I’ve been going through the epistle of Second Thessalonians. In my last post, I began talking about the “Man of Lawlessness”. I said that this verse could be talking about the lawlessness of mankind being revealed for what it truly is.
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Paul tells us, in these writings, that as we approach the end, lawless man will finally be uncovered for all to see. There will be no question about the evil within.
It will be crystal clear that mankind is lost and in need of a Savior. That’s why he also calls mankind doomed to destruction. This literally means that without Christ, mankind is the child of ruin or child of loss.
But Paul doesn’t end his discussion there. He goes on to describe why mankind will be so lawless in the end times.
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
II Thessalonians 2:4
The first thing we’re told is that mankind opposes God, or sets himself opposite to God. I believe that this is a description of lawless mankind as we see them in the world today. They set themselves in opposition to God.
As a matter of fact, it’s not just our God, but anything that’s even called “god”. These arrogant, “learned” men and women don’t believe in the supernatural anymore. They say it’s only childish superstition.
Not only do they oppose God, but they exalt themselves over what is called God. That’s humanism, pure and simple. “God is dead. I’m God now. I’m on the throne.”
That’s lawless man in a nutshell. Scripture warns us that it will get to the point where this worship of lawless man even sets itself up in God’s Temple.
There are some people who say that this is talking about the Temple in Jerusalem and that the Anti-Christ is going to set himself up as God in that temple. I wouldn’t be so dogmatic as to say that’s impossible, but I don’t believe that this verse supports that argument.
Scripture itself points me in this direction. In Paul’s writings, the only times he ever uses the term “God’s Temple”, is if he’s talking about one of two things. The first is the body of Christ as the temple of the Holy Spirit. The second is the believer’s physical body as God’s temple since the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us.
So in Paul’s mind, personally I am God’s temple and collectively we are God’s temple. Those are the only two ways Paul uses the term “God’s Temple.”
If that’s the case, then this is talking about a large segment of the church in the USA. In my next post, I’ll go into this in more detail.
Question: What do we need to do in order for the Holy Spirit to lead the church?
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