II Thessalonians 2
The apostle reminds them that before the coming of the day of the Lord there should
be a great apostasy, and the man of sin, whose nature and characteristics he had
described to them, should be revealed; but that at present there was a restraining
influence which prevented his appearance. When that restraining influence was
removed, the man of sin would be revealed, accompanied with powers and signs and
wonders of falsehood, and would succeed in deceiving those who were destitute of the
love of the truth. Then would the Lord Jesus Christ come and destroy him by the
breath of his mouth and the appearance of his presence.
This chapter is involved in difficulties; it is the obscurest passage in the writings of
Paul; it is pre-eminently one of those things in his Epistles which are hard to be
understood (2 Peter 3:16).
v. 1 – “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” – the Second Advent
v. 2 - “that ye be not soon shaken (agitated) in mind…..or be troubled (terrified)
…as the day of Christ is at hand”
The Thessalonians ought always to be living in a state of preparation for the day
of the Lord, as that day would come suddenly and unexpectedly; but they were
not to be so impressed with a sense of its immediateness as to be deprived of their
Remember Christ’s teaching from John 14:1-3
v. 3 - “Let no man deceive you by any means”
“that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first” – “the apostasy”
- a religious falling away – a signal defection from the Christian faith. ajpostasi>a,
— ap-os-tas-ee’-ah; feminine of the same as (ajposta>sion); defection from truth and faith
[“apostasy”]: — falling away, to forsake. (taken from Strong’s Greek Dictionary – Ages Digital – used
by permission) Nor must we conceive that the man of sin himself is here meant; for this
apostasy precedes his coming — prepares the way for his advent; it is not the result,
but the cause, of his appearance. The word, then, is to be taken generally to denote
that remarkable “falling away” from Christianity concerning which Paul had instructed
the Thessalonians (compare 1 Timothy 4:1-3). First; namely, before the coming of the
day of the Lord – “and that man of sin;” in whom sin is, as it were, personified, as
righteousness is in Christ – “be revealed.” The apostle considers the man of sin as
the counterpart of Christ; as Christ was revealed, so shall the man of sin be revealed.
“The son of perdition”; whose sin necessarily conducts to perdition; not here the
perdition of his followers, but his own perdition. The same name which was applied
by our Lord to Judas Iscariot (John 17:12).
The Doctrine of Antichrist.
Antichrist is the caricature or counterpart of Christ.
1. He is the man of sin, the personification of iniquity; whereas Christ is the
righteous One, the personification of righteousness.
2. He is the mystery of iniquity; whereas Christ is the mystery of godliness.
3. His advent is announced by the same word as the advent of Christ.
4. His coming occurred in its proper season; so also Christ came in the
fulness of time.
5. His coming is after the working of Satan; whereas Christ’s coming is in
the power of the Holy Ghost.
6. He performs miracles of falsehood, a counterpart of the real miracles
which Christ performed.
He sitteth in the
8. He shows or exhibits himself as God, whereas Christ is the true
manifestation of the Godhead. In short, the kingdom of light which Christ
has established has its counterpart in the kingdom of darkness.
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We are surrounded by many influences tending either to lead us into error
and delusion, or into scepticism and infidelity. We must add to our faith
knowledge, and seek to be rooted and grounded in the faith. The truth
ought to be the great subject of inquiry. Let us cultivate the love of the
truth; let us pursue the truth wherever it leads, lest we should render
ourselves liable to the condemnation of those who “received not the love
of the truth” (v. 10) and believe not the truth, but have pleasure in
unrighteousness (v. 12); and lest we should be led from error to
error, and be lost in a PERFECT MAZE OF FALSEHOOD.
v. 4 – “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God”
He is antichrist – the opponent of Christ. And yet antichrist is not Satan, the
great adversary (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10), for he is expressly distinguished
from him (v. 9), but the instrument of Satan. As Satan entered into the heart of
Judas Iscariot, the son of perdition, so does he take possession of the man of sin.
