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Man of Lawlessness - Disinformation

Disinformation about the “day of the Lord” caused alarm among many in the congregation at Thessalonica  –  2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 .  In Thessalonica, Paul addressed a claim that the “ day of the Lord had set in ,” which had disturbed members of the congregation. The rumor was spread either by a “ spirit ,” word ( logos ), or letter, “ as if by us .” In addressing this, Paul listed two events that must occur  BEFORE  the “ arrival ” of Jesus. First, the “ revealing of the man of lawlessness ”; and second, the “ apostasy .” - [ Photo by David Jusko on Unsplash ].

The Apostasy

Repeatedly and consistently, the New Testament warns of the final “apostasy” that will occur prior to the return of Jesus .  To the church at Thessalonica, Paul explained that the “ day of the Lord ” would  NOT  commence until, “ first ,” the “ apostasy ” occurred, along with the “ revelation ” of the “ man of lawlessness , the son of destruction .” And in his description, the two events are inextricably linked. In doing so, he was reiterating the warning found elsewhere in the New Testament, one that originated with Jesus - [ Photo by  Irina Iriser  on Unsplash ].

Standing Fast

Believers prepare for the “apostasy” and the “man of lawlessness” by “standing firm” in the Apostolic traditions   –   2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 .  Having presented the information on the “ apostasy ” and the “ man of lawlessness ,” Paul provides instructions on how the Thessalonians are to avoid the coming deception, and thereby, find themselves standing “ blameless ” before Jesus when he “ arrives with all his holy ones .” Above all, they must “ stand fast ” in the teachings received from the Apostle - [ Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash ].

Spirit of Antichrist

The Antichrist is a deceiver intent on destroying the church through deception, apostasy, and if necessary, persecution .  In many interpretations, the  Antichrist  is a global political leader bent on world domination. In the end, this may be the case. However, Jesus and the Apostles expressed far more concern about the many deceivers that would practice their trade within the church . For that matter, in passages about the Antichrist , the concern is about his deceptions aimed at the “ saints .” - [ Photo by Mark Williams on Unsplash ].

City of Abraham

OVERVIEW – New Jerusalem is populated in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham to “bless all nations” in the Promised Land – Revelation 21:24-22:5 . The Book of Revelation concludes with a beautiful picture of the immense and glorious city of “ New Jerusalem ” populated by the “ innumerable multitude ” of men redeemed by Jesus from every nation, the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham of “ land ” and of “ blessings to all the nations of the earth ,” all “ purchased by the blood of the Lamb ” - [ Photo by Mindaugas Vitkus on Unsplash ].

Season is at Hand

According to the first verse of Revelation , the book is the “ revelation of Jesus Christ ” for his “ servants ,” who are identified as the “ seven churches of Asia .” Its contents concern “ what things must come to pass soon .” The unveiling of this information is vital because the “ season is at hand ”; therefore, “ blessed is he who reads, and they who heed the words of the prophecy .” With the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the season of the end has commenced - [Photo by LuAnn Hunt on Unsplash].