Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Defection; Held Down, Held Back; Pseudo Miracles; Man of Destruction


As we look at Paul explaining the order and timing of future events, we want to keep these ideas in the near context and the far context. Paul is explaining to the Thessalonians that no matter what anyone else has told them, they are not “in” the Day of the Lord and they did not miss the harpazo. The events that Paul has been expounding on are the harpazo, the apocalypse, and the parousia, all concerning Jesus. Paul also mentions that the lawless son of destruction will have his own epiphany, apocalypse, and parousia. This man of sin will be energized by satan and he will produce pseudo-miracles, signs, and wonders. He will sit in the Holy of Holies and not die, and then he will be worshipped as god. The reason that all of this happens is because the people left on the earth at that time did not love the truth. The people on the earth are children of wrath. Paul tells us there is a divorcement from the truth. The harpazo separates those who have life and love the truth, and those who reject the truth. There is also a holding back or restraining of people and events by the Holy Spirit so that things happen in their proper season.

The day of the Lord will not come unless there comes a defection first. Verse 2 of 2 Thessalonians 2 says that the Day of Christ is not present or happening now. What defection is coming? Who is going to defect? There will be a defection from truth and an apocalypse of the man of sin. Let’s cover this defection first.  

2 Thessalonians 2:3G3361Let not G5100any G1473completely deceive you G1818 G2596in G3367not one G5158manner! G3754for it will not be G1437unless G3361 G2064[3should come G35881the G6462defection] G4412first, G2532and G601[4should be uncovered G35881the G4442man G3588 G2663of sin], G3588the G5207son G3588 G684of destruction, 

646LSJ Gloss: ἀποστασία defection
Dodson: ἀποστασία defection, apostasy defection, apostasy, revolt.
Thayer:
1) a falling away, defection, apostasy

ἀποστασία 
apostasia ap-os-tas-ee'-ah Feminine of the same as G647; defection from truth (properly the state), (“apostasy”) KJV Usage: falling away, forsake.

647Dodson: ἀποστάσιον repudiation, divorce
repudiation, divorce; met: bill of divorce.
Thayer:
1) divorce, repudiation 
2) a bill of divorce

ἀποστάσιον 
apostasion ap-os-tas'-ee-on Neuter of a (presumed) adjective from a derivative of G868; properly something separative, that is, (specifically) divorceKJV Usage: (writing of) divorcement.

868 LSJ Gloss:ἀφίστημι
to put away, remove
Dodson: ἀφίστημι I lead away, seduce, depart, abstain from
I make to stand away, draw away, repel, take up a position away from, withdraw from, leave, abstain from.
Thayer:
1) to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove 
1a) to excite to revolt 
2) to stand off, to stand aloof 
2a) to go away, to depart from anyone 
2b) to desert, withdraw from one 
2c) to fall away, become faithless 
2d) to shun, flee from 
2e) to cease to vex one 
2f) to withdraw one's self from, to fall away 
2g) to keep one's self from, absent one's self from

ἀφίστημι 
aphistēmi af-is'-tay-mee From G575 and G2476; to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.KJV Usage: depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.

This is a really strong sentiment by Paul. There will be a falling away, a divorce, or a revolt. What we see this word apostasia (apostay) expressing is a “defection from the truth”. 1Timothy 4 says that some will be led away by spirits of delusion and instructions of demons. Somehow, there will be a defection from truth, or a forsaking of the truth. Then the man of sin is uncovered, apokaluptō.

601LSJ Gloss: ἀποκαλύπτω to uncover
Dodson: ἀποκαλύπτω I uncover, bring to light, reveal.
Thayer:
1) to uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up 
1a) disclose, make bare 
2) to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown
For Synonyms see entry G5812

ἀποκαλύπτω 
apokaluptō ap-ok-al-oop'-to From G575 and G2572; to take off the cover, that is, disclose KJV Usage: reveal.

