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 2:3-Two Signs Will Take Place Before The Coming Of The Lord

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3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction WEB

“Let no one deceive you in any way.” The Scripture strongly warns us not to let anyone convince us to go against what is already written.

“For it will not be” Christ will not return until these two events first take place…

  1. The rebellion-The fallen away from sound doctrine in churches will occur in masses. Many people who claim to follow Jesus will start to go against the very Scripture that they claim to embrace.
  2. The man of sin-The antichrist will emerge on the world stage and his fame will start to gain momentum. 

When these two signs appear, know that our redemption is very near, right at the door.

For a deeper study on the rapture, click on this link: The Rapture, Pre-Trib Or Post-Trib?