All posts by David R Maas

I research, write, and, every now and then, pontificate. I have experience in the history, language, and transmission of the Bible and other ancient texts. Whether this has evolved into expertise is an open question. I am a native of Seattle, Washington.

MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS

Already, the mystery of lawlessness is at work, preparing the way for the Man of Lawlessness and the Apostasy – 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7. 

Paul first explained why the “day of the Lord” has not commenced: Two events must precede it, the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” Next, he describes the “mystery of lawlessness” that was working even in his day behind the scenes to set the stage for the “arrival” of the “Lawless One,” the “son of destruction.”

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SEATED IN THE SANCTUARY

Prior to the return of Jesus, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed while sitting in the “sanctuary of God” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

According to Paul, Jesus will not return until two events take place, the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness,” and the two are closely related. This malevolent figure will cause many believers to apostatize. And not only will this man be “revealed,” that unveiling will take place “in the sanctuary of God,” where he will “sit down.”

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SON OF DESTRUCTION

Prior to the return of Jesus, many Christians will apostatize when the “Lawless One,” the “Son of Destruction,” appears within the “sanctuary.” 

As Paul explained, the “day of the Lord” will not arrive until the “apostasy” occurs and the “man of lawlessness” is unveiled. This malevolent figure will reveal himself “in the sanctuary of God,” where he will oppose “all that is called god.” But in addition to the “lawless one,” the Apostle also labels him, “the son of destruction.” Is there significance to this double appellation, or is it merely for stylistic purposes?

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THE APOSTASY

Repeatedly and consistently, the New Testament warns of the final “apostasy” that will occur prior to the return of Jesus

To the church at Thessalonica, Paul explained that the “day of the Lord” would NOT commence until, “first,” the “apostasy” occurred, along with the “revelation” of the “man of lawlessness, the son of destruction.” And in his description, the two events are inextricably linked. In doing so, he was reiterating the warning found elsewhere in the New Testament, one that originated with Jesus.

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THE LORDLY DAY

On the isle of Patmos, suddenly, John found himself “in the Spirit,” and projected into the “Day of the Lord” – Revelation 1:9-10

While exiled on the island of Patmos, John came to be “in the spirit,” where he found himself “in the lordly day” and received visions about the seven churches of Asia. Though his visions commenced in the first century, ultimately, they culminated in the final judgment, the “Day of the Lord,” when the wicked were punished and the righteous vindicated.

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE

The final day of wrath is characterized by unprecedented celestial and terrestrial events, including the “great earthquake” – Revelation 6:12-17. 

In four separate passages, Revelation refers to the coming “great earthquake,” and each time, it locates this event at the end of the age, the day of God’s final “wrath.” Chaos in the heavens and unimaginable seismic shifts on the earth will mark the arrival of the “Day of the Lord,” the Great Dénouement when God vindicates His people and punishes His enemies.

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