Anti-Christ Stands in Temple Before Christ Returns

     “Whoa, Wayneman,” some will say.  “My preacher told me, ‘You better get right because Christ could come tonight!'”

     Although God is sovereign and can do whatever He pleases, He’ll keep His word first.  And He said by His Spirit through His apostle Paul that there are several pre-requisite prophecies that must come to pass before He comes back. 

     A, B, C must happen first.  1, 2, 3 takes place, then He returns.  

     But which coming are we talking about though?  The Big Coming.  The Coming when Christ is “revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.”  We’re talking “flaming fire taking vengeance” on the disobedient.  No time for political correctness during this coming.  It’s His coming “to be glorified in His saints {that’s us–the set apart sons and daughters, His princes and princesses}.  It’s that coming seen in II Thessalonians 1:7-10.

     But the Thessalonians in 54 A.D. were worried that “Christ could come tonight!”  So Paul consoles them and admonishes them to “be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled…as that the day of Christ is at hand…” (2:2)  Don’t get shook, he’s saying.  Certain things must happen first before this terrible day of vengeance comes.  1, 2, 3…

  1.    Deception reigns. He warns, “Let no man deceive you by any means” (2:3).  This is exactly what Christ told his disciples when asked for a sign of HIs coming: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:3-4).  So there will be wholesale deception in the world around the time of His coming.
  2.    Because of the deception, there will come a “falling away” from the true faith.  Because of the unbelief of the people, an apostasy of grand proportions will engulf the earth.  The masses will fall for false teachings about God.  So much so that “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…” (2:3, 11).  
  3.    Because of the delusion of the masses, the Anti-Christ, the “man of sin…the son of perdition” will be revealed–the Devil Incarnate.  His characteristics?  He “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God…so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2:3-4).  Now who would fall for him?  All those deluded and deceived by his “power and signs and lying wonders” (v. 9).
  4.    The temple of God must be rebuilt in Jerusalem first before the man of sin can exalt himself in it.  This is a huge sign.  When we hear of this taking place, the Big Coming is getting close.  The rest of chapter 2 is our consolation wherein God comforts his followers through the end time as Christ puts an end to the evil.

     The time of the end will be catastropic on a world wide scope.  Political, ecclesiastical, and geological  upheavals will abound during this time of “great tribulation.”  This is why the Thessalonians in 54 A.D. were worried.  They believed that they would be around when the end-time terror and horror went down.  They did not believe that they would mystically and conveniently escape through a rapturous opening in the clouds.  They knew they would barely make it through the hard times, and that only with God’s help.  But that’s another post.

     So, that’s why I say, Christ cannot come back tonight.  Too many specific things must happen first.  And they are happening fast.  We need to watch and be alert.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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One response to “Anti-Christ Stands in Temple Before Christ Returns

  1. twelvebooks

    1. Deception reigns. He warns, “Let no man deceive you by any means” (2:3). This is exactly what Christ told his disciples when asked for a sign of HIs coming: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:3-4). So there will be wholesale deception in the world around the time of His coming.
    2. Because of the deception, there will come a “falling away” from the true faith. Because of the unbelief of the people, an apostasy of grand proportions will engulf the earth. The masses will fall for false teachings about God. So much so that “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…” (2:3, 11).

    http://thedisappearance.wordpress.com/2008/06/15/prophecy-in-the-news-deceptions-of-jesus-christ/

    3. Because of the delusion of the masses, the Anti-Christ, the “man of sin…the son of perdition” will be revealed–the Devil Incarnate. His characteristics? He “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God…so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2:3-4). Now who would fall for him? All those deluded and deceived by his “power and signs and lying wonders” (v. 9).

    Some people believe this will happen after a pre-tribulation rapture, meaning that many Christians will not witness the unveiling of the antichrist… just the very, very beginning of his come-to-power.

    4. The temple of God must be rebuilt in Jerusalem first before the man of sin can exalt himself in it. This is a huge sign. When we hear of this taking place, the Big Coming is getting close. The rest of chapter 2 is our consolation wherein God comforts his followers through the end time as Christ puts an end to the evil.

    Temple Institute working on blueprints for Third Temple:
    http://www.prophecynews.co.uk/content/view/543/1/

    Christ can come back tonight.

    Thank you for visiting my site.

    Blessed,
    TheDisappearance.Wordpress.Com

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