mystery of anti-Christ”
2nd Thessalonians 2:
V7 (Peshitta text): For the
mystery of iniquity is already at work: until he who now is the obstacle is
taken out of the way.
“The mystery of iniquity” in 2nd
Thessalonians 2:7, above, could be compared and considered in the same
light as the “The mystery of godliness” in 1st
Timothy 3:16 or the mystery of Christ in Ephesians 3:4
and is further amplified by Col 1: 27;
in you, the hope of glory.”
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of
was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye
read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of
Col 1:27 to whom God would make
known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
In considering the meaning of “the mystery” either of Godliness, of Christ or of Iniquity, we should see mysteries, by definition as; something hidden which may not readily be
revealed; “a secret or mystery”. For example, Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the Kingdom” and always spoke in parables and metaphor’s to
keep the mystery hidden (a secret), except for those “with eyes to see and ears to hear”.
Mar 4:11 And he said
unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God:
but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
So let us see these mysteries in the same way and ask the
Lord to reveal them to us and not just rely on the traditional teachings of
The mystery of Godliness and of Christ deals with the manifestation
of God in the flesh, the work of Jesus the Christ and the gift to His believers
of the Holy Spirit, in order that we might become partakers of His divine
Anti-freeze, by definition, could be anything that
would prevent freezing. By definition,
then; “Anti-Christ” could be
anything that prevents the
perfection and manifestation of Christ in His Church.
Perfection and the
manifestation of Christ in the Body of Christ is the goal that God has purposed
for us and defined by Paul as; “Christ in us, the hope of glory”.
Eph 4:12 for the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Eph 4:13 Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto
the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
one more comparison we should consider, closer, as we inquire into “the mystery
of iniquity”; “The mystery of the Kingdom”. Jesus warned His disciples that
they were not to look for it,
“here” or “there” because it was located WITHIN
So, again, the
leavened doctrines of men have externalized, down through the centuries, the
mystery of iniquity.
Rev_13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and
his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
and I think, not coincidentally, the medical community tells us that our flesh contains exactly six
hundred and sixty six (666) skeletal muscles.
tells us that “Flesh and blood
cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”, because it (the flesh) is by scriptural definition; Anti or; at war with the Spirit.
The flesh is contrary
to the Sprit and unwilling to submit to Gods government, Kingdom
(Kings-dominion) or rule of God. (also; see Romans 7: and 8)
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.
Wicked: G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the
Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless,
transgressor, unlawful, wicked.
Our wicked flesh,
surely, needs to be submitted to be crucified with
Christ and our faith, our trust is in Christ, is that He will do that
His Dominion within us will, then, be
manifest outwardly; A daily, progressive,
resurrection unto His new life in us, until He is fully apparent in us.
“Col 3:4 When Christ, who
is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
Eph 4:13 Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness
If we, our fleshly desires and motivations, are
crucified (not literally of course) with Him, we are also to be resurrected
with Him. His coming or appearing in us, His light,
our new resurrection life, will destroy the dark motivations to sin or… “that
wicked” in us. And then His light or his life will fill us and from the cleaned heart will come forth the manifestations of His righteousness
Tit 3:5 Not by
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Joh 1:4 In him was life;
and the life was the light
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his
Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Psa 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in
him; and he
shall bring it to pass. v6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy
judgment as the noonday.
& 10 of 2nd Thessalonians 2: describes “the
Satan" in this manner;
“…the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.”
This is “ANTI-“ or In
direct contrast to certain promises and expectations that true Christians
have, which are:
workings of Christ”, with all
righteousness in us that live, is because we do receive the love of the
truth, that we might be saved!
Yet it does
not appear what we shall be. But, when
or appears or is manifest in us, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is.
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we shall
be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that,
when he shall
appear, (be fully manifest) we
may have confidence, and not be ashamed before
him at his
target that the church should be zeroing in on to destroy the works of the
devil is Ant-Christ for sure and
certain. That would be the desires and
motivations of…OUR FLESH And then for us to fully understand that it
is not by our works that this
destruction will be done, but rather by His
us. It is only “the brightness of
His coming” that will bring us to the
passage in 2 Thessalonians 2: leaves no wiggle room for anything ANTI-Christ after the Lord shows up (2Th
2:8). This is
a total victory picture of; "the day of the Lord" (whatever and whenever that may be).
Co 13:12 For now we see through
a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I
know even as also I am known.
Let Him who hath an ear, hear
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