New Year’s is the perfect analogy to explain the second coming or transition to the New Covenant. Obviously the Thessalonians and Paul are both Preterists. The Thessalonians prove that Christ wasn’t coming in bodily form and the World wasn’t going to be remade at Christ’s second coming. We see the Thessalonians fear they have missed Christ’s second coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:1 - 3 1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, 2 not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. Here we see the Thessalonians are fearful they have already missed the second coming. This and Paul’s answer tell us a lot about the nature of the second coming. The Thessalonians weren’t expecting 1. The physical end of the World 2. An Acts 1:11 type of event in the sense that Christ would part the clouds and appear in the sky 3. A Revelation 1:7 type of event where every physical eye would see him. 4. A second Peter type of event where the world is destroyed by fire 5. A coming on the literal clouds event 6. A utopian millennial kingdom 7. A New Jerusalem floating down from heaven 8. Jesus to set foot on the Mount of Olives and crack open the crust of the earth 9. Jesus to destroy every Nation’s army while they were surrounding Jerusalem 10. A new world order where people magically start to live to be 100 and predator animals quit eating animals of prey 11. Any world changing event of any type that you couldn’t help but notice They expected an event that could go unnoticed and not be perceived by the senses. Paul’s answer is equally telling. He didn’t correct them by saying no you are wrong it will be so world changing that you can’t miss it. If the Thessalonians had been wrong in their expectations Paul would have corrected them. Also notice the timing—they expected it in their live time. If they were wrong and it was way in the future Paul would have told them so, but he actually said to them We who are alive at the Lord’s coming 1 Thess 4:15. We see the event being like a New Year. The calendar changes, but time goes on like before with no physical change in the world. Obviously all the futuristic views of the second coming are clearly wrong based on these very telling verses of scripture. Those who would take verses of scripture and make them into something else would do well to align their views with scripture and find a new way to look at those events and not fight against scripture and twist it to suit their preconceived notions which have been a glorious failure of two thousand years and still counting. I will leave that to the superb eisegesis of Logo...Oldregular You are obviously of superior intellect, why I guess relative to anyone on this Forum…..Oldregular Enlighten all us poor Biblical illiterates…Oldregular A lesser man might get discouraged in this task, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.