444ἄνθρωπος 
anthrōpos anth'-ro-pos From G435 and ὤψ ōps (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being KJV Usage: certain, man.

2666LSJ Gloss: ἁμαρτία a failure, fault, sin
Dodson: ἁμαρτία a sin prop: missing the mark; hence: (a) guilt, sin, (b) a fault, failure (in an ethical sense), sinful deed.
Thayer:
1) equivalent to 
264 1a) to be without a share in 
1b) to miss the mark 
1c) to err, be mistaken 
1d) to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong 
1e) to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin 
2) that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act 
3) collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many

ἁμαρτία 
hamartia ham-ar-tee'-ah From G264; sin (properly abstract) KJV Usage: offence, sin (-ful).

5207υἱός uihos hwee-os'  Apparently a primary word; a “son” (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship
KJV Usage: child, foal, son.

684LSJ Gloss: ἀπώλεια destruction
Dodson: ἀπώλεια destruction, ruin, loss destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin.
Thayer:
1) destroying, utter destruction 
1a) of vessels 
2) a perishing, ruin, destruction 
2a) of money 
2b) the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell

ἀπώλεια 
apōleia ap-o'-li-a From a presumed derivative of G622; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal) KJV Usage: damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition, X perish, pernicious ways, waste.

There will be a revealing of a man of sin who is also a son of destruction. Let’s look at that closely. Before the Day of the Lord (the day Jesus returns with his armies), there will be a great defection and then a great revealing. People will see the man of sin, the son of perdition. This person is an adversary and will elevate himself above all others. He will be called “god”; someone that people will worship. 

2 Thessalonians 2:4G3588the one G480being an adversary G2532and G5229elevating himself G1909above G3956all G3004being called G2316god G2228or G4574object of worship; G5620so as for G1473him G1519[2in G35883the G34854temple G3588 G23165of God G56136as G23167God G25231to sit], G584exhibiting G1438himself G3754that G1510.2.3he is G2316God. 

4574 LSJ Gloss: σέβασμα an object of awe
Dodson: σέβασμα an object of worship an object of worship or veneration.
Thayer:
1) whatever is religiously honoured, an object of worship 
1a) of temples, altars, statues, idolatrous images

σέβασμα 
sebasma seb'-as-mah From G4573; something adored, that is, an object of worship (god, altar, etc.) KJV Usage: devotion, that is worshipped.

3485 LSJ Gloss: ναός the dwelling of a god, a temple
Dodson: ναός a temple, shrine a temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides.
Thayer:
1) used of the temple at Jerusalem, but only of the sacred edifice (or sanctuary) itself, consisting of the Holy place and the Holy of Holies (in classical Greek it is used of the sanctuary or cell of the temple, where the image of gold was placed which is distinguished from the whole enclosure) 
2) any heathen temple or shrine 
3) metaph. the spiritual temple consisting of the saints of all ages joined together by and in Christ

ναός 
naos nah-os' From a primary word ναίω naiō (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple KJV Usage: shrine, temple.

2523LSJ Gloss: καθίζω to make to sit down, seat
Dodson: καθίζωI set, make to sit (a) trans: I make to sit; I set, appoint, (b) intrans: I sit down, am seated, stay.
Thayer:
1) to make to sit down 
1a) to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one 
2) intransitively 
2a) to sit down 
2b) to sit 
2b1) to have fixed one's abode 
2b2) to sojourn, to settle, settle down

καθίζω 
kathizō kath-id'-zo Another (active) form for G2516; to seat down, that is, set (figuratively appoint); intransitively to sit (down); figuratively to settle (hover, dwell) KJV Usage: continue, set, sit (down), tarry.

