Vs. 9, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders.” One of Satan’s main weapons is “deception.” Already, there were counterfeit letters, prophecies, miracles, signs and wonders. The future of God’s prophetic plans are in God’s hands! He is in control. Paul reminds them that there are certain events that must happen and to assure us that the church is destined for salvation and not judgment. If you stand on the Word, you will not fall for the devil’s lies. God’s people can face the future with assurance, hope, and comfort because of the unfailing grace of God.
Regarding application…Our Fault, Not God’s Fault. Vs. 10, “…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” Whether people living in the tribulation or people living in our time…past & present…we have no excuse. I’ve heard countless arguments against God for this very fact. Question: How can a loving God allow His creation to perish? He doesn’t…they have chosen this path. God in His infinite ways, has given everyone the same opportunity to know him. God has never delighted in judgment. This is one of those things that we must exercise our “faith” in believing. We must believe that God gave them countless chances.
It’s sad to me to know that people blame God. And I’m not just talking Non-Christians here…I’m talking professing Christians talk unashamedly about how they feel it is somewhat God’s fault…or God is not being fair. I remember when I was in my first week at Multnomah Bible College, we had a sharing time with a small group in one of “get to know each other” activities. I still remember to this day, because it shocked me when I heard it. A young man who was about 19, gave his testimony (I’ll leave the name out). He was talking about what led him to Bible College. He began to say how He blames God for all the trials & tough times, but He realized that He still needed to know Him more. Now, I love the fact that he wanted to know God more…but the fact that he was blaming God and saying that it was God’s fault was alarming to say the least.
But, I’m sure he is not the only one with that sentiment. Brothers & Sisters in Christ, who are we to blame God? In fact, we should be declaring our “unworthiness”! No matter how hard life gets…I pray you would never have the audacity to blame it on God. Let us not let the enemy infiltrate such beliefs!