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This "Page" focuses on the paragraph in 2 Thessalonians that describes the short ministry of the coming "man of sin" often called the "Anti-Christ."

It is good to study all types of Scripture ... including Bible Prophecy!

What practical value can the study of prophecy have in our lives?  John says that constantly expecting Jesus to come again will keep us pure in our behavior!

 A Preacher in his Study

1 John 3:3 --- "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure."

He is speaking of the Blessed Hope of the return of Jesus!

Here is the text in its entirety:

  "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."    2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

 

MARCH 30, 2004 (TUESDAY)

I don't want to be some kind of an old pessimist today ... but dark clouds are gathering around the beloved United States of America!  Difficult days are ahead for our Country!  A nation cannot sin habitually and stubbornly and rebelliously for years and years without facing God's judgment!

BUT dark days are not only ahead for our country ... the whole world will face them as well.

I am one of those preachers who believes in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!

1 Thessalonians 4 tells us that Jesus first is coming to gather His saints and take them out of this earth to be with Him for evermore.  (I still call this event the "Rapture.")  See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Once the Believers are gone ... a period of time will come upon earth that is so bad ...

"And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."  Mark 13:20

This terrible period of time is called the "Tribulation" or the "Time of Jacob's Trouble!"  See Jeremiah 30:7 --- "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."

All this leads me to our verse for today.

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."  2 Thessalonians 2:8

At the beginning of the Tribulation someone comes on the world seen who is often called the "Anti-Christ."  (Anti, a Greek preposition can mean "against."  But also it can mean "in the stead of!")

Our Thessalonians verse calls this man "that wicked" or "that wicked" (one).  Just as Jesus was the fullness of godliness ... so will this man be the fullness of ungodliness!

Earlier in the Epistle Paul calls this enemy of Jesus "that man of sin!"  Also he is named "the son of perdition!"  (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

The adjective "wicked" translates the Greek word "anomos."  It means ("a") without the ("nomos") law.  A man of no law.  A lawless one. 

Look around in this old world today!  There are more and more flagrant violations of the law!  Courts ignore precedent.  Congress pretends that the separation of the branches of government no longer exists.  Former Presidents have ignored rules of morality. Mayors oppose and break the very laws they were sworn to uphold. Terrorists destroy innocent lives and influence national election results!  Even jury "nullification" is becoming more common! Indeed, we are beginning to enter lawless days!  (And I've not even mentioned religious and spiritual lawlessness!  This anti-christ will go into the Jewish Temple and declare himself God ... demanding worship from the whole world!  2 Thessalonians 2:4 says so.)

The word "wicked" here is translated "transgressors" in Mark 15:28, its first occurrence in Scripture.  (And Luke 22:37)  1 Timothy 1:9 translates it "lawless" and 2 Peter 2:8 renders it "unlawful."

The "Anti-Christ" will be wickedness personified.

The verb "revealed" is "apokalupto" which means unveiled!  ("Krupto" means to conceal or to hide and "apo" means away from!  To take away from something that which hides or conceals it!)  This is our English word for "revelation" or the "apocalypse!"

And yet ... the most ungodly man ever to live can't even appear on the world scene until GOD says it's time!  And that can't happen until the Church is gone!  Our verse opens with the words "and then!"  (Something must precede the revealing of this Wicked one!)

I am so glad today that I know the real Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ!

I'm not looking for anti-christ ... I'm waiting for the real Christ to come and snatch us away!

How about you?

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

 

MARCH 31, 2004 (WEDNESDAY)

Some day world attention will be focused on a man the Bible calls "anti-christ."

In 2 Thessalonians 2 Paul describes him well. Let me show you both the beginning and ending of his reign (in one short verse)!

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."   Second Thessalonians 2:8

The beginning of this ungodly man's work is seen in the opening words of our verse. "Wicked" means lawless one! 

The verb "revealed" is in the passive voice. (It is our very word "apocalypse" and means unveiling.) There is a power greater that the devil at work here too.  This verb is in the passive voice.  GOD decides when it's time for this evil to be unleashed!

But today I'm interested in the ending of the anti-christ's career!  (It only lasts 7 years officially.)

Two verbs are used here to tell us what God's going to do with this wicked beast. "Consume" and "destroy!"  The first (comsume) translates "analisko" ("ana" means up!  "haireomai" means to take up for oneself!)  God will take away the antichrist ... but the verb came to mean "to destroy violently!"  It's an active voice verb ... so God will do the work!

