he second epistle to the Thessalonians was written soon
after the first. The apostle was told that, from some
expressions in his first letter, many expected the second coming
of Christ was at hand, and that the day of judgment would arrive
in their time. Some of these neglected their worldly duties. St.
Paul wrote again to correct their error, which hindered the
spread of the gospel. He had written agreeably to the words of
the prophets of the Old Testament; and he tells them there were
many counsels of the Most High yet to be fulfilled, before that
day of the Lord should come, though, because it is sure, he had
spoken of it as near. The subject led to a remarkable
foretelling, of some of the future events which were to take
place in the after-ages of the Christian church, and which show
the prophetic spirit the apostle possessed.