The second letter to the "church" (assembly of
Christians) at Thessalonica was written by the Apostle Paul,
probably within a year of his first letter to them.
This letter corrected the idea that the return of Jesus was
going to happen immediately. Some believers had even given
up work so that they would be ready for his return.
Jesus would come, but first there would be a "falling
away" from the true teachings of Christ and his apostles
(2:3). This "falling away" would continue down the
ages until Christ comes to end it (v. 8). God said that people
would "believe a lie" (2:11). Sadly, this they still
do, believing in the immortal soul, a trinitarian Godhead,
a supernatural devil, etc..
Believers must be prepared to continue to obey the gospel,
otherwise the coming of Christ would be a day of punishment
for them - as it will be for all who turn aside from true
Believers can expect to suffer, but they must keep the true
Faith (beliefs) and Hope (in the coming Kingdom)
and show true Love, as followers of Jesus Christ (1:3,