And exalteth himself above; or rather, against, in a hostile manner.
(See Daniel 7:25, 11:36-39)
“sitteth in the temple, showing
himself that he is God” -His sitting in the
of God was an assertion of his divinity; he claimed to be regarded and worshipped
as God. This was the crowning act of his impiety; not only, like the Roman emperors,
he demanded to be worshipped as one of many gods, but he claimed to himself the
prerogative of the Godhead, not only to the exclusion of the false gods of heathenism,
but even of the true God.
Wherever the scene of this marvelous usurpation may be, it signifies the
obliteration of all Christian interests and the triumph of atheistic malignity
but it will become the instrument of the WORLD’S FINAL RUIN!
In reality, to man, the antichrist is no better than the idols mentioned in
Psalm 135:15-18! His speaking, his seeing, his hearing and his breathing,
although a step above man-made idols, are abused and prostituted for
evil purposes. Those who follow receive ETERNAL DAMNATION.
v. 6 – “what withholdeth” - the Holy Spirit – a restraint upon the appearance
of the man of sin. Compare the precedent set before the flood when God
said “My Spirit shall not always strive with man” - Genesis 6:3
“might be revealed in his time” (antichrist) - literally, in his season; in his
proper time, the time appointed by God. Events were not yet ripe for his
appearance. Just as there was a “fullness of time” when Christ should
appear (Galatians 4:4), so there was a “fullness of time” when the man
of sin should be revealed; there was a series of events going on which
would culminate in his revelation.
v. 7 - “until He be taken out of the way” – (the Holy Spirit)
Ver. 7. — For the mystery. “Mystery” here denotes something which was
unknown or secret before it was revealed (comp.Ephesians 3:3-5). So
also one of the names of
namely, this apostasy which shall precede the coming of the man of sin.
(Compare Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:12) The genitive here is that of
apposition — “that mystery which is lawlessness,’’ whose essence and sphere
of operation is lawlessness. Doth already work; or, is already working. The
mystery of iniquity even now works in secret; but the man of sin himself will
not appear until the restraining power be removed. Even at the time the apostle
wrote the seeds of apostasy were already sown; the leaven of lawlessness was
fermenting inside Christianity; the foundations of a false Christianity were being
laid. Thus the apostle warned the Ephesians that false teachers would arise from
among themselves; to Timothy he writes of those perilous times which
were then present; and, in his Epistles, mention is made of false practices
and doctrines, such as the worship of angels, abstinence from meats, bodily
mortifications, and the honor conferred on celibacy. So also John, in his
First Epistle, refers to this working of this antichristian power when he
says, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist
shall come, even now are there many antichrists ....Every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this
is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and
even now already is it in the world” (1 John 2:18; 4:3). “Antichrist does
not step on the scene suddenly without any preparations; on the contrary, a
stream of anti-christian sentiment and conduct pervades the whole history
of the world” (Olshausen). (i.
e. American Civil Liberties
on churches and morality issues under the guise of “separation of church and
state, etc. – Yahnig) Only he that now letteth; or, restraineth, the
old meaning of the word “let.” Will let. These words are not in the original,
and ought to be omitted. Until he be taken out of the way. The whole
clause ought to be rendered, “The mystery of lawlessness is already
working, only until he who restraineth is removed;” when that takes place,
when the restraining influence is removed, the mystery of lawlessness will
no longer work secretly, but will be openly manifested.
Ver. 8. — And then; namely, so soon as He that restraineth is taken out of
the way. Shall that Wicked; or, that lawless one, in whom the mystery of
lawlessness is realized; not different from, but the same with, the “man of
sin, the son of perdition.” Be revealed; appear unveiled in all his naked
deformity. No longer working secretly, but openly, and in an undisguised
form; no longer the mystery, but the revelation of lawlessness. The apostle
now interrupts his description of the man of sin by announcing his doom.
