The Actions of the Antichrist
Pastor, Sam Stallings
2 Thess. 2:1-12
INTRODUCTION: PURPOSE of prophecy is not to give us a calendar of coming events but to BUILD OUR CHARACTER. Paul lists 4 major events that make up God’s prophetic timeline.
I. THE RAPTURE OF BELIEVERS, vss. 1-2. 1 Thess. 4:17. One of the biggest threats to confidence in our lives is rumor. We need to be on our guard because there is a lot of end-times hysteria. Matt. 24:36; 1 Thess. 5:21. We must be discerning & process everything through the grid of the Word of God.
II. THE REBELLION TO OCCUR, vss. 3a, 7a. Jesus’s similar warning, Matt. 24:4. This represents an abandonment of beliefs, of a wholesale & worldwide turning from God, Matt. 24:10-12; 1 Tim. 4:1. Why is it that we can’t correct our problems? 2 Tim. 3:1, more detailed.
III. THE REVELATION OF THE ANTICHRIST, vss. 3b-6, 9-10. 20 different names for this man: “Little horn”, Dan. 7:8; “The Beast” Rev. 13:1, 36; “Antichrist”, 1 John 2:18; 4:3, 2 John 7. 2 Thess. 2:4, 4 actions of the Antichrist: 1. He will OPPOSE God, 2. He will EXALT HIMSELF over everything that is worshiped, 3. He will TRY TO TAKE GOD’S PLACE by desecrating the rebuilt temple. 4. He will PROCLAIM HIMSELF to be God. vss. 9-10, 4 more details: 5. He will DO SATAN’S WORK, 6. He will COUNTERFEIT the work of God, 7. He will ENERGIZE all kinds of EVIL. 8. He will DECEIVE those who are perishing. The spirit of Antichrist, already in the world, 1 John 4:3; 2 Thess. 2:6-7. What is it that is holding back the Antichrist right now? It’s a combination of the church & the Holy Spirit. The presence of the people of God in the world is delaying the coming of judgment.
IV.THE RETURN OF CHRIST, vss. 8-12.
A. Abolishment of Antichrist, vs. 8. Rev. 19:11-16, 19-20.
B. Condemnation of non-Christians, vss. 10-12. The only way to avoid condemnation is to trust in Jesus: John 14:6; 3:36. 2 Peter 3:9.
5 Responses: 1. Brace yourself. 2. Be alert. 3. Be bold. Don’t compromise your faith. 4. Be encouraged. Jesus is coming! 5. Come to Christ. Now is the day of salvation.