Near to the Heart of God: A Study of the Book of Hebrews ...

Near to the Heart of God: A Study of the Book of Hebrews ...

Pauls Epistles to the Thessalonians Lesson 14 Scripture Twisting and The Second Coming, Part 2 2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 September 26, 2010 I. Introduction to Lesson 14 A. Augustine: I dont know what it means. B. This is perhaps Pauls most perplexing text, so we would do well to heed Peters warning and exhortation in 2 Peter 3:14-18. C. Two perplexing problems:

1. The identification of the man of lawlessness 2. The identification of the restrainer D. The need for caution and restraint the identification of the man of lawlessness throughout church history. E. A clarification from last weeks message. F. A further thought on last weeks message. G. The Abomination of Desolation earlier and later prototypes. 1. Daniel (e.g. 7:21-27; 9:24-27; 11:29-39) 2. Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), 169 BC 3. Gaius (Caligula), AD 40 4. Jewish War, AD 66-70 (Zealots & Romans)

5. Johns Antichrists (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 7) 6. Conclusion: multiple fulfillment of prophecy H. Observation: Pauls purpose was not to identify key players, but to show the sequential order of prophecy (which disproved the claim of the Scripture twisters). I. A recommended approach (suggested by 1 Thessalonians 5:27 and Revelation 1:3). II. The mystery of lawlessness and the man of lawlessness (man of sin, 1 John 3:4) A. The mystery of lawlessness 1. Continuous throughout history 2. Something not grasped (Ephesians 3, 5)

3. How is lawlessness a mystery today? B. The man of lawlessness III. The principle of restraint and the Restrainer A. Continuous through history B. Cosmic as well as earthly? C. Somehow personified in a person (as is lawlessness) D. The ultimate Restrainer is God IV. The appearance and sudden destruction of the man of lawlessness A. His destruction is not described in terms of a great, extended struggle.

B. Some aspects of his reign and demise are not included. C. Pauls point is to underscore the Sovereignty of God and His infinite superiority to Satan and this man. V. The relationship between the man of lawlessness & a lawless society (vss. 9-12). A. The mystery of lawlessness B. The deceiver C. The deceived VI. Conclusion and application A. The purpose of the passage and the argument of chapters 1 and 2 B. Restrainer: this primary focus is not on the

identity of the person, but on the purpose of the restraint C. The sovereignty of God (the certainty of prophecy and the security of the saints) D. Immanence and the passing of time 1. Matthew 24 2. Luke 12:35-48 (45*) E. Why is the possible Thessalonian error not more of a threat to Christians in America?

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