2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
2 Brothers and sisters, we want to ask you something. It has to do with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It concerns the time when we will go to be with him. 2 What if you receive a prophecy, report or letter that is supposed to have come from us? What if it says that the day of the Lord has already come? If it does, we ask you not to become easily upset or alarmed. 3 Don’t let anyone trick you in any way. That day will not come until people rise up against God. It will not come until the man of sin appears. He is a marked man. He is sentenced to be destroyed. 4 He will oppose everything that is called God. He will oppose everything that is worshiped. He will give himself power over everything. He will set himself up in God’s temple. He will announce that he himself is God. 5 Don’t you remember? When I was with you, I used to tell you those things. 6 Now you know what is holding the man of sin back. He is held back so that he can make his appearance at the right time. 7 The secret power of sin is already at work. But the one who now holds that power back will keep doing it until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the man of sin will appear. The Lord Jesus will overthrow him with the breath of his mouth. The glorious brightness of Jesus’ coming will destroy the man of sin. 9 The coming of the man of sin will be Satan’s work. His work will be seen in all kinds of fake miracles, signs and wonders. 10 It will be seen in every kind of evil that fools people who are dying. They are dying because they refuse to love the truth. The truth would save them. 11 So God will fool them completely. Then they will believe the lie. 12 Many will not believe the truth. They will take pleasure in evil. They will be judged.
Who is the lawless one????
To be honest over the ages many have claimed it is this person or that.
I have no idea!
But what I do know is that the manner of my life is what will keep me away from the deception of the enemy and the lawless one. “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”
You and I need not fear, we do not need to be concerned – what we need to do is stay close to the truth – God’s Word and practice it.
How powerful is God’s Word that it keeps us safe!
Father help me to stay true to Your Word, reading, meditating and living it every day!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta