The Apostle Paul, or should I say the Prophet Paul, has been quoted more than any other of the Prophets or Apostles of the Bible. The only propblem is that most quotes are taken out of contex, therefore give an erronious understanding of what Paul is saying. Because of these, False Interpretations, I give you a indepth discussion of what Paul writes and the contex that he is speaking of in the following Chapters.
The Writings of Paul
Until A Falling Away
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. II Thessalonians 2:1-2
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. II Thessalonians 2:3-4
As Most Believe
Satan has twisted the meaning of the above two verses to suggest that the falling away will be that Christian’s will lose their faith and fall from their churches and into the ways of evil, turning their backs on God. Let me show you the true meaning of these two verses.
What Paul is Saying
For that day shall not come, refers to the Second Advent of Jesus, and that Jesus will not return until the falling away occurs.
A False Religion
Except there come a falling away first, refers to a falling away from the False Gospel, and the acceptance of God’s Word as truth. The anti-Christ is not a man but a false religion, and since its establishment as a power in and of itself, in 538 AD, it has grown into a world religion. This religion has more than one Church, it includes several separate churches, but all preach Satan’s False Gospel, it is this False Religion that is the anti-Christ.
Son of Perdition
And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, refers to the anti-Christ, but more specifically the religion that is the anti-Christ and the religion that is the False Prophet.
These two will be revealed to the entire world, for the agents of Satan that they are. More specifically, the False Churches will be revealed for the False Gospel that they preach, and when this is realized, those who seek to give true worship to the God of Creation will fall away from those false churches and convert to the true worship of God.
Defining the Son of Perdition
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped. These words give us verification of who the man of sin and the son of perdition are.
Know this: the anti-Christ and the False Prophet are both false religions. The false churches of the anti-Christ preach things that are in opposition to the first four of the Ten Commandments, which give instruction as to how God commands that we give worship to him, but they keep the last six of the Ten Commandments, which are the six moral imperatives of God.
The Godless religion that is the False Prophet, will preach opposition to all ten of the Ten Commandments, and attempt to portray God’s Morality as something to scorn or laugh at. Things like Sexual Purity will be opposed, and it will give rewards to those who lie and deceive to advance in life, which are all acts of immorality.
The Man that Leads
So that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. From our previous studies, you know that the anti-Christ is the Church of Rome and the Pope as head of the Church of Rome sits on a throne. It is to this imagery that God wants us to see, in these words written here by Paul.
Know this however: The anti-Christ religion is more than the Church of Rome, it can be defined as any church professing to be Christian, that is in violation to anyone of the Commandments of God, the most obvious is the Sunday Sabbath, but there are other so called Christian churches that keep the seventh day Sabbath, yet are in error concerning other of the Ten Commandments or the Word of God.
The Catholic Popes
The Popes have, over the centuries, declared themselves to be Jesus hidden in the flesh of another, that when the Pope speaks it is not a man but Jesus who speaks. This is blasphemy, and is they who sit as the head of the false religion that is called the anti-Christ. Think about it, whenever a quote or an opinion of a Christian is solicited, it is to the Pope that the question is raised. In this the Pope is considered the leader and spokesman for all who are Christian. It is for this reason why I no longer consider myself a Christian but an Israelite, as I have defined the word in my writings.
The Church building that sits upon the lands of the Vatican is the Temple of God as spoken of in these verses.
And the Popes that sit in the throne chamber profess and show themselves to be God, by their own admissions.
Revealed in his time
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. II Thessalonians 2:5-6
Paul wrote these words around 2,000 years ago. I attest that in these words that I have been given by God to write, I reveal to you that which Paul was speaking of, is now upon us.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. II Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: The iniquity Paul is speaking of here is the lies, distortion and weaknesses of the knowledge of those of us that have been preached the truth of Jesus, yet are easily swayed by Satan’s lies. Paul is pointing out that already, in his day, Satan is at work attempting to deceive us from the truth.
Only he who now letteth will let. The one who letteth is God, and God will let Satan engage in his distortions for a time. This reveals who has been preached the Teachings of Jesus and holds fast and believes. It also reveals those who hear the words, but fail to believe, and are therefore easily swayed from the truth.
Until he be taken out of the way, refers to the he as being anti-Christ, so God will allow the anti-Christ a time with his power to deceive, until God choses to take him out of the way. Though the anti-Christ religion through the Popes, feels that he has freedom to oppose God, and all that he does, God has no power to prevent, but this verse shows that the anti-Christ is only being allowed, that God can end its power, whenever God chooses.
The Wicked Revealed
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. II Thessalonians 2:8
The Wicked to be revealed is the anti-Christ and the False Prophet, both of which are constructs of Satan, but not only them, for the wicked are also those who having been deceived by Satan’s Lies as well, and they will also be destroyed upon the Second Advent of Christ. Once they are revealed for the evil that they are, then they will be consumed, (destroyed) by the spirit of his (Jesus’) mouth. The spirit of his mouth is the words of truth spoken by Jesus in all that he has taught.
When you come to know God’s Truth, through your own diligent study and research, it is then Satan’s Lies become manifest to you as the lies that they are. If you are no longer deceived, then the power of Satan no longer has hold over you.
The brightness of his coming is of course a reference to the Second Advent of Christ.
Paul Speaks of the anti-Christ
Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. II Thessalonians 2:9-10
Him whose coming, is a reference to the anti-Christ. This is given support in the words, “after the working of Satan,” where the word “after” pertains to making use of or of the same believe and immoral thoughts.
The received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, refers to all who attend these false churches, who being preached false gospel, therefore, fail to hear God’s True Word, and thus fail to give worship to God as God commands. If you fail to worship God as he commands, then you shall fall short of Salvation.
God Causes those deceived to believe the lie
And for this cause Gad shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. II Thessalonians 2:11-12
This verse written by Paul reminds me of the Parable told by Jesus, The Parable of the Sower, which you can read beginning at: Matthew 13:18 in the Bible, and in Chapter 4 of the Teachings of Jesus on this web page.
I have found these above two verses to be correct, for I have attempted to show God’s True Word to my family, but they are all so blinded by Satan’s Lies and the False Religion that they hear my words, but perceive them as being lies, therefore, the believe Satan’s Lies as being the truth, and Gods Truth as being the lie.
Beloved of the Lord
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. II Thessalonians 2:13-14
To be beloved of the Lord, is to be one who can be defined as a Saint of God, if you are not a Saint of God, then you are not beloved of the Lord.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. II Thessalonians 2:15
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. II Thessalonians 2:16-17