584LSJ Gloss: ἀποδείκνυμι to point away from
Dodson: ἀποδείκνυμι I show by proof, demonstrate, set forth
I show by proof, demonstrate, set forth, proclaim to an officer.
Thayer:
1) to point away from one's self, to point out, show forth, to expose to view, exhibit 
2) to declare, to show, to prove what kind of person anyone is, to prove by arguments, demonstrate

ἀποδείκνυμι 
apodeiknumi ap-od-ike'-noo-mee From G575 and G1166; to show off, that is, exhibit; figuratively to demonstrate, that is, accredit KJV Usage: (ap-) prove, set forth, shew.

This man will sit in the Holy of Holies and not die, and thus people will think that this is proof that he is god. He will reside where the Living God would reside if the Living God was in the temple as in the day of Solomon. Since this man does not die, many people believe him and worship him. Paul told them about this when he was visiting. John gives us more details regarding this man and this time period. Nevertheless there will be someone who is under the power of the satan who will pretend to be god. 

2 Thessalonians 2:5G3756Do you not G3421remember G3754that G2089still G1510.6being G4314with G1473you, G3778[2these things G30041I said] G1473to you? 
 6G2532And G3568now G3588the one G2722constraining G1492you know, G1519for G3588the G601uncovering G1473him G1722in G3588 G1438his own G2540time. 

2722LSJ Gloss: κατέχω to hold fast
Dodson: κατέχω I hold fast, bind, restrain (a) I hold fast, bind, arrest, (b) I take possession of, lay hold of, (c) I hold back, detain, restrain, (d) I hold a ship, keep its head.
Thayer:
1) to hold back, detain, retain 
1a) from going away 
1b) to restrain, hinder (the course or progress of) 
1b1) that which hinders, Antichrist from making his appearance 
1b2) to check a ship's headway i.e. to hold or head the ship 
1c) to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of 
2) to get possession of, take 
2b) to possess

κατέχω 
katechō kat-ekh'-o From G2596 and G2192; to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively) KJV Usage: have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), let, X make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.

2540LSJ Gloss: καιρός due measure, proportion, fitness
Dodson: καιρός fitting season, opportunity, time fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time.
Thayer:
1) due measure 
2) a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence: 
2a) a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for 
2b) opportune or seasonable time 
2c) the right time 
2d) a limited period of time 
2e) to what time brings, the state of the times, the things and events of time
For Synonyms see entry G5853

καιρός 
kairos kahee-ros' Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, that is, set or proper time KJV Usage: X always, opportunity, (convenient, due) season, (due, short, while) time, a while.

Literally: the one constraining knows until the apocalypse in his season. The word “you” does not appear in the text, so the one constraining knows and is holding down these future events until it is the due season for the lawless man of sin to be revealed. We are constrained from the resurrection. The man of sin is constrained from his appearing.

While believers in Christ are on the earth, the man of sin who pretends to be god cannot present himself as god. The Holy Spirit is on the earth now and this poser cannot come into his false power while the Holy Spirit is on the earth. Constrain is an awkward word meaning “to hold back, hold down, or detain”. There is one constraining us and the man of sin, and we know who it is. Why are we detained on the earth? We are waiting for the number of nations to come into the Body of Christ, as Romans tells us. We are also on a time frame in the age of grace, heading toward the tribulation. We are held down until the one holding us down is ready to release us. The one holding us down does so until the revealing of the man of sin in his own season. That same one, the Holy Spirit, holds back the revealing of this person to the world until the harpazo has occurred. 

1 John tells us that “greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world”. That statement being true means that the Holy Spirit within us is greater than what the lawless man of sin has residing within him. Therefore the man of sin, the son of destruction, cannot come to power while the Body of Christ is still residing on the earth. He may be on the earth, but he is not in power, he is not energized by satan. As of today there is no temple for this fake god to sit in. There must be a temple for him to sit in, this is a benchmark in time for us to remember. Greater is the one in me, therefore the lawless one cannot be revealed, and without a temple to sit in, he cannot claim himself to be god. 

2 Thessalonians 2:7G3588For the G1063 G3466mystery G2235[2already G17543operates G3588 G4581of lawlessness], G3440only G3588there is the one G2722constraining G737just now G2193until G1537[2out of G3319the midst G10961he should be]. 

