The 2 Thessalonians 2 End Time Scenario is Now a Reality
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 has been an eschatological source of debate for quite awhile now. Most people believe that it points to the revealing of the antiChrist, but I’m going to stick my neck out a little and say that I disagree.
It’s not that I don’t believe an antiChrist figure will show up in the future – it’s happened before, and it can surely happen again, but this is not what this passage is talking about.
In fact, let me stretch my neck out further and say something that I am sure is going to ruffle a few dispensational feathers.
I believe Paul’s often misunderstood “falling away” has already occurred, and the “man of sin” is being revealed, even as I write this post. Soon, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 will become a thing of the past and the sides will have been chosen.
The question is… which side will you choose?
Before you answer that, I would ask that you read this entire post and “take heed lest ye fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Is it One or Many?
Most of us who have read 2 Thessalonians 2 have been trained to view references to the “man of sin” in the singular. In fact, the text seems to back up this assumption.
- The MAN of sin
- So that HE sits as God
- Showing HIMSELF that HE is God
- Even HIM whose coming is after the work of Satan
But what if the traditional understanding is all wrong?
Look, we’ve all made this mistake. It’s only natural to verbally and mentally regurgitate what you’ve been taught by the people you trust and admire. Even the most astute cemetarians (seminarians) are prone to repeat what they’ve been indoctrinated into by their professors, regardless of whether it adds up or not.
There is rarely any Holy Spirit-inspired revelation… or common sense, for that matter.
The writer of this second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul, (the same guy who wrote Ephesians and the Corinthian letters) was known to use a singular person to refer to a group of people.
The BODY of Christ was made up of many people.
Now ye are the body [soma – G4983] of Christ, and members in particular.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body [soma – G4983] of Christ?
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body [soma – G4983] of Christ:
If you read the BlueLetterBible.org entry for the Greek word “soma” (link), you can see that it can refer to both a singular body as well as a “group” of similar entities.
The “one new man” referred to in Ephesians is also a singular entity made up of many.
…for to make in himself of twain one new man [anthropos – G444], so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
“Anthropos” is also a word that can describe a singular person or a group of people (link). Keep this word in your mind as it appears in our key text.
So my question is this: If we know that Paul had used this wordplay before, where he takes a singular term and relates it to a group of people, why do we assume “the man of sin” in 2 Thessalonians 2 is a singular being?
I’ll tell you why – because we’ve been brainwashed to not even consider an alternative.
Your leaders know that if anything other than a dispensational view were to be applied to this passage, then their facade would be revealed and the whole “church paradigm” would come crashing down upon them. So they silence the few dissenting voices, ostracizing them as rebellious and/or uneducated.
But regardless of the inaction of those who prefer to live like lemmings, and regardless of the boastful arrogance of the cemetery-indoctrinated, this end time scenario is not going to unfold the way it has been taught, and I’ll show you why in this post.
I’m going to go deep in this study… and you’re going to be left with a choice.
I sincerely pray you make the right one.
The Messiah’s Return Has Always Been About Timing
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Paul was writing his second letter to the church of Thessalonica because there were errant mindsets and chatter about the timing of the Day of the Messiah. From this verse, we know that the Day will consist of both His return and our gathering to Him.
Obviously, this is the big event we’re hoping for, right?
The believers back then were no different. Just like us, they couldn’t wait for His return! At the same time, the idea was being circulated that the Day was “at hand.” Paul wanted to assure the flock that there was a series of events that had to happen first.
Are you ready to dive in? OK, let’s look at the first verse in the “meat” of our post with the accompanying Greek words that we are going to check out.
Let no man [tis – G5100] deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasia – G646] first, and that man [anthropos – G444] of sin [hamartia – G266] be revealed [apokalypto – G601], the son of perdition;
First, We Need to Clear Up What “Apostasia” Means
Paul told the ekklesia at Thessalonica that a falling away, an “apostasia” had to happen first.
The traditional view of the definition of “apostasia” is “the catching away of the church.”
