2 Thess 2:1-4 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. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God's sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God. This is the familiar passage where the Thessalonians think the second coming has already taken place and Paul explains to them that it has not happened yet. We see three things in Thessalonians. First is the nature of the Second Coming. Obviously the Thessalonians weren’t looking for a rapture type event since they didn’t say we thought Christians would disappear yet they didn’t. Also they weren’t surprised that the world didn’t come to an end or get destroyed by fire. Nor did they say every eye should have seen his return. It is apparent that they believed the Second Coming was an event that you could be missed. They thought it was similar to the start of a new year. They don’t think of it as literal but, spiritual. Then notice Paul response to them. He didn’t correct anything but the notion that he hadn’t come yet. He didn’t tell them you can’t miss it because every eye shall see him or the earth will be burned up and destroyed. They had the nature of his coming correct just the timing wrong. Secondly, notice that Paul’s answer is consistent with the words of Christ that it would be “this generation” since he tells them in 1 Thess. 4: 15 we who are still alive at the Lord’s coming—he didn’t correct them about it not being in their generation, but indicates that some of them would still be alive. Third, notice that 2 Thess 1: 6-7 says it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those those who afflict you…this will take place at the Lord’s revelation. This is a reference to an event that could only have been fulfilled by the judgment on the Jews in 70 AD. So we see 1. The Second Coming is not literal, earth ending, nor involving a rapture, but Spiritual in nature. 2. Will happen to the generation the Thessalonians are in. 3. Will punish those who afflict the Christians—that is the Jews. Only one thing could satisfy all three of these criteria that is events of 70 AD. Any honest reading of Thessalonians would have to reach this honest conclusion. Some may deny this; however, deep in their hearts many of those probably know the truth here and just don’t want to outwardly admit it.