He who now restrains is a false teaching
The phrase, he who now restrains, is not found anywhere in scripture. The one that is taken out of the way is the man of sin; he is also called the beast.
At the end of the great tribulation the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).
2 Thes 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
The false teachers in the church would have you believe that this man of lawlessness cannot be revealed until “he who now restrains” him is taken out of the way (2 Thes 2:7-8).
Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition
The beast is the son of perdition. The word perdition means waste or destroy, and refers to spiritual destruction (2 Pet 2:1-3, 3:7).
2 Thes 2:4 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.
The Mystery of he who now restrains is Revealed
The mystery of he who now restrains is revealed to be yet another Christian fable. The purpose of the false teaching on he who now restrains, is to attempt to justify the pre-tribulation fairy tale that many fearful Christians buy into.
In order to convince the false church that the rapture, or gathering of the elect occurs before this end time tribulation, many deceptive doctrines are introduced. He as God sits in the Temple of God, is part of a verse that is one of the most misused and misunderstood in relationship to both Prophecy, and the Christian Identity. The gross misrepresentation of this verse is used to propagate the false theory of a rebuilt jewish temple in the last days.
Satan seeks to impersonate God, and the place where the Holy Spirit should dwell often is occupied by him.
1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
The phrase,”He as God sits in the Temple of God” should not be a mystery. Scripture informs us that Satan is the god of this world.
Satan imitating God, dwells in the place of God, showing himself that he is a god (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Acts 7:48; 17:24; Rev 11:19).
2 Thes 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
What were the things that Paul told the Thessalonians earlier on regarding the return of Jesus?
- We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent the dead in Christ from rising (1 Thes 4:15-16).
- Afterwards we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together to join those that Christ brings to reign on earth with Him (1 Thes 4:17, Mat 6:10, Isa 11:6, 11, Isa 25:8-9).
The “he who now restrains” theory that the Holy Spirit is removed at the end of the messages to the seven churches, is utter gibberish. The Lord shall descend from heaven at the last trump, which is at the end of the great tribulation (1 Thes 4:16). The great tribulation is not the wrath of God.
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
At the last trump the mystery of Christ is fulfilled and thus revealed for all to see.
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The kingdom of God is wherever Christ is, and He brings this kingdom to us, as opposed to taking us to it.
Luke 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
He who now restrains is a false teaching
2 Thes 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
The words, what withholdeth, actually refer to keeping or holding fast to something learned.
Hold fast, and keep what is learned, has nothing at all to do with he who now restrains (G 2722).
The ones who hear the Words of Christ, keep it, and bring forth fruit (Luke 8:15, 1 Cor 11:2).
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
1 Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good
Those who refer to “he who now restrains” are not even sure of the identity of this restrainer, because there is not any truth to this man made doctrine.
According to the false teachers, all believers are removed and taken to heaven according to the promise made to the church in Philadelphia (Rev 3:10). I will keep thee from the hour of temptation, is not a pre-tribulation promise at all.
All who are truly in Christ are kept through the power of the Holy spirit, and are able to endure until the end (Mat 24:13, Mark 13:13, john3:5, 14:17).
John 17:15-16 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
2 Thes 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Many deceivers identify the restrainer, or he who now restrains as the Holy Spirit, and claim that this passage teaches of a pre-tribulational rapture of the church.
This convoluted thinking goes something like this. The Holy Spirit indwells the church, and if the Holy Spirit is removed, then the church must be gone as well.
The article entitled the pre-tribulation rapture deception, debunks this theory, as does one shall be taken and the other shall be left behind.
A careful study of the Greek words in 2 Thes 2:7, tells a different story altogether.
The words, he who now, actually is in reference to one word. That word is now, henceforth or hereafter. The words he and who, are added inappropriately.
The word letteth, is inserted inappropriately. The correct word to be used is, hold fast or keep.
What Paul is saying here is that we are not to be deceived, as the mystery of iniquity is already working. But now hold fast to what you have been taught, until the one that works iniquity is taken out of the midst of you.
2 Thes 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
The beast, and the kings of the earth under his control, will attempt to make war against Christ and against his army (Rev 19:19-21).
2 Thes 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders
The dragon, or Satan is the one who gives power unto the beast (Rev 13:4).
2 Thes 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
God Himself shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. All who have pleasure in unrighteousness, that do not believe in the truth shall be judged by the very Word of God that they rejected (2 Thes 2:11-12, John 12:48).