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I Have Read all the Usual Explanations, but Can You Offer Any Help in Comprehending 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12?

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I have read all the usual explanations, but can you offer any help in comprehending 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12? Is the Papacy Identified Here?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, let us look at this:

7. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10. and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12. and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; NIV)

Okay. Jesus knew that people would learn about Jesus and hear the Gospel, that part could not be prevented, but a certain 'lawless one' would come upon the scene and cause confusion but this would not necessarily be any one specific man. This refers either to Satan or an agent of his, probably an unclean spirit or a group of demons/spirits who would perpetuate a great lie, or a group of great lies, these lies would serve to mask or confuse the message of Jesus and salvation through Him; this malign influence would probably work through 'officialdom,' or official governmental influences and teachings (beastly power). Of course, human governments have always done terrible things at times, especially when pagan in nature, but the focus here is their effect upon Jesus and the Gospel. This 'secret power of lawlessness ' was already starting to work in the days of Paul the Apostle and John too writes of this in his epistles. Plainly its effects would be that people would indeed hear about Jesus and His gospel message, yet would not believe it, due to the effect of 'the lawless one' (almost certainly referring to Satan and his demonic army). Of course, this 'lawless one' might occasionally be manifested in a specific person, or even several, but it is much much bigger than this; it is also obviously ongoing throughout the present age.

Protestants of course have been quick to associate all of this with Roman Catholicism and with the papacy but have been slower to note that this unquestionably extends much further than this, including the educational systems of the world which clearly teach that Jesus was a liar - sincere maybe, but hopelessly naive and misguided and that the Holy Bible only has some passing academic interest as an ancient 'religious' document - nothing more. PLEASE NOTE: this is indeed the official governmental teaching almost everywhere. Usually just a little respect is given to the name of Jesus but nothing more than this and He is placed on the same level as all religious founders/teachers.

When the Scripture states that "...He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie," those things are indeed supernatural because demonic influences are at work, it does not necessarily refer to what might appear as spectacular or wondrous to us, that is, as human observers. Just think about this for one moment: Thousands of our young people enter college/university every year as believers but leave it as atheists, yet we continue to believe that as many of our young people as possible should get a university 'education.' Is that not incredible? This alone shows that there is a malign influence at work in world 'education.'

Without any question since about 1870, evolution, and it's official teaching has been at the very forefront of official education throughout the world; this underlines and reinforces the teaching that God and Jesus are liars and that we all got here through entirely natural physical processes - pure chance, nothing more. This is despite many having conclusively demonstrated that this whole thing (macro-evolution) is an utter scientific impossibility and a sham, it defies all known logic, yet it remains the official teaching and here is a very clear and obvious demonstration of the 'mystery of iniquity' being at work! When a thing is accepted as real and 'official' knowledge and insight, but just a little research reveals that that thing is an utter impossibility, then we surely must put that thing down to the irrationality of the demonic world! Here is one very clear fulfillment of "... For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." To even believe that macro-evolution is true is a punishment for unbelief. It holds us all back. Even right now quantum physics is revealing that our real knowledge cannot move forward again until evolution is ditched. Evolution has put a brake on the increase of real scientific knowledge for a very long time.

Robin A. Brace. August 26th, 2019.