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Q. What makes you say that Paul is referring to 2 different events in 2 Thessalonians 2 v 1? Why cant it mean 1 event?.. simply Jesus comes and we’re gathered to Him.  For instance if I wrote ” I had a friend arrive at my house and I went out to meet her”  surely it would be obvious that its only one event? It would be silly to take it to mean they were 2 separate events because the sentence has been joined together by the word and.

 

A. In the rapture we’re gathered to Him to be where He is and in the 2nd Coming He comes to the earth to be here. Who is doing the moving and the direction of the movement  makes them two different events. Besides, trying to make them into the same event violates other parts of Paul’s letters. For example in 1 Thes 1:10 he said Jesus would rescue us from the time and place of God’s wrath.  In 1 Thes. 3:13 he hinted that we’d already be in the Lord’s presence when He returns, and in 1 Thes. 4:16-17 that we’d be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  All these support the idea that the gathering of the Church to the Lord and the return of the Lord to Earth are two different events.

Your example, ” I had a friend arrive at my house and I went out to meet her” is a great description of what will happen at the rapture, with you in the place of the Lord and your friend representing the Church.  If you said “I went to my friend’s house so I could be where she is” you’d be describing the 2nd Coming.

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Prophecy Today Q&A: "Why Has The Lord Tarried?" -Jack Kelley


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Why Has The Lord Tarried?

Q. I wonder what you might think the reason is that the Lord has tarried for so long.  I know that God sees time differently than we do and that He is long suffering and patient.  During the last two thousand years each generation has had earnest students of the Word who have believed His coming was imminent.  There have been countless “badboys” who were seen as potential Anti-Christs.  As these seasons of expectation have come and gone it has left many discouraged and reluctant to continue to hope for a future date of fulfillment.

 

A. The Lord has tarried so long because the “full number” of Gentiles God already knows will be in the Church is not complete yet (Romans 11:25).  With the phrase “full number” Paul was using the example of a ship not being able to set sail until the required number of crew were all aboard.  When that number is reached the Church will disappear (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

You’re right, there have been several partial fulfillments of certain end times prophecies in the past, but before 1948 an essential component was always missing, and that’s the presence of a Jewish state in the promised land.  The fatal error of past generations lies in the failure to understand that until all the prophecies can be fulfilled then none of them can.  Rather than being discouraged by their failures, we should learn from them and study the prophecies more diligently.

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