The foolishness of this interpretation, in my opinion, doesn’t even deserve attention and takes away from the thrust of this article. But, for those of you who are die-hard pre-trib rapture people, Matthew 24:31 within the context of the entire chapter should squash this error if you have “ears to hear and eyes to see.” (Yes, there’s more verses, I just don’t have time to list them out right now.)
A more reasonable interpretation is exactly what it says here in the KJV – “a falling away,” but this is only partially correct and somewhat misleading.
The Greek word “apostasia” is the feminine form of “apostasion” which means “divorce, or bill of divorce.” (link)
This same word was used in the following verse, describing a forsaking of the Law of Moses (Torah).
And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake [G646 – apostasia] Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
Why is this significant?
The Father Divorced the 10 Tribes of Israel
We read in Jeremiah that God divorced the 10 tribes of Israel because they refused to walk in His Torah. Vine’s Expository Dictionary shows that the Septuagint uses “apostasion,” the masculine form of “divorce,” here.
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce [apostasion]; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Even though the 10 tribes were guilty of spiritual infidelity, it was YHWH, the male figure in the relationship, that initiated this divorce. This was not figurative, the Creator told the prophet Hosea that the 10 tribes, who were once married to YHWH, were no longer His people.
Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
The “Apostasia” and Ignatius of Antioch
But the “apostasia” – the feminine form of “apostasion” – had yet to occur after Paul’s day. This would be a gradual severing of the covenant – a “falling away” – initiated in the perverse minds of evil men and enforced by a wicked emperor masquerading as a believer.
Paul warned the church at Ephesus:
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Paul was prophesying of something that was to happen after his death, and this prophecy was at least partially fulfilled by the overseer Ignatius of Antioch.
After Paul’s death, around 66 AD, Ignatius sent letters to the surrounding assemblies in Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Rome, Philadelphia and Smyrna, making paradigm-shifting changes that would pervert the face of the Faith forever.
We still have the letters from this wrongly-sainted “apostolic father” (who claimed to be a disciple of John) with us today.
In these letters, Ignatius of Antioch:
- Seceded from the Jerusalem Council – (up until then, the authoritative body for the ekklesia in Antioch) and established the individual bishops as the governing authorities. – (Eph. 1:9, 11, 2:1-4, Mag. 1:7, 2:5, 7, Tral. 2:5, 14, Phil. 2:14, Smy. 3:1)
- Abolished the Torah – (Mag. 8:1, Phil. 2:6)
- Changed the Sabbath to Sunday (the “day of the venerable sun”) – (Mag. 3:3)
- Actually coined the term “christianity” – (Mag. 3:8, 11)
- ** Yes, I know the ekklesia was referred to as “christians” in Acts – but the sect was not known as followers of “christianity” until later on. I have more to write on this, but it will have to wait.
Ignatius was one of many who began to “speak perverse things” and “draw away disciples after them.” This was only the beginning of the twisting of the original faith. These “fathers” were the people whom the apostle Peter spoke of when he said:
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked [athesmos – G113], fall from your own steadfastness.
The Greek word “athesmos” means “one who breaks through the restraint of law and gratifies his lusts.” (link)
So we see that those who misunderstand Paul’s epistles, “as they do also the other scriptures,” fall into the error of the one who “breaks through the restraint of law and gratifies his lusts.”
From history, we can see that, right after the main apostles in the New Testament died, people began to misunderstand Paul’s letters more and more, and a rift was formed between Jew and Gentile.
Not because the Jewish believers were “judaizing,” (a misnomer used by those who want an excuse for disobedience) but because of their pride, Gentiles wanted nothing to do with what they viewed as “Jewish customs.”
They boasted against the root that bore them (Romans 11:18), and this has been the way of the so-called “church” ever since.
Constantine Makes Christianity a State Religion
As I stated before, Mr. Ignatius was only the beginning of the “apostasia” (divorce). It would not be until Constantine (272 AD – 337 AD) and his son Constantine II (316 AD – 340 AD) that the divorce process would cross the line of “no turning back.”
Legend has it that Constantine had an encounter with the Most High in 312 AD at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Afterward, he declared himself a “christian” and eased the persecution that many were facing.
The genuineness of his conversion is a subject of great debate, but the fruit of it is evident.