Whom the Lord; or, as the best attested manuscripts read, whom the Lord
Jesus. Shall consume; or rather, shall slay (R.V.). With the spirit (or,
breath) of his mouth. Various interpretations have been given to this
clause. Some refer it to the Word of God, and others to the Holy Spirit,
and suppose that the conversion of the world is here predicted; but this is
evidently an erroneous interpretation, as the doom of antichrist is here
announced. Others refer the term to a cry or word, and think that the
sentence of condemnation pronounced by the Lord Jesus on the wicked is
intended. But the words are to be taken literally as a description of the
power and irresistible might of Christ at his coming — that the mere breath
of his mouth is sufficient to consume the wicked (Isaiah 11:4, “He shall smite
the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay
the wicked”). And shall destroy (or, annihilate) with the brightness (or,
appearance) of His coming. The two words, epiphany and parousia, which
are elsewhere used separately to denote the coming of Christ, are here employed.
There is no ground for the assertion that the first is the subjective and the second the
objective aspect of Christ’s coming (Olshausen). The brightness of Christ’s coming
is not here expressed; but the meaning is that the mere appearance of Christ’s
presence will annihilate the wicked.
Ver. 9. — The apostle resumes his description of the man of sin. Even
him; not in the original, but necessary for the sense. Whose coming. The
use of the same term, parousia, employed to denote the coming of Christ
exhibits the counterpart of the man of sin. Is after the working —
according to the energy — of Satan. Satan is the agent who works in the
man of sin; he being the organ or instrument of Satan. With all power and
signs and lying wonders. The adjective “lying” ought to be rendered as a
substantive, and applied to all three: “With all powers and signs and
wonders of falsehood;” whose origin, nature, and purpose is falsehood.
Here, also, the counterpart to Christ is manifest; for the same terms —
“powers,” “signs,” and “wonders,” are employed to denote his miracles
(Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:4). The miracles of Christ were miracles of
truth; the miracles of the man of sin would be miracles of falsehood. The
“miracles and wonders and signs” which God did by Christ are to be
parodied by the power and signs and wonders which Satan will work
through the agency of the man of sin – ( a form of “voodoo karaoke” C. Y.) –
There does not seem to be any essential difference between powers, signs, and
wonders; but the words are employed as a mere rhetorical enumeration. It
is not to be supposed that the man of sin will be enabled to perform real
miracles; they are the wonders of falsehood; but still by them his followers
will be deceived (Matthew 24:24).
Ver. 10. — And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness; or rather,
with all deceit of unrighteousness (R.V.); either with all deceit leading to
unrighteousness or with all deceit which is unrighteousness. The man of sin
works by deceit and falsehood; and by means of imposture and wonders
and high pretensions he will succeed in imposing on the world.
Lies of Satan leading to unrighteousness. “With all deceit of
unrighteousness.” When men entertain false views, especially of the
character of God, there is an easy transition to unrighteousness. There are
many ways in which they can persuade themselves, that they may exercise
liberty in their manner of living. They do not need to pray to God; they do
not need to read God’s Book; they do not need to keep God’s day; they do
not need to be strictly honorable in their transactions; they do not need to
make sacrifices for others. It is enough that they keep up an appearance of
probity and purity, and, it may be, of religion, before men. They can leave
all their failings to the general mercy of God.
