In 2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 (Concordant Literal New Testament), we read the following:
Paul’s hypothetical scenario involving the unbelievers who were afflicting the Thessalonian believers can be understood as implying that the fate deserved by these unbelievers will be the justly-deserved fate of any unbelievers who, at Christ’s return, will be guilty of having afflicted believers. We can also infer from these verses (in conjunction with v. 10, below) that Paul believed that everyone in the body of Christ will be present for the spectacular event he had in view in this passage, and that believers will be accompanying Christ when he is unveiled from heaven at this time. In contrast with those to whom the Lord will be “dealing out vengeance” at the time of his return, those in the body of Christ will be enjoying “ease” (v. 7).
Elsewhere on my blog, I’ve written in greater depth on the subject of when, in relation to the event described in this passage, those in the body of Christ will begin enjoying the “ease” to which Paul was referring in v. 7 (see, for example, the following study: http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2019/05/before-pangs-begin-defense-of-imminence.html). What I want to focus on for the remainder of this article, however, is the nature and duration of the judgment that we find described by Paul in verse 9.
In verses 9-10 we read the following:
Consider the following argument:
The nature of the “extermination” of 2 Thess. 1:9