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Women’s Breakthrough Weekend

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18 - 20 Nov

Marriage Breakthrough Weekend

Breakthrough happens when God breaks in and we break forth with Him! God desires that we return to a delightful alignment with Him through community and the Holy Spirit. If you are a married couple in Covenant EFC, do prayerfully join us for this weekend away. 
22 - 24 Oct

Hope Retreat

Covenant CancerCARE is holding its first ever retreat for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Meet God, make friends and have some fun in therapeutic arts and workshops.
10 Sep & 15 Oct

EiC – MiC Forum: Switching Gear, Changing Pace

If you are a male Covenanter above 40 years old, come and hear from brothers who are ahead in their journey on how they navigate the seasons of life by switching gear and changing pace.
15 Oct

Parent-Child Dedication Class

If you have children below 12 years old and considering parent-child dedication, this class is a requirement. Learn about the purpose of dedication,  parents' ownership of disciplemaking, and children's developmental phases.
Sunday, 25 September 2022
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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Wed, 28 September 2022

What Must Necessarily Come First (2)

Observation:

What does Paul say about the man of lawlessness?

Deeper Reflection
THE “MAN OF LAWLESSNESS” WILL APPEAR WITH “THE apostasy” before Christ’s Second Coming (v.3). This “man of lawlessness” is what John calls “the antichrist” (1 Jn 2:18). Paul’s description of the antichrist is parallel to that of the anti-god figure prophesied in Daniel 11:21-45: “who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship…proclaiming himself to be God” (v.4) parallels “he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods” (Dan 11:36); “he takes his seat in the temple of God” (v.4) parallels “[he] will desecrate the sanctuary fortress…set up the abomination of desolation” (Dan 11:31).This Daniel 11 prophecy had its initial fulfilment in Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 169 B.C. when he invaded Israel and “arrogantly entered the sanctuary” and “erected a desolating sacrilege [the abomination of desolation] on the altar of burnt offering”42. In predicting the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, Jesus highlighted “the abomination of desolation…standing in the holy place” to be another fulfilment of the Daniel 11 prophecy (Matt 24:1-2, 15-16). The appearance of the “man of lawlessness” will be the ultimate fulfilment of Daniel 11:21-45. He will come into the church and try to take control of the church by carrying out further deception in it that will lead many to fall away from the faith.43 He will assume so much influence and religious authority in the worldwide community of faith that he becomes like God – the epitome of blasphemy.44So, be spiritually prepared for the coming of the antichrist.
42 1 Maccabees 1:20-21, 54 (NRSV) in the Apocrypha 43 G. K. Beale, 210 44 G. K. Beale, 210
Application:

How do I relate the coming of the man of lawlessness to discipleship?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Nations: To be delivered from the deception of false gods
  • Pray for self

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