3466LSJ Gloss: μυστήριον a mystery
Dodson: μυστήριον anything hidden, a mystery a mystery, secret, of which initiation is necessary; in the NT: the counsels of God, once hidden but now revealed in the Gospel or some fact thereof; the Christian revelation generally; particular truths or details of the Christian revelation.
Thayer:
1) hidden thing, secret, mystery 
1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals 
1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding 
1c) a hidden purpose or counsel 
1c1) secret will 
1c1a) of men 
1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly 
2) in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense 
2a) of an OT saying 
2b) of an image or form seen in a vision 
2c) of a dream

μυστήριον 
mustērion moos-tay'-ree-on From a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) KJV Usage: mystery.

1754LSJ Gloss: ἐνεργέω to be in action, to operate
Dodson: ἐνεργέω I work, accomplish, am operative I work, am operative, am at work, am made to work, accomplish; mid: I work, display activity.
Thayer:
1) to be operative, be at work, put forth power 
1a) to work for one, aid one 
2) to effect 
3) to display one's activity, show one's self operative

ἐνεργέω 
energeō en-erg-eh'-o From G1756; to be active, efficient KJV Usage: do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in).

458LSJ Gloss: ἀνομία lawlessness
Dodson: ἀνομία lawlessness, iniquity
lawlessness, iniquity, disobedience, sin.
Thayer:
1) the condition of without law 
1a) because ignorant of it 
1b) because of violating it 
2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

ἀνομία 
anomia an-om-ee'-ah From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness KJV Usage: iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

1537ἐκ, ἐξ 
ek ex ek, ex A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote) KJV Usage: after, among, X are, at betwixt (-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for (-th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, . . . ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with (-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion .

3319LSJ Gloss: μέσος middle, in the middle
Dodson: μέσος middle, in the middle middle, in the middle, between, in the midst of.
Thayer:
1) middle 
2) the midst 
3) in the midst of, amongst

μέσος 
mesos mes'-os From G3326; middle (as adjective or [neuter] noun)
KJV Usage: among, X before them, between, + forth, mid [-day, -night], midst, way.

1096Dodson: γίνομαι I come into being, am born I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.
Thayer:
1) to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being 
2) to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen 
2a) of events 
3) to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage 
3a) of men appearing in public 
4) to be made, finished 
4a) of miracles, to be performed, wrought 
5) to become, be made

γίνομαι 
ginomai ghin'-om-ahee A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be (“gen” -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.)
KJV Usage: arise be assembled, be (come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, be done, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.

The mystery of lawlessness is already energized. It is in operation on the earth. But there is one holding it and us back at this moment. The restrainer comes out from the middle. We have to come out from the middle of the unbelievers on earth and rise to heaven. We are harpazo’s from the middle of those who do not love the truth. We have the Holy Spirit within us, we are sealed until the day of redemption. Once we are harpazo’d then the uncovering of the lawless one will be revealed. There is never a time when the Holy Spirit is ripped out of the believers on the earth to leave them helpless and hopeless. There is never a time since Pentecost when the Holy Spirit departs the earth and comes out of the children of the Living God. The Holy Spirit and the redeemed all leave together, harpazo. 

 2 Thessalonians 2:8G2532And G5119then G601[3shall be uncovered G35881the G4592lawless one], G3739whom G3588the G2962Lord G355shall consume G3588by the G4151breath G3588 G4750of his mouth, G1473 G2532and G2673shall render [4useless G35881the G20152grandeur G3588 G39523of his arrival]; G1473  

355LSJ Gloss: ἀναλίσκω to use up, to spend, lavish
Dodson: ἀναλίσκω I destroy, annihilate I destroy, annihilate, expend, consume.
Thayer:
1) to expend 
1a) to consume, e.g. spend money 
2) to consume, use up, destroy

ἀναλίσκω 
analiskō an-al-is'-ko From G303 and a form of the alternate of G138; properly to use up, that is, destroy KJV Usage: consume.

