2 Thessalonians 2:6-The Antichrist Will Be revealed In God’s Timing

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6 And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time.

“And so you know what holds him back” This must refer to the Holy Spirit as the man of lawlessness (the antichrist) will not be allowed to start his reign until a powerful person gives permission.

The Lord has a time table and everything will occur according to His timing.  

2 Thessalonians 2:5-Paul Is Reassuring The Church That They Are Not Left Behind

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5 Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you.

Paul is reminding the church in Thessalonica of the teachings that he taught them while with them. He was reassuring them that they were not left behind because of the falling away (apostasy of false believers) and the Antichrist hasn’t arrived on the scene yet which precedes the Lord’s coming. 

Side Note: I’m not saying that Christians will go through the Tribulation. I do not believe that according to the Scriptures. Once the great apostasy comes and the man of lawlessness appears into the world stage, Jesus raptures up the church before the start of the Great Tribulation. 

2 Thessalonians 2:4-The Antichrist Declaring To Be God In The Third Temple

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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. WEB

he who opposes” (he) The antichrist will go against the Lord and force people to redirect their worship of God to himself.

exalts himself against all that is called God” Since the beginning, Satan wanted to be exalted to God’s position as seen in the Book of Isaiah

Isaiah 14:12-14

12 How you have fallen from heaven, shining one, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will sit on the mountain of assembly, in the far north! 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!”

The antichrist [the beast] of Revelation will take over the world through force [wars], deceptions, and by controlling its economy [the mark of the beast].

he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.” For the antichrist to sit in God’s temple refers to a third temple that needs to be built before this event takes place.

Once the third temple is constructed, he will stop the Jewish people from sacrificing in it and will sit behind the veil [the holy of holies] to pronounce to the world that he is indeed God. In Matthew 24:15-16, Jesus said that when you see his [the antichrist] image [Revelation 13:14-15] on the corner of the third temple, run for the mountains to save your lives. That is when he breaks the peace treaty with Israel and forces them to receive his mark and worship only him or face death.