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The Treachery after the Second Coming (13 of 17)
Series: Sign Posts on the Road to Armageddon
Dr. James O. Davis
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
In this passage, the Word of God shows us truth concerning the treachery of those things that are going to take place immediately after the Lord Jesus Christ comes for the Church. The Thessalonians were being told that the day of the Lord had already come. They had this information on what seemed to be excellent authority. It was confirmed by spirit utterance, a prophetic word and a letter supposedly signed by the Apostle Paul. They were thoroughly ensnared by a three-fold deception. It was confirmed by a spirit utterance, for that is the force of the word "spirit" here. It was also confirmed by a prophetic pronouncement. Paul says, "a word." This was the gift of prophecy. The work of a New Testament prophet was to convey to a local gathering of believers, by a direct Holy Spirit illumination, truth that was already apostolically revealed.
Last, there was a forged letter which confirmed the deception was being foisted upon them. They had received a letter supposedly from the Apostle Paul. The letter was masquerading as a Pauline epistle. Paul takes this incident to unmask the deep things of Satan and incorporates them into Scripture.
FIRST, THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED
Paul relates three chronological events that will happen after the Rapture of the Church. First, the man of sin is revealed. This is found in verse three of our text. Paul said, "Let no man in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy come first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction." Notice two major areas concerning the man of sin being revealed.
A) First, the Climate of His Coming--The double negative in the Greek is used for emphasis. By using this, Paul is saying: "Let no man deceive you by no means." In English we would not say it that way because a double negative equals a positive ...
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