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Old 12-19-2008, 07:13 AM
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Default The Antichrist - Revealed Before Or After The Rapture?

I have come across a number of believers who feel very strongly that the antichrist will be revealed before the rapture... here are my thoughts on this and I would be interested in knowing yours... yea or nae...

When Will The Antichrist Be Revealed?

Will the body of Christ know the person of Anti-Christ before the Rapture of the Church? Second Thessalonians chapter two gives a conclusive answer to this question.

The apostle Paul was confronting the confusion that surrounded the second coming of Christ. Many thought that The Day of the Lord (Great Tribulation) had already commenced and that they missed the rapture of the Church, assuming that the anti-Christ was revealed. This confusion led many believers to neglect their personal responsibilities in life, resulting in unrest and irrational behavior amongst God's people (2 Thess. 3:11).

While you and I live in a time of the spirit of antichrist, and many false prophets; the person who will be the Anti-Christ has yet to be revealed. Chapter two of Second Thessalonians is very specific about the revealing of the Anti-Christ and its timing.

Paul articulates that the revealing of the Anti-Christ to the world cannot happen until the restrainer (The Holy Spirit) is removed. Consistently throughout Scripture and history, the Holy Spirit and His restraining influence is through God's People (Matthew 13,14; John 16:7, 11).

Paul challenges the believers in Thessalonica not to be shaken and troubled by thinking the day of the Lord had come (vs.2). He briefly explains what will happen during the Great Tribulation in verses 3 and 4. How that the Anti-Christ will exalt himself as God when he sits in the temple of God. Paul is simply assuring them that this did not happen yet.

The Antichrist will be the world's political dictator of the last days. The Scripture declares ...and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations... Rev. 13:7. The Antichrist will be a man whom Satan will fill to such an extent that he will be Satan incarnate. This is why Paul calls him the man of sin and the son of perdition. 2 Thess. 2:3

Knowing that the rapture of the Church is imminent, I believe that it is possible for the Anti-Christ to be alive today ( 2 Thess. 2:7). Yet, Paul makes it very clear that the Anti-Christ will be restrained until the Holy Spirit and the Church are removed. Due to the Anit-Christ' nature of administering Satan's will by signs and wonders, and successfully deceiving the unbelieving world by promoting idolatrous worship and possessing the power of death. and having all authority over commerce, and having an identifying physical mark; he cannot be revealed until after the rapture of the Church.

Jesus gave telling words about false prophets in Matt. 24:24, warning that in the last days many false prophets would arise and deceive, if possible, even the elect. False prophets with their mastery use of false doctrine easily influence people away from the biblical mandate of God's Word, namely, the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our only sufficiency necessary to expose false prophets and their teachings is the Word of God under the direct influence of the Holy Spirit. And this is why the Anti-Christ hides in darkness. He cannot, even with all of Satan's potential overcome the body of Christ (Matthew 16:18; James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)... thus, he is restrained from exacting his hellish ministry until after the Church is gone.

Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger - www.InvitationToChrist.org

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Old 12-19-2008, 07:25 AM
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Is this your pitch for dispensationalism? lol
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:58 AM
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Is this another slick form of spam
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In the passage to which you are referring, there are two things which must happen. First the great falling away, then the revealing of the antichrist. Do you believe that the church and the Holy Spirit has to be removed before the falling away? If so then who is falling away and what are they falling away from? If not then how can you say that the rapture has to take place before antichrist is revealed and not before the falling away? Also, you scripture references for the restrainer being the Holy Spirit do not link with the 2 Thes passage. The antichrist will be "revealed" according to the word of God. Who will he be revealed to?
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:29 AM
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In the passage to which you are referring, there are two things which must happen. First the great falling away, then the revealing of the antichrist. Do you believe that the church and the Holy Spirit has to be removed before the falling away? If so then who is falling away and what are they falling away from? If not then how can you say that the rapture has to take place before antichrist is revealed and not before the falling away? Also, you scripture references for the restrainer being the Holy Spirit do not link with the 2 Thes passage. The antichrist will be "revealed" according to the word of God. Who will he be revealed to?
The falling away, i.e. apostasy simply means "removal of christianity" in the greek. I can think of no other time when the removal of christianity will be more true than during the rapture.
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Bibletalk, welcome to the BB

Let me apologize for my brothers in Christ...there are many on here who have a hard time showing grace to a new poster. I hope you have thick skin, because unfortunately, you'll probably need it more here than on secular sites
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Great Questions...

With every generation... there has been a falling away for various reasons such as but not limited to: persecution, tempation, moral lapse, worldliness, ignorance that often leads to trickery influences (as happend in the church at Galatia... etc.).

However, it is my understanding that there will be a general falling away prior to the revealing of the anti-christ. As a matter of fact... I believe that the Church in general is progressively falling away presently into a state of entrenched carnality.

The antichrist will appear and present himself as the Christ to a lost world after the Church is raptured. In particular, he will seek for the attention and affection of Israel...

Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger - www.InvitationToChrist.org
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Bibletalk, welcome to the BB

Let me apologize for my brothers in Christ...there are many on here who have a hard time showing grace to a new poster. I hope you have thick skin, because unfortunately, you'll probably need it more here than on secular sites
No need to apologize for me. It does look like spam and advertising. You do know what lol means right?
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In the passage to which you are referring, there are two things which must happen. First the great falling away, then the revealing of the antichrist. Do you believe that the church and the Holy Spirit has to be removed before the falling away? If so then who is falling away and what are they falling away from? If not then how can you say that the rapture has to take place before antichrist is revealed and not before the falling away? Also, you scripture references for the restrainer being the Holy Spirit do not link with the 2 Thes passage. The antichrist will be "revealed" according to the word of God. Who will he be revealed to?
The rapture isn't the end.
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