The Man Of Lawlessness
Concerning the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
And out being gathered to Him,
We ask you brothers,
2 Not to become easily unsettled or alarmed
By some prophecy, report of letter
Supposed to have come from us, saying
THAT THE DAY OF THE LORD HAS ALREADY COME.
3 DON'T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU IN ANY WAY,
FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE REBELLION OCCURS
AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED,
THE MAN DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION.
4 HE OPPOSES AND EXALTS HIMSELF OVER EVERYTHING
THAT IS CALLED GOD OR IS WORSHIPED,
AND SETS HIMSELF UP IN GOD'S TEMPLE,
PROCLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE GOD.
5 Don't you remember that when I was with you
I used to tell you these things?
6 And now you know what is holding him back,
SO THAT HE MAY BE REVEALED AT THE PROPER TIME.
7 FOR THE SECRET POWER OF LAWLESSNESS IS ALREADY AT WORK;
BUT THE ONE WHO HOLDS IT BACK
WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL HE IS TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY.
8 AND THEN THE LAWLESSNESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED,
WHOM THE LORD JESUS WILL OVERTHROW
WITH THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH
AND DESTROY BY THE SPLENDOR OF HIS COMING.
9 THE COMING OF THE LAWLESS ONE
WILL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORK OF SATAN
DISPLAYED IN ALL KINDS OF COUNTERFEIT
MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS,
10 AND EVERY SORT OF EVIL
THAT DECEIVES THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING.
THEY PERISH BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO LOVE THE TRUTH
AND SO BE SAVED.
11 FOR THIS REASON
GOD SENDS THEM A POWERFUL DELUSION
SO THAT THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIE
12 AND SO ALL WILL BE CONDEMNED
WHO HAVE NOT BELIEVED THE TRUTH
BUT HAVE DELIGHTED IN WICKEDNESS.
13 But we ought always to thank God for you,
Brothers loved by the Lord,
BECAUSE FROM THE BEGINNING
GOD CHOSE YOU TO BE SAVED
THROUGH THE SANCTIFYING WORK OF THE SPIRIT
AND THROUGH BELIEF IN THE TRUTH.
14 He Called you to this through our Gospel,
That you might Share in the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers,
STAND FIRM AND HOLD TO THE TEACHINGS
We passed on to you,
Whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself
And God our Father,
WHO LOVED US AND BY HIS GRACE
GAVE US ETERNAL ENCOURAGEMENT AND GOOD HOPE,
Encourage your hearts and strengthen you
In every good deed and word.
(2 Thessalonians 2)
The Rebellion that the Apostle Paul speaks of
Is the Falling Away from the Faith,
The Apostasy, that Christ Jesus speaks of
And that the Prophet Daniel speaks of.
(Matthew 24:10; Daniel 8:12)
The One Who currently holds back the Lawlessness
Is the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way
The Rebellion occurs, and the Lawless One,
The Antichrist, is Revealed.
The Antichrist and his Demonic Horde
Perform counterfeit Miracles, Signs and Wonders
And every sort of Evil that Deceives those who are Perishing.
Why? Because they Refuse to love the Truth.
This is in Fact God's Powerful DELUSION,
So that those who Refuse to love the Truth,
WILL BELIEVE THE LIE.
SO THAT ALL WILL BE CONDEMNED
Who have not believed the Truth
But have Delighted in Wickedness.
These are the same people
Who are Delighting in Wickedness today.