November 11, 2001
II Thessalonians 1 & 2
v. 7 - “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed” - a visible
manifestation - He who hitherto has been concealed
will be manifested as the Supreme Ruler & Judge
of the world.
“from heaven” “with His mighty angels”
v. 9 - Everlasting damnation - “from the presence of the Lord”
Expelled from the joy & glory - “from the glory of His power”
As the presence of the glorified Jesus will constitute the happiness
of heaven, so banishment from His presence will constitute the
misery of hell, because the soul is then cut off from the source of
all good and of all holiness.
The Rise of Apostasy and Revelation of the Man of Sin
Before the coming of the Day of the Lord there shall be
a great apostasy - until then there is a restraining influence -
The Holy Spirit!!!!!!
When the restraining influence shall be removed, the man
of sin will be revealed accompanied with powers, signs &
wonders of falsehood that will succeed in deceiving those
who refuse the love of the truth.
v. 3 - The Apostasy - a defection, a revolt - rebels-rebellion.
This is not the man of sin for this apostasy precedes his
coming and prepares the way for his advent, not the result
but the cause of his appearance.
How did this happen? How do things get this bad?
and deny their takeover. Secular humanists have been
addressed in the last few Presidential Debates with those
affected denying their existence.
Spiritual apostasy leads a man to moral corruption - the
man of sin could not arise before the Church had fallen
and if he did appear he could have no influence against a
When I was a teenager it would have been impossible in
Humanity was created in the image of God and intended to
the image of Satan & become a haunt of iniquity.
Apostate - a name which belongs to everyone who in the
struggle of life parts from his Christian convictions,
forsakes the Fountain of Living Water and hews out
a broken cistern which can hold no water. Jer. 2:13
v. 4 - As Satan entered into the heart of Judas Iscariot,
the son of perdition, so does he take possession
of the man of sin.
Personification of iniquity - deifier of self.
The obliteration of all Christian interests and the triump
of atheistic malignity - always forcing beliefs on everyone,
doing what they accuse Christians of doing today.
Positivism in our own day has forsaken the worship of a
personal God and betaken itself to worship of humanity,
making it the instrument of the world’s final ruin.
President Bush, this week, talked about fighting those
who are attempting to abolish civilization?
Influence of Scripture like Leviticus 20 and Sermon on
Mount ingrained in society -
Continued on the next page.
Apocalypse - Satan - his own revelation - a great & noble
apostasy forces of unbelief and evil gathering for a mighty
conflict - a great outburst of infidelity, (Bill Bennett’s
book The Broken Hearth), widespread skepticism, a hatred
of revelation, manifesting itself in the life and works of men
of learning and culture, widespread revolt against all forms
of authority, both Divine and human.
A general development of unbelief and lawlessness -
instigated by this man of mighty intellect, great strength of
will, a human Satan, the man of sin, the anti-christ.
v. 6 - The restraint - “what withholdeth”
Just as there was a fulness of time when Christ should
appear - Gal. 4:4, so there is a fulness of time for the
man of sin - a whole series of events that brings him about.
v. 7 - “mystery of iniquity” - lawlessness
When the restraining influence (Holy Spirit) is removed,
the mystery of lawlessness will no longer work secretly,
but will be openly manifested. No longer the mystery,
but the revelation of lawlessness.
Christ said “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of
many shall wax cold”
v. 8 - “whom the Lord shall consume by the word of His
mouth” - the doom of the anti-christ is here announced.
The breath of the Lord is sufficient to overthrown the kingdom
of the anti-christ.
“and destroy’ - annihilate, abolish, reduce to inactivity -
parousia - coming, arrival
epiphany - appearance or manifestation, brightness, shining forth
Used in same sentence - The mere appearance of Christ
will annihilate the wicked!
v. 9 - “lying wonders” - origin, nature, purpose is falsehood.
Miracles of Christ were miracles of truth.
Miracles of man of sin are miracles of falsehood.
Matt. 24:24 - “For there shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall shew great signs & wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.”
The elect are not deceived - I John 3:10,8
v. 10 - works by deceit and falsehood - an impostor.
These are by no means irresistible - only they who perish
They would not receive the truth and as they were prevented
from embracing the gospel - they are led astray by many
errors & delusions.
“that they might be saved” - the result which would naturally
arise from the reception of the truth.
Indifference to the truth is a sign of moral evil!
v. 11 - “strong delusion” - working of error.
Lost in a perfect maze of falsehood.
“damned” - “who believe not the truth”
“but have pleasure in unrighteousness”
Romans 1:16-32 especially 29-32
Not possible to deceive the elect - Mark 13:22
a reiteration of Matt. 24:24
Those blinded to the glory of the gospel are easily
duped - II Cor. 4:3 -
Our consolation when dark problems of life distress
our soul - “the Lord cometh”
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God wills that all men should be saved and come to the
knowledge of the truth. I Thess 5:9