These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.


2 Thessalonians 2: Lawlessness on the Loose

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 2 Thessalonians.

How will the world end? Will there be nuclear war? An evil empire? The destruction of civilization? Paul advises us that Satan has yet to attack us with the worst he has, and when he does, it will be a fearful time to be alive. However, Paul also promises that God will always be in control.

Warming Up to God

What potential threats to the safety of the world do you see right now (for example, attitudes, weapon building, warfare and so on)? What personal fears or concerns do you have about that?

Read 2 Thessalonians 2

Discovering the Word

  • In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Paul responded to the fears of the Thessalonians that if they died before Christ returned, they would miss the joy Christ had for them. Apparently, after Paul sent the first letter, someone tried to convince the Thessalonians that the day of the Lord had already come. What is Paul's proof that the day of the Lord has not come (vv. 3, 9)?
  • What can you learn about the "man of lawlessness" from this passage (vv. 3-4, 7-10)?
  • In what ways have you noticed the "secret power of lawlessness" (v. 7) to be already at work?
  • What contrasts do you find between those whom God condemns (vv. 10-12) and those whom he chooses for salvation (vv. 13-17)?

Applying the Word

  • Even for Christians, the lawless one will bring fear and testing. What can you do to prepare yourself to withstand him?
  • How can this passage encourage you about facing the future?

Responding in Prayer

Talk openly with God about any fears or concerns you have regarding the future.

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