Paul gives thanks to God for a people who remain steadfast in perilous times. This holy remnant will rise up against the spirit of antichrist and stand strong. They will never be overcome. On the contrary, they will overcome the world, the flesh and the wicked one!
"But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you . . . because God from the beginning chose you for salvation. . . . Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught. . . . Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work" (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17).
This holy remnant loves the truth and are not afraid to be reproved. They examine themselves in light of God's Word, letting it pierce them to the very marrow. Beloved, if you keep your heart open to the truth—if you continue to love God's Word—the Lord will establish you.
"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity” (Psalm 125:1-3).
The antichrist spirit has a rod, signifying authority. But his power and reign will not be over you because you are part of God’s holy remnant.
"I have written to you . . . because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one" (1 John 2:14).
"And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith" (1 John 5:4).
Let the spirit of antichrist come. You will not be moved, because you will be firmly established on the truth of God's Word. You will be found in God's house, worshiping from a pure heart, and your faith will overcome all that the enemy brings against you.