Sanctification and the Rapture: A study of 1&2 Thessalonians
I Thessalonians matches Christ’s Teachings regarding true conversion into HIS Image and also the end times which our Lord taught thoroughly in the Gospels:
Only those whom in their hearts follow Jesus without clinging to their old lives down here will be raptured.
Most true believers will die for Christ's sake before the rapture because we followed Christ unto DEATH.
 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
**The theme of Thessalonians is sanctification and the rapture.
 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
**Persecutions while planting and visiting other churches (Phillippi)
**Remember God searches the hearts of men, never their appearance or words.
 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
**as do the wolves in sheeps clothing
 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
**Preaching the Gospel of Christ only and never of themselves. Remember only false teachers attempt to draw disciples unto themselves increasing their coffers of MAMMON.
 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
**NO man’s blood on their hands, they preach God’s Truth out of the fear of the Lord and never the fear of nor esteem of MEN.
 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
**The unbelieving gentiles also persecuted the believers in Thessalonica. Just as the unbelieving jews persecuted the believing jews.
 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
**God’s curse and divorce of unbelieving national Israel.
 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
**Satan works through the governments of the world after Christ’s Ascension. This hindering was executed by agents of the governments at the time.
**Principalities and powers in high places upon the earth:
 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
 For ye are our glory and joy.
**Reference to the Lord’s Coming in Glory and we His Saints riding with Him:
Psalms 149:  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
Indicating that we Saints will have much to do for the Lord at His Coming and we will be the ground troops who subdue the nations and their rulers.
 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
**All who live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Those who do not suffer for Him are not living Godly in Christ Jesus. The world loves religion and because man-made religion is OF THE WORLD, the world LOVES ITS OWN.
 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
**Their sanctification is hindered and they continue not in the faith, grounded and growing into Christ’s Image.
 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
**Only the Bread of Life can increase our faith until it becomes saving faith.
 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
**More evidence that God used the Apostles and their 1st century disciples of Christ to establish the first churches and to see to their growth in the Lord, HENCE the New Testament Scriptures are these letters.
 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
** The more we walk with God in His Word and Prayer, the more we become LIKE HIM. It is the ONLY WAY.
 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
** Sex indicates the commitment of couples, sex without commitment is fornication.
Similar to “faith” without death to self, THIS IS MERELY FORNICATION in God’s Eyes.
 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
** Christ’s teaching of loving your neighbor as yourself.
**Grow in Grace as Christ commanded, leaving those things of the world behind.
 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
**More direct evidence that all who have followed Christ are currently in Paradise in the center of the earth awaiting their resurrection at the last Trumpet.
**Reference again to our accompanying our LORD at His Second Coming and Psalms 149 ABOVE.
 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
**Remember how God reacted to mankind's unity in the past. Scripture shows that this unity always resulted in man's pride, arrogance and rebellion against God. This precedence was set at the Flood and then again at Babel. God separated man by language and therefore "race" after Babel and He did it on purpose and for this reason only. He ensured it's continuance for a time by dividing the continents soon after. These acts of God after Babel created the races and nations of the world. Those ignorant without the Spirit of Christ claim racial and national separation as "evil". It is the spirit of anti-Christ which claims racial and international unity as "good".
See the pattern? This same pattern has swept the world not only with false racial narratives but with reprobate ideology: infant sacrifice (abortion), pedophilia, gender neutrality, unnatural homosexual acceptance as "normal", etc.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Because of man's willful ignorance of history in Scripture man is repeating the same abomination against God in these last days. This time however it is on a far larger scale than before and this time will also be the last time with Satan's one world government about to be realized. Once they purge all of the upright ones, those united as one Against God in the name of their fake new unity and "morality" will all cry with one voice, "peace and safety" before their sudden destruction.
 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
**We see the day approaching:
**The tares will say in their hearts because the Lord delayeth His Coming (the false teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture did not occur) to save them from the persecutions that they now face, they become OFFENDED and turn from the Truth of the Gospel. These then renounce Christ and believe the LIE of the left’s fake morality. These will take the mark because they won't believe this mark is the Mark of the Beast.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
**ANOTHER REFERENCE TO THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS INFLUENCE OVER ALL RELIGION AND CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS. An incomplete Gospel message is a FALSE CHRIST'S message and this is what the Steward does. He changes the message of His Lord to ensure he as steward is taken care of physically in this temporary, fake world of Satan.
**Remember, just as the national Jews who reject Christ as the Messiah will suffer MORE EXTREME torment than others. So SHALL THE TARES OF THE CHURCHES OF the world. You see, these were given all the advantages and sat under the Word of God but never received the new birth. God will use satan's lieutenants to destroy this fake man made church which covers the entire world in lies and deception.
Just like israel could not see Jesus as the Messiah based on their fleshly knowledge of Old Testament Scripture,
The harlots (man's perversion of the churches) under the Mother cannot see the Second Coming approaching either. They cannot see the Day of the Lord approaching because as before with the "fake jews" of Christ's day these false "christians" are in darkness.
** We will not be here for God’s Wrath. We will most likely be killed early on but regardless of whether early or later near the mid point, WE WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO GODS WRATH contained in the VIALs and delivered by the 2 WITNESSES. SEE the next verse:
 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
** Those who teach Christ’s Teaching throughout the NT are of GOD and should be esteemed the OPPOSITE ESTEEM OF THE WORLD.
