1 Thes. 3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

3:2 And

[1] sent Timotheus,

[a.] our brother, and

[b.] minister of God, and

[c.] our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ [the gospel of the Anointed One and His Anointing] ,

[11.] to establish you, and

[12.] to comfort you concerning your faith:


The Church is appointed to afflictions, persecutions, and tribulation


3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions [1 Thes. 1:6]:

[1] for yourselves know that we are appointed [#2749] thereunto.


[#2749, keimai, to lie outstretched, be (appointed, laid up, made, set ), lay, lie (Matt. 3:10; 28:6; Phil. 1:17; 1 Thes. 3:3; Rev. 4:2; Rev. 21:16) (c/p. #5087, 1 Thes. 5:9)]


3:4 For verily,

[1] when we were with you,

[2] we told you before that

[a.] we should suffer tribulation [#2346];

[11.] even as it came to pass, and ye know.


[#2346, thilbo, to crowd, afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble (Matt. 7:14; 2 Cor. 1:6, 1 Thes. 3:4, 2 Thes. 1:6-7) (c/p. #2347, 1 Thes. 1:6)]


Satan is the tempter


3:5 [1] For this cause, when I could no longer forbear,

[2] I sent to know your faith, lest by some means

[a.] the tempter have tempted you [through afflictions, persecutions, and tribulation], and

[b.] our labour be in vain.

3:6 But now when Timotheus came from you of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you: unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance

3:7 Therefore, brethren,

[1] we were comforted over you

[a.] in all our affliction [1 Thes. 1:6] and

[b.] [in all our] distress

[c.] by your faith:

3:8 [2] For now we live,

[a.] if ye stand fast in the Lord.


At the Rapture of the Church Jesus joins the dead in Christ

with those remaining alive to meet Him in the air


3:12 And the Lord make you

[1] to increase and abound in love

[a.] one toward another, and

[b.] toward all [men],

[c.] even as we [do] toward you:

3:13 To the end he may

[1] stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness

[a.] before God, even our Father,

[b.] at the coming [1 Thes. 2:19] of our Lord Jesus Christ [when we see Him and shall be like Him (1 John 3:2)]

[a.] with all his saints [His Church (1 Thes. 4:14, 1 Thes. 4:17)].


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