4151 πνεῦμα 
pneuma pnyoo'-mah From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit KJV Usage: ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind.

2673LSJ Gloss: καταργέω to leave unemployed
Dodson: καταργέω I bring to naught, sever, abolish (a) I make idle (inactive), make of no effect, annul, abolish, bring to naught, (b) I discharge, sever, separate from.
Thayer:
1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative 
1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency 
1b) to deprive of force, influence, power 
2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish 
2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away 
2b) to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one 
2c) to terminate all intercourse with one

καταργέω 
katargeō kat-arg-eh'-o From G2596 and G691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively KJV Usage: abolish, cease, cumber, deliver, destroy, do away, become (make) of no (none, without) effect, fail, loose, bring (come) to nought, put away (down), vanish away, make void.

2015 ἐπιφάνεια 
epiphaneia ep-if-an'-i-ah From G2016; a manifestation, that is, (specifically) the advent of Christ (past or future) KJV Usage: appearing, brightness.

3952παρουσία 
parousia  par-oo-see'-ah From the present participle of G3918; a being near, that is, advent (often, return; specifically of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physical aspect
KJV Usage: coming, presence.

The Lord will consume him with the breath, or spirit, of his mouth. This makes the man of sin unemployed or terminated. The lawless man has an epiphany and parousia. He has a an appearing and a coming. At the lawless man’s coming he is energized by the satan. 

2 Thessalonians 2:9G3739whose G1510.2.3[2is G3588 G39521arrival] G2596according to G1753the energy G3588 G4567of Satan G1722in G3956every G1411power G2532and G4592signs G2532and G5059miracles G5579of a lie, 

4567 Dodson: Σατανᾶς an adversary, Satan.
Thayer:
1) adversary (one who opposes another in purpose or act), the name given to 
1a) the prince of evil spirits, the inveterate adversary of God and Christ 
1a1) he incites apostasy from God and to sin 
1a2) circumventing men by his wiles 
1a3) the worshippers of idols are said to be under his control 
1a4) by his demons he is able to take possession of men and inflict them with diseases 
1a5) by God's assistance he is overcome 
1a6) on Christ's return from heaven he will be bound with chains for a thousand years, but when the thousand years are finished he will walk the earth in yet greater power, but shortly after will be given over to eternal punishment 
1b) a Satan-like man

Σατανᾱς 
Satanas sat-an-as' Of Chaldee origin corresponding to G4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser, that is, the devil KJV Usage: Satan.

1411 δύναμις 
dunamis doo'-nam-is 
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself) KJV Usage: ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

4592 σημεῖον 
sēmeion say-mi'-on Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally KJV Usage: miracle, sign, token, wonder.

5059 τέρας 
teras ter'-as Of uncertain affinity; a prodigy or omen KJV Usage: wonder.

5579 LSJ Gloss: ψεῦδος a falsehood, untruth, lie
Dodson: ψεῦδος a lie a lie, falsehood, untruth; false religion.
Thayer:
1) a lie 
2) conscious and intentional falsehood 
3) in a broad sense, whatever is not what it seems to be 
3a) of perverse, impious, deceitful precepts

ψεῦδος 
pseudos psyoo'-dos From G5574; a falsehood KJV Usage: lie, lying.

When the lawless man of sin, the son of destruction, sits in the Holy of Holies, he will use pseudo-miracles, signs, and wonders. This is going to be a grand epiphany and a spectacular event. He has to make people believe in him as god. He is energized by the satan, but who is left on the earth at that time? The people who rejected Jesus. It will be easy for people to believe this pseudo miracle worker because his power comes from the satan. 

