Thursday, April 7, 2011

'Down Goes the Antichrist' (5th in a series from 2nd Thessalonians)

2 Thess 2:5-9 Sunday nite at church the preacher played a clip of Joe Frazier hitting the canvas and Cosell's famous call, "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" I enjoyed it. Marshall's George Foreman did too, I'm sure. We don't get to see a lot of boxing in our church, except when tithes run low and offertory plate passers start to use muscle to make us turn loose of the folding money. The illustration from the clip (which i'm sure Smokin' Joe would have objected to!, but which we loved) was when Christ returns, he knocks out the antichrist. And Satan. A twofer. And that's all she wrote...

1. The Antichrist and Satan are at work on Earth (v 6, 7)

2. There's a restrainer holding them back (v. 6), maybe govermnent/law or the church or the Holy Spirit...

3. One day the restrainer will be removed and the 'lawless one' will have more freedom (v. 4, v. 8-9)

4. Satan and antichirst KO'ed, rendered helpless upon Jesus' return... (v. 8-9); Rev 19:20; Rev 20:10. -30-