More discernment. Less deception. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
-Lawless – anti [against] nomia [law] =13X NT anomia – 4 X in 12 verses
1. No law/reality/truth/authority beyond myself (gender dysphoria) = laws biology
2. Justified by bitterness/vengeance
3. Hypocrites = appeal to a moral law they ignore = trap set soft/woke XN’s
= kids/parents, defund police, weaken military, open border, pro-Palestinian campus
=1. RU lawless? 2. RU lawless in any area? 3. Lawless will follow Man of Lawlessness
Demons are lawless. Lawlessness is demonic.
-#1 “BELIAL/lawlessness” – name demon/prince of lawlessness 27X OT
Bible Dict. “In apocalyptic literature, this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to discourage people from worshiping the true God, & persecutes God’s people”
2 Corinthians 6:15 What accord has Christ with Belial? (discernment vs deception)
Lawless men in history (Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao)
Lord Acton 1887, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
- Nazi Holocaust (1939-1945) 17 mill died (6 mill Jesws), Hitler worshipped as a god
Israel – OT, early church, Jesus, 2nd coming
- Hamas terrorist invasion, war 1st time 50 yrs (1400+ killed, 240+ hostage)
Mosab Hassan Youset, eldest son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who now worships Jesus Christ, “Hamas is a religious movement, and they are a raging religious movement against Israel. The mainstream media cannot say this because they are afraid to ignite a religious war. And what I say, it already is. They want to annihilate the Jewish people…They are driven by dark hatred toward a race, toward a nation.” = “Allahu Akbar”
=Photos of 32 children held underground now sent to Steven
Hamas official Ghazi Hamad “We must remove that country…and we will do this again and again…We are called a nation of martyrs and we are proud to sacrifice martyrs…Nobody should blame us…everything we do is justified.”
Genesis 6:11 “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence [hamas].”
Joel 3:19 “Egypt shall become a desolation…for the violence [hamas]…they have shed innocent blood…”
= #1. BELIAL/Lawlesness now working w/ #2. HAMAS/Violence
2 Thessalonians 2:2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first…
7 Signs of the Last Days of the Last Days
- God promises that, “our Lord Jesus Christ” is “coming”
- Believers will be “gathered together to him” at the Second Coming.
- Christians are more likely to be “shaken in mind or alarmed” as the end nears.
- Increased efforts to “deceive” “either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us” will occur.
[FROM WITHIN]. Pastors in hell VIP section – Very Ignorant Pastor
- Apostate “rebellion” will become fashionable.
Non XN vs Treason – King, Kingdom = Satan 1st; Judas [vs remnant]
- There will be many counterfeit “christs”
Matthew 24 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came…saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, & what will be the sign of your coming & of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ & they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars & rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, & kingdom against kingdom, & there will be famines & earthquakes…All these are but the beginning of the birth pains…Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs & false prophets will arise & perform great signs & wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect…For as the lightning comes from the east & shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…all the tribes of the earth…will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power & great glory. And he will send out his angels… “But concerning that day & hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
- The antichrist/man of lawlessness will arise marking the last days of the last days.
1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
- Many antichrists. One ANTICHRIST (same demon/spirit)
- Replace (Rev 12:7-9 war in heaven)
2 John 1:7 many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.
1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
#1. BELIAL/Lawlessness #2. HAMAS/Violence #3. ANTICHRIST
2 Thessalonians 2:3 and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
8 Marks of the Antichrist (anti Christ rises up, Jesus comes down)
1). He is “the man of lawlessness” and “the son of destruction”
-NOT AI or alien/extraterrestrial – man/son
-2 Thess. 2:4 (KJV, NKJV) “son of perdition” & Judas (John 17:12)
Counterfeit of Jesus Spirit-filled
2). He “opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship”
-Islamic eschatology – antichrist may be a Muslim
3). He, “takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”
-Temple – either in the past, or rebuilt temple #3 (70 AD #2 destroyed)
4). He will no longer be held back by the “restrainer”
-Salt earth (slow rot) = Holy Spirit working through Church (abortion, gender, marriage,)
5). He brings “the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders.”
Luke 22:3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot
6). He brings “wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”
=AI & Internet can now push deception – Lie 7X faster
7). He leads the “condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Antichrist may be alive. May not know he’s the antichrist
-Religion politics wealth power celebrity status – take pleasure in unrighteousness
Counterfeit Kingdom of God “god of this world”
-Globalism vs Nationalism (Gen 11 Tower Babel in Babylon/Iraq )
#4. BABYLON/spirit of globalism (270+X; Genesis, Daniel, Rev 14,17,18)
-Post WWII – Axis (Italy, Japan, Germ) Allied (Sov Un, US, British Empire, Poland, France, UK)
-Today – UN Security Council, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
-Regional Trade – European Union; North American Free Trade Agreement
-$ – World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Cryptocurrency
– (10 horns Daniel 7:7, Revelation 13:1 & the 10 horns are kingdoms Daniel 7:24)
10 countries reconstituting ancient Roman Empire/Europe needing a
#1. BELIAL/Lawlessness #2. HAMAS/Violence (Ez 38-39; Rev16:16 “Armageddon”)
#3. BABYLON/globalism #4. ANTICHRIST/rises #5. CHRIST RETURNS!
9). Lastly, “the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.”
- Not even a word, just a breath!
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
Jesus came the first time as LAMB. Jesus coming second time as LION.
“STAND FIRM” – no retreat, no surrender,