I have been studying this passage for almost fifty years. That is his promise. What the apostle is underscoring through all this is that the Day of the Lord has not yet come. We have already listed a number of these -- drugs, alcohol, perverted forms of sexuality, gambling, adulterous affairs, etc. Linked with this is a word that can only be translated "disturbed." Where do you stand? He said he hails from Tynawald but his true form is in heaven where God abides. iHarare - iHarare is Zimbabwe's Loudest Internet Newspaper! And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth [the word of God uttered by the lips of Jesus]; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. Perhaps someone in their assembly had uttered a prophecy or had interpreted a passage of Scripture to the effect that the Day of the Lord had come. Practical application: We do not make any progress in this area. Man, 38, who claims to be a 'witch' is charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of Georgia mother Leila Cavett, 21, whose two-year-old son was found alone in a Florida parking lot I no longer have the same desires now that the Lord has come into my life." That phrase "out of the way," when translated literally, is, "becomes out of the midst." There is only one other person called by that name in the New Testament and that is Judas, the betrayer of our Lord. A man in Russia who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ has amassed thousands of disciples who believe he is the Son of God. In a viral video clip, the man who was interviewed by Pachopisa TV said he was the creator of heaven and earth just like God. Zimbo man claims to be God. Jacob Michael Bortz, Brevard County Sheriff's Office. You can yet turn to Jesus, and be redeemed, and so belong to that crowd who, not because of their own righteousness but because they have trusted in the righteousness of Another, will be caught up to be with the Lord before the great day of trouble begins on earth. He went into depth explaining on what he termed the beginning where spirits roamed freely on the earth until they decided to choose one spirit whom they would call the ‘Everlasting’ aka God. There is more humility in this than any supposed claim to greatness, but people do not understand the inner meaning. As a matter of fact, as we will see in a moment, he does say to them that Christians will be raptured before the tribulation, but he does so in a very guarded and hidden way. If any one will open the door, I will come in to him [or her] and will eat with him," (Revelation 3:20 RSV). Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. Does the Lord come for his church before the great time of trouble that is coming; does he come in the middle of it; or does the church in fact go through the tribulation and Jesus comes at the end. The coming [literally the parousia, "the presence"] of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Last updated on February 27th, 2019 at 04:58 pm. 2:3-4 and Dan 9:36-37 (see below) the Man Antichrist is clearly revealed as the ‘Opposer of God’ who himself claims to be THE God. Proclaims himself as the "Appointed Son of the God" not direct to the point as the "Begotten Son of the God" in 1985. It is the strange secret of universal evil. His claims were not made from a selfish motivation, but rather every claim helps us to know who He is and how He meets the deepest needs of our hearts. Rather it is the word oido, which means "to know by insight, by inner information." There needs to be great care exercised in this area. In Verses 9-12, we have a description of the methods of the Man of lawlessness. But the words do not mean that! It is currently the home of the television presenter Va… He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But did Jesus claim to be God as Christians believe? In the letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches us that the desires of our flesh are opposed to the desires of the Spirit, and the Spirit's desires are opposed by the flesh, in order "to prevent you from doing what you would," (Galatians 5:17b RSV). Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Just as God would not destroy the earth until Noah and his family had entered the ark (a picture of being "with Christ"); and just as God would not rain judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, despite their terrible evil, until Lot and his family had first been removed; so God will not begin the last terrible judgment upon this earth until the church has been removed. It is humanism, the worship of man, in its ultimate form. But the result is not, as the RSV text has it, that they were "shaken in mind or excited." That is a much debated and controversial question. He also claims that … In the wilderness of Siberia over 5,000 people have flocked to a group of small towns named Petropavlovka to meet with Vissarion, a.k.a. In a really bizarre tale, a Zimbabwean man is claiming to be God himself. It is the lie that says, "You can be God in your own world. Now why would a pretribulational Christian think that? Moriah? Perhaps, as Paul himself suggests, a letter purportedly written by him was read saying that the day of the Lord's wrath had arrived. But even if he had not I feel they would have known. Some of us here are closely associated with a number of Jews in Jerusalem who have committed themselves with all their lives and possessions to rebuilding the temple. This can be put another way. (Revelation 19:20-21 RSV). Why is it that as the centuries go by we have made zero progress in curing human wickedness? For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be." Some of them are real (because, if there are some counterfeit, there are also some real) but many of them will be counterfeit. I learned later that something had occurred so that they all had run outside, but the room was strewn with papers, and books were lying open on tables with every evidence of having just been used. He has been dead for four days when Jesus comes and raises him from the dead. If we ask how did they know, the answer, of course, is that Paul had probably told them when he was with them. That is why society falls apart. That, says the apostle, will become a world-wide condition under the influence of this evil person who is called the "Man of lawlessness." The question that needs to be asked at this point, therefore, is, what is that restraining power? It is because something is restraining them! Upon investigation they discovered that the rest of the family and some of their friends had disappeared. But this is the way evil is working here on our Peninsula right now. That is exactly what Jesus said. When a man acknowledges his servitude to God, he is aware of his being a servant. