Coming, But Not Yet

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Let no one deceive you . . . (v. 3)

I saw her on television the other day. She claimed to have supernatural insight. One by one people from the audience came to this self-described psychic with personal questions. She had a quick answer for all of them. What amazing prophetic knowledge she presumed to have about their future! I must confess I was not impressed. She was assuming a role reserved for an all-knowing God.

What Paul writes in today’s Scripture passage is something quite different. The Holy Spirit had given him divinely revealed information about Jesus’ second coming and some events which must occur before the Lord returns. First, there will be a time of great rebellion against God. Evil will increase. Is that true now? Then, the final anti-Christ will appear. He will deceive many (see 1 John 2:18-19). Finally, Jesus will return. God will ultimately triumph!

In my low moments I sometimes wonder what is happening in our troubled nation and world. Has Satan gained the upper hand? Is he in charge? It may seem so at times, but let us be encouraged-God and righteousness win in the end!


Father, thank you that the Lord Jesus is coming again, in power and great glory and victory. How grateful I am and always will be in the family of the redeemed. Amen.