2 Thessalonians 2
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 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.
3 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;
4 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.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 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:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 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:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 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,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Some people are passionate followers of God, some are enemies. The vast majority “sit on the fence,” as it were…in the middle, uncommitted.
How can Jesus come back when people haven’t made up their minds?—especially since it’s settling into their choice that closes “probation”!
God never forces a person’s conscience, though He has, He does, and He will “shake the fence” people are sitting on, in order to get their attention and focus their decision-making. Is that how God sends a “strong delusion” to those who don’t love Truth, so that they will believe a lie?It is how God “hardened Pharaoh’s heart.”
Sitting on the fence isn’t an automatic judgment of eternal damnation. Some people may be “on the fence” in reaction to hurt or misfortune or bad treatment from those who were supposed to be representing God. Maybe they need a clearer revelation of His character. Maybe it’s a deeper reason to choose again and make a deliberate decision. If God gave them Jesus, there’s nothing they really need that He would withhold. No one will be lost accidentally.
Meanwhile, we should love “fence-sitters,” not try to change them. We should endeavor to represent God accurately, speak for Him as He gives us opportunity, and leave room for the Holy Spirit to work. Because He will!
Artist—designing and building stained glass windows, Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington State, USA