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; 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: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8
The martyrs from the book of Revelation say “How long O Lord until you judge and avenge our blood” (Revelation 6:10) This has probably been the cry from the Church from the 1rst century to even today. Many Christians around the world are still being persecuted and even killed for their faith in Christ. So when will this suffering end? When will justice be served?
The Apostle Paul says here “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty angels” As I talked about previously, I believe the Rapture of the Church and the second coming of Christ, are the same simultaneous event. When Jesus Christ returns , the suffering will end for the Church, because we are being Raptured to God, and judgment is now coming upon the world
So who will receive judgment from God? “Them that know not God” and “they that don’t obey the gospel of Jesus Christ” Those who reject God and the gospel message of Christ, will come under judgment for their sins, for the wages or penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23) This is why salvation is found in Christ alone (John 14:6) only Christ can atone and forgive for your sins
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. 2 Thessalonians 1:9-12
What is the penalty of the judgment of Christ? Everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord. Now some will claim this refutes the doctrine of Hell, because it says “destruction”. However if annihilationism is true, how can the punishment be everlasting? The soul is eternal , therefore your condemnation will be everlasting. You can’t have an everlasting punishment for something that is not eternal
Paul ends this teaching with “We pray for you always , the our God would count you worthy of this calling” How many pastors and preachers do you hear preaching this message? The judgment of God should strike fear in the hearts of every soul, those who don’t fear God are those who don’t understand their depraved state and how Holy our God truly is
All our hope is in Jesus Christ, put your faith in Christ, he shall redeem you , restore you, and give you eternal life Amen!