2 Thessalonians 1 - Pastor David McGee

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Pastor David McGee

Date Taught: March 20, 2022

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Life Lessons Referenced
Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

At the rapture the emphasis is upon meeting Jesus in the clouds, (1Th4:18) not upon us coming to earth, because Jesus doesn’t come to the earth at the rapture.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

Jesus comes to the earth at the 2nd Coming, at the end of the Great 7 year Tribulation.

Bible Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

1st Thessalonians speaks of the Rapture. 2nd Thessalonians speaks of the 2nd Coming.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

The Last Days of one thing are the first days of something new.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

The Last Days of Earth are the First Days of Eternity and the rule and government of God.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

God wants His people to believe He could arrive, or people could go home to be with Him, at any moment.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

When the Bible says Grace and Peace it is revealing you have to have Grace, before you can have peace.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

The Lord Jesus is coming back in judgment.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

God will judge those who dwell on the earth, who reject Yeshua and do not love God or others.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

The 7 year Tribulation is God judging and troubling the wicked and those who trouble, or martyr, His people.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

Those ‘who dwell on the earth’ describes the unsaved, those who are on earth during the Great Tribulation, not raptured in heaven.

Life Lesson (2 Thessalonians 1:)

In the Book of Revelation, the first 3 chapters are about the true church. Then from chapters 4-19, is the 7 year Tribulation, with believers raptured in heaven, and unbelievers stuck here on earth during the Great Tribulation.

Quote (2 Thessalonians 1:)

"I have loved Him for a long time, but I have never actually done anything for Him. From now on I will do whatever He leads me to do." Count Zinzendorf on Christ

Verses Referenced and Teaching Notes
John 1:17 NKJV

For the law was given through Moses, [but] grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 NKJV

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [and] remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Matthew 24:4-14 NKJV

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 “All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:27 NKJV

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Matthew 24:42 NKJV
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
Matthew 24:42 NLT

“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:42-44 NKJV

42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:46 NKJV

“Blessed [is] that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

Matthew 24:46 NLT

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

Matthew 24:42-44 NKJV

42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:46 NKJV

“Blessed [is] that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

Matthew 24:46 NLT

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

Revelation 6:10 NKJV

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Revelation 6:10 NLT

They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

Psalms 73:1-3 NKJV

1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God [is] good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I [was] envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalms 73:16-17 NKJV

16 When I thought [how] to understand this, It [was] too painful for me-- 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [Then] I understood their end.

Psalms 73:16-18 NKJV

16 When I thought [how] to understand this, It [was] too painful for me-- 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [Then] I understood their end. 18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

Psalms 73:26 NKJV

My flesh and my heart fail; [But] God [is] the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalms 73:28 NKJV

But [it is] good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.

Jude 1:14 NKJV

Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,

Jude 1:14 NLT

Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones

Daniel 7:10 NKJV
A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
Revelation 5:11 NKJV

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

Revelation 14:13 NKJV

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed [are] the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Revelation 14:14-16 NKJV

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat [One] like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Revelation 14:17-20 NKJV

17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw [it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. 

1 Thessalonians 5:9 NKJV

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Revelation 3:10 NKJV

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 3:10 NLT

“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

Luke 21:33 NKJV

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Luke 21:34 NLT

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,

Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 “For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Revelation 6:10 NKJV

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Revelation 11:10 NKJV

And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 13:8 NKJV

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:14 NKJV

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

Revelation 14:6 NKJV

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--

Revelation 17:8 NKJV

“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

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