THE BOOK OF 2 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 2:3b-5, 8-10, Relation of the Day of The Lord to The Man of Sin
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(some of these verses are presented out of order for clarification)

 

J. Deering, AncientPath.net

 


2 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 2, Verses 2:3b-5, 8-10,


          C.      Relation of the Day of the Lord to The Man of Sin, 2:3b-5, 8-9 (some of these verses are presented out of order for clarification)

                   1.      His revelation, 2:3b

3b and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

This is the event that will begin "The Day of the Lord," that awful day of Judgment. The Man of Sin will already have come and already established his methods and policies, however the revelation of who he is brings the beginning of "That Day." According to Daniel 9:27 he will make a covenant with many of the Jewish people. 

Daniel 9:27
He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.

Review Study Questions:

Verse 3b:

1.     How will the Man of Sin be "found out?"

2.     List some names for this man.

 


                    2.      His religion, 2:4-5

4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?

"In the tribulation days man will not be without religion, for the Man of Sin will furnish his own brand to the world and require people to accept it on penalty of death. He is the one who opposes God. He will exalt himself above God, anything godly or any other idol. He will do this from the Temple of God. He will stand in the Holy Place and require the worship of men."[1] This is the Abomination of Desolation spoken in Daniel 9:27 listed above.

 

Review Study Questions:

Verses 4-5:

1.     Describe the works of this man.

2.     Where will he rule from?

3.     Whom will he make himself out to be?

 


                   3.      His power, 2:9-10

9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved

Notice all the descriptive words that apply to this man of sin, the AntiChrist. His power comes directly from Satan. He'll have power, do miracles and false wonders. He will be wickedly deceptive in such a manner that those who wonder at him will perish as they turn their hearts and minds away from God and salvation to himself and utter destruction.

 

Review Study Questions:

Verses 9-10:

1.     Who is the power behind this man's activities?

2.     What punishment awaits those who follow (worship) him?

 


                   4.      His punishment, 2:8

8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming

Behind these events is the sovereignty and almighty power of God. Here then is the destruction of this man of sin.

 

"Here the means of bringing it to pass is described as by "the spirit [or breath] of His mouth" This expression occurs only here in the New Testament and indicates a "sweeping away like a hurricane, or killing like the blast from a furnace (Plummer, A commentary on St. Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, p. 64). Parallel to this idea is the expression in the last part of the verse the appearance (the brightness) of His coming. The very appearance of the Lord will render this man of sin inoperative and cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 19:20) where he will remain alive for all of eternity (Rev. 20:10)."[2]

 

Review Study Questions:

Verse 8:

1.     How will God deal with this man?

2.     When will God deal with this man?

3.     What event makes this happen?

 



[1] Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, First and Second Thessalonians, Everyman's Bible Commentary, Moody Press, Chicago.

[2] ibid.


2013-02-02