1Thess 5:9, 2Thess 2:13 – When Salvation is not Salvation

Deliverance as salvation
We talk about salvation so much as personal salvation when we become born again. There is another major kind of salvation as deliverance in the Millennium that easily is relegated to the background. There is a similar deliverance for the saints in The Rapture. Understanding this deliverance will make a critical difference in the interpretation of a number of Scriptures.

Ps 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Ps 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Amos 9:11-15 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Jer 30:3,7-11,18,22-24 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
7Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
10Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
22And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.

Hag 2:6-9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

The deliverance of Israel from their enemies is a common theme in the minor and major prophets. As seen in the Scriptures above, salvation as deliverance is a common understanding.

Deliverance salvation by the rapture

1Thess 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Thess 5:9 contains language that could easily imply that our personal redemption and salvation is something that has not been secured yet, that it is to be obtained some time in the future.  It could also be misconstrued to suggest that God has sovereignly selected some to escape the wrath of Hell.  Put together, this would suggest that one’s salvation is secure by God’s sovereign choice but that it doesn’t occur until the future, that we are not currently saved.

However, in the context of 1Thess 4,5 the wrath that is spoken of is that of The Tribulation. If we understand salvation as deliverance, not as personal redemptive salvation, then the interpretation becomes clearer. We are not going to experience the Tribulation but will be delivered from it in The Rapture. We have a similar passage in 2Thess 2:13-14

2Thess 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here, chosen to salvation is not a reference to God’s sovereign predestination to salvation. In the context of the problem of the Thessalonians, Paul is repeating what had been stated in 1Thess 5:9. Because we have been sanctified, or set apart, because of our belief in the truth, we are destined to be delivered and the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ – a resurrected body (See Eph 1:3-14 – The Security of Our Glorious Inheritance).

 

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