Friday, April 1, 2011

The Antichrist (4th in a series on 2 Thessalonians)

2 Thess 2: 3-17

v. 3-4 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

1. The Antichrist IS going to appear
anti means 'against' and can also mean 'instead of'
1 John 2:18, 22 and 7
'antichrist is coming'
'antichrist is a man who denies Christ is the Son'
'antichrist is man who denies Christ is coming in the flesh'

2. There Have Been and Will be Many Antichrists
1 Jn 2:18 "many antichrists have come..''

3. There Will Be One Main Antichrist
v. 3 'Let no one deceive you...' ... we need to know the TRUTH
v. 4 "he'll exalt himself above all called God..."

v. 3 "not until rebellion..." meaning a falling away spiritually, which likely means the church falling away spiritually, not necessarily the non-church, which has already fallen or has remained fallen...
"then the man of lawlessness will appear, the son of perdition..." this phrase is used one other place in the NT, in John 17:12 when speaking of Judas, one "doomed to destruction..."

1 John 2:18 ... "this is the last hour..." In John's day, 'last hour'' meant a season of time...

and 'temple' is a Pauline metaphon for 'church'

1 John 2:19 "...they went out from us ..." people of the church is they? many antichrists might come from the church in the last hour? ...