Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians contain key passages about the end times. He wrote the second letter because many had accepted the idea that the Day of the Lord had come and that they had somehow missed the rapture. Why did they think this?
They correctly understood that the purpose of Christ’s second coming was to gather His Body, the Church, to Him. They correctly understood from Scripture that the second coming occurs at the same time as the coming of the Day of the Lord. That Day dawns with the rapture.
So what happened to throw them off from their assurance in Christ?
Sound familiar? If so, we can take heart from Paul’s answer.
When we know the chronos times and the kairos signs, we understand what is happening around us and we know what our focus must be. We can take Paul’s words in 2 Thess. 2:16-17 to heart:
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."
Our good word and work is sharing the good news of Christ’s finished work as lights in the darkness.