«Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come» (2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2).
IN 2 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2, Paul encourages the church to stand firm in the truth received, and not to allow themselves to be deceived by anything or anyone else. He anticipates that there would be a deviation from the faith, and that the antichrist would manifest himself before the Lord’s Day.
He describes the son of perdition as an arrogant and dominating power that claims to be worshiped, assumes divine prerogatives, and presents himself as if he were the same God.
In a broader sense, this power is identified as Satan himself who has pretended himself to be like the Most High. Satan takes his efforts to an extreme to present himself as God and destroy all who oppose him. He’s active, acting as an accuser and deceiver. Anyone who neglects their communion with God is an easy prey for the deceptions of the enemy, easily giving credence to the lies presented by those who oppose the true God.
How to deal with this experienced deceiver? Paul counsels us to stand firm and live the good teachings received. The Savior and the Comforter as well as the accuser and deceiver dispute the dominion of our minds and hearts. The first does so with strings of love and truth, the second with bonds of deception and lies.
Ellen G. White tells us that when Satan sees that he is in danger of losing a soul, he does whatever he can to keep it and much more when the tempted and afflicted seek Jesus (Testimony Treasures, vol. l, p. 121).
Jorge Benny shares six keys of a victorious experience: How to be successful in life? Pray. How to defeat the devil? Pray. How to overcome trials? Pray. How to overcome temptations? Pray. How to overcome tribulations? Pray. How to overcome persecutions? Pray.
Without prayer we will always be defeated. We need to make prayer our style of living permanently in the presence of God. Our only alternative for victory is to stand next to Christ, praying that the Holy Spirit will grant us wisdom to recognize lies and the strength to stand on the side of truth.
It is an unfair and unequal fight with guaranteed defeat if we fight alone, however, «if the one in danger perseveres, and in his helplessness casts himself upon the merits of the blood of Christ, our Saviour listens to the earnest prayer of faith, and sends a reinforcement of those angels that excel in strength to deliver him» (ibid).