For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.
—2 Thessalonians 2:3
Just as Christ is returning to the earth, the Antichrist is also coming. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of several facts regarding the mysterious person he referred to as the “man of lawlessness.”
First, Paul said, “He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). His spirit will be that of a proud, boastful, arrogant beast.
Second, Paul pointed out that the Antichrist could not be revealed yet because something was holding him back (v. 6). Many believe that this “something” is the Church, inhabited by the Holy Spirit. When the Church is removed, however, the Antichrist will manifest.
Finally, Paul said that incredible signs and wonders that will deceive all humankind will accompany Antichrist’s coming (vv. 9-10). The people who refuse the simple truth of the Christ will be deceived by Antichrist’s lies, and they will eternally perish.
So stand firm, believer. You may pass through the “Valley of Weeping” (Psalm 84:6), but you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!