Persecution and Eschatology in Thessalonians
Persecution is the key note problem in both of the epistles to the Thessalonian church. From the outset of their conversion to Christ, they had suffered persecution. Yet, Paul promised them relief from that persecution– and that relief would come at the parousia of Christ in judgment of their persecutors, the Jews.
In a previous post, we responded to a question regarding the identity of the persecutors of the saints in Thessalonians. The claim was made that the persecutors of the Thessalonians were not the Jews but the “countrymen” of the Thessalonians. Be sure to read our comments in regard to this, in that previous article. In addition, as I noted in that article, in my book, In Flaming Fire, I have an extensive discussion of 2 Thessalonians 1 and Paul’s promise that the Thessalonians were to receive relief from that persecution at Christ’s coming. Be sure to get a copy of my book, In Flaming Fire.
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Our Objector has posted again with the following:
“I hope to obtain your suggested Flaming Fire. But if your book only addresses “timing”, I will yet have to look for a discussion of the significance of that timing. For me, the issue of “timing” is of little usefulness without a proper application of the timing. For example, does your timing affect the application of the proclamation at I Thess 5:9 (first clause)? Or do we concede that “audience relevance” limits that proclamation only to Paul’s localized “us”. How does your timing affect that proclamation?