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 RSV). Back in the '30's when I was a young Christian, I read a book that was very popular among Christians entitled, In The Twinkling Of An Eye. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. Once I entered a room where I expected to find a group of Christians, only to discover that no one was there. That is what this phrase, "his appearing and his coming" actually says. Fifth, this opens the door for the ultimate delusion: They will believe what Scripture calls "the lie." I've missed it!" 2 Thes. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 RSV). I have read all the arguments pro and con, and while I will not try to share all of that information with you I will try to point out, as we go through Verses 1-12 of Chapter 2, why I believe the Scriptures teach that the church will not go through the great tribulation, and why I reject the arguments of the post-tribulationalists. RayStedman.org/permissions. Thus, the person we have presented here is the long expected antichrist, the false Messiah, or the "Hopelessly Lost One," which is what the phrase "the son of perdition" means. The 56-year-old claims to be the Second Coming of … We are still wrestling with the problem just as people wrestled with it five thousand years before Christ. The fact that Paul does not say this makes them feel sure the apostle had taught them a post-tribulational coming. They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! That is "the lie," and that is what people everywhere today are believing. (The same word is translated "alarmed" in the RSV of Mark 13:7) They were not excited and jazzed about the coming of the Lord. But we are not dealing with the question of the millennium this morning but with the question which has been a battleground through the centuries: Will the church still be here on earth during the great time of trouble? They thought the rapture had occurred and they had somehow missed it and now the Day of the Lord had arrived. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. If the Day of the Lord had come you would not be here; you would have been raptured." There are many people who believe themselves to be Christians, but they really are not. But I am the living word of God the father. As a result, the Jewish leaders tried to kill Him because in "calling God his own Father, [Jesus was] making himself equal with God" (John 5:18 NIV).In John 8:58 Jesus went so far as to use the very words by which God revealed Himself to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).To the Jews this was the epitome of blasphemy, for they knew … And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Now let us get this clear. Do you love him and follow him? Does he run your affairs? How these words are translated will go far toward determining what position one takes regarding the rapture. Paul goes on to say there is a mystery of evil at work in our world. I am nothing.” “ I am God ” is not a claim of great pretension, it is a claim of extreme humility. Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the sabbath. Accept We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Rather they were scared out of their minds! If we look at it that way, then what Paul is proposing to discuss here is: At what point does our assembling to meet Jesus come in that series of events? In John 11:25 Jesus claims He is the resurrection and the life. The question this raises is, What would make them feel that way?" There is a mighty power at work that restrains evil in believers, and, through believers, it is at work restraining evil in the world. It reminds us of Paul's word in First Corinthians 15 where he says of the church, "We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye," (1 Corinthians 15:51b-52a). 2:3-4 But when we remember that the word parousia means "presence," not "coming" (although it is frequently translated "coming"), it suggests a series of events during the whole of which time Jesus is present. They are also the light of the world for while they are in it they relieve the terrible darkness of the world by means of the Holy Spirit. I thought to myself, "Oh! There is a force that is restraining it. This man takes his place in the temple as a desolating sacrilege. There are also premillennial, postmillennial and amillennial viewpoints, which deal with the question of whether there will be a millennium or not. That suggests that having already been taught that Jesus would not come until the end of the Day of the Lord, they were excited that he was now about to appear. Paul tells the Thessalonians that he had told them about this when he was with them. We cover the latest in Zimbabwean and neighbouring South Africa. It was sweaty palms and white knuckles all the way! They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. What is it about our race that makes it so difficult to correct the conditions that destroy it? A Malawian man identified as Overtone Makuta claims to be god with his followers praying to him and calling him their creator. Moreover, in Thes. What Paul is saying, then, is that the unmistakable sign that the Day of