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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

REJECTING THE TRUTH            Page 3
V. 7 (cont’d.)

First - The weaker of the two views holds that the word “what” in verse six is referring to the system of law and order in society which God Himself has established followed by the “he” in verse seven, which represents the governing authorities. cf. Romans 13:1-4

Second - The stronger, more plausible view is that the word “what” is referring to the body of Christ, the church, which is restraining him by her spirit filled conduct and witness in a dark and dying world. The “He” then becomes the Holy Spirit of Christ which indwells us and will restrain him “until he is taken out of the way”.

** When would that be, speaking eschatologically?

At the rapture of the church. The restraining influence of the Holy Spirit, through the work and witness of the church will cease at the rapture, which will introduce the time of the Tribulation.
cf. Matthew 5:13-16 and 1Thessalonians 4:17

** Who alone can take the Holy Spirit out of the way of the antichrist, so that he is no longer restrained from doing all the evil he intends to do upon the earth?

God the Father! Remember Acts 1:7, “times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.”

V. 8 ** When the church is removed from the earth and the Holy Spirit’s restraining influence is taken out of the way, what happens next?

“Then” that lawless one will be revealed. Only after Christ has removed His church, will the Father give the command for this lawless individual to be revealed for who he really is.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:3 (2Thessalonians 2:3)

** Do you suppose this lawless individual, as powerful as he will be to rule the fallen world, is going to
present much of a challenge to the sovereign reign of Jesus Christ?

Not at all - “...the Lord will slay [him] with the breath of His mouth...” The language here is describing something effortless, no action required.

** When will this all take place?

“...by the appearance of His coming.” Turn with me in your Bibles to Revelation, chapter 19, verses 11-21. (Read passage)

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