Unrighteousness leading to destruction. “For them that are perishing” -
From unrighteousness there is a necessary, though, it may not be, an
immediate, transition to destruction. When men do not observe the rules
which are laid down for them by God, they are contending with God, and,
contending with God, they cannot in the end succeed; for God is stronger
than they. There were those who were perishing in their unrighteousness in
Paul’s day. And there are still those who seem to be perishing in their
The energetic power of the man of sin is, however, by no means irresistible;
only they who perish will succumb to it. “Resist the devil and he will
flee from you” (James 4:7) - Study how Jesus resisted him – (Matthew 4:1-11)
“In them” - In the best manuscripts the preposition “in” is wanting; therefore
the words are to be translated for them or to them. “That perish” –
(2 Corinthians 2:15); because they received not the love of the truth. Not
only did they not receive the truth when it was offered them, but, what was
worse, they were destitute even of a love of the truth. By the truth here is
meant, not Christ himself, as some expositors think, but primarily the
Christian truth, and secondarily the truth generally. There was in them a want
of susceptibility for the truth, and thus not only were they prevented embracing
the gospel, but they were led astray by numerous errors and delusions. That
they might be saved. The result which naturally would arise from the reception
of the truth.
Christianity is the most reasonable, most beautiful thing in existence.
But when men are in a state of judicial blindness, they do not see its
reasonableness and beauty; they believe men who lie about it, and treat it
with indifference, or disdain, or hatred. This can only lead on to their being
judged and condemned, the ground of their condemnation being their not
believing the truth especially about Christ, but taking pleasure in
unrighteousness. Let us see, then, that we accept the great offer from God
not taking darkness for light, and evil for good.. Let us especially be open
toward Christ and toward the efficacy of his blood,
Ver. 11. — For this cause; on account of their being destitute of a love of
the truth. God shall send them; or rather, God sends them; the present
being chosen because the apostasy had already commenced, the mystery of
lawlessness was already working. Strong delusion; or, a working of error
(R.V.). These words are not to be weakened, as if they meant merely that
in righteous judgment God permitted strong delusion to be sent them; the
words are not a mere assertion of judicial permission, but of actual
retribution. It is the ordinance of God that the wicked by their wicked
actions fall into greater wickedness, and that thus sin is punished by sin;
and what is an ordinance of God is appointed by God Himself. That they
should believe a lie; or rather, the lie, namely the falsehood which the
man of sin disseminates by his deceit of unrighteousness. Being destitute of
the love of the truth, they are necessarily led to believe a lie — their minds
are open to all manner of falsehood and delusion.
Ver. 12. — That; in order that. The statement of purpose depending, not
upon “that they should believe a lie,” but upon “God sends them a strong
delusion” — denoting a still more remote purpose of God. God, as the
moral Ruler of the universe, will pronounce sentence of condemnation
against them, this sentence being the necessary result of their receiving not
the love of the truth. Its reception would have been the cause of their
salvation; its rejection results in their condemnation. They all might be
damned; or rather, judged (R.V.). The verb employed does not here, or
elsewhere, express the idea of condemnation, though this is implied by the
context. Who believed not the truth; namely, the Christian truth; their
unbelief of it was the consequence of their want of love of the truth, and
was the cause of their being judged. But had pleasure in
unrighteousness. Their delight in unrighteousness was wholly
incompatible with their belief in the truth; their want of faith arose, not
from any defect in their understanding, but from the perversion of their
moral nature. (Compare Romans 1:32 – especially “have pleasure in
them that do them)
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Satan’s antichrist will stamp falsehood upon the whole system (politically,
economically, religiously, etc.) and will use superhuman craft for the
MISGUIDANCE OF MEN. Guile marks his whole career, and
unrighteousness is the aim and result!
Here the description of the man of sin concludes.
THIS IS TO WHAT THE EXCLUSION OF THE TRUTH LEADS!
Proverbs 29:18a - “Where there is no vision, the people perish” -rather,
cast off restraint, become ungovernable, cannot be reined in (Exodus 32:22, 25).
“Vision” (chazon), prophecy in its widest sense, denotes the revelation of God’s
will made through agents, which directed the course of events, and WAS INTENDED
to be coordinate with the supreme SECULAR AUTHORITY. The prophets were the
instructors of the people in Divine things, standing witnesses of the truth and power
of religion, teaching a higher than mere human morality. The fatal effect of the
absence of such revelation of God’s will is stated to be confusion, disorder, and
rebellion; the people, uncontrolled, fall into grievous excesses, which nothing but
high principles can restrain. (IN THIS INSTANCE CHURCH-STATE RELATIONSHIP)
v. 13 – “God hath from the beginning” - The phrase, “from the beginning,
does not denote “from the beginning’ of the gospel,” but “from eternity.’’
