The falling away of Satan precedes the revealing of the Antichrist
2 Thessalonians chapter 2:3
By Craig C. White
2 Thessalonians chapter 2 is not about the apostasy of the Church. Nor is it about the removal of the Holy Spirit from the Earth during the Tribulation period. It is a reminder to us to remember the teachings of the Old Testament Prophets.
2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
Paul is not revealing any new prophetic information here. He is reminding us about the prophecies of Isaiah (Isa 14:12) and Daniel (Dan 9:27). Isaiah tells us about the falling away of Satan from heaven, then the Antichrist defiles the temple in Jerusalem in the book of Daniel.
Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
These are two events that precede the Tribulation. Paul is assuring the Thessalonians that the Tribulation had not yet begun. They haven’t missed the Rapture!
The man of sin is revealed as he sits in the newly built temple in Jerusalem claiming that he is god (2Thessalonians 2:4). This doesn’t mean that the Antichrist will not be identifiable beforehand. Today it has become obvious who the Antichrist is! Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist!
Paul reminds the Thessalonians to adhere to the teachings of the Old Testament!
2Thessalonians 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
The falling of Satan from heaven restrains or comes before the Antichrist as he sits in the temple. Remember that Isaiah and Daniel told us all about it! 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 isn’t about revealing new prophecy but it is about remembering what we have already been taught by the Old Testament Prophets. I hope that we have finally begun to understand 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.