These letters clearly show that the Thessalonians were going through a time of great persecution under the Roman authorities. It was sweaty palms and white knuckles all the way! In John8:58 Jesus went so far as to use the very words by which God revealed Himself to Moses from the burning bush (Exod.3:14). That, says the apostle, will become a world-wide condition under the influence of this evil person who is called the "Man of lawlessness." As a result, the Jewish leaders tried to kill Him because in “calling God his own Father, [Jesus was] making himself equal with God” (John5:18). In a really bizarre tale, a Zimbabwean man is claiming to be God himself. Help me to follow you and walk in the ways of righteousness." The fact that Paul does not say this is made much of by the post-tribulationists. Why has that temple not been built since there are Jews with powerful political connections (I can personally testify to this) who are completely dedicated to building it? The lie that has been propagated from the very beginning; the lie that was found in the Garden of Eden and has been in the world ever since. It is, then, still the day of grace! Moriah? What that answer conveys is that the Holy Spirit has come in, and, thus, God himself dwells within him. Although, there is still NO actual claim of his being the Jewish Messiah, but rather as stated, The God. A Malawian man identified as Overtone Makuta claims to be god with his followers praying to him and calling him their creator. Do you listen to his words? This man takes his place in the temple as a desolating sacrilege. They say, "If it is true that Paul had taught them that the Lord was coming before the Day of the Lord, then he would simply have said to them, 'You would not be here if the Day of the Lord had come.'" Why is this? I've missed it!" 2:3-4 and Dan 9:36-37 (see below) the Man Antichrist is clearly revealed as the ‘Opposer of God’ who himself claims to be THE God. For years I have been trying to get across to Christians what tremendous power they could exercise in the world today, if only they knew who they were. Paul describes him as one "who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." If the Day of the Lord had come you would not be here; you would have been raptured." Fifth, this opens the door for the ultimate delusion: They will believe what Scripture calls "the lie." He is relating the coming, the parousia, of the Lord Jesus to what he calls "our assembling to meet him." You can do whatever you want." A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building. He said he hails from Tynawald but his true form is in heaven where God abides. This Man Claims He Is Jesus Christ Reincarnated. What the apostle is underscoring through all this is that the Day of the Lord has not yet come. These are always made to look like something wonderful, they seem to offer much, but the end result is pain, heartache and destruction. Paul describes him as one "who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." 3Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. But when we remember that the word parousia means "presence," not "coming" (although it is frequently translated "coming"), it suggests a series of events during the whole of which time Jesus is present. That clearly agrees with what the apostle says here. 1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. There is a mighty power at work that restrains evil in believers, and, through believers, it is at work restraining evil in the world. In one video shared widely online, his followers are seen laying out clothes on the road for him to walk on. However, for the sake of argument, let us take the word as "apostasy" or "rebellion." The point before us now is, that the pious soul feels it has claims on God, and may plead those claims in prayer before him. Notice five things are stated: First, its origin is Satan, at work behind the scenes. The coming [literally the parousia, "the presence"] of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. The second important thing to note in these introductory verses is that Paul describes the condition of these Thessalonian believers as one of deep agitation and disturbance. It is the strange secret of universal evil. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 RSV). Along with David Koresh, Jim Jones was possibly the most notoriously crazy person to claim to be God. 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. You can run your own life. Message transcript and recording © 1988 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. I have read all the arguments pro and con, and while I will not try to share all of that information with you I will try to point out, as we go through Verses 1-12 of Chapter 2, why I believe the Scriptures teach that the church will not go through the great tribulation, and why I reject the arguments of the post-tribulationalists. Thus, you will already have begun to conclude that the Lord's appearing in glory does not come until the end of the tribulation and the rapture will be part of it. It is built in the neo-gothic style. Second, if he is neither God nor a lunatic, he has to be a liar, deceiving others by his lie. He calls it "the mystery of lawlessness" which is already at work. Back in the '30's when I was a young Christian, I read a book that was very popular among Christians entitled, In The Twinkling Of An Eye. