|2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 |
3 Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day will not come, until a falling away has come first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition; [The man of sin, the son of perdition, is Satan's spirit within you.]
4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God [your heart], proclaiming himself to be God.1
1 for that day will not come, until a falling away has come first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God [your heart], proclaiming himself to be God. This is exactly what Jesus said to his disciples: "when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand)," Mat 24:3-15, Mark 13:3-14; and for his disciples to see the abomination of desolation, it had to be a personal experience, not something yet to occur as "Christianity" believes.
until a falling away has come first — most, if not all, believers have a lapse in their first love and temporarily return, (most permanently), to the ways of the world, (lusts, anger, pride, pleasures, etc.); as Peter wrote: "But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, 'The dog returns to his own vomit again;' and the sow that was washed returns to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:12-22. Those who will eventually reach salvation, return to the narrow way of patient waiting and obedience.
the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God [your heart], proclaiming himself to be God. This refers to the evil spirit in you, the man of sin, being revealed. Every man starts with the spirit of Satan sown in his heart. This selfish spirit must be crucified before Christ can reign. Before Christ is revealed, the man of sin is revealed, showing you all manner of evil on the earth (that is in you); this is the abomination of desolation, standing in your heart's temple, where it should not be. But this is the end of your fleshly self, as Christ then comes and slays this residual spirit of Satan within you by the brightness and splendor of his coming, by his breath, and by his crushing the head of Satan under your feet [heel]. The final judgment. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit: into the death of Christ. The baptism of death. The sharing of his death. Then Jesus is resurrected in you to be your true Lord, 2 Cor4:14,Col2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6, who orders, (commands, prompts), all your thoughts, words to be spoken, and deeds to be done.
George Fox from the Cambridge Journal:
If you wait [on God] in what is pure in you, you will find and see, because God has given you a measure of his spirit, by which you can comprehend things and see the deceits. Now when the mind goes forth from that pure measure, which lets you see deceits, the simplicity is ensnared, and God is not in your thoughts any more; instead, the son of perdition in you sits in the temple of God, where he ought not to sit. With the birth of the Lord [in you], this son of perdition is discovered, and with the brightness of the Lord's coming [in you], he is consumed; that man of sin is revealed [in you], and so shall you witness the scriptures fulfilled. But you must wait in that which is pure, which will show you when your mind departs into disobedience, setting up Baal's priests (outward) before God, and that brings a distraction in the mind where there is a halting between two (you and God); for all of the troubles are without in the world, but Christ said that "in me you shall have perfect peace." Wait in Christ and mind him in yourself, (there is where you wait for his appearing). Keep focused inward, (stay seeking Christ within yourself), and do not follow the cries of lo Christ is here and lo Christ is there to distract you to outward seeking, you will have peace in a short time. You will later witness [see, experience] Christ, who is the substance of the prophets and apostles. The scriptures are shown to you within you (by Christ) to guide you to the Father, the Lord God of heaven and earth. By waiting for the Spirit of the Lord within you to guide your mind, you will find your strength renewed daily by the one Spirit that gave forth the scriptures. There is no confusion, but instead perfect peace. This Spirit baptizes into the one body, and this Spirit is the unity of the saints, who though absent in body, yet are present in Spirit, all being made to drink into one Spirit. This Spirit circumcises and puts off the body of sin from you, and you are sanctified through your obedience to the Spirit. You will come to witness the scriptures pure and clear, as they are without any mixture [of man's interpretations], as holy men possessed them and gave them forth. So holy men possess them and give them forth again and witness them again.
Christendom totally misinterprets this verse to be the supposed one antichrist, (though many antichrists had already appeared 2000 years ago), that is supposedly revealed before Jesus makes His supposed one-time return to the earth, thinking that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt, animal sacrifices reinstituted, and the antiChrist will appear in that temple declaring himself God — none of which will ever happen. Christendom does not understand that before Christ appears in their hearts, to be seen, to be revealed, that first the Lord must show them how immersed in sin they themselves are — so much so that each man must be shown that his spirit is the offspring of Satan, sitting in the throne of your heart, declaring himself God.
From the Word of the Lord within: "When you see the abomination of desolation do not be afraid; stand your ground; I will come within five minutes to destroy him."
In his Biography, William Penn states how the man-of-sin was discovered just before the Lord returned in His brightness, thus to destroy the man-of-sin:
"Yes, it is Christ the true and only Seed of God, who visited my soul, even in my young years, spread my sins in order before me, reproved me and brought godly sorrow upon me, making me often to weep in solitary places, and say within my soul, O that I knew the Lord as I ought to know him! O that I served him as I ought to serve him! Yes, often was there a great concern upon my spirit about my eternal state, mournfully desiring that the Lord would give my soul rest in the great day of trouble. Now was all the glory of the world as a bubble; yes, nothing was dear to me that I might win Christ; for the love, pleasure and friendship of this world were a burden to my soul. In this seeking state, I was directed to the testimony of Jesus in my own conscience, as the true shining Light, given me to discern the thoughts and intents of my own heart. And no sooner was I turned unto it, but I found it to be that which from my childhood had visited me, though I distinctly knew it not; and when I received it in the love of it, it showed me all that ever I had done, and reproved all the unfruitful works of darkness, judging me as a man in the flesh, and laying judgment to the line, and righteousness to the plummet in me. By the brightness of his coming into my soul, the Lord Jesus discovered the man of sin there, upon his throne, and by the breath of his mouth, which is the two-edged sword of his Spirit, he destroyed his power and kingdom; and having made me a witness of the death of the cross, he has also made me a witness of his resurrection—so that in good measure my soul can now say, I am justified in the spirit; and although the state of condemnation unto death was glorious, yet justification unto life was, and is, more glorious."