The Man of Lawlessness

November 20, 2008 at 10:06 am | Posted in Eschatology, Theology | Leave a comment

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4.  This is another passage that helps explain my migration from a pre-tribulation theology to post-tribulation theology.  In this passage, “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” and “our being gathered to him” – certainly the rapture of the church – are equated as one event, simply “that day.”  Then we are told “that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed.”  This man of lawlessness must be the one often referred to as the antichrist. (That is the incorrect biblical term.  In the NT, every time “antichrist” is used, it is a reference to anyone who opposes Jesus.  See 1 John 2:18-25, 4:1-3.  We should instead call this one the beast or the lawless one.)  This man of lawlessness will “oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God . . . proclaiming himself to be God.”  There are only two explanations for this chronology: either the beast will be revealed before the beginning of the Great Tribulation or the rapture takes place after the Great Tribulation.  The last of those two choices is the only one that makes any sense at all.

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