Most people attribute the outlawing of the biblical Sabbath, the replacement of the Feasts of YHWH with Christmas and Easter, the banning of the Torah and circumcision with Constantine the Great.
In my own studies, I find that these deviations from the original faith are divided up between him and his son, Constantine II. It all depends on which history book or article you read.
Nevertheless, one thing is clear.
During the reign of these two emperors, christianity was established as the state religion and many gentile christian “believers” (fueled by Ignatius and the other Apostolic Fathers’ contempt for “all things Jewish”) rose to power and committed atrocities all in the name of the “Christian faith.”
All who adhered to the Sabbath, the Feasts, the Torah and circumcision (until then, still viewed as major components of the covenant with the Most High) were either driven underground or suffered the most violent deaths.
Out of these atrocities rose the religious entity that would be known as the “christian church.” Only it wasn’t the real ekklesia (called-out ones) spoken of in the New Testament, but an imposter that would soon be known as “the Catholic (Universal) Church.”
This imposter would seek to control the world through violence and conquest, putting people to the sword who would not bow to their religious tyranny.
When you read about “christianity” or “the church” in your history books, 95% of the time it is speaking of “the Catholic Church.”
Why all the history when I’m supposed to be talking about 2 Thessalonians 2? Because I don’t want you to keep falling for the foolish dogma that says the “falling away” (divorce) has only occurred recently, or has yet to occur.
No, the great falling away did not happen with the hippie generation, Roe vs. Wade or even prayer being taken out of schools.
These events were merely the fruit of it.
This “falling away” (this departure from covenant relationship with the Father) was in progress even as Paul wrote his epistle to the Thessalonians.
Who is the “Man of Sin?”
OK, so that was a little bit of an historical rabbit trail, but I believe it is necessary to understand this passage. Let’s take another look at verse 3, because I have more to say.
Let no man [tis – G5100] deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasia – G646] first, and that man [anthropos – G444] of sin [hamartia – G266] be revealed [apokalypto – G601], the son of perdition;
In the introduction, I spoke of how Paul would use singular terms to explain an entity composed of many members, remember?
The same word for “one new man” [anthropos – G444] used in Ephesians 2 is used here to describe the man [anthropos – G444] of sin.”
Keep that in mind as you read this passage. So many of the words like “he,” “himself,” and “him” can be translated as “they” and “themselves” but the translators decided to keep it in the singular form, I believe in error.
The word for “sin” in this passage is the Greek word “hamartia” which is also used in the same verse that is the very definition of “sin.”
Whosoever committeth sin [hamartia – G266] transgresseth also the law: for sin [hamartia – G266] is the transgression of the law.
Like the “one new man” who, reconciled to the Father, is a group of people belonging to the “commonwealth of Israel,” having their “transgressions of the law” forgiven them (Ephesians 2), the “man of sin” is a group of people who are identified by “the transgression of the law” – and they are proud of this identity!
This group of people were yet to be revealed during Paul’s day. The word for “revealed” is “apokalypto” [G601] (link). It’s where we get the word “revelation” from, and it means “to lay open what has been veiled.”
I believe this revelation is occurring even now and, by the end of this post, you’ll see why I say that.
Characteristics of the man of sin
Who [ho – G3588] opposeth and exalteth himself [epi – G1909] above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he [autos – G846] as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself [heautou – G1438] that he is God.
This “man of sin” (think plural) was hidden in Paul’s day, but Paul gave the ekklesia a clue as to the characteristics of those who have taken part in the “falling away” (divorce):
This people would exalt themselves above all that is called YHWH or is worshipped.
We know that, during the time of this letter, they only had the Torah and the prophets. They worshipped the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This people would give little to no value to these, but would exalt their own ideologies above what was written at that time.
Think about this for a moment. Who is the temple of God? We are. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
These people would not esteem the Creator of the universe, but rather set up their own image in their heart and exalt him as God.
What, or Who, is Withholding this Revelation
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth [katecho – G2722] that he might be revealed [apokalypto – G601] in his time [G2540 – kairos].
As Paul wrote this epistle, something was restraining the revelation of this “man of sin,” and it is directly related to the “falling away,” or divorce.
