THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS

Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 2:3-12

“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (II Thessalonians 2:3,4)

At the end of time one will appear who claims to be God and who will bring suffering and persecution upon God’s people. Jesus spoke of him as “the abomination of desolation” in Matthew 24:15ff. He is called the “man of lawlessness” because of his opposition to God. He is also known as “the son of destruction,” which describes his actions. He is utterly lost and destined for perdition. The other title given to him is “the antichrist,” because he wants to take the place of the one, true Christ, Jesus.

The man of lawlessness will openly defy God’s law. Jesus says, “lawlessness will increase” (Matthew 24:12). He brings about destruction and death. Jesus spoke of a great tribulation (Matthew 24:21) that is to come. He said — “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:22).

The man of lawlessness will oppose all that is good, right and holy. He will exalt himself above every so called god or object of worship. From the descriptions of him, it seems that he will be a political and religious leader, which explains the persecution and tribulation of which Jesus spoke.

It is clear that the man of lawlessness is directed by Satan himself — “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they rejected to love the truth and to be saved” (vs. 9,10).

These things seem frightening to us. But remember that the man of lawlessness is doomed — “And then the lawlessness one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of His coming” (v. 8).

Lord Jesus, my victorious King, I know You have already doomed Satan and all his evil minions. It is frightening to think about the tribulation and suffering that will occur at the end of time. But I know that You will appear and with the breath of Your mouth bring all forms of evil to an end. Give me strength to resist the temptations that are thrown at me each day. And give me the courage to face whatever opposition comes upon me.

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