Summary of passages: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12: Paul in His Second Letter to the Thessalonians says the day of our Lord will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming to be God.
The secret power of lawlessness is already at work but he is being held back and will be continued to be held back until he is removed. The lawless one will be revealed and Jesus will then overthrow him. We will see the coming of the lawless one by witnessing the counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders and other deceiving evils. The unbelievers refuse to love the truth so God will send them a delusion so they will be condemned.
Revelations 13:6-13: The beast opened his mouth to blaspheme God and was given power to conquer the saints in war. He was given authority over all people. All unbelievers will worship the beast whose name is not written in the book of life.
Another beast emerged with 2 horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon. He was the first beast’s helper who made everyone worship the first beast. He performed miraculous signs including fire coming down from heaven.
6) Not until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
7) He will oppose and 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.
8a) Counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders and in every other sort of deceiving evil in accordance with the work of Satan but sent by God as punishment for their unbelief. God sends this lie (the lie He is not God) as punishment for their unbelief but again it is man’s free will to choose to believe it or not. Those who choose not to believe in God will be judged for all of eternity.
b) The same way it has happened for all of eternity. Because of people’s refusal to open their eyes and see and accept God’s truth He allows them to be deluded by the Devil and things of this world and not His world. For instance, they worship and serve created things instead of the Creator. Although they know they will have death if they do these things, they continue to do so and approve of others who do so as well.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Know God’s truths and engrave them into your heart with steel. Pray and pray some more. Read and study God’s words. Use it as a shield against the Enemy. Accept God’s truth, what Jesus did for us on the cross, and reject the world’s acts as much as possible. Make God your center and the delusion will be repelled like a dog is to ultrasonic sounds.
Conclusions: Great warning to us how the Devil is everywhere and will try to make us fall at every turn. We must be vigilant in our walk with God and not stray off His path for it is all too easy. We must be aware that the lawlessness one will come and be prepared for it by becoming more and more like Jesus every day of our lives.
The man of lawlessness is also referred to as the Antichrist and many scholars believe it will be a human man.
The beast of the Revelations passage also refers to the man of lawlessness. They are one in the same just called different names. The beast, the man of lawlessness, and the Antichrist are all the same person who will come instead of Jesus to lure people into wickedness. We (humans) are unsure what this person/thing will look like so there are many descriptions of him throughout the Bible.