The apostle refers the salvation of the Thessalonians to the eternal
election of God. Chosen you to salvation — the final purpose of God’s
election. Through; or rather, in, denoting the elements in which the
salvation consisted, or, which is the same thing, the state into which
they were chosen. Sanctification of the Spirit — the Divine side — and
belief of the truth — the human side of the element in which the
salvation was realized.
v. 14 – “He called you” - Whom God elects from eternity, he calls in
time. To the obtaining (or, acquisition) of the glory of our Lord
Jesus Christ - “to be possessors or sharers in the glory of
Jesus Christ.” Believers are constituted “heirs of God and joint
heirs with Jesus Christ.” - Romans 8:17
(ADDITIONAL NOTES ON THE ANTICHRIST AND THE EFFECTS OF
THERE IS A MAN OF SIN. The Bible does not ignore the awful depths of
human wickedness. It is dreadfully significant that this evil being is a man,
not a devil. Humanity, which was created in the image of God and intended
to be a
haunt of iniquity. As good works through human sympathies, so does evil.
A bad man is more dangerous than a fallen angel, because he is nearer to
his fellow men.
The “man of sin” could not arise before the Church had fallen, nor if he
had appeared prematurely, could he have had any power against a
THE MAN OF SIN PRECEDES THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST!
Paul does not encourage us to look for a gradual, unbroken progress of
Christianity. Christ even wondered whether He would find faith left on
the earth at His return. (Luke 18:8)
CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN WHEN HE IS MOST NEEDED!
“the mystery of iniquity (lawlessness) - We are not to expect to be able to
understand all the forces and influences with which we are surrounded. It is
enough that we are in the hands of God who knows all, and trusting in
Christ who can lead us safely through the darkness.
His character. He is a person, a man of mighty intellect and giant
strength of will, who will take advantage of a general development of
unbelief and lawlessness, and gain for a time a widespread sovereignty. Sin
fills his being; it becomes, as it were, incarnate in him; it dominates his
entire personality. He is “a son of perdition” like Judas (compare the
common Hebraism, “a son of death”), destined himself to eternal death,
involving in utter death ALL who follow him. He is an adversary, a HUMAN
SATAN. Such a man the world has not yet seen. There have been many
outbursts of wickedness, many evil men in the long course of history have risen
to sovereign power; but no one yet has combined in himself all the characteristics
ascribed to the man of sin in this Epistle.
THE RETRIBUTION THAT OVERTAKES THE VICTIMS OF THE
MAN OF SIN. “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved.” The causes of the success of the man of sin are first
described on the side of man and then on the side of God. The whole case
is one of just retribution.
A. The Sin of the Perishing.
(1) The truth was that which brought salvation near, disclosing at once
their need of a Saviour and the readiness of Christ to save them.
(2) They did not receive it, though it was offered them, but rejected and
(3) They rejected it because they had “not the love of the truth.” Without
this love, the truth will do us no good; it must be received into the heart as
well as the head.
THE PENALTY OF REJECTING THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH IS
INCAPACITY TO KNOW TRUTH FROM ERROR. God punishes men
in this condition by sending “them a working of error, that they should
believe a lie.” This is an awful fate. Truth is too precious a pearl to be cast
before swine. They who do not love it shall not have it. Liars become
incapable of knowing truth. The habit of indifference to truth so grows
upon some people that the whole idea of truth becomes obscure and
meaningless to them, and they ask with Pilate, half bewildered, half
scornful, “What is truth?” Is not this a veritable destruction — the
spiritual eye blinded and burnt out by the fires of falsehood and
unrighteousness; the highest intellectual faculty, that of grasping truth,
killed by corruption and falsehood? God save us all from this hideous
B. The Divine Retribution for the Sin of the Perishing. “And for this cause
God is sending them an inner working error, that they should believe the lie” of
the man of sin. They rejected the truth of God; God will, as a judicial,
punitive infliction, send them blindness so that the error of the man of sin
will be received as truth. “A terrible combination when both God and Satan
are agreed to deceive a man!” There is a double punishment here.
