2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 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, 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.
A verse for the near future, in my opinion, since it deals with the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering to Him.
It warns about deception. The Thessalonians were concerned the Lord had already returned and the resurrection had already happened.
Paul addressed the latter in First Thessalonians.
They were concerned about the end times. Most of us still are but now we have scripture, like this one, to guide us.
A falling away takes place first.
At one time I believed it was a falling away from church.
But here the original word gives us our English word apostasy – a falling away from the truth.
This has happened since the days of Paul but there is an evident increase in false teaching today.
It’s not an emptiness of churches. It the hollowness of the preaching in those churches.
Like the Laodicean church of Revelation Chapter 3, the church becomes self-sufficient having need of nothing, including God.
Without the pure teaching of the word of God, people are easily persuaded by a person of perusasivness like the man of sin.
The man of sin must be revealed and, in my opinion, this is the beast of Revelation.
He is satanic in origin and power since Satan still desires to be God!
It would seem this deception is easily recognized but it isn’t by those whose minds are blinded by the false teachings of the apostate church.