The Day of the Lord

II Thess. 1:7-10. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 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: 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.” 

These eschatalogical passages are so exciting, encouraging, and powerful !  No matter how bad things look to us, God is never defeated. At the end of His plan, He wins completely and Satan is destroyed. Our job is to carry on; to take the gospel wherever we go; to remain faithful no matter what it may cost. 

Paul says that those who are troubled need to rest with us (Paul, Silas, Timothy). The meaning here seems to be that the end result of their troubles will be rest, welcome relief, from those troubles. The word rest carries the picture of the relaxing of a bowstring that has been pulled to its fullest extent, then when the pressure is released, the string is relieved of pressure. The indication here is rest from tension and suffering. They were, at the time this letter was written, suffering from constant strain and stress. Believers down through the centuries have experienced this same tension and stress, and the weariness that accompanies it. That stress will ultimately be relieved with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, when we will be relieved of all earthly affliction and trouble. 

For their immediate rest and ease, Paul reassures them that there is hope. Paul knew what it was to suffer, and identified himself with his converts (2 Cor. 1:7; 4:14; Phil. 1:30; 2 Tim. 4:8). By doing so, he could give them personal sympathy and assurance that the result of the testing would be rest, maybe not in this life but certainly in the next. For those who are alive and remain to the second coming of the Lord, the Righteous Judge Who will be revealed from heaven, release and rest will come with Him.

The word revealed has an interesting meaning, which we’ll take a look at tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy your day of rest!

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