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Satan Is The Beast


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Is second of 2 articles intended to identify The Beast.


In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reveals several Truths: One is that "that day" will not come before the Abomination reveals himself. Believing that "the Day of the Lord" may come when in fact it will not come is what Paul describes as being "troubled."

The other side of that coin is; that once Satan is released, then that day will come soon. Refusing to recognize the signs which reveal that "the day of the Lord" will soon occur is to be both deceived and "troubled." Heb 10:25.

Paul clearly, and in plain words, explains the signs which will reveal that "the day of Christ is at hand." Paul also gives enough description of the son of perdition and his actions that we will be able to recognize him and these events in other end time prophecy.

Following is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 in three columns, for easy comparison. (FYI, the Good News Bible interpretation is, IMHO, one of the least accurate. You will surely want to compare these to be certain that I have omitted nothing.)

Young's Literal     | KJV 1769          | Good News Bible
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1 And we ask you,    1 Now we beseech     1 Concerning the
brethren, in regard  you, brethren, by    coming of our Lord
to the presence of   the coming of our    Jesus Christ and
our Lord Jesus       Lord Jesus Christ,   our being gathered
Christ, and of our   and by our           together to be with
gathering together   gathering together   him: I beg you, my
unto him,            unto him,            brothers and
                                          sisters,
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2 that ye be not     2 That ye be not     2 not to be so
quickly shaken in    soon shaken in       easily confused in
mind, nor be         mind, or be          your thinking or
troubled, neither    troubled, neither    upset by the claim
through spirit,      by spirit, nor by    that the Day of the
neither through      word, nor by letter  Lord has come.
word, neither        as from us, as that
through letters as   the day of Christ    Perhaps it is
through us, as that  is at hand.          thought that we
the day of Christ                         said this while
hath arrived;                             prophesying or
                                          preaching, or that
                                          we wrote it in a
                                          letter.

In the first two verses, Paul is adamant that First Century Saints should NOT be concerned that the coming of the Lord is imminent. He reminds them (v 5) that this topic is one he discussed with them when he was with them. He tells them that he will not send them a letter telling them the opposite of what he told them before. He also includes "us" which may be Timothy and Titus, or may include all the Apostils.

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3 let not any one    3 Let no man         3 Do not let anyone
deceive you in any   deceive you by any   deceive you in any
manner, because-if   means: for that day  way. For the Day
the falling away     shall not come,      will not come until
may not come first,  except there come a  the final Rebellion
and the man of sin   falling away first,  takes place and the
be revealed-the son  and that man of sin  Wicked One appears,
of the destruction,  be revealed, the     who is destined for
and the man of sin   son of perdition;    hell.
be revealed-the son
of the destruction,

In the third verse, Paul explains why the First Century Saints should NOT be deceived by any claim that the day of the Lord is at hand. That is, plain and simply, that THAT DAY shall not come until Satan has revealed himself and that event described as "the falling away" has occurred. Both events must occur before the Lord will appear. Jesus described the 'falling away" as "the Affliction." Mat 24:8-14.

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4 who is opposing    4 Who opposeth and   He will oppose
and is raising       exalteth himself     every so-called god
himself up above     above all that is    or object of
all called God or    called God, or that  worship and put
worshipped, so that  is worshipped; so    himself above them
he in the sanctuary  that he as God       all. He will even
of God as God hath   sitteth in the       go in and sit down
sat down, shewing    temple of God,       in God's Temple and
himself off that he  shewing himself      claim to be God.
is God-the day doth  that he is God.
not come.

In the fourth verse Paul describes in more detail what Satan will do when he exposes himself. This event is also described in Mat 24:14-21, Dan 9:27, 11:36-39, Rev 13:15.

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5 Do ye not          5 Remember ye not,   5 Don't you
remember that,       that, when I was     remember? I told
being yet with you,  yet with you, I      you all this while
these things I said  told you these       I was with you.
to you?              things?

Paul reminds them that he explained these things (vv 1, 2) to them while he was with them.

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6 and now, what is   6 And now ye know    6 Yet there is
keeping down ye      what withholdeth     something that
have known, for his  that he might be     keeps this from
being revealed in    revealed in his      happening now, and
his own time,        time.                you know what it
                                          is. At the proper
                                          time, then, the
                                          Wicked One will
                                          appear.

Paul reminds them that he has told them why Satan will not appear soon -- that he is being restrained until 'his time.'

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7 for the secret of  7 For the mystery    7 The Mysterious
the lawlessness      of iniquity doth     Wickedness is
doth already work,   already work: only   already at work,
only he who is       he who now letteth   but what is going
keeping down now     will let, until he   to happen will not
will hinder -till    be taken out of the  happen until the
he may be out of     way.                 one who holds it
the way,                                  back is taken out

Satan was "at work" then, since he was cast down to earth after Christ ascended to His throne. Luke 10:18, Rev 12:7-9.