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! In a viral video clip, the man who was interviewed by Pachopisa TV said he was the creator of heaven and earth just like God. Watch the video below as he narrates on how he became the creator personified! These verses describe the way evil works in our world today; it will be made world-wide in that day. I wish we had the whole account of what he had said but obviously we have, by the Holy Spirit's inspiration, enough to understand what he taught if we think it through very carefully. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. He may see himself as a devoted servant of God, but he still sees himself and his own actions as apart from the one reality of God. Why is it that as the centuries go by we have made zero progress in curing human wickedness? All Rights Reserved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 RSV). If you think of the coming of the Lord as but a single event that occurs within a 24-hour period you will conclude that this phrase "our assembling to meet him" is part of that event. Let me point out something interesting here. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. Only one of them intended to betray him but their question demonstrates that they did not trust their self-knowledge all that much. Does the Lord come for his church before the great time of trouble that is coming; does he come in the middle of it; or does the church in fact go through the tribulation and Jesus comes at the end. If any one will open the door, I will come in to him [or her] and will eat with him," (Revelation 3:20 RSV). In the first letter, Paul had described that day as one of sudden destruction, with no escape possible, as with a woman in travail. First, Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God. If we ask how did they know, the answer, of course, is that Paul had probably told them when he was with them. Jesus’ claims were audacious – He is the man who claimed to be God. I believe that, even today, I could ask any young Christian the question, "Since Christ has come into your life, have you found anything that restrains evil in you?" In Verses 9-12, we have a description of the methods of the Man of lawlessness. If Paul had said to such nominal Christians in Thessalonica that they would certainly have been raptured he would have sealed them in a false view of their security. (Revelation 19:20-21 RSV). • John Hugh Smyth-Pigott (1852–1927). The question this raises is, What would make them feel that way?" It is humanism, the worship of man, in its ultimate form. iHarare - iHarare is Zimbabwe's Loudest Internet Newspaper! Perhaps, as Paul himself suggests, a letter purportedly written by him was read saying that the day of the Lord's wrath had arrived. That suggests that having already been taught that Jesus would not come until the end of the Day of the Lord, they were excited that he was now about to appear. NEWS ALERT: Authorities Execute Man Who Claimed To Be God In a rare display of political and judicial cooperation between leaders of the occupying Roman Empire and the conquered land of Israel, authorities in Jerusalem today condemned, flogged and crucified a carpenter-turned-itinerant preacher who claimed to be the Messiah. As a result, the Jewish leaders tried to kill Him because in "calling God his own Father, [Jesus was] making himself equal with God" (John 5:18 NIV). The apostle is uncertain of what caused this agitation. If the passage is read that way it looks as though the church will go through the tribulation. Zimbo man claims to be God. First, Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God. That is where the apostle leaves us. You, a mere man, claim to be God.” English Standard Version The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Berean Study Bible He claims to forgive sins. We come to a passage now where we must confront the question of whether the church will go through the great tribulation. Rather they were scared out of their minds! In the letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches us that the desires of our flesh are opposed to the desires of the Spirit, and the Spirit's desires are opposed by the flesh, in order "to prevent you from doing what you would," (Galatians 5:17b RSV). The book, Rethinking the Rapture," written by a dear friend of mine, Dr. E. Schuyler English, will make this clear to any who want further information. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. (Matthew26:21-22 RSV). In Verses 3-5 we see how he handles this situation. There is no need to tell the Thessalonians; they already know! 5Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? All evangelicals agree, however, that only these three possibilities exist: a pre, mid, or post tribulational coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 RSV). Upon investigation they discovered that the rest of the family and some of their friends had disappeared. I am without existence, pure non-existence. Such people have set their feet upon a downward slant that will end in destruction. Open that door to him now for he is prepared to save you from the wrath to come. But the Man of lawlessness cannot be revealed until some restraining power is taken out of the way. They thought the rapture had occurred and they had somehow missed it and now the Day of the Lord had