Our Lord said that these are those of whom THE WORLD IS NOT WORTHY (Hebrews 11).
 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
**Only reference in Scripture to those mentally impaired, those who are not right in their minds for whatever reason. If they were this way since puberty, they are SAFE with the Lord.
 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
**Christ said never to return railing for railing but contrary wise BLESSING.
 Rejoice evermore.
 Pray without ceasing.
 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
 Quench not the Spirit.
** When under the conviction of the Spirit, follow Christ and not the natural man.
 Despise not prophesyings.
 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
**PROVE ALL THAT MEN SAY BY THE SCRIPTURES TO SEE IF THESE THINGS THEY SAY ARE GOD’S TRUTH OR NOT.
 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
**REFERENCE AGAIN TO THE COMFORTER, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH.
 Brethren, pray for us.
 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
**More evidence that these epistles to the churches were to be included in the New Testament.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
**Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith increases every single time we listen or study His Word. This is the key to growing in Grace. As our faith conforms us into HIS IMAGE, our selfless GIVING TO OTHERS ALSO INCREASES.
**Remember Mary Magdalene and the complement our Lord gave her.
Luke 7:  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Her sins were many: To those whom do not realize the extent of their sin, they will love little but to those WHO TRULY BELIEVE, THESE RECOGNIZE THE EXTENT OF THEIR SIN, THE SAME LOVETH MUCH.
Growth in Grace MEANS growing in faith and faith increases only by walking with God in His Word. The Word of Life, the Living Water, the Bread of Life.
 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
**Vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord!
Followers of Christ do not fight for themselves, they do not defend themselves. They know the world hates them and this is their reward in eternity. But, only IF WE ENDURE THEIR PERSECUTIONS knowing full well that the Lord will recompense for us.
God will not intervene in our persecutions down here. These are part of our audition and test and will demonstrate our hearts to ourselves and others. God of course knows already. This is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Just as our Lord gave us His example whom knew His hour was come to be tortured and crucified. He did not flee and hide like we will want to do. He knew His pain would be for a brief time just as we are to realize this selfsame thing. Our coming pain and suffering for the Lord cannot be compared to the glory and reward we will receive for eternity. AS WE KNOW OUR COMING PAIN WILL END.
 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.
 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
**We Glorify the Lord by our own crucifixion of our flesh and this fake world.
 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
**Remember our study on who the beast will be.
Judas knew in his heart that he did not believe like the others, he was looking for advantage to himself by following the Lord. He was the perfect candidate for satan to enter into.
***Just as the principalities and powers (governments of today) know themselves that they merely look for their own earthly advantages. This is why they are so easily bribed by Satan.
JUST AS THE BEAST WHO LIVES THIS MINUTE KNOWS HE IS DISINGENUOUS AT THIS POINT BUT SOON SATAN WILL ENTER INTO HIM WITH THE SPIRIT OF JUDAS AT THE MID-POINT OF THE TRIBULATION. He hides behind the scenes as a normal man for now but when his time comes and the spirit of Judas enters him this time, it results in the below:
 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
**The Spirit will depart this earth with the remnant of believers at the Rapture.
The Holy Spirit during our (Church) Age has several missions:
-Convicter He will convince the world of sin and of His Righteousness and of our Judgement to come.
-Declarer of Jesus ONLY, Never Himself
-Guide and teacher: John 16:  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
-Sealer Ephesians 1:  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-Comforter/Indweller: John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
-Restrainer: -Holy Spirit poured out over all flesh and is the restrainer: restraining Satan’s power over the PHYSICAL. NOTICE: The man of sin will be revealed after the Spirit is removed. (II Thessalonians 2).
Holy Spirit indwells all true believers but He also provided restraint to satanic activity over all the earth in which the Gospel had currently spread. The restraint or containment of satanic activity spread in direct correlation to the spread of the Gospel. The Spirit restrains the 1/3 of angels who fell with Satan at the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. He restrains them in the bottomless pit where they await their release and destruction at the mid-point of the tribulation period.
 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
**Remember God sometimes FURTHER HARDENS ALREADY HARDENED HEARTS AGAINST HIM. Just as He did with Pharoah and Israel.
OUR LORD ALREADY KNOWS WHO WILL SEE THE DAY APPROACHING AND WHO WILL NOT. THE VACCINES WITH MRNA WILL DELIVER THE DNA ALTERING NANOS AND WILL CAUSE ALL WHO TOOK THE VACCINE TO RECEIVE THE MARKER IN THEIR HANDS OR FOREHEADS.
 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
**THE WICKED LOVE THEIR FALSE WORLD AND THEIR VAIN IMAGINATIONS.
 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
**The truly saved of God will continue in His Word and Prayer and Growth in Grace.
 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
** WHICH ARE THE WORD OF GOD.
 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
**By the conviction of the Spirit and study of His Word.
 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
**Remember the Spirit of Truth which indwells you.
 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
**Our Lord’s Apostles made no merchandise of God nor were they covetous for other men’s things or money as all false teachers and anti-Christ’s are naturally under the harlot "churches" of their mother in Rome.
 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
**to follow our example as we Follow our Lord's Example.
 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
** to us if they claim Christ’s salvation (even though they are tares) we cannot see their hearts. GOD does however, and HE WILL BE THEIR JUDGE.
 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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