The man of lawlessness!
Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3
Because of Christ’s love for His bride, the church, He describes a “man of lawlessness” who will come at the end of the last days and be known for his terrible evil. God wanted to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and understand His plan for the final judgment of those who refuse to believe in Christ.
“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have com from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)
The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly at a time when most are not expecting it. (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3) According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed. Even though it has been nearly 2000 years, these words are as true today as when they were originally written.
Paul goes on to describe this man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god. He will do this by being empowered by Satan to do counterfeit signs and miracles. (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10) These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love God’s truth. They will be deluded and go to their destruction. (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
How important the love of the truth is! We have a daily choice to read and believe His word. If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie. God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth. This is all a gift of God’s grace. Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.
Take time today to share Jesus Christ with someone who does not know Him. Ask them if you can share this passage about the coming man of lawlessness. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in sharing truth about Jesus the Son of God and the events leading to His return to earth for His Church! The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy! (Revelation 19:10b)