the Lord has begun is that the "Man of lawlessness" (or, as the King James Version renders it, "the Man of sin"), has been revealed, and the great worldwide apostasy that he will lead has started. First, if he claims to be God and yet in fact is not, he has to be a madman or a lunatic. The reason is that every born again Christian knows what it is that restrains evil. In every claim Jesus made, we find a promise for us. That is why many of the commentators agree that this refers to the Holy Spirit in the church. And it is a mistake to see Jesus as God. All evangelicals agree, however, that only these three possibilities exist: a pre, mid, or post tribulational coming. Open that door to him now for he is prepared to save you from the wrath to come. I am without existence, pure non-existence. In Verses 3-5 we see how he handles this situation. The Old Testament prophets had described it as a day of distress and anguish, ruin and devastation. It says in Verse 7: "... only he who now restrains will do so until he is out of the way." I must also point out that there is considerable evidence that the word that is translated "rebellion," or "apostasy" (as some versions have it), should more properly be translated "the departure." There is no need to tell the Thessalonians; they already know! I believe that, even today, I could ask any young Christian the question, "Since Christ has come into your life, have you found anything that restrains evil in you?" Paul evidently was unsure exactly what had brought on the agitation they were experiencing. They claim to show God's hand at work, but they are either psychologically or demonically inspired. It is interesting that the word the apostle employs here for "know" is not the word ginosko, which means "to learn by experience." In one video shared widely online, his followers are seen laying out clothes on the road for him to walk on. KZN man claims to be Jesus Christ Wednesday 5 June 2013 - 4:20pm Eshowe - An Eshowe man who claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ is being accused of tearing families apart. The phrase literally says, "you were shaken out of your mind." ... and channels his unused sexual energy to internal communication with God. Something had started them thinking that the terrible "day of the Lord" had already begun and that they were already going through it. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. © 2021 - iHarare News. We come to a passage now where we must confront the question of whether the church will go through the great tribulation. The reference here, therefore, is but a footnote to what he had already taught them. Those who saw and wrote about Jesus called him the Creator of the universe. We would say they were driven out of their wits; they were (in the vernacular) "all shook up!" It is, then, still the day of grace! Moses says that God identified him as the Messiah during a dream in 1992. Notice five things are stated: First, its origin is Satan, at work behind the scenes. All Rights Reserved. The point before us now is, that the pious soul feels it has claims on God, and may plead those claims in prayer before him. Our Lord but utters a word and the Man of lawlessness is destroyed. It is because the time has not yet come. He is responsible for the utterly gut wrenching Jonestown Massacre in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978. With his beard and flowing robes, the man, whose real names is Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, looks the part. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God … But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. I have even felt that way myself. What that answer conveys is that the Holy Spirit has come in, and, thus, God himself dwells within him. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 RSV). They say, "If it is true that Paul had taught them that the Lord was coming before the Day of the Lord, then he would simply have said to them, 'You would not be here if the Day of the Lord had come.'" When the church through whom the Spirit works to restrain sin is removed -- the Spirit is not removed, merely his restraining instrument -- then begins the work of the Lawless One. He took Ruth Anne Preece as his second wife and she had three children named Glory, Power and Hallelujah. The apostle's response to this question is, "You know what it is." abraham Abraham Muchesa ananias Ananias … When our Lord said to the disciples in the Upper Room, "One of you will betray me," every one of them responded, "Lord, is it I?" Second, if he is neither God nor a lunatic, he has to be a liar, deceiving others by his lie. The Man Who Claims To Be Jesus. The apostle is uncertain of what caused this agitation. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. These verses describe the way evil works in our world today; it will be made world-wide in that day. Then it dawned upon them that the rapture had occurred, the true church had disappeared, and they were left behind. By Ted Thornhill 11:32 08 May 2014, updated 14:46 08 May 2014 If the Lord was not coming until the end of that time of trouble, then they could now count on his soon coming and they became excited in anticipation that Jesus himself was about to appear. Why is this? Further details of this are given in Revelation 19: And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet [this is the Man of lawlessness] who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image. They were scared out of their wits and turned white with fear. Beginning in Verse 6 the apostle gets to the heart of his comments: And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 RSV). the Teacher. Believers are the salt that preserves this world from decay and corruption. MORE STORIES; Man who claims to be God and the 'head of the KKK' charged with murdering his father just months after moving home. Do you listen to his words? 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