"Destroy" is the word "katargeo" (kata = down and argeo = to be idle, to delay).  It usually carries the meaning: to render inoperative!  To make useless!  Hence, to destroy as far as effectiveness is concerned!

But notice the "tools" our God uses!

"The spirit of His mouth" is likely an allusion to Isaiah 11:4 --- "But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." 

When God speaks ... things happen! 

Remember Jesus in the Garden when He was about to be arrested!  John 18:6 --- "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground."  That's 600+ men falling over backward under the power of Jesus' words and breath!

Power in God's Word?  Hebrews 11:3 --- "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God."  God spoke and planets appeared!  And dispensations were ordained!

"Brightness" translates "epiphaneia," our word epiphany!  It means a bright flash of light!  (Flashbulb like!)  He is coming in all His Glory!  (Brighter than the noonday sun!)  Paul saw it on the road to Damascus that day.  It blinded him 3 days!  Stephen saw it as he died.  Moses saw it and had to wear a veil over his glowing face!  Peter, James and John got a foretaste of it on the Mount of Transfiguration too.  We shall see it some day!

And the noun "coming" is "parousia."  It actually means "presence!"  (para = beside plus eimi = I am!) 

Remember Paul's words ... "And so shall we ever be with the Lord."  (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Brothers and Sisters, we are on the winning side!

Praise the Name of the Lord!

                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

APRIL 1, 2004 (THURSDAY)

We live in an age of deceit.  And it's not going to get much better!

In fact let me show you what the Bible says is ahead for this old world.

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."                          (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

Paul here is speaking of one we often call the "anti-christ."

He will become a world leader after the Church is taken away (at an event many of us still call the "Rapture").

The "coming" of this man of sin here depicts a Greek word "parousia," which actually means "presence."  This is exactly the word that is often used of the Lord Jesus in His Second Coming!  (It means "to be beside" in Greek.  In other words to be present with someone!)

I believe the devil is a great mimic!  He copies everything God does!  Our Father God in Heaven has sent His Christ to earth to conquer sin.  The devil has send his christ to earth to promote sin!  The parallels (and opposites) between the Darling of God and the darling of the devil are astounding!

"After," a preposition, (in Greek "kata") when used as here with an accusative case object means "according to, just as, corresponding to, or with reference to someone or something."

"Working" is a noun that gives us our word "energy."  (Greek = energeia)  It often means "supernatural power!"   Literally it's "work" (ergon) yet stored within ("en") someone!  The devil is a worker.  In every other place Paul uses this word ... he applies it to God alone!  This tells us that the devil can work miracles too.

And the word "Satan" translates in Greek "Satanas," which means "an adversary." ("An accuser" says one source.)  The capital "S" on Satan in the King James Bible indicates the fact that he's a real personality (a "fallen" angel) , not just some idea!

"With" translates the preposition "en."  This old wicked one is "in" (or "into") all the things that follow.

What things?

Paul answers that question by giving us 3 words to describe this future political leader ("anti-christ"). 

"Power is "dunamis" in Greek and means "force."  (From a verb meaning "to be able.") It usually has the idea of "inherent power."  That's power that is stored within someone and ready for use at any time.  (It's potential power.)

"Signs" is one of John's favorite words.  He uses it often for the miracles of Jesus!  "Semeion" means a miraculous indicator by which some truth or person is either known or seen.  (A mark or a signal) 

"Lying" in the term lying wonders translates a word you will know:  "pseudos."  It means false.  (This is not saying that the miracles the devil's man perform here are fake.   It's saying that these miracles will mislead people.  Cause them to believe some kind of lie.)

And "wonders" is the word "teras," which means some type of an omen (using the world's vocabulary) ... a portend of a coming event.

Again, these are the nouns used for describing "miracles" elsewhere in Scripture.

Remember what I'm telling you today.  The world in days future will fall under the power of this wicked man.  He will deceive multitudes.  And he will do it by the power of satan.

I personally believe that by then the Church will be gone!  Snatched away at the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Nonetheless what horror the world yet faces in years (or will it begin in months?) ahead!

All this information on April 1st!  (April Fools Day!)  But none of this is a joking matter.

                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

April 2, 2004 (Friday)

Today I want to study what the great Apostle Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:10.

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."

He is here speaking of the yet future period of time we call the "Tribulation."

The verse is telling us that the "anti-christ" will know how to take advantage of the "deceivableness of unrighteousness" in the lost people of that day.

That term is very interesting.

Did you know that unrighteousness has its own built-in deception powers?

"Deceivableness" translates a Greek word, "apate," which means delusion.  It is from "apatao," a verb that means to cheat or to deceive.