No one on the earth will be able to deny that he didn’t die when he sat, and continues to sit, in the temple. The Jews will realize that they made a mistake. This brings up an important point. Just because someone builds a temple in Jerusalem, does not guarantee that the Holy Spirit will inhabit it. If we remember, the Spirit of the Living God, came into the temple at the time of Solomon and then left the temple at the time of Ezekiel in a most spectacular way. The point is, no matter the location, or the structure, or the sacrifices, the Spirit of the Living God is not obligated to man’s desires. Daniel tells us that this man will stop the daily sacrifices. This tells us that this man of lawlessness will announce that he absolves the people of their sins, and there is no more need for sacrifices for atonement. And since he sits in the Holy of Holies, many will believe his lies. 

 2 Thessalonians 2:10G2532and G1722in G3956every G539deception G3588 G93of unrighteousness G1722among G3588the ones G622being destroyed, G446.2because of G3588the G26love G3588of the G225truth G3756they received not G1209 G1519for G3588 G4982them to be delivered. G1473  

539 LSJ Gloss: ἀπάτη a trick, fraud, deceit
Dodson: ἀπάτη deceit, deception deceit, deception, deceitfulness, delusion.
Thayer:
1) deceit, deceitfulness

ἀπάτη 
apatē ap-at'-ay From G538; delusion KJV Usage: deceit (-ful, -fulness), deceivableness (-ving).

93LSJ Gloss: ἀδικία wrong-doing, injustice
Dodson: ἀδικία unrighteousness injustice, unrighteousness, hurt.
Thayer:
1) injustice, of a judge 
2) unrighteousness of heart and life 
3) a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness

ἀδικία 
adikia ad-ee-kee'-ah From G94; (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of charater, life or act) KJV Usage: iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong.

622LSJ Gloss: ἀπόλλυμι to destroy utterly, kill, slay
Dodson: ἀπόλλυμι I destroy, lose, am perishing (a) I kill, destroy, (b) I lose, mid: I am perishing (the resultant death being viewed as certain).
Thayer:
1) to destroy 
1a) to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin 
1b) render useless 
1c) to kill 
1d) to declare that one must be put to death 
1e) metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell 
1f) to perish, to be lost, ruined, destroyed 
2) to destroy 
2a) to lose

ἀπόλλυμι 
apollumi ap-ol'-loo-mee From G575 and the base of G3639; to destroy fully (reflexively to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively KJV Usage: destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.

With pseudo miracles, signs, and wonders, and every fraud of injustice, the man of sin tricks the ones destined for destruction. People can choose not to be fully destroyed by believing that Jesus is Lord. But there is a time limit. Once the children of the Living God leave the earth, the only way for anyone to be saved it to lose their lives as martyrs for Jesus. The second half of this verse tells us why it happened. 

1209 LSJ Gloss: δέχομαι to take, accept, receive
Dodson: δέχομαι I take, receive, accept, welcome.
Thayer:
1) to take with the hand 
1a) to take hold of, take up 
2) to take up, receive 
2a) used of a place receiving one 
2b) to receive or grant access to, a visitor, not to refuse intercourse or friendship 
2b1) to receive hospitality 
2b2) to receive into one's family to bring up or educate 
2c) of the thing offered in speaking, teaching, instructing 
2c1) to receive favourably, give ear to, embrace, make one's own, approve, not to reject 
2d) to receive. i.e. to take upon one's self, sustain, bear, endure 
3) to receive, get 
3a) to learn
For Synonyms see entry G5877

δέχομαι 
dechomai dekh'-om-ahee Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively) KJV Usage: accept, receive, take.

