This verse tells us clearly that “a falling away first” must occur before the Antichrist can be revealed. Too many churches teach that this falling away is related to church memberships falling greatly. The NIV Bible uses the word “rebellion” instead of “falling away” which makes it sound like it truly is a rebellion against Yahweh that causes the rise of this Antichrist character, but the world has been in rebellion against the One True God since time began. In Chapter Twelve of my unpublished book, The Best-Laid Schemes O' Mice An' Men..., 1st Sign ~ The Great Disappearance!, I gave an alternative understanding of this “falling away” as “a drawing out from among” of Yahweh’s saints to meet Christ in the air. That understanding of “falling away” fits with verses 6-8 of 2 Thess:
“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed…”
This is talking about something that is holding back the power of Satan, stopping him from placing his Antichrist end-time leader in position. Who or what could it be other than believers in Jesus Christ Himself? Is that not the main reason then why Satan desires to attack Yahweh’s people with all his might anywhere and anyhow he can before they are taken out of the way?
There are many Christians in the world who believe that it is the Creator Himself that is holding back Satan from placing his man in power whilst there are still Christians on the Earth. Here is just one good example:
2nd Thess. 2: 3, 4, 7, 8: Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day (the day of the Lord, judgement day) will not come until the rebellion (he apostasia in the Greek which actually means ‘A falling away first’ or ‘The gathering together’) occurs and the man of lawlessness (or sin) is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back (believers in Christ, i.e., the Body of Christ) will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed…
(In 2nd Thessalonians 2: 3, the Greek words are he apostasia. The word he is the article “the.” The prefix apo means “away from.” Having a circle, apo would be illustrated as a line in motion from the exterior of the circle to some distant point. Stasia means “to separate” or “draw out.” He apostasia is a separation away from, or a drawing out from among; it is the departure. Are The Dead Alive Now? P.38. third printing 1976. Victor Paul Wierwille, American Christian Press, The Way International, New Knoxville, Ohio 45871)
So for the people out there who are now convinced that President Obama is the end time Antichrist world leader, I believe you should give it a second thought. The book of Daniel points him out as being a warrior leader, a man of mighty presence and someone who is a master of dark sentences or occult knowledge. Obama does not strike me as being so intelligent or powerful! Far from it! He's another wannabe as far as I'm concerned. And anyway, the scriptures also tell us that it is the Creator Himself who will place this man in power (Isaiah 10: 5) unexpectedly, at a time of careless security or rather abundance of idleness (Daniel 11: 21. The King James has it translated as "peaceably"). He will not be the Antichrist the elite controlling families are expecting! For that reason, three world leaders will oppose him and be destroyed by him, as Daniel also points out.
Does all this mean that Christians here in the west will be kept free from any kind of persecution and tribulation? Well no, it does not! Christians have been persecuted continually over the past 2000 years, today is no different, you only have to look at any Communist country or at Africa to see that! Why should we in the west be left out? Don't be fooled - the U.S. is being set up right now for the persecution of Christians! Britain and Europe may follow soon! Does the Bible not tell us that judgement shall begin at the house of God?
1 Peter 4: 17-19: “For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
But now, for your entertainment, I present to you a couple of short videos placed on YouTube that put Mr. Obama forward as the end time Antichrist. You, the reader and viewer must decide for yourselves - thank you, Edward Laughlan:
The restrainer that is holding back satan is Michael the Archangel!! Look it up in Daniel. The Holy Spirit showed me this a while back - and confirmed it. Yaweh bless all who diligently seek Him.
Sounds very plausible Lisa! The Creator Yahweh may well have delegated this power to Michael to protect the Church as well as the nation of Israel, very interesting! I feel quite certain that the Antichrist cannot be revealed until we are removed. Thank you for your input!
Check out Daniel chpt 12 - Michael really is the Restrainer. I'm only sharing what the Holy Spirit revealed to me. I don't interpret Scripture - I have to wait on Him to show me:).
The KEY to understanding when we will be ‘raptured’ (gathered up with Yeshua at His Second coming) is Resurrection Timing. We can also find out when the antichrist is revealed in the timing/sequence of events that will take place. Remember, we are not children of darkness that that time (2nd coming) should come upon us as a thief in the night:). Hallelujah!First, please read Matthew 24 and have a careful AND prayerful look at what Yeshua says about WHEN the antichrist is revealed - what happens before it (beginning of sorrows/birth pangs) and what MUST happen after he is revealed and THEN what those who are alive and remain must do - then the clues about when Yeshua returns. Now let's have a look at the sequence of what happens at Yeshua's Coming:).1 Thess 4:15..."WE WHO are ALIVE & REMAIN UNTIL the coming of the Lord, will NOT PRECEDE (go before) those who have fallen asleep (died in Christ). 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel & with the trumpet of God, & the dead in Christ will rise FIRST(!).17**THEN** WE WHO ARE ALIVE & REMAIN WILL BE CAUGHT UP **TOGETHER** WITH them in the clouds to MEET the Lord in the air, & so we shall ALWAYS be with the Lord.18Therefore comfort one another with these words.Why comfort one another with these words if we escape tribulation?! It's a good question.I had read this passage so many times for years and not seen the TRUTH of the timing of our gathering up ('rapture'), until the Holy Spirit took the veil off my eyes coupled with the desire in my heart to know His Truth and shed.It's important to know so we are PREPARED for what's coming. That’s what the Holy spirit underlined for me when He showed me.2 Thess 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ **AND** OUR GATHERING TOGETHER (RAPTURE!) to Him, 2that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, TO THE EFFECT THAT THE DAY OF THE LORD HAS COME. 3 LET NO ONE in any way deceive you, for IT WILL NOT come UNLESS the apostasy (great falling away) comes FIRST, AND the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS (antichrist) is REVEALED, the son of destruction...So here it tells us that Yeshua will NOT return for us UNTIL the great falling away has taken place AND the man of lawlessness (antichrist) has been revealed!!8THEN that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth & bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power & signs & false wonders, 10 & w/ all the deception of wickedness for THOSE WHO PERISH, BECAUSE THEY DID **NOT** RECEIVE THE LOVE of the TRUTH so as to be saved.satan will trick many at the 6th trumpet, that HE is the 2nd coming of Christ! satan is pandering to peoples' desire to escape tribulation. People WILL fall for the deception that antichrist is the messiah (at 6th trumpet) BECAUSE they are placing their faith & hope in the wrong place (false doctrine). This is why it is a dangerous doctrine.We will only escape tribulation BY Yaweh guiding us to safe places (and the clues to those places are in the OT:) Halleljah and Yeshua refers to WHEN we flee in Matt 24)! THIS WILL happen BY FAITH, by keeping His commandments (by HIS conviction only - not man convicting us) and patiently watching for the signs of His Coming (it's so exciting!!):).I have to account for every word before Yeshua and I fear Yaweh. Selah, brother.Yaweh bless all who diligently seek Him - asking Him to cleanse their hearts and instil only that which He desires for His Glory.
p.s. the Holy Spirit also comforted me with Isaiah 57:1-2 when I was concerned about loved ones (like my very elderly grandparents) and the tribulation...not all will make it through the tribulation - many will die and MERCIFULLY 'sleep' in sheol until His return. I realised as He showed me this - I remembered He promises us He will not put more on us than we can bear.Isaiah 57:1The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart;And devout men are taken away, while no one understandsFor the RIGHTEOUS MAN IS TAKEN AWAY FROM EVIL,2HE ENTERS INTO PEACE;They rest in their beds,Each one who walked in his upright way. Isn't our loving Father so wonderful?!
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