The mystery of lawlessness
There is a lot of misunderstanding about this number among the children of God. But the correct interpretation is one, and, moreover, very simple. To read this number, as the Bible suggests us, turn to 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, where we read: “ Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For people will:
|1 – proud||7 – ungrateful||13 – cruel|
|2 – lovers of money||8 – the wicked||14 – not loving good|
|3 – proud||9 – unfriendly||15 – traitors|
|4 – arrogant||10 – unapologetic||16 – impudent|
|5 – slanderous||11 – slanderers||17 – pompous|
|6 – disobedient to parents||12 – incontinent||18 – more voluptuous than god-loving|
Here the Holy Spirit lists the main sins of the end times, characterized by Scripture by a difficult time . During the reign of the Antichrist, these sins will be, as it were, the basic commandments. The reader noticed, of course, that only 18 sins are listed here. 18 symbolizes sin. 18 can be written as follows: 6 + 6 + 6 = 18.
Consequently, the mark that all people of the era of Antichrist should receive on the right hand or on the forehead will be 666. This means: when there is no longer the restraining Holy Spirit, people will constantly think (on the forehead) about these sins and constantly commit them (on the hand ).
We see the same in the thinking of people in the time of Noah before the flood, so the Lord was forced to destroy all people except the family of Noah, Genesis 6: 5: “And the Lord saw that great corruption of people on earth, and that all the thoughts and thoughts of the heart they were evil at all times . “
It is very clearly stated here that at all times, that is, constantly, they thought and, of course, did evil. This spirit of Satan, inciting people who have fallen in sin, was both then and now on earth among people. Therefore, in 2 Thessalonians 2: 7 we read: ” For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work .” This means that modern people also think and commit these sins, but not on such a scale as it was before the flood and as it will be under the Antichrist.
Dan.11: 36 ” And the king shall do according to his will, and ascend and magnify himself above every god, and the God of gods will speak marvelous things against, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done” .
What exactly? This man of sin “the Lord Jesus (first) will kill (in His wrath) with the spirit of His mouth and destroy it with the manifestation of His coming” when He appears on earth for the final judgment of the godless world at the end of the 70th week.
The fact that the Antichrist and the false prophet (the spirit of Satan) will be the first to be thrown into the lake of fire, we read in Rev.19: 19-20: “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight with the One sitting on a horse and with His host. And the beast was captured and with him a false prophet, who performed miracles before him, with which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image: both living were thrown into the lake of fire, burning with sulfur .
Dan.11: 37 we read further: “ And he will not think about the God of his fathers and will not respect the desire of wives , or even any deity; for he will exalt himself above all . “
Hence, it can be understood that the Antichrist is of Jewish origin. The book of Daniel is a book of the Old Testament, and in the Old Testament only Jews had God. In the expression: ” about the God of the fathers, ” the patriarchs are meant: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The expression: ” About the God of his fathers “ says that the Antichrist is a descendant of the patriarchs , that is, a Jew, since the Holy Spirit calls the patriarchs the fathers of the Antichrist . Further, we read that the Antichrist will not think about the desire for wives. A woman’s natural desire is to have a man. And since the Antichrist will ignore this desire, then we can conclude that he will be homosexual.
The remaining two-thirds, who according to Zech 13: 8 will be destroyed, received through two witnesses full information about Jesus and accepted Him as their Messiah. When the Lord calls the remnant of the 144,000 and leads them to the split Mount Eleon, the Antichrist will immediately notice this and chase after them.
I read Rev.12: 15-17: “And the serpent sent water out of his mouth after the woman like a river, in order to carry her away with the river. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon sent out of his mouth. And the dragon was furious with his wife and went to fight with the rest of her seed, keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Jesus Christ . “
The Antichrist, not catching up with the “wife”, will become angry and return to Jerusalem to enter into war with those who will have the testimony of Jesus Christ. At his direction, every Israelite will be asked whether he believes in Jesus as the Messiah.
Whoever believed the testimony of Moses and Elijah, of course, will not give up his faith and will die the death of a martyr. These martyrs make up two-thirds of the total number of Jews who accepted Jesus as their Messiah, that is, 288,000. In Zech.13: 8 and Rev.12: 17 it is said about them: “And it will be in the whole country (Israel), says the Lord: two parts in it will be destroyed … ”
and further in Rev. 20: 4 we read about them: “And I saw thrones and those sitting on them, to whom it was given to judge, and the souls of those who were beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive inscribed on his forehead and on his hand. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years . “
What is emphasized in this verse concerns martyrs. I draw special attention to the last sentence: ” They came to life and reigned with Christ for 1000 years . ” All of them died a martyr’s death in the middle of the 70th week and ended up in paradise, where the souls of the children of God were kept and whom the Lord resurrected at the end of the time of grace and caught up to Himself into heaven.
