Part III of Identifying the False Prophet; the Predecessor of the Antichrist
The only other place in the “real” New Testament that something of this magnitude is spoken about is in 2 Thess 2:1-10:
Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you
2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
5 Don’t you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things?
6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that it may be revealed in its own season.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until it is taken out of the way.
8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;
9 even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
- Foremost in this passage is the mistranslation of the word kurios in verse 2. Kurios means lord, not Christ. The day of the Lord and the day of Christ are completely different.
- Verse 1 tells us the main subject, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him. This is a 2-fold purpose.
- The “departure” in verse 3 is our “gathering together” unto him in verse 1.
- The person of sin, who is represent “destruction” will not be unveiled until after the gathering together, commonly known as the Rapture.
- This person of destruction will come demonstrating counterfeit signs, miracles and wonders.
It is my deduction that the individual Paul is talking about here is the False Prophet that John spoke of in Revelation, because of the lying signs, miracles, and wonders they perform.
What do you think?