A Study in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2
Signs And Lying Wonders
We continue our study in Second Thessalonians by examining the man of sin and the role of unbelievers during the tribulation.
The impression given by prominent pre-trib writers give is the tribulation will be a time when many will come to Christ after the church is raptured. There will be "144,000 Jewish Billy Grahams" who "evangelize the world", according to Hal Lindsey, and in the Left Behind series Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins assert that those who rejected Christ "before the rapture" can be saved during the tribulation. This is a very important issue, because Left Behind is allegedly based on fact in the scriptures.
I have given a similar response concerning what many pre-tribbers believe: The Holy Spirit will be raptured with the church before the tribulation. I totally disagree the rapture will happen before then. And I disagree the Holy Spirit is raptured with the church. This causes a serious problem with the gospel itself. For further comment please read Absence of The Holy Spirit.
Paul referred to the mystery of iniquity. As all virtually agree, this is the Anti-Christ. Notice, the mystery is already at work. His coming is after the working of Satan and he will come with power and signs and lying wonders. And he will come with the ability to deceive with unrighteousness who are perishing. This raises an important question. Who are those that are perishing? Paul continues further and says that they are the ones who received not the truth that they might be saved. This is clear that these are the ones that did not receive the Lord Jesus. So then God sends on them the strong delusion to believe the lie of the Anti-christ because they delighted in unrighteousness. Therefore, the ones who rejected Christ before the tribulation cannot be saved during the tribulation because they have the delusion to follow the Anti-christ!
This raises a serious problem for all who heard the gospel message and rejected it. I hear many times people who seem so close to follow Jesus, and then don't because they feel they can live "for the devil" and then at follow the Lord later on. This is a very dangerous choice. First of all, they don't know if it's going to be easy. They don't know what will happen from one day to the next and satan can drive them further away from Christ. Or God will send them a delusion because they will not follow after righteousness. Second, their time on earth can expire before they follow the Lord. As a result, they end up in hell.
And another point, there are more signs that are occurring before our eyes. The United Nations, a tool to bring in world government. Organizations like The Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission and other groups of their ilk are dedicated to bring in a one world government (a scenario believed by those in prophesy will bring in the Anti-christ). President George HW Bush mentioning "the New World Order" in many speeches. Another sign is the Ecumenical movement, which is to bring all religions under it's umbrella (another scenario of the one world religion under Anti-christ). And so many are unaware of these signs and others. So if you who are reading this article, and have not received the Lord Jesus Christ, you need to make this decision now before the time runs out.
Articles in this study
Absence of The Holy Spirit