Let Us Clarify Some Things
“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet Him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.
Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day [the day of the “coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and our gathering to meet Him] WILL NOT COME UNTIL there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness [i.e., the “antichrist”] is revealed — the one who brings destruction.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
“For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7
NOWHERE in the Word of God does it say that the “one who is holding it back” is the Holy Spirit!!! (Even though “pre-trib” proponents will say it is, as if…) In fact there is MORE evidence, in God’s Word, that it is Michael, the Archangel, who is currently keeping him at bay!!!
However, EVEN IF the “one who is holding it back” IS the Holy Spirit,… Him, stepping out of the way DOES NOT imply that THAT is the Resurrection (and Gathering) of the Church BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE BECAUSE, “that Day WILL NOT COME UNTIL there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed,” FIRST!!!
So, again, the Holy Spirit CAN “step out of the way” (if it is) WITHOUT it being the Day of the Lord’s coming!!!
“Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming.
This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
So God will cause them to be greatly deceived [“God shall send them ‘strong delusion’,” (KJV)], and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
Despite many thinking that this “strong delusion” is already here… THIS, “strong delusion” has not even been sent yet!!!
This “strong delusion” is CLEARLY referring specifically to the deceptions of this “man of lawlessness;” the “son of destruction,” (NLT), “man of sin;” the “son of perdition” (KJV), the “antichrist,” etc. so THIS “strong delusion” ‘ain’t’ here YET!!!
And, yes, this IS the same “strong delusion” spoken of by Jesus (recounted in Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22) when He says that it would deceive, “if possible, even God’s chosen ones.” (NLT) or, “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (KJV) where, “they,” are the “false Christs, and false prophets” that will deceive the people with, “great signs and wonders.”
So, again, THIS “strong delusion” ‘ain’t’ here YET… but, “THEY” ARE coming… and, BEFORE… the TRUE Christ comes!!!
And, YES, He IS coming soon, though (so that means the rest; the FALSE ones are coming… sooner)!!!
But, He IS coming (and the Resurrection will happen) but, it will happen, “at the last trumpet” (see 1 Corinthians 15:52) and then see Revelation 11:15-19 where it talks about the last (seventh) trumpet… “It is time to judge the dead [this is the “Bema Seat of Christ”] and reward Your servants the prophets, as well as Your holy people.” V. 18…
And THEN see Revelation 20:4-6 (below) where it talks about the “First Resurrection”…
“Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.)
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him a thousand years.”
CLEARLY, this “First Resurrection” happens AFTER the “beast” and his “statue” (NLT), “image” (KJV), has been on the scene beheading people “for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the Word of God.” (Some people want my head, NOW, for THIS very reason!!!)
AND… when Jesus (in Matthew 24:29-31) says that, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a TRUMPET, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.“…
… the “pre-tribbers” must think that THAT “trumpet” is the one AFTER the “last trumpet”!!! Wait… What??? Can there even BE a something AFTER the “last” of said something???
And SOME “pre-tribbers” seem to think that just because I know (because God’s Word TELLS me) that Christ’s Return, and the First Resurrection, is going happen at the “last trumpet” then I am SOMEHOW claiming to know the day and the hour of His Return… but, I’m NOT… I DON’T… and I NEVER EVER claimed to know!!!
But, I DO KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, THIS!!!
I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, God!!!
I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that He exercises LOVINGKINDNESS upon this earth… because He has poured out His LOVINGKINDNESS upon my wonderful, perfect example of a FAITHFUL, wife and I!!!
I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that He exercises JUDGEMENTS upon this earth!!! And, I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that His JUDGEMENTS ARE Just!!! And, I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that THEY ARE COMING!!! And I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that (and WHY) they are beginning AT the House of the Lord!!!
And I KNOW, and UNDERSTAND, that He exercises RIGHTEOUSNESS upon this earth: giving His children the power (through His Holy Spirit) TO BECOME righteous; power TO obey His Commandments!!! (IF they TRULY love Him and TRULY WANT to have power to BE righteous!!! And, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7
For, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory [or boast] in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory [or boast] in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I AM the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised WITH the uncircumcised; Egypt, AND Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are UNCIRCUMCISED IN THE HEART.” Jeremiah 9:23-26