Chapter Two, Lesson Two
REJECTING THE TRUTH Page
V. 7 (contd.)
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
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
Spirits restraining influence is taken out of the way, what happens
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
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