4982LSJ Gloss: σώζω to save, keep
Dodson: σῴζω I save, heal I save, heal, preserve, rescue.
Thayer:
1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction 
1a) one (from injury or peril) 
1a1) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health 
1b1) to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue 
1b) to save in the technical biblical sense 
1b1) negatively 
1b1a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 
1b1b) to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance

σώζω 
sōzō sode'-zo From a primary word σῶς sōs̄ (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos , “safe”); to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively) KJV Usage: heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

They did not receive the love of the truth for deliverance. They did not love the truth, they rejected the truth. The only people left on the earth are the children of wrath. Paul is explaining this to give them/us something to look for. If we see a temple built in Jerusalem, and we see daily sacrifices made, and we then see some person sit in the temple, in the Holy of Holies, and this person does signs, miracles, and wonders, then we know that the Day of the Lord will be coming very soon, within seven years or less. 

2 Thessalonians 2:11G2532And G1223on account of G3778this G3992[2shall send forth G14733to them G3588 G23161God] G1753an energy G4106of delusion, G1519for G3588 G4100them to believe G1473 G3588in the G5579lie, 

1753LSJ Gloss: ἐνέργεια action, operation, energy 
Dodson: ἐνέργεια working, activity working, action, productive work, activity; in the NT, confined to superhuman activity. 
Thayer: 
1) working, efficiency 
1a) in the NT used only of superhuman power, whether of God or of the Devil
For Synonyms see entry G5820 

ἐνέργεια 
energeia  en-erg'-i-ah  From G1756
efficiency (“energy”) KJV Usage: operation, strong, (effectual) working. 

4106LSJ Gloss: πλάνη a wandering, roaming 
Dodson: πλάνη a wandering, error a wandering; fig: deceit, delusion, error, sin. 
Thayer: 
1) a wandering, a straying about 
1a) one led astray from the right way, roams hither and thither 
2) metaph. 
2a) mental straying 
2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion 
2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting 
2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud 

πλάνη 
planē  plan'-ay  Feminine of G4108
 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety KJV Usage: deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. 

4100LSJ Gloss: πιστεύω to trust, trust to
Dodson: πιστεύω I believe, have faith in I believe, have faith in, trust in; pass: I am entrusted with.
Thayer:
1) to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in 
1a) of the thing believed 
1a1) to credit, have confidence 
1b) in a moral or religious reference 
1b1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul 
1b2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith 
1bc) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith 
2) to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity 
2a) to be intrusted with a thing

πιστεύω 
pisteuō pist-yoo'-o From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ) KJV Usage: believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.

Because these people do not love the truth they are sent an energized deception to trust this pseudo. This energized error can infiltrate the minds’ of people so that they believe the deceptions of this lawless man who wants to be worshipped as a god. He will look like a savior, he will claim to absolve people of sins, and he will perform false miracles. He will be revealed with a big show, maybe his exploits will be on all the news stations. He will claim the kingdom of god has come to earth. 

While all these things are taking place with this lawless man of sin, there will be two witnesses on the earth, there will be disasters, disease, and destruction, as the seals are opened. There will be wars and signs in the heavens. The trumpets will reveal the wrath of the Lamb. The satan will be thrown out of heaven and Jesus will be coronated King and Lord. The bowls will be poured out and then the Day of the Lord will arrive. 


Divorce from the truth has been a problem all through history. Humans always have a choice to make. These bad times are not bestowed upon the children of the Living God, but only the children of wrath. Until the harpazo comes to pass we are held down on the earth and the son of destruction is held back from his epiphany and his parousia. The Holy Spirit restrains the tribulation by being on the earth, just like the Holy Spirit restrained the captivity of Judah until the Holy Spirit left the temple. There will be a temple built and sacrifices made daily before the lawless ones’ apocalypse. It is an interesting point to note that the fake pseudo god comes first with an epiphany, an apocalypse, and a parousia. Yet the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, will also come with an epiphany, an apocalypse, and a parousia, to the destruction of the false messiah who is energized by the satan. Paul has been trying to explain that the Thessalonians are not living in the time of the Day of the Lord. He explains the harpazo, the parousia, and apocalypse, along with the holding back of the tribulation events and the son of destruction, the man of sin. Today we may see people revolt from the truth, but that is not the only sign we are looking for. We will finish Paul’s letter next week.