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Hello everyone and welcome to my study on “Where Is the Anti-Christ?”
This morning I was in fellowship with a friend and a brother in Christ, discussing the Anti-Christ. During our conversation he explained to me his fear on a mandatory vaccine and the possibility of the “Mark of the Beast.”
I have been asked this question many times so I thought it would be a good topic to discuss today. So lets see what Gods word says about the appearing of the Anti-Christ.
To cut right to the chase, I believe that the Anti-Christ is alive and well on Earth today but has yet to be “energized” by Satan. I will take you straight to the passage that explains how Anti-Christ will not make his appearance until after the Rapture of the Church takes place.
Lets looks at 2 Thess 2:1-7
1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. -NASB
I cant even begin to explain to you how much information is in this one passage, but I’ll do my best.
Lets first focus on the parts that I bolded in verse 1 and 2. At the end of verse 2, Paul speaks of the Day of the Lord. Whenever the Bible uses this term, it is referring to anytime when God “directly interferes with the affairs of man.” Now we just have to determine which time Paul is referring. Scripture interprets scripture, so therefor we must find in scripture what event Paul is speaking of. If you go back to verse 1, Paul speaks of two events, the “coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (the 2nd coming) and “our gathering together to Him.” (the Rapture)
These are actually 2 parts of one great event (the Day of the Lord) and one happens before the other. 1st the Rapture, followed by a 7 year period of time called the Tribulation Period, then the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. Paul here is just referring to both as one event.
Verse 3 speaks about how this event (here speaking about the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ) will not come unless the “man of lawlessness” (Anti-Christ) is revealed (energized by Satan) on Earth. So now we know that the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ will not happen until the Anti-Christ appears on the Earth. But what about the Rapture? Will the Anti-Christ be revealed before this event? Lets keep going.
Verse 4 says that the Anti-Christ will go into the Temple and claim to be God. So what this reveals is that there will be a Temple standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem when the Anti-Christ is on Earth. As of now there is no Temple in Jerusalem. The last Temple was destroyed in 70 AD by General Titus of the Roman Empire.
If we continue to verse 6, Paul makes an interesting statement “And you know what restrains him now.” The “him” used here is referring to the Anti-Christ. Paul is saying that “something” is keeping Satan from energizing the Anti-Christ. What or who is that something?
Verse 7 helps revel this, “only HE who now restrains will do so until HE is taken out of the way.” Who is this “he” that Paul is referring to? Paul also says that “he” will hold back the Anti-Christ until “he” taken out of the way (meaning removed from Earth).
This opens up so many more questions.
My NASB Bible has a footnote next to this passage in verse 7 which says to refer to 1 Thess 4:16-17. So lets look at these verses now:
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. -NASB
By carefully examining these two verses, we can see that Paul once again is speaking about the Rapture of the Church. When he says “caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air,” this is a parallel verse to “our gathering together to Him” in 1 Thess 2:1 we saw earlier.
But looking at verse 16, Paul specifically mentions the Lord. So the “he” that is being spoken of in 2 Thess 2:7 is referring to God. But wait, we know that right now the Father is sitting on His throne and Jesus is at his right hand (Mark 16:19). So who is going to be “taken out of the way” so that Satan can finally energize the Anti-Christ? The answer is the other part of our God, the Holy Spirit.
So if we put all this together, Paul is telling us not to be afraid or to worry, because right now the Anti-Christ is being held back by the Holy Spirit here on Earth, and will continue to be held back until the Rapture (our gathering together to Him) takes place. That’s when the Holy Spirit will leave the Earth (taken out of the way) with the Church (2 Thess 4:16-17).
The events that will happen in the Tribulation Period will not happen until the Church (Gods chosen Saints) and the Holy Spirit are removed from Earth. Take a look at Revelations 3:10
10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
God will keep His Church from having to go through the Tribulation Period and the events that will take place during that time.
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