Today’s Reading | 2 Thessalonians 2
If you heard the gospel, rejected it, and therefore missed the rapture, is it possible to be saved during the Tribulation? Today’s reading gives us helpful information to answer this frequently asked question. First, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will be taken away during the Tribulation. His influence and ability to hold back sin will no longer be a part of this world (vs7). Second, we learn that, during the Tribulation, Satan will perform counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders in an effort to deceive vulnerable people (vs9). These efforts will cause people to believe that he, not Jesus Christ, is the Messiah. Third, we learn that God allows a powerful delusion to deceive people so that they believe the lie. Whatever Satan will tell them about the events going on at this time they will believe. God will allow people who have rejected Christ to believe the lie of Satan. They will be condemned and will not become believers. This passage would seem to say that those who have rejected Christ before the rapture, will not accept Him during the Tribulation. To reject Christ is a very serious decision. One can’t assume he will have an opportunity later.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?