Thursday, 22 April 2010

Son of Perdition

2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

The phrase "Man of lawlessness" is actually "son of perdition" in KJV
same phrase Jesus supposedly uses of Judas in John 17:12

suggesting an a-millennial view - cf the Revelation paper i wrote

then the coming of the 2nd advent is much like the Cross
where the forces of darkness gain strength
there is a 'handing over hour'
there is much confusion - not sure about the false miracles - but i'm sure that's somehow connected to Exodus plagues linking up to the cross

Judas then is the lawless man that is the 'antiChrist' (cf 1 John 2's definition of antichrist - people from within the church) who is revealed at the appointed time

so continuing with the Revelation theology - what then is Judas? it must be Mammon within the church - the Prostitute will be revealed on the last day... how will it be exposed?

maybe: Luke 2:35 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

the Sword now from the Lord's mouth that will open up the hearts to find Satan within - possessing them just like he did Judas

or something like that...

4 comments:

J and C @ Q1NGHA1 said...

prophet Dev!

yemsee said...

er... i'm quite sure not...

Alan McGuffog said...

I would be interested in hearing your views on the doctrine of the papal antichrist as historically in reformed circles that has been the standard position argued from such texts. This view today is rarely spoken about probably because it is generally believed that personal bias (e.g. persecution faced by protestants from the church of Rome) shaped such a doctrine but i've never been fully convinced that this on its own is a good enough rebuttal. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Blessings in Christ,

Alan

yemsee said...

papal antichrist?
well i can see the point... from the church against the church
but i think that kind of pharisetical leader is one of the many antichrists that John talks about.. and the influence of that, as Luke comments, is again Mammon

every church member who rises up to teach against Christ (whether consciously or not) is anti-Christ, and the motivation for that is always the same... lust of the eyes, of the flesh, pride of life... the anatomy of Mammon