The Word of God emphatically encourages us to wait for YAHSHUA’S return to fetch us, even if He tarries according to our expectation. However, He will never be late to fulfill His promises, as Peter said, The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance (II Peter 3:9). The long waiting for our Lord’s return should be filled with hope and expectation as we witness the world changing more toward evil, knowing that YAHSHUA, Who bore our sins once and for all, will appear a second time, not to carry the burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are waiting for and expecting Him (Heb.9:28). The true believers groan inwardly for the redemption of our bodies, while we wait the glorious appearance of our Lord YAHSHUA.
Waiting for our Lord is the most satisfying feeling. It is a feeling of finality, when the light at the end of the tunnel indicates the end of life here on this earth, as Paul so expressed: For our citizenship is in heaven from which also we eagerly wait for the Lord YAHSHUA Messiah, who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty (Phil. 3:20-21). Living every day with the hope of our salvation, as we wait for Him Who is the Author of it, leads us to peace in the midst of chaos. But some, even called Christians, have accepted the erroneous teaching of going through the great tribulation. For those who are waiting for the revelation of the antichrist and the tribulation, there is no comfort for them. Fear, mixed with anxiety will fill their lives when God’s wrath falls on the earth. Contrary to the idea, the Word of God instructs us how to wait for Him and not for the tribulation: Keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah to bring you eternal life (Jude 1:21). No place in the Bible we find instructions to wait and prepare ourselves for the tribulation.
In II Thessalonians 2:3 the translation of the Greek word “apostasia” into the falling away of the Christian faith, does not connect to the context of the rest of the chapter. The only person Who can hold back the revelation of the antichrist is the Holy Spirit of God. He is the One who is restraining the antichrist from being revealed right now. Once He leaves this earth, the antichrist, under the power of Satan, will take control of the world. Seven years are given the devil to bring uncontrolled lawlessness into the world. The world without the Holy Spirit’s presence, is a world for no Christian, who has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to abide. The word “apostasia” translated apostasy should render the word departure. The definite article defines a definite departure of the bride of Christ from the earth. The definite apostasy as the word is translated, needed to be defined. What apostasy will cause the revelation of the antichrist? He Who restrains the antichrist is a person, not government, not apostasy, for that existed from the beginning of the church era, but the Holy Spirit. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until He Who restrains is taken out of the way (II Thess.2:7). Satan will not have total power given him, over the earth, while the Spirit of God is present on this earth in the lives of the believers.
The believer is not only to wait for the Messiah merely, but eagerly wait for Him. The word eagerly means wanting very much, great enthusiasm, zeal or sometimes impatience, in the desire for the pursuit of something (Webster). Writing his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul said, And look forward to and await the coming of His (God’s) Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead- YAHSHUA, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath which is coming, and draws us to Himself (I Thess.1: 10). In the early days of the church, the believers were eagerly waiting for YAHSHUA. Paul makes mention of it in several of his letters. That was one of his main points addressed to the believers of those days. In the first letter to the Thessalonians, he concludes, Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah. Faithful is He Who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass (I Thess. 5:23-24). When we direct our heart and mind to wait for Him, nothing else around us will matter to the point of causing us fear and anxiety; Nothing at all. For the hope of our salvation we treasure, is greater than the transitory storm passing by, because He Who promised us deliverance and salvation is our faithful, and truthful God. Just go to Calvary and see the evidence of His love for us. Consider that He did not have His Son killed, He did not give us the indwelling of His Spirit, to have us thrown into the fire of His wrath, neither into fiery hell.
Waiting for Him is the best therapy for our faith; the best therapy for our spiritual growth. The best therapy to overcome the spirit of fear, which is roaming around to rob us of our joy and hope in God. YAHSHUA’S blood flowing from the cross to the mercy seat, liberated us when He said, “IT IS FINISHED!” Let’s wait for Him together in spirit and soul by prayer and supplication for those who have not yet experienced His peace and are submerged in the lake of fear today!