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The Apostasy and the Man of Sin are the major topics of this chapter. Perhaps the most common interpretation of this chapter is that the apostasy has to do with the removal of the church from the earth in an event called the rapture. The man of sin refers to the anti-christ who will be revealed in the tribulation period following the rapture. Some speculate that this man will be the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and it could be him at this present time.
These teachings are total and complete misinterpretations of this portion of scripture and has permeated church teaching to the point of complete nonsense. As a result of this teaching, the Christian of today is taught that all things have been fulfilled with respect to church prophecy. Therefore, the church is waiting around today fat, dumb, and happy in the midst of a myriad of world and church problems waiting for the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ. Todays situation with world its problems and sins is called "perilous times" as the bible describes in ...
2 Timothy 3
(1) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
This waiting around is called the doctrine of eminence whereby it is taught that our Lord Jesus Christ can come for His church at any time. There is nothing left to be fulfilled but for Him to return for His bride. It is supposed that this doctrine has been around since the early church and that all through the centuries this doctrine has been taught. The key verse to which this doctrine subscribes is found in...
(36) "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
(37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Therefore, it is assumed in II Thessalonians chapter 2 that these christians were waiting around as well and thought they had missed the rapture. It is pointed out that these christians were baby christians in the faith and did not understand what the Apostle Paul had taught them in the book of I Thessalonians. They were completely ignorant of the events leading up to the rapture and so would it would logically follow that under the persecution of the church at that time, they had simply missed the rapture. So in response to their concern, the Apostle Paul is sending them a response in his second letter to them and specifically chapter 2 to explain why they had not missed it.
Also, they are not to be concerned about the "man of sin" because he is the man spoken of in the book of Daniel and doesn't arrive on scene until after the rapture of the church. This man arrives during the final week of Daniel's seventy week prophecy and therefore, it is of no concern to them regarding his arrival.
The departure, also called the apostasy, is identified in the common interpretation as the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit will be with us forever, it is assumed that His departure refers to the rapture of the church.
(51) Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather . . . DIVISION.
(52) For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
(53) Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
And division it is! The world at this time is divided over every issue known to man from politics to immigration, to gun control, to healthcare, etc. But how extensive will division be within the church? Jesus answers that question in the following:
Finally, the believer may ask... ok, so I may be deceived with respect to what this parable teaches, so, what's the big deal? I know I am saved. This DVD will reveal a more correct interpretation of this chapter and the consequences of being deceived.
The Church in Prophecy DVD series - "The Apostasy and the Man of Sin" will guide the Bible Student into correct understanding this important chapter. Key events in Matthew 24 are reviewed and explained in preparation for the study of this chapter.
Chapter 2 in its entirety is as follows:
II Thessalonians chapter 2 (NKJV)
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 (1) Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
(2) not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
(4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
(5) Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
(6) And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
(7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
(8) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
(10) and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
(11) And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
(12) that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(13) But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
(14) to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(15) Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
(16) Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
(17) comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
The content of the DVD, will discuss and answer the following:
This chapter is key to understanding the events leading up to our Lord's arrival. Many interpretations have linked this chapter to the event called the rapture. It is assumed by many bible teachers that these early Christians were quite ignorant of the rapture and thought they had missed it. However, as you shall discover in the DVD, these Christians were much more knowledgeable of these events than you and I put together. They could not possibly be ignorant of these events after sitting under the teaching of our beloved Apostle Paul.
Christians today are not ready for the day of the Lord - - - Are You Ready?
This DVD explains chapter 2 of II Thessalonians and how Jesus and the Apostle Paul meant for us to understand it. Get your copy today . . .