People have wracked their brains trying to figure out what it was that was restraining (“katecho”) the revelation (“apokalypto”) of this “man of sin,” but it’s right here in the passage!
Don’t forget that there is a specific time (“kairos”) that this is supposed to happen.
For the mystery [mysterion – G3466] of iniquity [anomia – G458] doth already work [energeo – G1754]: only he who now letteth [katecho – G2722] will let, until he be taken [ginomai – G1096] out of the way [mesos – G3319].
In order to properly decipher this verse, you need to look into the original meaning of the Greek words that I have highlighted and take it within the context of verse 6 and 8, otherwise this will make no sense to you. You need to use your study skills and logic here.
1) Here are the Greek words and what they mean:
- [mysterion – G3466] – hidden purpose, thing, secret, mystery
- [anomia – G458] – the condition of being without law
- [energeo – G1754] – to be operative, be at work, put forth power
- [katecho – G2722] – to hold back, detain, retain, restrain
- [ginomai – G1096] – to become, to come into existence, begin to be, receive being
- [mesos – G3319] – middle, in the midst, amongst
Plug these definitions into their appropriate place in the verse above.
2) Realize that “will let” is italicized. This means that it was not in the original manuscripts; the translators put the words in at their discretion to “assist” you.
3) And this is crucial… realize that the “he” who is doing the restraining [katecho – G2722] is not the same as the “he” that is being “taken out of the way.”
Another thing that strikes me as intriguing is the translated phrase “until he be taken out of the way.” That phrase does not match with the definition of “ginomai” and “mesos.”
If we plug in the meanings of these words, it should read “until it comes into being in the middle,” or “until it receives being in the midst,” or something similar.
So you’re left with a picture of something coming into being in the middle of something else. When I realized this, I instantly thought of the parable of the wheat and the tares.
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among [mesos – G3319] the wheat, and went his way.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among [mesos – G3319] the just,
I do not find it a coincidence that the wheat and the tares grow up together until the end of the age, then when harvest time happens, the tares are found “in the midst” of the wheat, nor do I find it a coincidence that it is because of their lawlessness (“anomia”) that they are thrown into the fire.
…OK, Kevin, bring this back around…
From this information, I came up with the following paraphrase for this verse:
Although it is hidden from us right now, lawlessness is already exerting its influence. The Father, who is keeping this a mystery, will continue to do so until this “man of sin” comes into its fullness and appears obvious.
What is restraining the revelation of the “man of sin?” The “kairos” timing of the Father! The “mystery” in the “mystery of lawlessness” would keep it’s “energeo” hidden until the Father takes it out of the way!
The Torahless Body Revealed
What happens then? The lawless… the people who have rejected the Torah of the Most High would be revealed for who they are.
And then shall that Wicked [G458 – anomos] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
It is at that specific, YHWH-ordained “Kairos” time that the lawless would be revealed. The mystery and the hiddenness would no longer be a factor – they would be coming out of their own little closets.
“Church,” I’m talking to each one of you, you cannot get around the definition of “anomos” (link) here. It means “destitute of Mosaic Law!”
If you are destitute of Mosaic law, you are destined for “perdition” for you have rejected the Kingdom rule, just like Ignatius, Constantine and the pope.
Paul goes into more detail regarding this body of NON-believers.
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Who’s Got the Power?
Your average Bible reader has been trained to assign this punishment to your non-churchgoing sinner. Let me ask… is the devil working with “all power and signs and lying wonders” among the heathen?
Unless you’re deep in the occult, not really.
Does the world outright reject God’s Torah? Are they even familiar with it? Thanks to the church, not really.
No, this punishment, this condemnation is applied directly to those who have had the opportunity to be a part of the Kingdom, and rejected it.
Oh, they may have professed to belong to this Kingdom, they even have the signs and (lying) wonders to prove it, but they prided themselves in their lack of obedience to “that Old Testament Law.” (They called it “freedom from bondage.”)
What’s going to happen to these people?
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
What is righteousness? It is your keeping of the commandments (Deuteronomy 6:24-25).
