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Mystery of Lawlessness Working Today,
Restrained By the Holy Spirit (2 Thes.2:6-8)
2 Thes. 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (KJV) . . . And now ye know what withholdeth . . . commentators suggest three possibilities: #1. government and law, which help to curb evil; #2. the ministry and activity of the church and the effects of the Gospel, or #3. the Holy Spirit. To me, there is no doubt that it is the Holy Spirit. I have a question: What is it that can withhold evil in the world? To me, there is ONLY one answer! It is the Holy Spirit. Governments cannot do it, they have never done it, and they never will be able to do it. The Roman Empire could not do it; because it was an evil force itself just as most government has always been evil. People today go in to politics, saying what all they will do, and what they will not do. As we know from our government down through the years, the vast majority of them are LIARS! They may go in as good moral people, but so many of them come out as crooks.
That he might be revealed in his time . . . just as God appoints times and seasons for all His works, so too it will be for the revealing of the Antichrist (Rev.6:1-2) . . . AND too, as well as for his ruin (Rev.19:20).
It is my humble opinion that when the Rapture takes place, and all TRUE believers are removed, the Holy Spirit is also removed to a great extent! WHY? Because the Holy Spirit abides and resides in all TRUE children of God (Rom.8:9). From the time they are baptized with the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), until they die a physical death, the Holy Spirit is with the TRUE believer in their life on Earth, and for ever! (Jn.14:16,26; Rom.5:5; 8:9-11,15-16; 1 Cor.3:16; 6:19; 2 Jn.1:2).
So, WHAT is it that hinders the man of sin frombeing revealed? The Holy Spirit! When the TRUE church is removed at the Rapture, and only the great whore (false churches, cults) are left behind, the Holy Spirit will no longer be present in the abundant way that He was before the Rapture. Nothing can come to pass until that time comes! By that which withheld or hindered the open appearance of Antichrist, I believe to be the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity. http://www.hisservants.org/books_our_awesome_triune_god.html
When the TRUE church is removed, the Holy Spirit within ALL these souls will also be removed, because when the Spirit is given to a TRUE believer, He is there for ever (Jn.14:16; 2 Jn.1:2). . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm
I believe that the Holy Spirit will still be in the world, working as usual, trying to get through to these stubborn, hard-hearted ones left behind at the Rapture, but I think their hearts will be SO hard, it will be rare that He breaks through to one of them.
2 Thes. 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (KJV) . . . The mystery of the wicked one, meaning either Antichrist himself, and the spirit of antichrist, which was already in the world, (1 Jn.2:18), mystery would be a good name for the Antichrist. Or the mystery could be the evil doctrines and practices of Antichrist may be intended . . . because the doctrine of the Gospel is called a mystery (Eph.6:19), and the mystery of godliness (1 Tim.3:16) . . . so too the doctrines and practices of the Antichrist may be called the mystery of iniquity, especially because sins were secretly spread, imbibed and practiced. The mystery of iniquity had already begun to work in Paul's day, and my friend, it continues to work double-time today! The Lord Jesus spoke a parable in Matthew 13:24-30, which reveals the condition of the world today. The Word of God is being sown out in the field of the world, but the enemy comes and sows weeds. The weeds and the wheat grow together side by side. The Word of God and lawlessness grow together today. Dear one, the world is getting worse day by day, and will continue until Jesus comes to take His people out! Then, iniquity and lawlessness shall take over BIG time!
Only he who now letteth, will let, until he be taken out of the way . . . lawlessness will continue to get worse and worse, but the Holy Spirit will not let Satan go all the way in this age. BUT, when the Holy Spirit is significantly removed at the Rapture, it will be like taking the cap off a bottle of soda that has been shaken! The molten lava of lawlessness will pour out all over the world in that day.
When will the Holy Spirit be taken out? I believe that He will be taken out with the church. Will the Holy Spirit be in the world during the Great Tribulation? YES, He will! Wasn't He in the world BEFORE Pentecost? YES! He was present in the days of the Old Testament, but He had a different job. He will also be on a different assignment after the church is removed. In today’s world, the Spirit of God is sealing souls until the day of redemption (Eph.1:13-14; 4:30), when He will present us and deliver us safely to the Lord Jesus at the Rapture. If He did NOT do that, we would never be able to make it. After the Rapture, I believe the task of the Holy Spirit will be similar to what He did in the Old Testament . . . BUT. . . it is my opinion that He will NOT hinder evil as He does today . . . He will let Satan have his way for a while. Can you even begin to imagine what the world would be like IF the Holy Spirit was not withholding evil today? It is horrible enough with all the abortion, adultery, alcohol, drugs, fornication, homosexuality and all weird forms of sexual immorality including same sex marriage, murder, incest, rape, violence and witchcraft . . . EVERYWHERE! All these are an abomination, disrespect and irreverence to our gracious God! I do NOT want to be on the Earth when the devil has his way in the Great Tribulation! Do you want to be here?
See Special Comments on 2 Thessalonians 2 for comment on Mystery and the Antichrist.
2 Thes. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (KJV) . . . That lawless one, that man of sin, is the Antichrist who shall set himself above ALL the laws of God and man, and dispenses them at his pleasure, who judges all men, but will be judged by no man, because he will be ruler of the world. This is PROPHECY! This Satanic person IS coming!
Whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth . . . the Lord Jesus, is Lord of lords, and God over all; and is well able to do what is stated here. Jesus will in time do this!
With the spirit of his mouth . . . if Jesus could create the Universe (Jn.1:3,10; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16; Heb.1:1-2), by the breath of His mouth (Gen.1:3,6,9,11,14,20,22, 24,26), WHY wouldn’t He be able to destroy anything or anyone that He chose to, just by speaking (Ps.33:6)? God is ALL powerful! Believe it! In the Scriptures, the breath of God, the sword of the Spirit, the two-edged sword of law and Gospel, come out of His mouth, and are sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb.4:12;Rev.1:16). It is by this wondrous sword that sinners are cut to the heart, hewn and slain, convicted and converted . . . and so by this same way shall the Antichrist be consumed and destroyed. We indeed serve a mighty God!
And shall destroy with the brightness of his coming . . . much more than this is to be feared from the breath of Christ's mouth. Turn to Jesus today if you haven't done so.
Topics on the Coming Rapture
Beware of False Doctrines
Church Replaces Israel?
Conditions Before Rapture
Confusion Over Doctrines
Day of the Lord
Day of the Lord 2
Focuses on Jesus
God Deals with Church and Israel Differently
Mark of the Beast
No One Knows When!
Opening Seventh Seal
Reason for the Day of the Lord
Receiving New Bodies
Timing of the Day of the Lord
What Is the Day of the Lord?
Why I Believe in the Pre-trib Rapture