(1) They will actually believe the lie of the man of sin. Sin often in the
moral government of God is punished by deeper sin. Those who care
nothing for the truth are easily seduced into the worst errors. Men will at
last become so perverse as to call “evil good, and good evil.”
(2) They will be finally judged for the pleasure they have taken in
unrighteousness. “That all may be judged who believed not the truth, but
had pleasure in unrighteousness.” It follows:
(a) That error is not an innocent thing. It has practical issues of the most
(b) That it is a fearful perversion of the human soul to take pleasure in
what God hates.
(c) That God allows the sin and madness of men to develop themselves to
their fullest extent.
(d) That God in this way will be finally justified in their judgment; He “will
be justified in his speaking, and shall be clear in his judging” (Psalm 51:4).
The antichrist will work miracles, but they are by the energy of Satan, wonders
of falsehood. They are not mere deceptions, they are real miracles; but they are
the works of him who is the father of lies; and they are lies, inasmuch as they are
intended to mislead men into worshipping him as God who is the
personation of Satan, the liar from the beginning. Lies, too, they are,
because they are the signs of a power which is only a miserable imposture,
which must soon end in death and ruin. Our Lord has warned us
(Matthew 24:24) of false Christs and false prophets whose signs and
wonders should be so startling as to deceive, if it were possible, the very
elect. The false prophet, the second beast, of the Revelation – ch. 13:13 - doeth
great wonders, so that he maketh fire to come down from heaven, and deceiveth
them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he hath
power to do. Then there may be, there will be, false miracles, lying
wonders. Miracles alone do not always prove the agency of God, but
miracles with holiness, works of faith issuing out of a life filled with the
presence of God. The blessed life of Jesus Christ our Lord is a mightier
miracle than the physical wonders which he wrought. A life of perfect
purity and transcendent holiness in the weakness of human flesh, amid all
the temptations of this wicked world, is to us a more convincing proof of
the Divine mission of Christ than the signs from heaven would have been
which the Jews so often asked for. The Church must expect the coming of
lying wonders; she must stand unshaken amid all the developments of
Satanic energy. The elect will not be deceived, for they will recognize the
notes of antichrist, “all the deceivableness of unrighteousness;” they will
remember the warnings of Holy Scripture: “Whosoever doeth not
righteousness is not of God,” “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning.”
IV. ITS RESULT.
1. He deceiveth them that dwell on the earth; not the elect — the souls of
the righteous are in the hand of God; but those who have not been sealed
with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance, the
pledge of that seal of the living God which his angel shall one day set upon
the foreheads of his chosen. But there are, alas! those that are perishing,
who have not passed from death unto life through faith in the Son of God,
but still abide in death. Such men the man of sin, the lawless one, deceives
and engulfs in his own utter destruction.
2. Their own wilfulness is the cause of their ruin. “God is not willing that
any should perish.” The true light lighteth every man. It came to them, but
they received it not. They received not Christ. He is the Truth, and He is
Love. He came into the world that the world through Him might be saved.
But they received not him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. They
had no love for the truth, no desire for it. They were quite indifferent to the
truth, though their conscience told them that it was the truth; they were
worse than indifferent, they rejected it. They might have been saved; the
truth would have made them free. They might have been sanctified through
the truth; for the truth of God, received into the heart, hath power to
cleanse, to purify, to save the soul. But they loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.
