2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4~"Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him,that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that Man of Sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
Matthew 24:12~"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold".
This is a time when the transgression of Abomination occurs and many of the professing
Churches are deceived by false prophets ruled by Satan. Man of sin who sits and rules in the Holy Temple of God (Churches) as if he was God. The mystery of Iniquity shall "abound" more so than at any time in this world's short history at which time the love of God shall grow cold. In fact, right here in 2nd Thessalonians 2:6-8
tells us this iniquity was being restrained or held down (when the text was written) until a time when He who restrains is taken out of the midst. In other words, iniquity (Lawlessness, Sin, Wickedness, Transgression) was being held down, but the prophesy was that at sometime in the future (spoken of as when he who restrains it would be taken out of the midst) this iniquity would be loosed and then the man of sin is revealed to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Many will be deceived by this iniquity and it gives the reason as, because they refused to receive the love of truth! 2nd Thessalonians 2:10. They reject TRUTH for their OWN version of the truth, therefore they are deceived by the words of man of sin in the professing Temple of God, where they claim to be follower of Jesus Christ, etc. Man exalting man's power, goodness, etc. Man saying that God declares Homosexuality is not an abomination
. Man saying God declares abortion is not murder, etc., etc. Man saying that God LOVES all without exception and that we ALL are his children, etc. This is a man of sin who is ruling as God in the Holy Temple. Remember, after the cross, the Holy Temple was no longer a building in Jerusalem. It is either one of three things.
1. The Lord Jesus Christ
2. The Body of a believer
3. The Church
Those are the only three things possible after the cross to be prophesied as the Holy Temple of God. You cannot have a "shadow" which has been fulfilled by Christ, returning and returning as the Holy Temple again. Therefore, the building in Jerusalem no longer qualified to be prophesied as the Holy Temple of God after the cross
. It is a shadow that was fulfilled
So since abomination cannot stand in Christ, nor in the body of a believer where Christ dwells and will never leave nor forsake them, it can only stand in the churches
. You see the Holy Temple is built not only with Gold, and silver and precious stones, but also with wood, hay, and stubble. i.e., all in the Churches are not Saved
. Of course, this is no secret or a new revelation.
1st Corinthians 3:10~"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
Jesus is that Corner stone of this holy temple and we are built upon Him, but all are not precious building material. these who are wood, hay, and stubble are the unfaithful in the Church
. Because of these
, near the second advent, abomination will stand and RULE in the Holy Temple as the Churches fall away, or apostate from God in GREAT NUMBERS.
It is clear this coming time when iniquity will abound (come to the full or multiply), coincides with Satan being loosed (Revelation 20). Man, being deceived by the spirit of antichrist coming with all power, and signs and Lying wonders, will think to change times and laws and rule as if he were God in the Temple. As Judas was one of the 12, yet betrayed our Lord, so many false prophets and false teachers will deceive many, and many will betray Christ in the Church. When man sets himself up as the authority in the church, his law replacing God's Word, this is an abomination
that God WILL make desolate. We have false professors in most of the churches in our day, and this abomination leads to it's Desolation~JUST AS IT DID BEFORE CHRIST CAME!
The "mystery of iniquity" was already at work at the time Paul was writing this ( 2nd Thessalonians 2:7
), but it was being restrained that it could not come to the full until it's time
. Just as we can read the Anti Christ was already in the world at the time of the apostles ( 1st John 2:18 ), but would also come in the future. It all refers to the Spirit of Satan who indwells "man" and deceives him and causes him to fall away from the TRUE TEACHINGS OD THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Since the cross, this ( The Great Tribulation period ) has not been allowed to occur, for Christ restrains it as He was building His Church. But near the return of the Lord Jesus (verse 1-4) then this apostasy
must take place. As it is written, Judgment must begin at the House of God. Christ Restrained it by the Cross. Bound Satan! Verse seven refers to that, saying it would continue to be restrained until He be taken out of the midst. When a church (The Holy Temple of God) falls away from the faith, it has no Spirit of God in the midst (i.e., where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst ( Matthew 18:20). When the Spirit is no more in the midst of a Church, iniquity abounds. Apostasy sets in and man rules in the place of God
by following his own teachings instead of God's. This is what 2nd Thessalonians 2 speaks about and agrees perfectly with Daniel 7-12; Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21 and Revelation 20, etc.
Simply put, the man of sin is the man of sin
an individual, but man of sin. Just as I would say the man of lawfulness or faithfulness worships in the Temple. It's not a reference to one single man, but to the man who is faithful or follows the teachings of God. Likewise, the man of sin is just the opposite
! Any betrayer of Christ, just as Judas was deceived of Satan to betray Christ. Any false teachers that seek to establish themselves as authority "over" the teaching of God
, abandoning His Word for their own private interpretations, this is the man of SIN. We are seeing this falling away right now in the Churches. There are many Churches today ruled by the man of sin instead of God. Not a few, many! These are those who make up their own rules and doctrines to govern themselves, rather than humbly receive God's word. And can the Coming of the lord be far off? even so, Come Lord Jesus! All of God's children said....AMEN, AMEN.