9th April, 2019



2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NKJV)
[3] Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, [4] who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

We established yesterday, that, there shall first be a falling away (called, the great apostasy) immediately after the rapture; and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of perdition (referred to as the antichrist). We also said that those who didn’t believe the gospel will be so hardened after the rapture, their iniquity will be unparalleled; wickedness without conscience will be a normal way of life in those days.

Immediately after the rapture, the few others who believed the gospel but didn’t confess the Lordship of Jesus unto salvation will do so, when they realize that Jesus is the only Way to heaven. They will be born again in those days and will witness for Jesus in their generation. According to the book of Revelation chapter 13, most of these Christians will suffer martyrdom under the hands of the antichrist for adhering to the tenets of their faith.

The peace treaty will be implemented, and the whole world will be brought under one religion. The world will enjoy a false peace during the first three-and-a-half years after the rapture, under the leadership of the antichrist. Prophet Jeremiah prophesied this when he said, “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:11, KJV). Prophet Daniel also prophesied about the antichrist, saying, “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Daniel 8:25, KJV). The policies of the antichrist will promote a very fast global development; industrialization will be at its peak and the world will seem better under his leadership, but he will destroy many through his false peace.

The verse 4 of our theme Scripture points out how the antichrist will breach his contract for peace, and enter the Jewish temple to be worshipped as God. We will discuss what will lead to such an act in our next devotion. But suffice it to say, that, we shouldn’t take the salvation we have in Christ Jesus for granted; waiting for salvation after the rapture will be very costly.

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