3. It ends in judicial blindness. God’s Spirit will not always strive with
man. In His awful justice He gives over to a reprobate mind those who
persevere in disobedience. He sendeth them a strong delusion, a working
of error. As virtue is its own reward, so sin is its own punishment. Eternal
sin (see Mark 3:29 in the best-supported reading) is the fearful end of
the obstinate sinner. That hardening of the heart, in which habitual sin must
at last result, is ascribed in Holy Scripture sometimes to God, sometimes to
the sinner himself, sometimes to the deceitfulness of sin. They are different
modes of expressing the same law of God’s government. He has so
ordered our moral nature, that sin, when it is full grown, bringeth forth
death. He lets the rebel have his own will; He leaves him to be “lord of
himself, that heritage of woe.” The Spirit is withdrawn at last from those
who vex, grieve, resist, His gracious influences. But there is something
more awful still. Not only did the Spirit of the Lord depart from Saul, but
“an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” God Himself sends at the last,
in his most awful justice, the strong delusion, the inner working of error. It is
the last state, worse than the first; after which comes that dreadful
sentence, “It is impossible… to renew them again unto repentance.” (Hebrews
6:4-6) This thought gives a most terrible significance to every act of wilful,
unrepented sin; every such act brings a man nearer (how near he cannot tell) to
that most awful state whence there is no repentance. Then comes judicial
blindness; the light that was within them becomes darkness. They would
not believe the truth of God, now they believe the lie of the man of sin. It is
the judgment of God. We see indications of it from time to time in the
credulity of unbelief. Men who reject the Bible are sometimes ready to
believe anything except the Bible; they will greedily accept any legend, any
scientific hypothesis, though evidently not more than a provisional
hypothesis, which seems to contradict the Bible; they will deify humanity,
they will worship the idol which is the creature of their own thoughts
rather than the living God. This unbelief sprang out of sin; they “had
pleasure in unrighteousness.” There is such a thing as honest doubt; such
were the doubts of Asaph, of Thomas. But unbelief in a very large measure
comes from moral causes. Sin darkens the heart and the mind; sin always
leads to practical, often to intellectual, unbelief. “Every one that doeth evil
hateth the light;” he walketh in darkness; he seeth not the coming
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See Romans 1:19-23 and Galatians 6:7-8
WE NEED TO BEWARE LEST WE BE A PART OF THIS “APOSTASY”
AND ANTI-CHRISTIAN SYSTEM!
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE FORCES OF UNBELIEF AND
EVIL ARE GATHERING THEMSELVES FOR A MIGHTY CONFLICT!
AS SATAN IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF IT – (JOHN 8:44) , SO
THE ANTICHRISTIAN MOVEMENT, WHICH HE INSPIRES, IS
BASED ON LYING!
THERE IS TO BE AN OUTBURST OF INFIDELITY, A WIDESPREAD
SKEPTICISM, A HATRED OF REVELATION, MANIFESTING ITSELF
IN THE LIFE AND WORKS OF MEN OF LEARNING AND CULTURE,
BEING VERY OUTSPOKEN AGAINST ALL FORMS OF AUTHORITY!
REMEMBER HOW THE SITUATION WILL BE HANDLED - CHAPTER 1:7-10.
The Lord Jesus shall destroy him, and that in an instant, when He cometh. He
needs only to speak the word of power; the breath of His mouth shall sweep the
adversary into that perdition to which he was appointed. The manifestation of His
coming, the very sight of the awful Judge, shall slay the wicked one. This must be
our consolation when the dark problems of life distress our souls — “the Lord cometh.”
Then shall come the assured triumph of righteousness, the crowning victory over all the
powers of evil.
THE BREATH OF THE LORD IS SUFFICIENT TO OVERTHROW THE
KINGDOM OF ANTICHRIST AND TO BAFFLE ALL HIS PRETENTIONS!
His first work was difficult, involving His death. His last work will be
Divinely simple, and yet sublimely successful.
May God bless these thoughts to our hearts in Jesus Name!