The phrase, he who now restrains, is not found anywhere in scripture. The one that is taken out of the way is the man of sin; he is also called the beast.
At the end of the great tribulation the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).
2 Thes 2:3 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
The false teachers in the church would have you believe that this man of lawlessness cannot be revealed until “he who now restrains” him is taken out of the way (2 Thes 2:7-8).
Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition
The beast is the son of perdition. The word perdition means waste or destroy, and refers to spiritual destruction (2 Pet 2:1-3, 3:7).
2 Thes 2:4 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, shewing himself that he is God.
The mystery of he who now restrains is revealed to be yet another Christian fable. The purpose of the false teaching on he who now restrains, is to attempt to justify the pre-tribulation fairy tale that many fearful Christians buy into.
In order to convince the false church that the rapture, or gathering of the elect occurs before this end time tribulation, many deceptive doctrines are introduced. He as God sits in the Temple of God, is part of a verse that is one of the most misused and misunderstood in relationship to both Prophecy, and the Christian Identity. The gross misrepresentation of this verse is used to propagate the false theory of a rebuilt jewish temple in the last days.
Satan seeks to impersonate God, and the place where the Holy Spirit should dwell often is occupied by him.
1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
The phrase,”He as God sits in the Temple of God” should not be a mystery. Scripture informs us that Satan is the god of this world.
Satan imitating God, dwells in the place of God, showing himself that he is a god (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Acts 7:48; 17:24; Rev 11:19).
2 Thes 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
What were the things that Paul told the Thessalonians earlier on regarding the return of Jesus?
The “he who now restrains” theory that the Holy Spirit is removed at the end of the messages to the seven churches, is utter gibberish. The Lord shall descend from heaven at the last trump, which is at the end of the great tribulation (1 Thes 4:16). The great tribulation is not the wrath of God.
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
At the last trump the mystery of Christ is fulfilled and thus revealed for all to see.
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The kingdom of God is wherever Christ is, and He brings this kingdom to us, as opposed to taking us to it.
Luke 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
2 Thes 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
The words, what withholdeth, actually refer to keeping or holding fast to something learned.
Hold fast, and keep what is learned, has nothing at all to do with…
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