2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 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.
highlighted verses: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 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; 4
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.
Thes. 2:3 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
Remember, the subject being
addressed here is the return of Jesus Christ and when it
is we gather back to Him!
That is certainly easy enough for
anyone to understand.
But the really hard part of this
verse for people to come to grips with is the "Let no man deceive you by
any means" part!
Perhaps your minister or pastor
is a really nice man with a lovely family and you know him to be sincere
and conscientious and one who would not purposely lead you astray.
And that may all be true but will
you consider that perhaps he has blindly followed after the traditional
teachings of the church, which have the appearance of being good, just
as you have followed after him?
Think about it!
The point Paul is making is "PLEASE,
NOT let anyone tell you in any way, shape, or form that the day of Christ
is at hand, i.e. that Jesus Christ can return at any moment!"
They are "in the dark", void of
accurate Biblical knowledge, and they will be caught off guard, caught
sleeping, when the true Messiah returns.
You see, whether a man is pope,
bishop, elder, preacher, teacher, pastor, minister, deacon, usher, author,
televangelist, or the paperboy, we have been instructed to check out what
that man says in the Word of God.
Remember Paul said to "Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21)."
Well, Paul was not, neither did
he believe he was, nor did he attempt to, exempt himself from the "proving
and the testing".
It is written in Acts 17 that those
rascally Bereans checked him and Silas out real good, every day!
Acts 17:10 And
the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:
who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received
the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so.
They had the NERVE to check out
what the apostle Paul himself taught them.
The question one should then ask
is, "Is there anyone greater than the apostle Paul today that we should
exempt from accountability to the Word of God?"
Forget whether they are nice guys
or good folks or popular among the people or followed by millions.
Do your homework and believe the
If a teacher does not encourage
you to study on your own (2 Tim. 2;15) or if that teacher is offended that
you document whether his words fully align with the scriptures, then find
No true servant of God will ever
ask you to believe him or her apart from documentation in the Word of God.
many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and
of men, not a few.
They SAW for themselves that
was so in the Word of God and for that reason many of them "believed"...
not because Paul or Silas said so... but the Word of God said so.
So Paul has now specifically told
us in verse 3 that TWO THINGS must happen
BEFORE we gather back to Jesus Christ.
(I would say that if those two
things have not happened yet then you are NOT going to be plucked out of
your seat, are you?)
What are those two things?
There must first come a falling
away and the "man of sin", who is the "son of perdition", must be revealed.
Who is this "man of sin", this
"son of perdition"?
The word Greek word for "perdition"
is a derivative of "apollumi" which means to fully destroy, i.e. die, perish:
ap-ol'-loo-mee, Greek 622; from Greek 575 (apo) and the base of Greek 3639
todestroy fully (reflexive to perish, or lose), literal
or figurative :- destroy,
die, lose, mar, perish.
The active participle of "apollumi"
is "Appollyon" which is Satan's name in Rev. 9:11.
You see, there has only ever been
one son who has been sentenced to "perish" in the lake of fire and that
one son is the man of sin himself, Satan, the Devil, the Great Red Dragon,
the soon coming false-christ.
Judgment for everyone else, unless
you are part of the First Resurrection, has been scheduled for the time
following the Millennium known as the Great White Throne Judgment.
Here is some more info on the son of
perdition: 2 Thes. 2:4Who
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
himself that he is God.
Have you read about that one
who exalted himself above God in the first*
* Note: If you are not familiar with
the first earth age, the "world that then was" spoken of by Peter in 2
Pet. 3:6, or the over all plan of God log unto our study of "God's
Plan" Isaiah 14:12
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou
cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north:
will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most
This same abominable one will
be cast from heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9) at the sound of the 6th
Trump, which comes before our gathering back at the 7th Trump (the last
The 6th Trump is when Michael stands
up (Dan. 12:1) and the time of trouble (spiritual trouble) begins such
as never was since a nation was born nor ever shall be again.
Satan as antichrist, the false
messiah, will once again exalt himself above God and he will sit in the
temple, just as Paul explained in verse 4, and claim that he is God, i.e.
the Messiah who has come to rapture you away.
Jesus Christ also told us in Mat.
24 and Mark 13 about this abominable one who shall come before He returns,
and when he does, stay away from him.
ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Students of the book of Daniel
(i.e. those who read it with understanding) know that this is the "desolator",
the little horn, the vile person, which are ALL names of Satan.
We will find out in our next study
exactly why it is and what it is that will cause most people to believe
that he truly is Jesus Christ.
He will not only deceive the whole
world with a display of power and signs and lying wonders but he causes
the great falling away, the great apostasy, when the majority of Christians
begin to worship him as Jesus.
That my friend is a "great fall"
Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you,
I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed
in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who
now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 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
Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that
they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.