V1- The subject of
discussion is “The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”,
Matthew 24:30, Mark13: 26, 1Thessalonians 4:15-16.
“And our GATHERING TOGETHER unto Him.” Matthew
GATHER TOGETHER His elect, Matthew13:27,
GATHER TOGETHER in one all things in Christ,
CAUGHT UP TOGETHER to meet the Lord, 1Thessalonians
It is very important that we understand that this
verse is referring to the COMING of Jesus, Matthew
24:30, that happens IMMEDIATELY AFTER the
Tribulation, Matthew 24:29, when He GATHERS TOGETHER
His saints, Matthew 24:31, to take them off to their
rewards, Revelations 11:18, at the Marriage Supper
of the Lamb. Revelations 19:8-9.
V2- whether you hear something from a spirit, or
somebody’s words, or even a letter from Paul,
(Galatians 1:8). Don’t get all shook up and start
thinking that the “DAY OF CHRIST” is today.
V3-A warning not to be deceived by man, (Matthew
24:5,11, 24) (2Timothy 3:13). Bible schools and
pre-tribulation rapturists. For THAT DAY (verse1)
shall not happen until two events happen FIRST:
(1) “A falling away” (apostasy or rejection and
despising of the Truth), Isaiah 24:2-6, 29:10-17,
Ezekiel 7:25-27, Amos 8:11-14, Micah 3:5-7, 2Timothy
(2) “And that Man of Sin”, (son of perdition,
anti-Christ) be revealed.” The phrase, “son of
perdition” comes from the Greek word “DIABLO”, which
means SATAN himself and not just one of his demons.
This means the “ANTI-CHRIST” will be the incarnation
of Satan and his power in a man, (Daniel 8:24,
Revelations 13:2,4), just like Jesus was the
incarnation of God in a man (1Timothy 3:16).
V4-This verse tells us what the anti-Christ is going
to do when he is revealed, (verse 3), to the world.
Daniel 11:36-37, 8:11, Revelations 13:6. This verse
shows that there has to be a TEMPLE. His actions in
the temple are described in Daniel 8:11, “sanctuary
was cast down.” Daniel 11:31, “pollute the
sanctuary”. “Blaspheme His name and His tabernacle”
(Revelation 13:6). Notice the fact that the
anti-Christ “SITS” in the temple. In Matthew 24:15,
the “Abomination” “STANDS’ in the “Holy Place”,
(temple-Acts 6:13, 21:28). From this we understand
that the Anti-Christ and the abomination are two
different things. But they will both be in the
temple. Since the anti-Christ is given the power of
Satan for 3½ years, (Revelations 13:2,5), we assume
that he sets himself in the temple at the same time
that the sacrifice is taken away and the abomination
is placed by his people, (Daniel 11:31) which is the
midst of the last 7 years, (Daniel 9:27, 11:31) or
3½ years. This may be part of Satan’s attempt to
counterfeit the Messiah predicted in the Old
Testament scriptures. Malachi 3:1, Like coming out
of Egypt, Hosea 11:1. (See the explanation in Daniel
11 for more scripture on the temple.)
V5-Paul tells them to remember the times he exhorted
them in the past. Consider 1Thessalonians 2:14-3:7,
4:13-18, 5:1-4, where he told them about the 2nd
coming, I Thessalonians 4:16, destruction, 5:3,
persecution, 2:15, tribulation, 3:4, the power of
Satan, 2:18, 3:5, and how Satan can persecute us to
a certain limit, 3:1,5, at which time God steps in
and comforts us, 3:6-7, (2Corinthians 7:6). This of
course shows that God is in control of the Devil.
Job 1:7-12, 1Corinthians 10:13.
V6-Now with these thoughts established in their
minds, Paul tells them: “And now ye know what withholdeth”, (God’s spirit holds back the Devil).
“That he”, Satan-the son of perdition “Anti-Christ.”
“Might be revealed” Notice the word “revealed” in
verse 3 & 8. Revealed to world as in verse 4.
“In his time”. “.”For at the time appointed
shall be.” Daniel 8:19, 11:27, 11:29. So now we know
that God is holding back the power of the Devil
until the time appointed, which is the LAST 42
MONTHS, Revelation 13:5.
V7-“For the mystery, (Revelation 17:5), of iniquity
doth already work”. The power of Satan has been
working in the world since Eden. Genesis 3,
1Chronicles 21:1, Luke 22:3, Acts 26:18, 2
Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2, Colossians 1:12,
1Thessalonians 2:18, 1Peter 5:8, 1John2:18, but God
is and has been controlling it, Job 1:7-12, John
“Only he”, God or the Holy Spirit.
“Who now letteth”, Let means to hinder or hold down,
Romans 1:13 or the Greek concordance.