(Like poison that's been mixed with sugar and spices to taste better!)

In Hebrews 3:13 Paul uses nearly the same term as here.  "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

2 Peter 2:13 uses our word also.  He's talking about "apostates" who are: "sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you."

Paul talks about "deceitful lusts" in Ephesians 4:22 and Jesus mentions the "deceitfulness of riches" in Matthew 13:22 and Mark 4:19.

Take this verse and ponder it. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."  (Matthew 5:8)  If one reverently reverses this statement ... you can easily see that Jesus is also teaching that sin (the opposite of being pure in heart) then blinds (the opposite of seeing) one from seeing God!  That's part of the very deceitfulness of sin!

And "unrighteousness" translates "adikia," all that which is not "just" in God's view! It is a legal (court room) term.  It is anything that does not please God and meet His standards!  And we had better remember ... God is the Judge!

The present participle "perish" is a word that strongly implies death and destruction.  This crowd is dying and on their way to hell.  (And they are happy about it too.)

What brought all this on them?

It is because of something they refused.  Something they did not "receive."

To "receive" means "to accept something that's offered and to do so in an eager and deliberate manner!"  If you will remember, that's exactly how you received Jesus when He saved you!  Eagerly and deliberately!  (Of course that's after the Holy Spirit had convicted you of sin!)

Watch this next phrase:  "love of the truth!"

Zechariah 8:19 exhorts us: "Therefore love the truth and peace."

Many today not only do not love the truth ... they seem to hate it.  (Probably not even knowing what they're hating!)

The verse implies that a certain amount of love of the truth is necessary to be saved! I never thought I would live to see the day where folks mocked being saved and escaping hell and going to heaven and loving Jesus ... but that day is now here!

(By the way, if you want to "personify" truth, you can!  JESUS is Truth!  John 14:6 says so.)  Then ... I KNOW you have to love the Truth in order to be saved.  It's part of "believing" on the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died that we might be redeemed.

The clause "that they might be saved" is built around an aorist infinitive that's in the passive voice.  They (back at the time of their salvation opportunity ... when they could have loved the truth) ...  would have been able to receive God's great offer of saving grace.

Most of you will probably not agree with me ... but I believe man can sin and sin and sin and reject repeatedly the grace of God ... until he finally in his rebellion and hard-heartedness sins away his day of opportunity.  God said in Genesis 6:3 --- "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."

Jesus stood before lost King Herod ... who was asking for some miracle ... and would not even speak to him!  I believe Herod had crossed God's deadline when he killed John the Baptist in such a despicable manner.  "And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he (Jesus) answered him nothing."  (Luke 23:8-9)

According to the rules of grammar ... our sentence here is telling us that this crowd's time to come to Jesus in saving faith is over!  Remember 2 Corinthians 6:2 --- "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

April 3, 2004 (Saturday)

Our verse today is startling!

It is one of the most unusual verses in all of Scripture!

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."      2 Thessalonians 2:11

The verse is set in a context that is discussing the terrible coming time known in Scripture (among other titles) as the "tribulation."

Those who are alive then (having received not the love of the truth unto salvation) will yield to one of the "side effects" of their wicked sins --- strong delusion!

It looks to me like Scripture plainly teaches that "sin" has its own "built-in" deceptiveness (as part of its very constitution).

"For this cause" (a prepositional phrase) in Greek is:  kai dia touto."

It literally says "and by means of this." 

Of what?

Of their utter and repeated rejection of Jesus!

Because they rejected the love of the truth (refused to believe on Jesus) back during the days when they had the opportunity... (I believe that means the days before the rapture occurred) ... they will be allowed to believe a "lie."

Again, to this preacher it looks like millions in America and even more world-wide are already beginning to believe "lie" after "lie" after "lie!"

Notice Who sends this crowd of reprobates "strong delusion."

God Himself does!

"Shall send," the main verb of the verse, means "to appoint, to commission or to send!"  (It's a future active verb.)  Another lexicon:  to dispatch, to bestow, to transmit.  In Greek the word is spelled "pempo."

The noun "delusion" translates "plane," a word meaning lostness!  (A wandering about, straying into error or deceit!)  This term give us an English word --- "planet."  When first discovered, planets were thought to be just floating about aimlessly in the black darkness of the night!  Another teacher says:  roving as a tramp!  An imposter!  A misleader!

And the delusion is qualified by an adjective, "strong."  In Greek it's "energeia," our word energetic.  Ergon means "to work, to toil."  This is a powerful working (like a cancer) delusion.  My computer program says the word is only used in Scripture of superhuman power (either of the devil or of God)!