What is truth? It is the Torah of the Most High.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [torah – H8451] is the truth.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Unrighteousness is “deceivable” because of the excuses you make for your own disobedience.
You convince yourself, because you don’t love the truth established from the beginning, that you are “OK with God” when in fact you are the epitome of the Laodicean church. (Revelation 3:17)
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion [plane – G4106], that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
- [plane – G4106] – a wandering, mental straying, error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion (link)
Because there is no love for His Torah, God Himself sends the strong delusion – a wrong opinion relative to morals or religion. It’s a lying spirit (1 Kings 22) which whispers, “Hey, you’re the righteousness of Christ Jesus! You have nothing to fear!” which will lead to your own destruction.
This is the fate of those who reject the Torah that will be taught from YHWH’s house (Isaiah 2:2-4) when the heavenly city descends.
They do not believe the truth, they believe the lie and they are damned. They had pleasure in not obeying the Torah of the Most High (unrighteousness). They were taught it from infancy and brain-washed by the false church system, divorced (fallen away) from the covenant relationship with the Creator.
Hardly seems fair, right? No, by then they will have had their chance to repent.
Maybe this is your moment of decision?
If this is you, there is Good News! The Good News is you can always turn from your sin (“transgression of the Law”) …it’s called repentance!
I know that it’s not talked about a lot these days, but I’m telling you, you can’t enter the Kingdom without it!
But if the wicked (Greek Septuagint says “anomos” – same as 2 Thessalonians 2:8) will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Please, I ask… no, I’m begging… please repent… this IS the right choice.
Making the Path Straight
Around 2008-2010, a mass exodus from the man-made organization called “the church” started to take place as people woke up to the truth that the unchangeable God is a King, His Word reflects His consistency and He really meant what He said about His Kingdom soon to come.
Eyes were opened as they saw past the facade of emotionally-driven “worship,” fruitless preaching and other sins that went on behind the pulpits.
Most ignored the revelation entirely, closing their spiritual eyes, returning to their decadent pews in willful defeat and submission.
Few turned to the Word of the Most High and chose to believe it, in spite of what their peers said, but their revelation was stunted because they simply could not break out of the dispensational brainwashing put in place by their leaders.
They professed to be independent thinkers, but were, in reality, only idealists operating within a corrupted religious framework.
To this day, they are weighed down by confusion, constantly trying to search out some sort of solution within the existing paradigm, experiencing nothing but failure.
Fewer people still realized that these were NOT our “brothers and sisters in the Lord,” not out of hate or being judgmental. They just had a willingness to face the obvious.
To be someone’s “brother or sister in the Lord” implies that you are heading in the same direction and serving the same Messiah.
With many tears, I join my true brothers and sisters and say that it is evident we are not headed in the same direction and we do not serve the same Messiah, so I, and a growing number of other believers, refuse to be a part of this lie anymore.
For me, this is not a statement of pride, nor is it just a result of past hurts… I’ve put the puzzle pieces in place and simply cannot continue to walk in the delusion.
Why would I want to be a part of an organization that actually hinders my walk with the Messiah and denies His Eternal Word?
I can’t… I won’t… and I know some of you feel the same.
The Cry of Elijah
Still, we need to press on, putting out the call to anyone and everyone who will listen, no matter how few.
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If YHWH is your Elohim, follow Him! But if Baal is your elohim, follow him!”
This is where I will stand and will be found standing until the great and dreadful day of the Lord. My heart has returned to the fathers, and I pray that one day I will have a heart such as theirs.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Having said all that, and in light of both historical and scriptural evidence, I believe that “he which now lets” has taken the “mystery” out of “mystery of lawlessness.”
The “lawless” have been revealed and make no mistake about, they hate those who serve another Kingdom.
If you make the right choice, they will hate you too.
Yes, I believe “the man of sin” (aka “that Lawless”) is the organization called the “christian church,” and with Azusa Now and other ecumenical events occurring at an even greater frequency, this is becoming more and more apparent.
So I’ve been faithful to give this message, now your blood is no longer on my hands.
The lawless body has been revealed, it is the christian church… now you have a choice to make. Choose wisely…
“Come out of her, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”