In this discussion, I will point out the fact that The self proclaimed apostle Paul, was not the fact of first century Christianity, and in fact, with scriptural evidence, it appears he back tracks or purposely misleads his followers. I will show proof of 1} The second coming of Christ has already happened. 2} Paul did not believe that it did and taught it didn’t. 3} Paul is referring to the Christ in 2 Thessalonians 2.
Though I believe it is important to reveal the actual chronological order of these books, for they are not presented this way in the bible.
James – 50 A.D.First Thessalonians – 52-53.Second Thessalonians – 52-53.Galatians – 55.First Corinthians – 57.Second Corinthians – 57.Romans – 57-58.Philippians – 62-63.Colossians – 62-63.Philemon – 62-63.Ephesians – 62-63.Luke – 63.Acts – 64.First Timothy – 65.Titus – 65.Second Timothy – 66.Mark – 66.Matthew – 67.Hebrews – 67.First Peter – 67-68.Second Peter – 68.Jude – 68.Apocalypse – 68.John – c. 85.Epistles of John – 90-95.
As you can see 2 Thessalonians was written before Luke, but Luke represents a earlier time period than even Paul, when Christ was still alive. Where as Pauls writing were written in time.
1} If Jesus Died, and went to Hades/Sheol for three days, and came back and showed himself in physical form, then that in all addition is the second coming/time.
Luke 24 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
The Man of Lawlessness
2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him,we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4
So in this Paul is writing to the Thessalonians from jail, and look, he is giving a description of Jesus, in accordance to the Pharisees. According to the bible, the Pharisees talked as if Jesus was the lawless one, who is doomed for destruction.
Jesus was though doomed for destruction, and it states it in the book of acts. The most eye opening part is next, and that is verse 4, He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
If that is not the perfect description of Jesus. Also to note that Jesus has exalted himself, even forgiving sins, and healing, commanding angles, and calling them his.
mark 2, 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Luke 17, 20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[c]
Though Paul, at the time this was to take place, was a Pharisee known as Saul. So that being the truth, who exactly is Jesus talking to again? So who is deceiving who? Did Jesus rise from the dead, and appear, in physical body, a second time, after he had lived and died once before?
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
Paul is combining what the Jews believed the Messiah was, vs, what the Greeks wanted the Christ to be. There is evidence showing that Paul might of been back tracking on some preaching he had done before, see at this time, Paul was in prison, he had committed crimes against the Jews, the temple and Caesar, and it seems some damning information or evidence got through to the high courts and Paul was convicted, so then in this letter to the Thessalonians he back tracks on what was written before, or even preached.
In this discussion I used scripture from the bible to iterate the fact that Paul created Christianity, with out really believing in the Christ.
I would like to reference Hyam Mccoby, author of “The Mythmaker” Paul and the invention of Christianity.
I would like to thank Jeff Daugherty, the Christian whistleblower. A ex Pastor, bible college graduate, 20 years of working in the three biggest protestant religions in the world, with over a 100,000 hrs of biblical study. He actually pointed this out, and shared the point, I am just elaborating.