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The Son of Perdition

It is becoming more and more evident that we are living in the end times. Regardless on what your doctrinal beliefs are the days ahead are going to be filled with trouble. Personally, I believe in the eminent return of Jesus Christ, first for His invisible church and then preceding the millennial reign of Christ. However, regardless of how you feel about these issues the truth is that God is about to bring judgment on a world in rebellion against Him.

The recent election of Obama and the religious fervor that is surrounding him is ominous for those of us who only worship Christ, have faith only in Christ, have salvation by grace alone, bring glory alone to God and believe that the Scriptures alone are sufficient for faith and practice. There is an almost eerie attitude on the part of his supporters attributing unto him, that which only belongs to God. In this respect and for this reason there are many of us who suspect him of being the man of sin. There are several scriptures that come to mind when thinking about the end times, the passage here quoted is one of them, plus Daniel 9, Matt 24 and several extended verses from the book of revelation. This seems to be an era of destruction not only of the things of God, but also of civil institutions and moral values. A time in which we call that which is good evil and that which is evil we call good.

The time in which Paul wrote the book of Thessalonians was also a time of dread, fear and trouble. However, although he had in mind some events in his day, these were but a near fulfillment of these words. The far reaching effect is to be found in our day.

(2Th 2:1)  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

There are two things that are linked in this verse and need to be kept together and interpreted as a single unit. First is the coming of the Lord or in the Greek the “parousia”, this is used both of His first coming and of His second coming, this word is sometimes translated advent. Second is the word gathering, this word “episunagōgē” means an assembly or collection. When Christ comes to take His believing body of believers unto Himself, it will be a collecting unto Himself of all those who truly believe in HIM.

(2Th 2:2)  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Not easily shaken mentally or troubled about the day of Christ. Even a letter purported to be from an apostle whether it really is or not should not shake the faith of a believer. Through out the history of the Christian faith there have been periods when there was a claim that the Lord has returned. No mater what happens are faith must be in Christ alone, by His grace, to His glory, faith in Him alone and based solely on God’s word.

(2Th 2:3)  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Not easily deceived by current events during the end times. Paul tells us that the day of Christ or the rapture of the church will only be preceeded by an apostasy that uncovers the man of sin, who is the son of destruction. In these days we need to be not easily deceived by what is transpiring around us.

(2Th 2:4)  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The man of sin is going to oppose God, by replacing God with himself. The man of sin opposes God and exalts himself above all of what we would call godly. This goes a step further in his receiving worship that is only to be given to God.

(2Th 2:5)  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

These are things that have been taught for many years starting with the Lord and the apostles. Paul went to great effort to tell the church these things, because of the intense persecution that was being unleashed on the believers.

(2Th 2:6)  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

The man is going to be revealed when that which is holding him back is removed. At the time we know that the man of sin will be revealed following the removal of that which is stopping him. The Holy Spirit at this point in time is the only one stopping the revealing (uncovering) of the man of sin.

(2Th 2:7)  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

There is something that has not been revealed, but shall be soon. A mystery is something that up to this point has not been uncovered or revealed and that someone has been holding things back from being uncovered.

(2Th 2:8)  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

There is a wicked one who is going to be revealed in the near future to us. This wicked one is the anti-Christ, he both stands in as a replacement for Christ, but also as being in opposition to Christ. The Lord is going to consume them through the Holy Spirit and destroy them at His second coming through the glory of God.

(2Th 2:9)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

This man of sin is filled with the power of Satan. This anti-Christ is indwelt by Satan and is working through the power of Satan. This is accompanied by signs of it being the real thing, even though it is not the real thing, but it is a lie. Lying wonders are only going to prove that it is not of God, but of the wicked one.

(2Th 2:10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

There are those who do not love the truth and the truth is that which is necessary for salvation. Those that are perishing are unrighteous and ungodly, because they have not received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. These deceived ones show evidence of not having the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and thus not being saved.

(2Th 2:11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

The Lord has many times in the past let unbelievers have their delusion and believe the lie many of these, but what about evolution. Many in our day are believing a lie and are under the delusion that they are believers when they are not believers.

(2Th 2:12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

There is a curse that goes with those who have not believed the truth, but enjoyed pleasure. We live for pleasure and recreation. Since they have not believed the truth and have set themselves in enjoying the pleasures that accompany unrighteousness.

(2Th 2:13)  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Our standing before God is based on progressive sanctification or development in sainthood, plus believing the truth. The believers in the early church are such, because they have been chosen to salvation and set apart by the sanctifying ministry of the Holy Spirit. Belief in the truths of God’s word leads to the five great solas of the the Christian faith.

(2Th 2:14)  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The gospel is a very personal and important part, since he has chosen us to be in Christ for the purpose of gloryfying of Jesus Christ. If you have not believed the gospel, then it is impossible to understand what the Christian faith is all about. This means it is impossible to understand how come that Christ only needs to be preached and faith in HIM is the only answer to a world gone astray.

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Written by tfheringer

November 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

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  1. Please understand that I am not suggesting that Obama is definitely the Anti-Christ. Only that what is happening is ominous when compared with Scripture concerning the end times. Obama meets some of the requirements, but not necessarily all of them at this time. The scary thing going on is not just Obama, but the whole worlds attitude towards him and the preparations for a Global community. As I said in my primary point is that we need to be prepared, by knowing Christ as personal savior and then always resorting to God’s Word for protection, prayer for guidance and faith for our daily walk.

    Thomas

    November 17, 2008 at 11:24 am


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