"That" translates a little preposition "eis," which means "into."

The strong delusion leads them into the lie of satan!

It is a chain:  Reject Jesus ... hardened heart ... love of sin ... strong deception ... believe the lie!  (Every man will believe in something!  Either the Lord ... or the lie!)

To "believe" (an aorist infinitive active) means to trust in it.  To base one's very life upon it!  It's the same word ("pisteuo") used for trusting in Jesus!

Then the expression "a lie."  It's no doubt a term for the anti-christ himself (or the very devil).

Jesus said in John 8:44 --- "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

The noun "lie" is "psuedos."  It means that which is false.  What is deceitful. 

Then let me mention the little "article."  (In English an "article" consists of these 3 words: a, an, the.)

The word "a" in our text as in "a lie" is spelled in Greek "ho."  The article being supplied in the Textus Receptus (which the King James translators used) tells us that a specific lie is in mind here.  It is truly THE lie!  Let me spell it this way:  THE LIE!

Again, THE LIE is satan!  THE LIE is the anti-christ!  THE LIE is the garbage folks will be accepting during the seven years of tribulation to overtake this earth after the rapture of the church!

By the way, are you saved?

If God is speaking to you this day ... take some wise counsel ... listen to Him and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Some day it will be too late!

Then you won't even care!

See what I mean.

This IS a startling verse!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

APRIL 4, 2004 (SUNDAY)

This is the last of a short series of "Home Page" studies on the Anti-Christ from 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12.

"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."  2nd Thessalonians 2:12

Verses like this one have given folks trouble for years.  Some even accuse God of injustice and hatred.  The attitude our Lord has given me is that of Psalm 19:9 --- "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."  GOD'S JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS!  He does no wrong! (This fact is repeated in Psalm 119:60 and Revelation 16:7 and 19:2.)

The opening word, a pronoun, "that" ("ina" in Greek but pronounced "hina") means "in order that."  It introduces here what's called "a purpose clause."

The little adjective "all" translates "pas" in Greek, meaning the whole number, the totality of the thing.  Here God has just declared every unbeliever on earth doomed to hell forever!

Don't be alarmed!  This has happened before (several times).  During the flood of Noah, every person on  earth perished except Noah and his family (eight people)!  At the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah the whole metroplex (all its inhabitants) perished except Lot and part of his family.  And our verse has just proved that it will happen (at least once) again!

"Might be damned" is a rendering of the verb "krino."  In form here it's a subjunctive aorist in the passive voice.  Krino means "to judge."  (To pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong!)  It's root word means "to decide or to distinguish.  It can be used in a good (to judge favorable) or a bad (to condemn) sense.  One must read its implication from the context in which it is placed.  Here it undoubtedly means condemnation unto death (and hell).

During the tribulation this crowd will face severe judgment!  Not counting the world-wide upheaval that's headed their way, they will be defeated (killed) at Armageddon (by the Lord Himself)!  "Consumed by the Spirit of His mouth and by the brightness of His coming!" (2 Thessalonians 2:8)  Then they will face the Lord at the great White Throne judgment where the books will be opened and their ungodly deeds judged, whereupon they shall be cast into the lake of fire forever.  (Revelation 20:11-15)

Two reasons are given for their being "damned."

They "believed not the truth."  Believed is a verb ("pisteuo") that means to trust. Here it is an aorist active participle.  Their unbelief (distrust) occurred at a time in the past and may even now be over!  (But it's too late to do anything about it apparently!)  If you are lost and the Spirit of God is convicting you ... believe today!

Let me add ... that if someone today is reading these lines ... and is an unbeliever in Jesus ... you are according to Jesus judged already! John 3:18 says so: "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."  Or even John 3:36 --- "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."  These are sobering verses!

The "truth" here is just another name for the Gospel.  (The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus!)  In fact Jesus is the Truth according to John 14:6.

The other reason for their judgment:  they "had pleasure in unrighteousness."  To "have pleasure" ("eudokeo" in Greek) means to think well of something.  (To approve it or even to delight in it!)  This verbal (a participle) is an aorist also.  Their fun is over!  (Punctiliar action in the past ... now completed!)  "Unrighteousness" means ("a" + "dikia") is a court or legal term ... meaning unjust.  (Unjustness in God's eyes!) I guess their sexual preferences won't matter any more then.  Nor will their godless lifestyles be appealing any longer.

I am so thankful today that Jesus is coming again.

                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

 

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