Implications Of Recent News On Jerusalem To Build a New 3rd Temple.

The irony is tonight’s Bible reading is in 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2— When Paul wrote this to early believers in the Thessalonian church he was rectifying an error and heresy that Christ already came. The Apostle Paul encourages them and says thaf they were not left.

This also I believe is significant for modern world events, to understand. Recently, the News has covered the story of attempts by a new emerging Sanhidrin in Jerusalem to start building a third temple- the last temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

The Apostle Paul writes: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?”

“Lawless one” presumably the antichrist. He will set himself up in ‘God’s temple’ and as believers we know that the Apostle Paul and the other Apostles call the true redeemed people of God, “The Temple” and “Church”

yet in the context of 2 Thessalonians 2— in this particular passage, it is an actual building that the Lawless one will eventually set himself up in defiance against God and Christ.

—Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter —asserting 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 rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

(2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

We see also how this individual will seem to be able to powerfully deceive, but those he succeeds to deceive will be those who are perishing already in sin and deception. A refusal to believe the true Gospel and continually hardening of their hearts.

“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”

Biblical scholars grapple with what this means and some think it means the Church (Believers of Christ) others think God withdrawing His Spirit from the world entirely that restrains evil. I personally am not certain either way. Yet we do know when the “Lawless one” comes, he will eventually be destroyed when “whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

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