2 Thessalonians 2:6-12: Who is the restraint that held back the great apostasy? Who are these ones that have been “at work” since Paul’s day and are still “at work” in our day? Herein these questions are answered and others with two different views.
There are two general questions in regard to the proper interpretation of 2 Thess. 2:1-5; the one is, whether it refers to an individual, or to a series of individuals of the same general character, aiming at the accomplishment of the same plans; and the other is, whether there has been any individual, or any series of individuals, since the time of the apostle, who, by eminence, deserved to be called “the man of lawlessness.”
Jesus was quite clear as to how the world would treat Christians, Matthew 24:9-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 And then many will fall away, will betray one another, and will... Continue Reading →
1 John 2:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; whereby we know that it is the last hour. If we were sitting by the radio, and the newscaster came on to warn us about... Continue Reading →
If one were to ask different Christians what they believe about the Antichrist, there would be different views on the subject. “Dispensationalists look for a future Roman ruler who will appear during the tribulation and will rule over the earth. Those in the Amillennialist School interpret the term symbolically.” It is more than these two... Continue Reading →
2 Thessalonians 2:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth, and wipe out by the appearance of his presence, When we think of the past year, in the news media, we have witnessed atrocious cases of... Continue Reading →
As will be seen a few times throughout, there have been many different views as to who or what the antichrist is or will be. However, we are only interested in the biblical view. For the sake of being aware, we will look at a few other views here in this introduction.
Over 1,900 years ago, the apostle John wrote, “Just as you heard that antichrist is coming.” (1 John 2:18) Fifty-seven-years before that Paul wrote, “let no one deceive you in any way, for it [the day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the... Continue Reading →
2 Thessalonians 2:3-11 Updated American standard Version (UASV) The Man of Lawlessness 2 Now we request you, brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a word or a letter as if from... Continue Reading →
Antichrist: (Gr. antichristos) The term “Antichrist,” occurs in the NT five times. From those five times, we gather this entity is “against” (i.e. denies Christ) or “instead of” (i.e., false Christs) Jesus Christ. There are many antichrists that began back in the apostle John’s day and will continue up unto Jesus’ second coming. (1 John... Continue Reading →