BIBLE: II Thessalonians Chapter 2 – Headline “Coming and Going”

Falling Away: A Departure

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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II Thessalonians 2

The Great Apostasy

II Thessalonians 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

The coming of Jesus Christ is at the end of the seven year tribulation.

II Thessalonians 2:not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of (the Lord) Christ had come.
II Thessalonians 2:Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin (lawlessness) is revealed, the son of perdition,
  • “the falling away” is debated by many for its possible meanings:
    • The Greek word is apostasia
      1. apostasia g646 a falling away, defection, apostasy
      2. apostasion g647divorce, repudiation
      3. aphístēmi g868 THE ROOT MEANING from G575 and G2476; to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.:—depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.
    • The meaning has been taken to be “a departure” as in “rapture”. For others it means a departure from the truth of scripture. It may also be what is called “a double blessing” ie: a double meaning for two truths at the same time.
  • Judas was also called “the son of perdition”. (John 17:12) Like the “man of sin” (the coming Antichrist) they are both indwelt by Satan.
II Thessalonians 2:who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
II Thessalonians 2:Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
II Thessalonians 2:And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
II Thessalonians 2:For the mystery (hidden truth) of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
  • It is believed that the “He” who restrains is the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believers. When the Holy Spirit is taken “out of the way”, the believers also will be taken “out of the way” since they are sealed and occupied by the Holy Spirit. This taking away is called the Rapture of the believers.
II Thessalonians 2:And then the lawless one (the Antichrist) will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

The lawless one is the coming Antichrist who will reign in Jerusalem during the seven year tribulation. Immediately after the seven year tribulation Jesus returns to earth to destroy the Antichrist and to set up His kingdom.

The Antichrist is described as the “little horn” in Daniel 7:8.

II Thessalonians 2:The coming of the lawless one (the coming Antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
  • Revelation 13:2 Now the beast which I saw (the coming Antichrist) was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
II Thessalonians 2:10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
II Thessalonians 2:12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Fast

II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound (under obligation) to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification (being set apart) by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
II Thessalonians 2:14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle (letter).
II Thessalonians 2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
II Thessalonians 2:17 comfort your hearts and establish (strengthen) you in every good word and work.

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