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Summary: Continuing our examination of the Man of Lawlessness we explore the weapons of the enemy and how to defeat him using the only weapon we have ... the Word of the Lord!

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A Study of 2 Thessalonians, Part 3

2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Introduction

- I’ve broken this down into 5 areas; all are very fascinating topics:

-- 1. Living in Thanksgiving

-- 2. (Last Week Part 1) The Anti-Christ

-- 3. Standing for the Lord

-- 4. Praying for others

-- 5. Warning against standing around (idleness)

- When we look at each of these they are all enough to make a believer cringe

- It is one of those short letters that seems harmless; until we see Paul’s intent

- APP: The msg is simple: To glorify Jesus and reform us to following Him alone

In studying the man of lawlessness we identified several key points to remember

1. Matthew 24:26-27 discusses the return of Jesus

2. We are encouraged to not just “believe what we hear”; but look it up!

3. Deception is the VERY best tool that the enemy uses (v3)

- APP: To exalt himself above everyone; b/c he is indwelt with Satan

- This stems completely from his jealousy of who God is; and who he isn’t

- Tonight we will complete the study of this man; preparing us to explain to others

- Stand and read 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

- Pray

Point 1 – Remember the Teaching

- If you remember from last week we had a handout regarding the temple

-- APP: The temple has not been rebuilt; so his rise is not imminent

- The anti-Christ will put himself in God’s temple; in Jerusalem; to be worshipped

- This is his desire, and the abomination that causes desolation is simply:

-- The worship of idols that take the place of God’s worship

- The anti-Christ will desire one thing only and that is all people’s worship

- 5: Reference to previous teachings …

-- Paul’s reminder again to the believer is very clear: REMEMBER!

-- Paul has been teaching for years now, and even in this church he taught

-- His encouragement is to remember the exaltation of Christ

- We haven’t studied this yet, but a few pages back we see Paul’s teaching

- Look at the return of Jesus clearly predicted: Read 1 Thess 4:16-18

-- “Encourage each other with these words”; take heart … remember!

-- The return of Jesus will not be missed, so let’s not be swayed by rumor

- 6: God is the restrictor of Satan; nothing happens without his permission

-- Job was not tested without permission (Job 1); God had to allow Satan

-- Peter was not sifted without permission (Luke 22:31, ““Simon, Simon, Satan has -- asked to sift all of you as wheat.”)

- Some even want to question the bible’s validity here and ask questions like:

- “Well, how can the Bible tell everything? Jesus didn’t know his return …”

- Yes He did, he answered that one also: No one but the Father knows (Matt 24)

- 7: The revelation of the man of lawlessness

-- Satan and his followers have always been in the world

-- From the Garden until today; there is always going to be deception

- Satan is not totally taken out of the way until the binding in Revelation 20

- He is put in bondage for 1,000 years, and then finally defeated by Jesus

- 8: It is important to remember that the victor will always be Jesus

-- Revelation 19:15-16, “Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

- 9-10: What are the works of Satan?

-- The works always have been, and always will be deception and anti-God

-- John 8:44, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

- TRANS: Now, his deception brings about the current problem with today’s world

- 11: What is the delusion?

-- The delusion is exactly what Satan wishes to convince us of

- Let me tell you of a story of a fictional event that never really happened

- A council of demons gathered together for a business meeting of their own

- The only item on the agenda was to discuss “how to deceive man best”

- 1 demon suggested telling man that the Bible was not true

-- Several agreed and thought this would be best

- Another demon suggest telling man that God is not real

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