“Will let”, God will hold down or control Satan’s
“Until he be taken out of the way”, until the Holy
Spirit is taken out of the way of Satan’s path “and
power was given unto him to continue 42 months”, 3½
years, (Revelation 13:5). Psalm 76:10 Tells us how
God “lets “ or restrains man’s wrath.
V8-“And then”, when the Holy Spirit stops holding
back the Devil…
“Shall that wicked be revealed”. The beginning of
Satan’s 42-month rampage, which starts with taking
over the temple (Verse 4) and placing the
Abomination, (Daniel 11:31) in the temple, (Matthew
“Whom”, the anti-Christ.
“The Lord shall consume with the spirit of His
mouth”, Psalm 18:8,13, Isaiah 46:6, Isaiah 30:27-28,
Hosea 6:5, Joel 3:16, Amos 1:2, Zechariah 14:12,
Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 19:15,21.
“And shall destroy with the brightness of His
coming” The destruction of anti-Christ at
Armageddon, Psalm 18:12, Isaiah 17:12-14, 29:5-6,
66:15-16, Ezekiel 38:18-23, 39:6, Nahum 1:5-6,
Habakkuk 3:4-6, Zephaniah 1:18, Zechariah 14:1-5,12,
2Thessalonians 1:7-8, Revelation 6:16, 16:17, 19:21.
Although this chapter deals with the coming of the
Lord To Gather His Saints, Matthew 24:29-31, this
verse which talks of the destruction of the
anti-Christ, brings into view the coming of Jesus
when He returns with His Saints, (75 days after the
rapture, Daniel 12:12), to destroy the anti-Christ
at Armageddon, Zechariah 14:1-5, Revelation
V9-“Even him” Jesus
“Whose coming is after.” Matthew 24:29-31, Daniel
“The working of Satan.” Daniel 7:21-22, 8:24, 12:7,
“With all power and signs and lying wonders.” Daniel
11:38-39, Matthew 24:24, Revelation 13:5-7. The
Greek work “kata” used for “After” is used 72 times
in the New Testament. Beside this verse it is used 6
times to denote TIME, (as explained above), and 65
times to mean “Like or according to” which would
make this verse as follows:
“Even him”, Anti-Christ.
“Whose coming is after”, His appearance will be
according to or like, Revelation 13:2, Daniel 8:24.
“The working of Satan”, Daniel 7:21. 8:24.
“with all power and signs and lying wonders”,
In this case “Even him” would be referring back to:
“And then shall that wicked be revealed”, in Verse
8. Both of these interpretations are valid. The
former goes with the time element in verse 3.
The latter goes with the person of the Anti-Christ
in verse 3,(DIABLO).
V10-“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish”, All unrighteousness is sin.
1John 5:17, and deceives us, Romans 7:11, and
hardens our heart, Hebrews 3:13, that we cannot
deliver our soul, Isaiah 44:20, and it slays us,
Romans 6:6, 7:11.
“because they received not the love of the truth”,
The truth is Jesus, John 14:6, His Word, John 17:17,
and God gives us the love for Jesus, 2Thessalonians
3:5. But, most people love darkness, John 3:19,
rather than light, Jesus, John 1:9.
“That they might be saved”, Saved through Jesus,
John 3:17, the only way, John 14:6. In other words,
people perish in their own sin because they reject
the only thing that can save them-The Truth, JESUS.
V11-“And for this cause”, because they received not
the love of the truth, verse 10.
“God shall send them strong delusion, (verse 9),
that they should believe a lie”, Isaiah 45:7,
63:3-4, Romans 1:28. THE DECEIVED AND THE DECEIVER
are His. Job 12:16. If you don’t want the truth,
(Jesus), what else is left but lies? Because when it
comes to Jesus, there is only one shade of (white as
in lies). 1John 1:5. All the rest is a lie, even 1%
gray. Numbers 14:24, 32:11. There are no neutrals
V12-“That they all might be Damned”. Final Judgment,
“Who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness (sin)”. This is talking about the
willing rejection of truth to go after sin. John
3:19 (the word condemnation in that verse also means
“Judgment”. Jesus said, “They that reject my Word”
(truth) will be judged by the same in the last day”.
(WHITE THRONE) JOHN 12:48. Paul said to those that
rejected the truth: “you have judged yourselves
unworthy of everlasting life”. Acts 13:46. God
doesn’t send people. They put themselves there. They
are “condemned (judged) of themselves” Titus 3:11,
“The show of their countenance doth witness against
them.” Isaiah 3:9, “They have refused to return”,
Jeremiah 5:3. God said to Israel, “You have
destroyed yourself,” Hosea 13:9. Once you reject the
truth, God himself will send the lie, 1Kings 22:22,
that you may be judged for it, BY the WORD you
REJECTED. John 12:48.