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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



6And now you know what is holding him back, l so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

2: 6-7   What or who holds back the lawless one? We do not know for certain. Three possibilities have been suggested: (1)   government and law, which help to curb evil; (2)   the ministry and activity of the church and the effects of the gospel; or (3)   God himself. The Bible does not clearly identify this restrainer, only that the restraint will not last forever. But we should not fear this time when the restraint is removed— God is far stronger than the man of lawlessness, and God will save his people.

2: 7  “ The secret power of lawlessness is already at work” means that the work that the Antichrist will do is already going on. The word secret here refers to something no one can discover but that God will reveal. Lawlessness is the hidden, subtle, underlying force from which all sin springs. Civilization still has a veneer of decency through law enforcement, education, science, and reason. Although we are horrified by criminal acts, we have yet to see the real horror of complete lawlessness. This will happen when “the one who now holds it back . .  . is taken out of the way.” Why will God allow this to happen? To show people and nations their own sinfulness, and to show them by bitter experience the true alternative to the lordship of Christ. Lawlessness, to a certain extent, is already going on, but the man of lawlessness has not yet been revealed.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and be prepared for the lawless one. And in todays evil society it could be any number of persons who is the lawless one!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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