Paul warned the church that the lawless one would come and be destroyed on the day of the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 2.5 – Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
When Paul was in Thessalonica, he taught the church about the return of the Lord. His letter reminded them of what he had taught because false prophets were troubling the church.
In today’s environment, there are many conflicting views about the return of Christ. If we will study the Bible and seek to follow Jesus with all our hearts, we will be in the best position to welcome his coming.
The Mystery of Lawlessness
Paul told the church that the lawless one must be revealed before the day of the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 2.6-7 – And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time comes.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed.
The “mystery of lawlessness” refers to something that is hidden, but will be revealed.
In his book, “The Screwtape Letters,” C. S. Lewis writes:
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence.
“The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
“They themselves (the devils) are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”
The lawless one desires to operate in hiding. He would prefer that society disbelieves in evil and the evil one.
Jesus noted that evil people prefer to conduct their lawless deeds in the dark.
John 3.19-20 – And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
The Lawless One Exposed
In the end, the lawless one and his schemes will be exposed. Satan, his methods, and his followers will be destroyed at the return of Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2.8-10 – And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders,
And every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
There are items of curiosity in this passage that many attempt to answer. The most important message is to recognize the destiny of the devil and the people who align their lives with him.
Isaiah described God’s judgment on those who serve the evil one.
But with righteousness he shall judge for the poor
and decide with equity for the oppressed of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. (Isaiah 11.4)
The most important conclusion we can derive from these verses is to know that God can be trusted with the future.
— People who are devoted to Jesus have a future that is assured by Jesus’ victory. They will form a welcoming party to usher Jesus’ second coming.
— People who have rejected a life with Jesus and have aligned their lives with the lawless one also have an assured future. They will be a part of the judgment reserved for Satan because they have served him.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. Please join us in our study on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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