2 Thessalonians 2 Lesson

The Second Coming of Jesus

There are three important things to know about the second coming of Jesus that will be covered in today’s lesson.

  1. Nobody knows when Jesus is going to return except for God in Heaven,
  2. The Apostasy (taken from the Greek word apostasies which means, “defection.”) will occur before Jesus’ return,
  3. The “Man of lawlessness” will be revealed prior to Jesus’ return.

We will look at these one at a time and then the lesson will be yours.


There was a problem in Thessalonica at the time Paul authored his second letter. False teachershad arisen claiming that Jesus had already returned.  These false prophets were spreading fear that the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:14) was already upon them.

Paul lets them know that Jesus has not yet returned and that two other events must take place prior to the second coming of Jesus:

  1. The Apostasy,
  2. The revelation of the “Man of lawlessness.”

In the Gospel of Mathew, we read about the following words spoken by Jesus:

  • “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” - Mathew 24:36.


As mentioned in our introduction the Apostasy is one of two events that will take place prior to Jesus’ return.

According to: biblestudytools.com,

“The term ‘apostasy’ as we use it today comes from the Greek word “apostasia” which means departure, revolt, or rebellion. In terms of religion, apostasy is the abandonment of, or a willful falling away from, the faith. It can be defined as the departure of religious practices, a rejection of beliefs once agreed upon, or even mockery of the religion.”

During the Apostasy, many who were formerly Christians will fall away and decide not to follow Jesus


The second event that will take place prior to the second coming of Jesus is the revelations of the “Man of lawlessness. There is not a clear understanding of exactly who this man of lawlessness is, although there are several theories.  It is apparent that we will know him when we see him.  Some scholars associate the man of lawlessness with the beasts referenced in Revelation 13

One thing that we know for certain is that the man of lawlessness will come before Jesus’ return.  This man of lawlessness will be part of Satan’s fight against Jesus.  The Bible talks about this battle in the Book of Revelation:

  • “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” – Revelation 12:9.


Today’s lesson highlighted three important things to know about the second coming of Jesus:

  1. Nobody knows when Jesus is going to return except for God,
  2. The Apostasy will occur before Jesus’ return,
  3. The “Man of lawlessness” will be revealed prior to the second coming of Jesus.

Since none of us know when Jesus is going to return, we cannot wait to get our spiritual lives in order. The time for us to repent and follow Jesus is now!

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians:

  • “For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.



We make choices...to walk in the light, to die to self, to avoid and flee sin.


Amen Brother!