Summary of 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.
Summary of Revelation 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 two 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.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 3: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 with Revelation 13:6-13
6a) A rebellion will occur, and the man of lawlessness will be revealed.
b) The man of lawlessness is a man doomed to destruction. 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, claiming to be God. Jesus will overthrow him easily. The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the works of Satan, such as counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and evil. Those who will be unsaved wil be condemned who have not believed the truth.
7a) 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.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Deception can come in a beautiful package to deceive us. Truth will save you.
c) Personal Question. My answer: We need to always be vigilant, always testing what we are told with God’s word, and always in tune with God so we don’t fall into any lies set forth by Satan. 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 BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 3: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 with Revelation 13:6-13
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.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 19, Day 3: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 with Revelation 13:6-13
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12:
Paul here addressed questions raised by his first letter, where he instructed the Thessalonians about the catching away of the church to be with Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
The challenge in understanding this chapter comes from the fact that it is a supplement to what Paul has already taught the Thessalonians in words, and we don’t know exactly what Paul said to the them. Yet the ideas are clear enough if carefully pieced together.
Two Comings of Jesus in One Rapture
Paul clearly wrote of the return of Jesus, but the wording here implies a difference between the coming and our gathering. This strongly suggests that there are essentially two comings of Jesus. One coming is for His church (as described clearly in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), and the other coming is with His church, to judge a rebellious world.
- Different world conditions: (Matthew 24:37-42, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 6:15-16).
- Different manners of Jesus’ return: (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 19:11, 14-15, 21).
- Different scenarios regarding the predictability of the date of Jesus’ return: (Matthew 24:36, Daniel 12:11).
A preferred manuscript reading of 2 Thessalonians 2:2 has the day of the Lord rather than the day of Christ. The day of the Lord is a concept with a rich Old Testament background, and was mentioned in Paul’s previous letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:2). It is not a single day, but a period associated with God’s outpouring of judgment and the deliverance of God’s people. A significant aspect of the day of the Lord is the Great Tribulation described in Matthew 24:1-31.
The Thessalonians were afraid that they were in the Great Tribulation (the day of the Lord), and feared that they had missed the rapture. But Paul will demonstrate that they are not in the day of Christ; because if they were, then certain signs would be present.
- Bible scholars debate if there will be an apostasy among those who once followed God, or a general worldwide rebellion. In fact, Paul may have both in mind, because there is evidence of each in the end times (1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 4:3-4).
- Some scholard believe that the man of sin not an individual, but a system or an office. However, Daniel described an individual person: The prince who is to come (Daniel 9:26), the king of fierce countenance (Daniel 8:23), the willful king (Daniel 11:36-45), and Jesus described an individual person: The one who comes in his own name (John 5:43).
The Man of Sin
- The man of sin demands worship for himself that belongs to God only (Luke 4:8). This demand for worship is also described in Revelation 13:1-6.
- The man of sin will set himself up as God in the temple at Jerusalem, demanding this blasphemous worship from everyone (Revelation 13:14-15 and Matthew 24:15, 21, 29-31).
- The prophet Daniel told us the Antichrist will break his covenant with the Jews and bring sacrifice and offerings to an end; that the Antichrist will defile the temple by setting something abominable there (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11).
- Jesus said to look for an abomination standing in the holy place, which would be the pivotal sign that the season of God’s wrath was upon the earth (Matthew 24:15-16 and 24:21).
The man of sin is truly an Anti-Christ. Satan has planned the career of the man of sin to mirror the ministry of Jesus.
- Both Jesus and the man of sin have a coming (2 Thessalonians 2:1 and 2:9).
- Both Jesus and the man of sin are revealed (2 Thessalonians 1:7 and 2:3).
- Both Jesus and the man of sin have a gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).
- Both Jesus and the man of sin say that they alone should be worshipped (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
- Both Jesus and the man of sin have support for their claims by miraculous works (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
The Man of Sin Comes When:
- The Holy Spirit removes His restraint.
- Second, the lawless one will be destroyed by the mere brightness of Jesus at His coming.
Satan will give the man of sin power. Antichrist is only God’s messenger, revealing God’s judgment on the people.
The beast makes war against the saints (God’s people). Everyone will worship the final world dictator, except the chosen.
The two horns may express the fact that this beast has authority in two realms, such as religious and political authority. Or, he may have two horns simply because that’s how many horns lambs have (two horns like a lamb).
Signs and wonders will be present among Christians, but the real marks of God’s work are love and truth.