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8 and then shall be  8 And then shall     of the way. Then
revealed the         that Wicked be       the Wicked One will
Lawless One, whom    revealed, whom the   be revealed, but
the Lord shall       Lord shall consume   when the Lord Jesus
consume with the     with the spirit of   comes, he will kill
spirit of his        his mouth, and       him with the breath
mouth, and shall     shall destroy with   from his mouth and
destroy with the     the brightness of    destroy him with
manifestation of     his coming:          his dazzling
his presence,                             presence.

When the Holy Spirit ("He who letteth") releases Satan, then he will be allowed to expose himself. Rev 20:7-8.

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9 him, whose         9 Even him, whose    The Wicked One will
presence is          coming is after the  come with the power
according to the     working of Satan     of Satan and
working of the       with all power and   perform all kinds
Adversary, in all    signs and lying      of false miracles
power, and signs,    wonders,             and wonders,
and lying wonders,

Both Satan and the false Christ, who's "working" -- false signs, lying wonders and signs, will be revealed. Rev 13:5.

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10 and in all        10 And with all      10 and use every
deceitfulness of     deceivableness of    kind of wicked
the unrighteousness  unrighteousness in   deceit on those who
in those perishing,  them that perish;    will perish. They
because the love of  because they         will perish because
the truth they did   received not the     they did not
not receive for      love of the truth,   welcome and love
their being saved,   that they might be   the truth so as to
                     saved.               the truth so as to
                                          be saved.

Satan, (who will proclaim himself to be "God"), and his false Christ, (who will command the entire world to worship the false "God") will deceive all those who do not love Truth.

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11 and because of    11 And for this      11 And so God sends
this shall God send  cause God shall      the power of error
to them a working    send them strong     to work in them so
of delusion, for     delusion, that they  that they believe
their believing the  should believe a     what is false.
lie,                 lie:

Because they have no love of Truth they will be deceived by the Lie.

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12 that they may be  12 That they all     12 The result is
judged -- all who    might be damned who  that all who have
did not believe the  believed not the     not believed the
truth, but were      truth, but had       truth, but have
well pleased in      pleasure in          taken pleasure in
unrighteousness.     unrighteousness.     sin, will be
                                          condemned.

It cannot be made any more clear, apparent or obvious, that the event known as "the falling away" must occur before the coming of the Lord. Mat 24:8-14.

It cannot be made any more clear, or apparent, or obvious, that that one described (vv 3, 4) as "the lawless one," the "son of perdition," and "the man of sin" must be revealed before the coming of the Lord. Rev 13.

Both Matthew and Daniel's account include the term "Abomination" (or 'abominations') and give a "time" when this event will take place. According to Daniel it is the last Seven Years (70th period of Sevens, 9:24) of God's Plan and Purpose for His Creation.

According to Matthew, Jesus gave a sequence: "The Beginning of Sorrows," then "the Affliction," Then "the Great Tribulation" (which is caused by the Abomination.) Mat 24:7-8, 8-14, 14-21.

Aside from the description given by Paul, John gives the most detailed description of this event. Paul includes descriptive terms like: "sit in the temple of God, showing himself that he is 'God.'" (Satan has done this before: see Dan 3:6, etc.)

John writes: "cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed..." Rev 13:5-15.

In both Thessalonians and Revelation we see both Satan and the False Christ described.

SATAN, THE FALSE GOD

Paul wrote: "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." This is Satan when he claims to be "God." 2 Thes 2:4, Rev 13:4-7, 15.

John wrote: "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." This is Satan, who was locked into the Pit, then released. Rev 20:1-3, 7.

John wrote: "And they worshipped the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the [modern Rome, v 1-2] beast: and they worshipped the [Satan] beast, saying, Who is like unto the [Satan] beast? who is able to make war with [Satan] him?

5 And there was given unto him [Satan] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him [Satan] to continue forty and two months. (The last 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week.)

6 And he [Satan] opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him [Satan] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

THE FALSE CHRIST

Paul wrote: "whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders..." This is the False Christ. 2 Thes 2:9, Rev 13:15.

John described the rise of the false Christ: "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Christ is The Lamb: this beast is LIKE a lamb -- that is; this beast is the false Christ. Rev 13:11.

John wrote: "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 2 Thes 2:9, Rev 13:14.

SIGN OF THE BEAST

This sign, "which had the wound by a sword, and did live," reveals that Satan, The Beast, has entered into, or "possessed the body" (as he has done before, John 13:27) of the last ruler of modern Rome -- who was wounded; and actually ruled the World as (in the body of) a man. "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." Zec 11:17, Rev 17:11.

Both Paul and John have identified Satan as the Beast who will claim to be "God" and who will be destroyed, and cast into the lake of fire, at and by the coming of the Lord. Rev 19:11-21 and 20:8-15.


See: The Church / the Kingdom, God's People.

Both "The Beast" (Satan, the false 'God' - Rev 13:7-8) and 'the beast' (the false Christ - Rev 13:11-12) are cast into the lake of fire in Chapter Nineteen and Twenty. Dan 9:27, Mat 24:29-31, Rev 14:1-5, 19:19-21, 20:9-15.

Those who love Truth search for it; those who don't, won't.
Those who receive no love of love Truth believe the false prophets.


Continued, see: The Beast

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