arrived. The phrase literally says, "you were shaken out of your mind." Further details of this are given in Revelation 19: And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet [this is the Man of lawlessness] who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image. They were scared out of their wits and turned white with fear. The answer is that Paul was not sure that all of them had truly become Christians. What is it about our race that makes it so difficult to correct the conditions that destroy it? But the result is not, as the RSV text has it, that they were "shaken in mind or excited." (The same word is translated "alarmed" in the RSV of Mark 13:7) They were not excited and jazzed about the coming of the Lord. I thought to myself, "Oh! Our Lord but utters a word and the Man of lawlessness is destroyed. The reference here, therefore, is but a footnote to what he had already taught them. Have you surrendered your life to Christ? Those who saw and wrote about Jesus called him the Creator of the universe. Our Lord says, in Matthew 24:15: "So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) [this last phrase was added by Matthew], then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. We do not make any progress in this area. 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Fourth, this approach makes its appeal to those who "refuse to love the truth," who have no time for the Scriptures, who refuse to judge themselves and will not listen to anyone who, even lovingly, tries to point out that what they are doing is wrong. Practical application: There is only one other person called by that name in the New Testament and that is Judas, the betrayer of our Lord. As a result, the Jewish leaders tried to kill Him because in "calling God his own Father, [Jesus was] making himself equal with God" (John 5:18 NIV).In John 8:58 Jesus went so far as to use the very words by which God revealed Himself to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).To the Jews this was the epitome of blasphemy, for they knew … That is a much debated and controversial question. Jacob Michael Bortz shouts 'I am God! If we look at it that way, then what Paul is proposing to discuss here is: At what point does our assembling to meet Jesus come in that series of events? Then, says Paul, "the Lawless One will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming." They are also the light of the world for while they are in it they relieve the terrible darkness of the world by means of the Holy Spirit. We are still wrestling with the problem just as people wrestled with it five thousand years before Christ. We have seen in recent days a revival of interest in healing miracles. 2:3-4 He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Everything that God wants to say, he says through me,” Vissarion told the Guardian in 2002 . When a 2004 BBC documentary aired accusations that he had sexually abused boys and young men, the claims caused alarm among his followers outside India but were never investigated or prosecuted by Indian authorities. The Old Testament prophets had described it as a day of distress and anguish, ruin and devastation. There needs to be great care exercised in this area. This can be put another way. Beginning in Verse 6 the apostle gets to the heart of his comments: And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. The Man Who Claims To Be Jesus. (Matthew 24:15-21 RSV). Rather it is the word oido, which means "to know by insight, by inner information." The reason is that every born again Christian knows what it is that restrains evil. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? 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Diddy’s Mum Celebrates 80 As The New 40, The Queen Fires An Actor For Sexual Harassment On Set, Latoya Makhene and Lebo Kheswa Officially Mrs & Mrs. Perhaps someone in their assembly had uttered a prophecy or had interpreted a passage of Scripture to the effect that the Day of the Lord had come. In every claim Jesus made, we find a promise for us. Paul introduces the chapter with these words: Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. And likewise what tremendous evil they permit in the world when they refuse to live as God wants them to live. KZN man claims to be Jesus Christ Wednesday 5 June 2013 - 4:20pm Eshowe - An Eshowe man who claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ is being accused of tearing families apart. He took Ruth Anne Preece as his second wife and she had three children named Glory, Power and Hallelujah. Believers are the salt that preserves this world from decay and corruption. The answer is: There is enough self-doubt in all of us that we all wonder whether we are genuine when we get into a situation like that. We have already listed a number of these -- drugs, alcohol, perverted forms of sexuality, gambling, adulterous affairs, etc. Third, Satan employs various forms of deceptive evil; things that offer what seems good but which are ultimately destructive. First, Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God. When the church through whom the Spirit works to restrain sin is removed -- the Spirit is not removed, merely his restraining instrument -- then begins the work of the Lawless One. Does he run your affairs? It is interesting that the word the apostle employs here for "know" is not the word ginosko, which means "to learn by experience." At the time Moses was working as a jewelry salesman. And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth [the word of God uttered by the lips of Jesus]; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. There is more humility in this than any supposed claim to greatness, but people do not understand the inner meaning. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be." Why is drug trafficking so impossible to stop when it is clearly evident what terrible things it does to people? What Paul is saying, then, is that the unmistakable sign that the Day of the Lord has begun is that the "Man of lawlessness" (or, as the King James Version renders it, "the Man of sin"), has been revealed, and the great worldwide apostasy that he will lead has started. When a man acknowledges his servitude to God, he is aware of his being a servant. Then it dawned upon them that the rapture had occurred, the true church had disappeared, and they were left behind. Read More. But the words do not mean that! How these words are translated will go far toward determining what position one takes regarding the rapture. Do you love him and follow him? Jones, a paranoid drug addict infatuated with power, claimed that he was the reincarnation of Jesus, Buddha and Gandhi. I no longer have the same desires now that the Lord has come into my life." Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the sabbath. A Malawian man identified as Overtone Makuta claims to be god with his followers praying to him and calling him their creator. It seems clear that this is the condition which the apostle is describing among the Thessalonians in these opening verses. The house which may have belonged to Smyth-Pigott in St John's Wood was visited by John Betjeman in his film Metro-Land. Do you belong to him? The 56-year-old claims to be the Second Coming of … A man in Russia who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ has amassed thousands of disciples who believe he is the Son of God. Accept 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. He is responsible for the utterly gut wrenching Jonestown Massacre in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thes. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. That phrase "out of the way," when translated literally, is, "becomes out of the midst." Even secular prophets are puzzled by it. With his beard and flowing robes, the man, whose real names is Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, looks the part. Paul goes on to say there is a mystery of evil at work in our world. That is exactly what Jesus said. MORE STORIES; Man who claims to be God and the 'head of the KKK' charged with murdering his father just months after moving home. They have gone along with the outward appearances of Christianity, but they have never surrendered their inner will to the Lord. This question should not be confused with a similar sounding issue concerning the millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ. Just as God would not destroy the earth until Noah and his family had entered the ark (a picture of being "with Christ"); and just as God would not rain judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, despite their terrible evil, until Lot and his family had first been removed; so God will not begin the last terrible judgment upon this earth until the church has been removed. Last updated on February 27th, 2019 at 04:58 pm. Another video shows a member of Makuta’s churches praying to him and referring to the man as god and creator. For permission to use this content, please review You are here: Home | The Man Who Claims To Be Jesus. We will see more of that in a moment. Apollo Quiboloy (born 1950), founder and leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ religious group, who claims that Jesus Christ is the "Almighty Father," that Quiboloy is "His Appointed Son," and that salvation is now completed. Around 1890 Smyth-Pigott started leading meetings of the Agapemonite community and recruited 50 young female followers to supplement its aging population. But even if he had not I feel they would have known. ', and proceeds to punch a police officer in the head . One post-tribulational commentator says that what was going on was "wild anticipation of the immediate return of Christ.". But this is the way evil is working here on our Peninsula right now. But we are not dealing with the question of the millennium this morning but with the question which has been a battleground through the centuries: Will the church still be here on earth during the great time of trouble? the Teacher. You may be thinking that these verses do not apply to you. It is because the time has not yet come. According to the apostle, the Day of the Lord cannot come until the Man of lawlessness is revealed. ... and channels his unused sexual energy to internal communication with God. I am nothing.” “ I am God ” is not a claim of great pretension, it is a claim of extreme humility. Jesus refers to the antichrist as "the desolating sacrilege ... standing in the holy place." Jacob Michael Bortz, Brevard County Sheriff's Office. A temple will one day be built on the spot where the Dome of the Rock now stands and that is the place where the Man of lawlessness will take his seat and proclaim himself to be God. 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