Pamphlet #5148 KC2Thes3-1
NEVER EVER forget the clear and precise statement Paul gave us in 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 3.
It is a statement so simple that it can be understood by even the most basic reader.
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?
Would you like to know a MYSTERY, something which is unknown to most people because they have never read the scriptures with understanding or without the preconceived traditions of men distorting their comprehension?
That man of sin, that son of perdition Paul said will be revealed, will be REVEALED to the world AS JESUS CHRIST, not some bad dude who goes around killing people!
Therefore, the mystery is that the FIRST Jesus who appears will actually be Satan, the false-christ, 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!
Do you now see why the any-moment Rapture Theory is such a dangerous doctrine?
It sets people up for the fall, even the great falling away, doesn't it?
In today's study we will examine some of the reasons why people will be so convinced he is Jesus Christ!
Let's get started.
2 Thes. 2:5
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
We know that the apostle Paul was an Hebrew scholar (Acts 22:3) and that he "reasoned with them [the Thessalonians] out of the scriptures" as it is written in Acts 17:2.
Therefore he would have been very familiar with the words of Daniel, whose prophecies concerning the false-christ parallel those of John in the Book of Revelation and Paul here in 2 Thes. 2.
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.
He will sit in the temple and blasphemously claim that he is God himself, i.e. that he is the Messiah returned, when in fact he is Satan, the "instead-of-Christ".
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.
Couple that with Satan's supernatural abilities to perform great signs and wonders in the sight of men, and just like that, in one day's time, Christians all over the world will begin to worship the "dragon", the "religious beast", the "vile person", the "devil", "antichrist", "the son of perdition", as if he were Jesus Christ.
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 Biblical documentation that the son of perdition is coming FIRST, before the real Jesus Christ returns and we gather back to Him.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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