Summary: Who is this man of lawlessness and how it relates to the beast in Revelation.
Who is this Man of Lawlessness?
JCC 18.10.09 am
2 Thess 2:1-10
The end times began two thousand years ago
The Christian era is the last era and, therefore, it is the end times
1 Jn 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
One event is the appearance of “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thess 2:3) or anti-Christ
A final personal incarnation of evil who will be overthrown “with the breath” of the Lord Jesus at his coming (2 Thess 2:8)
This event is still to come
Many films out about the end times, 2012 being the latest one
It’s as if the devil is making a mockery out of what will happen, but turning it into an event that man can control, and making everything ok to give a happy ending
What can we do to change or stop this lawless man? Nothing
How can we stop the end coming? We cannot
The power of lawlessness is already presents though not as obviously as it will be
If you think things are bad now, this is mild compared to what will be
“Lawlessness” is opposition to God
Everything that defies the purposes of God in creation - rebellion
Today, Christians are not allowed to pray, to wear a cross, to worship in a church if it affects the residents
A church in London sold off the manse house; the person who bought it sold it on to a Muslim; now that Muslim has just won a court action to stop the church singing praise and worship because he can hear it. Yet we are to put up with calls to prayer bellowing across Cities, street processions by the Sikhs’ etc
“Lawlessness” is at work wherever human beings “refuse to love the truth” (2 Thess 2:10) and “delight in wickedness” (2 Thess 2:12)
People do not want the truth today
The people live a shameful life
They have no need of God, they have everything
Jesus said it would be like in the days of Noah
Matt 24:36- 39 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
The ark we now have is Christ; in Christ we are saved
Who closed the door? God did, ad he will again
Evil is rampant now, but will get much worse
It is being restrained at the moment
Who is, the one who now holds it back? The Holy Spirit
The Thessalonian believers are aware of whom he speaks about: “During my visit with you,” he reminds them, “I used to tell you these things” (2 Thess 2:5)
Paul’s veiled reference leaves us questioning whose identity it is
It is with the same questions we want to identify this man, beast or anti-Christ