Paradise was empty for 3.5 years, but now the souls of 288,000 martyrs will enter it and will remain there until the end of the 70th week, that is, 3.5 years. At the end of the 70th week, the Lord will resurrect these martyrs – this is the second stage of the first resurrection. The Lord will resurrect them and take them to heaven.
But since at the end of the 70th week the 1000 year Kingdom will begin, they, together with the spiritual Christ (Christ is the head, and the body is the Church), will descend to earth and together with us will reign over Israel for 1000 years, but as guests! To complete our knowledge of the martyrs, let’s read also Rev. 6: 9-11:
“And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain for the word of God and for the testimony they had. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth? And each of them was given white clothes, and it was told them that they should rest for a little more time, while their co-workers and their brothers, who would be killed like them, would add to the number . “
They ask the Lord, for whom they died a martyr’s death, to avenge their murderers for their blood. They are asked to calm down for a short time, while their employees and their brothers, who will be killed, like them, will add 288,000.
It is logical to believe that the Antichrist will not be able to interrogate all the Israelites for several days in order to identify and kill those who accepted Jesus as their Messiah. This process of identification and cleansing is likely to continue until the end of the 70th week.
Church of Jesus
All of the above concerns only God’s people: Israel as a whole, as a state, remnant and martyrs. Therefore, all actions of the antichrist are directed primarily against Israel. Now consider the actions of the antichrist concerning the Church of Jesus and defining the days of the great tribulation within the 70th week.
… To do this, let us turn again to 2 Thessalonians 2: 6,7: “And now you know that does not allow him to be revealed in due time. For the mystery of iniquity is already in action, only it will not be accomplished until the one who is holding it back is taken from the environment now . “
In these verses we have two factors that prevent the Antichrist from revealing himself :
- 1. That – neuter – a part of the Church that is not present on earth.
- 2. The Retainer – Masculine – The Holy Spirit.
The part of the Church that is present on earth is we, the children of God, living at the end of the time of grace. The presence of the Holy Spirit on earth is inextricably linked with our stay on earth. Since the Antichrist cannot be revealed while a part of the Church in the person of the children of God and the Holy Spirit are on earth,
then to the children of God, who believe that we will get into the days of great tribulation, a logical question arises: if the Antichrist cannot reveal himself to our presence, then can we get into the days of great tribulation , if they are connected only with the actions of the antichrist?
The children of God cannot get into the days of great tribulation !! See also Rev.3: 7,8,10: “ And write to the angel of the Philadelphia church: … you have a little strength, and you kept my word, and did not deny my name. And as you have preserved the word of My patience, then I will also save you from the year of temptation , which will come to the whole universe to test those who live on earth .
John 5:24 ” Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life and does not come into judgment , but has passed from death to life.”
Let’s make a brief overview of the events discussed above.
So we live at the end of the time of grace. We know this not only from the messages of the Scriptures, but we personally see it from the situation and events taking place around us. And as soon as the last soul is saved, which, according to Romans 8:29, the Lord foreknew, He will not hesitate a single second to appear in the clouds and take the Church to Himself – His bride.
This is well described in 1 Cor. 15: 51-53. Together with the Church, the Holy Spirit will also be taken from the earth. After the rapture of the Church, as we noted above, the Antichrist will be revealed and the 70th week will begin, the completion of the judgment over God’s people, determined by God in Dan.9: 24.
During these seven years of the 70th week, the church will celebrate the wedding with Jesus in heaven and observe the events taking place on earth from heaven.
The 70th week is divided into two halves of 3.5 years, 42 weeks or 1260 days .
In the first half of the 70th week in Israel, two witnesses of the Lord (Moses and Elijah) will prophesy, and the Antichrist will sit on the throne, posing as Christ. Relative peace will reign throughout the earth.
Through the prophecy of two witnesses, 432,000 Israelites will believe in Jesus as their Messiah, of whom in the middle of the 70th week the Lord will call 144,000 – the remnant of Israel and hide it in the split Mount of Eleon for 3.5 years, until the end of the week.
In the middle of the 70th week, two witnesses will finish their ministry, and the Antichrist will kill them and reveal his true face – satanic nature. During the second half of the 70th week, he will kill the remaining two-thirds of the Israelites who have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the 70th week, the Lord will resurrect the martyrs (the second stage of the first resurrection), will take them to heaven, and together with them the spiritual Christ (Christ with all the saints) will appear on earth to complete the judgment of the godless world (1 Thess. 3:13).
Antichrist and false prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire. All the other atheists will perish, and their souls will go to hell for preservation, where the souls of all the other atheists are kept. Satan and his demons will be bound for 1000 years.
Having dealt with the ungodly world, Satan and his demons, the Lord will lead the remnant of Israel out of the Mount of Eleon. From this moment, the 1000 year Kingdom will begin, in which the spiritual Christ (Jesus and the Church) will reign over the Israelite people together with all the other saints: those saved before the flood, after the flood before the law, according to the law, and martyrs. All non-Church saints are guests. Amen.