The man of lawlessness!
Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3
Because of Christ’s love He has warned the Church about one man who will come that will be known for terrible evil and lawlessness. This person will be called the ‘man of lawlessness’. We should know about him to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and warn others.
“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)
The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly. (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3) According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed. Some in Paul’s day were saying that the day of the Lord had already come. He wrote this to address the concern that some had missed the rapture. We are still watching for this to happen today.
Paul goes on to describe the man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god. He will do this through Satan by counterfeit signs and wonders. (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10) These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love truth. They will be deluded and go to their destruction. (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
We have a choice each day to read and believe God and His word. If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie. Lies may sound good, but they lead to destruction. God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth. This is all a gift of God’s grace. Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.