STAND FAST

Believers prepare for the “apostasy” and the coming “man of lawlessness” by “standing firm” in the apostolic tradition.

Having explained the coming “apostasy” and “man of lawlessness,” Paul then provided instructions on how believers avoid the coming deception and find themselves standing “blameless” before Jesus when he “arrives with all his holy ones.” And above all, they must “stand fast” and cleave to the teachings received from the apostles.

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LAWLESS ONE DESTROYED

Jesus will destroy the works of the “Lawless One” and “paralyze” him at his “arrival in glory2 Thessalonians 2:8-12.

Next, Paul explains how Jesus will deal with the “lawless one” at his “arrival.” In doing so, he employs language from Daniel’s vision about the “little horn speaking great things.” Originally, that image represented the Seleucid ruler who attempted to destroy the Jewish faith through deceit and persecution, Antiochus Epiphanes.

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UNTIL REVEALED

The mystery of lawlessness is at work even now preparing the way for the Lawlessness One2 Thessalonians 2:5-7.

Paul has explained why the “Day of the Lord” has not commenced. Two events must precede it, the “apostasy,” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” Now, he will describe the “mystery of lawlessness” that has been operating behind the scenes to set the stage for the “arrival” of the “son of destruction” who will oppose God and employ “signs and wonders” to deceive many.

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SEATED IN THE SANCTUARY

Prior to the return of Jesus, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed when he seats himself in the “sanctuary of God”2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

According to Paul, Jesus will not return until two events take place, the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” The two are inextricably linked. This malevolent figure will cause many believers to apostatize. And not only will he be “revealed,” that unveiling will take place “in the sanctuary of God” where he will “sit down.”

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SON OF DESTRUCTION

Many Christians will apostatize when the “Lawless One,” the “Son of Destruction,” seats himself in the “sanctuary.”

As Paul explained, the “Day of the Lord” will not arrive until the “apostasy” occurs and the “man of lawlessness” is unveiled. He will take his seat “in the sanctuary of God” and oppose “all that is called god.” In addition to the “lawless one,” the Apostle labeled him “the son of destruction.” Is there significance in this double appellation or is it for stylistic purposes?

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THE APOSTASY

Repeatedly, the New Testament warns of the coming “apostasy” that is linked to the future man of lawlessness.

To the church at Thessalonica, Paul explained that the “Day of the Lord” will NOT commence until “first,” the “apostasy” occurs, and second, the “man of lawlessness” is revealed, two events that are inextricably linked. In this statement, Paul is reiterating the warning found elsewhere in the New Testament that originated with Jesus.

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