Have you been taught that Christ may return
at any moment;
it's not true.
There is something that must happen first!
2 Thes. 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;
Your minister or pastor, maybe,
would not purposely lead you astray,
but maybe he has blindly followed after the traditional teachings of the church,
which have the appearance of being good,
just as you have followed after him?
Don't let anyone tell you that
the day of Christ is at hand,
i.e. that Jesus Christ can return at any moment!
They are "in the dark",
void of accurate Biblical knowledge,
and they will be caught off guard,
when the true Messiah returns.
Remember the Apostle Paul said
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21)."
Paul was not,
neither did he believe he was,
nor did he attempt to,
exempt himself from the
"proving and the testing".
It is written in Acts 17 that
the Bereans checked him and Silas out every day!
He said "let no man deceive you
by any means,
for that day (the day of Christ's return) shall NOT come
until there is a great apostasy when the man of sin,
the son of perdition is revealed."
How can anyone read that sentence
and still think
Christ can return at any moment
when that man of sin has not been revealed?
Therefore, the mystery is that
the first Jesus
who appears will actually be Satan,
the antichrist, the imposter, the false messiah,
but the whole world with the exception of those who
have the seal of God (His Word) in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4)
will believe that he is the real Jesus Christ and will worship him as God!
That is the Great Apostasy!
It sets people up for the fall,
even the great falling away.
Most people will be convinced Satan is Jesus Christ!
2 Thes. 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.
And he shall speak great words against the most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the most High,
and think to change times and laws:
and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The "times and decrees"
that he will think to change
is to convince people that Jesus Christ has returned
(before it is time),
i.e. that it is the time of the 7th Trump
when in fact it is only the 6th.
That will be easy for him considering
that most people are expecting Christ to return at any moment,
thanks to the "vision" of the Rapture Theory.
Again, that is the "Great Falling
Away" from the true Christ
which Paul speaks of when the son of perdition is revealed!
So we now know from irrefutable
that the son of perdition is coming FIRST,
before the real Jesus Christ returns
and we gather back to Him.
The question is,
What is keeping Satan from being here now?
2 Thes. 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
Paul says "you know what is keeping
him from being here already;
for he can only come when his time is ready" (Living Bible).
The Greek word for "withholdeth"
in verse 6 is "katecho" which means to hold fast,
to hold back, to retain, etc.
Take a Strong's Concordance and look up the many verses in which this word is used.
katecho, kat-ekh'-o, Greek 2722; from Greek 2596 (kata) and Greek 2192 (echo); to hold down (fast),
in various applications (literal or figurative) :- have, hold (fast),
keep (in memory), let, × make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.
However, he will soon "stand
up" (Dan. 12:1)
and cast Satan and his angels out of heaven to the earth (Rev. 12:7-19).
Oh, you thought Satan was here on earth now?
Who told you that? (See Eph. 6:12.)
Rev. 12:7 And there was war in heaven:
Michael and his angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not;
neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:
he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
And when he is REVEALED,
when he is cast out from heaven by the one who is now holding him back, i.e. Michael,
he will come as the Messiah returned,
looking just like the Lamb,
and will "deceive the whole world" into believing he is Jesus Christ.
That IS the great tribulation
It will be a time of peace and prosperity (Dan. 11:24) for all,
but it will be the greatest time of spiritual trouble ever
and will mean "spiritual death" to MANY!!
You see, the magnitude of this event as recorded by Daniel
will be "such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time... (Dan. 12:1)."
Yes, we are talking about angelic
coming to earth along with Satan when he is cast out!
Here is what Jesus said concerning
when the "abomination of desolation",
the abominable desolator, i.e. Satan,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
stands in the holy place claiming to be God:
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,
no, nor ever shall be.
 And except those days should be shortened,
there should no flesh be saved:
but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
These guys are really, really good at what they do best, which is to lead people astray!
 Then if any man shall say unto you,
Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Do not believe it.
So if you are still in the flesh,
know from the Word of God
that Jesus Christ has not returned.
 For there shall arise false Christs,
and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Satan and his angels are masters of deception.
Want an idea of how good Satan is?
Get a load of this trick:
Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders,
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles
which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
saying to them that dwell on the earth,
that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
In other words, just as politicians
and "stars" have public "images",
which is how the world perceives them
but which is often totally different than how they
the beast's image, i.e. Satan's public image,
will be that he is Jesus Christ.
He will cause people to worship that image,
in other words to worship him as Jesus Christ, which is his image.
2 Thes. 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.
mystery = musterion, moos-tay'-ree-on, Greek 3466;
from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth);
a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) :- mystery.
Note: The word "letteth" in verse
which is also "katecho", the same word as "withholdeth" in verse 6,
is a transitive verb in this verse, which simply means that an object must be supplied.
Since the subject is Satan, the
son of perdition,
the object must be his place in the heavenlies which we have already shown
is where Michael is "holding him back" (Rev. 12:7).
That's really too bad because
the Holy Spirit will not only be here during Satan's reign,
but as it is written in Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, the Holy Spirit will speak through God's elect,
like the example given on the first Day of Pentecost following the crucifixion,
when they are delivered up to antichrist.
Do not listen to nonsense and theories blindly repeated by the blind.
Study the Word of God as it is written and become mature.
Here is a little clearer translation to help understand verse 7.
2 Thes. 2:7 As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes,
it is already going on,
but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back
steps out of the way. (Living Bible)
2 Thes. 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:
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mark13:13....;but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
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