Tribulationists are doing the same thing to Christians today.

To combat this false teaching, Paul wrote II Thessalonians.  Paul’s plan was carried out by encouragement to “stand fast” in the midst of tribulations knowing that the Rapture will not happen until the Antichrist is revealed.  In I Thessalonians, Paul taught that the church will be caught up before the Great Tribulation, and comfort can be drawn from this.  He ends by commanding them to withdraw from the false teachers.

I believe that the Lord had Paul go through these tribulations, so that under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; Paul would write and give us instruction today on true evangelism and true discipleship.


II Thessalonians - Discipleship


Discouraged Christians

Susceptible To False Teaching

Apt to Follow False Teachers




Thanksgiving for Endurance

To Be Counted Worthy of the Kingdom


Events Before The Day of the Lord

Stand Fast

Wait Patiently

Withdraw From False Teachers



Explain The Day Of The Lord



Walk Upright In Tribulations

Instruction On The Day of the Lord

Patiently Wait for the Lord


Written In Corinth


Around AD 51


I. Thanksgiving for The Thessalonian’s Endurance


II Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

II Thessalonians 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

II Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:


A. Paul’s thankfulness for the Thessalonians is proper

1. Because their faith continually grows

2. They exhibit brotherly love

B. The other churches glory in the Thessalonians

1. For their patience in persecutions and enduring temptations

2. For their faith in persecutions and enduring temptations


II. Suffering to be Counted Worthy of the Kingdom


II Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token<1730> of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

II Thessalonians 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

II Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest<425> with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

II Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: {taking: or, yielding}

II Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

II Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.


A. Tribulations are a “Demonstration” of God’s Righteous Judgment


1730 endeigma endeigma en’-dighe-mah  - from 1731; ; n n

manifest token 1; 1 - 1) token, evidence, proof


B. Suffering helps them to be deemed “worthy of the Kingdom” – How they handle tribulation - faith

C. The Release or relaxation comes when the Lord is revealed


425 anesiv anesis an’-es-is - from 447; TDNT-1:367,60; n f

rest 3, liberty 1, be eased 1; 5

1) a loosening, relaxing

1a) to be held in less vigorous confinement

1b) relief, rest, from persecutions


D. The Lord will recompense the persecutors

E. It is all for the purpose of Glorifying Christ


III. Prayer that Christ would be Glorified


II Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: {count: or, vouchsafe}

II Thessalonians 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


IV. Events Just Before The Day of the Lord


A. The Day of the Lord is in Two Stages – Law of double reference


The Day of the Lord – In Two Stages

  Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

     First Stage                        Second Stage


Judgment Seat of Christ

Marriage of the Lamb




Rapture of the Church


Destruction of the woman

Second Advent with the Wife

Marriage Supper

Destruction of the city

Fulfillment of the Covenant to Abraham

All of Christ’s are heirs to Abraham’s Promise

Church Age

7 year Tribulation - Judgment


II Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

II Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

II Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away<646> first, and that man of sin be revealed<601>, the son of perdition;

II Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

II Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

II Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

II Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

II Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

II Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

II Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

II Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


B. What the False Teachers Don’t Know – Preceding the Day of the Lord

1. There shall be an apostasy


646 apostasia apostasia ap-os-tas-ee’-ah  - feminine of the same as 647; ; n f

to forsake + 575 1, falling away 1; 2 -  1) a falling away, defection, apostasy


2. The Antichrist Unveiled


601 apokaluptw apokalupto ap-ok-al-oop’-to - from 575 and 2572; v

reveal 26; 26

1) to uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up

1a)  disclose, make bare

2) to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown


3. Who withholds the Antichrist from coming until God’s appointed time?


Remember when Daniel sought God 24 days to understand the timing of the 70 weeks?

Daniel 10:10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. {set: Heb. moved}

Daniel 10:11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. {chief: or, first}


This refers to the Times of the Gentiles in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream


Daniel 10:20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

Daniel 10:21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince


C. The False Teachers are after Satan – Pervert God’s Word

1. They may exhibit Satan’s power – Perversion of dunamis power

2. They may exhibit Satan’s signs and wonders – perversions of God’s Word


V. Stand Fast And Be Established


II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast<4739>, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

II Thessalonians 2:16 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,

II Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.


A. God Picked the Thessalonians From the Beginning

1. Chosen them to salvation

2. This “Salvation” comes from two things mentioned

a. Sanctification of the Spirit – A Holy Walk

b. Belief of the Truth – Applying The Bible – Hebrews 11

3. They were chosen by the Gospel – (Reasoning in the Scriptures) – Acts 17:2

4. The reason that the Gospel preached – To Glorify Christ

5. God’s righteous judgment picked them

a. As we pick fruit

b. God foresees the “end result”

B. Therefore – Stand Fast – (Persist)


4739 sthkw steko stay’-ko - from the perfect tense of 2476; TDNT-7:636,1082; v

stand fast 6, stand 2; 8

1) to stand firm

2) to persevere, to persist

3) to keep one’s standing


VI. Exhortation To Wait Patiently For The Lord


II Thessalonians 3:1  Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: {have…: Gr. run}

II Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. {unreasonable: Gr. absurd}

II Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish<4741> you, and keep you from evil.

II Thessalonians 3:4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

II Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. {patient…: or, patience of Christ}


A. The Lord is Faithful

1. To Make you stable


4741 sthrizw sterizo stay-rid’-zo -  from a presumed derivative of 2476 ; v

stablish 6, establish 3, strengthen 2, fix 1, stedfastly set 1; 13

1) to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix

2) to strengthen, make firm

3) to render constant, confirm, one’s mind


2. To Protect you from the evil one


5442 fulassw phulasso foo-las’-so - from 5443 (isolation); TDNT-9:236,1280; v

keep 23, observe 2, beware 2, keep (one’s) self 1, save 1, be ... ware 1; 30

1) to guard - 1a) to watch, keep watch - 1b) to guard : lest he escape

1c) to guard a person (or thing) that he may remain safe

1c1) lest he suffer violence, be despoiled, etc. to protect

1c2) to protect one from a person or thing

1c3) to keep from being snatched away, preserve safe and unimpaired

1c4) to guard from being lost or perishing

1c5) to guard one’s self from a thing

1d) to guard i.e. care for, take care not to violate

1d1) to observe - 2) to observe for one’s self something to escape - 2a) to avoid, flee 2b) to guard for one’s self (i.e. for one’s safety’s sake) so as not to violate, i.e. to keep, observe (the precepts of the Mosaic law)


VII. Withdraw From Every Brother That Walks Disorderly


II Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

II Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

II Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

II Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.


VIII. Go Back To Your Jobs and Everyday life


II Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

II Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

II Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

II Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

II Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

II Thessalonians 3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

II Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

II Thessalonians 3:17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

II Thessalonians 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.