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Reign of the Saints

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SYNOPSIS:  The saints reign with Jesus in the present age as a “Kingdom of Priests” – Revelation 20:4-6.
Only two activities that are to occur during the thousand-year period are recorded - The imprisonment of Satan, and the reign of victorious saints. Ironically, the “rest of the dead” do not live until the “second death.” There is no mention of any temple, the city of Jerusalem, the restoration of animal sacrifices, or national Israel in Chapter 20 of the book of Revelation. Furthermore, the passage is the ONLY one in the entire Bible to refer to a thousand-year period during which the saints “reign.”

Man of Lawlessness - Destruction

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SYNOPSIS Jesus will undo the evil works of the Man of Lawlessness at his Parousia or “Arrival.” In the interim, God allows deception to flourish - 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12.
The Apostle Paul next explained how the Lord Jesus would respond to the “man of lawlessness” when he returned in glory. Whether he believed there would be any lapse of time between the “revelation” of this malevolent figure and the “arrival” or parousia of Jesus, or any further intervening events, he did not say.

Man of Lawlessness - Until Revealed

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SYNOPSIS The Mystery of Lawlessness is at work already in the world to prepare for the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness - 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7
The Apostle Paul has just explained why the “Day of the Lord” has not commenced - Two events must precede it - The “apostasy,” and, the “revealing of the man of lawlessness.” Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he told them about “these things” when he was with them. The demonstrative pronoun or “these” refers to the two things just listed in verses 3-4.

Man of Lawlessness - Missing Events

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SYNOPSIS Two events must occur before the Day of the Lord can commence – the apostasy and the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness - 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
The Apostle Paul begins to explain to the church at Thessalonica why the “Day of the Lord” has not commenced: Two events must occur before its onset – the “apostasy” and the “revealing of the man of lawlessness." Paul insinuates that the men behind this controversy are deceiving the Thessalonians about this future event (“Let no man cheat you”). The Greek verb for “cheat” or exapatao is used only by Paul in the New Testament and has a basic sense, “to deceive” (seeRomans 7:11, 16:18, 1 Corinthians 3:18, 11:3).

Man of Lawlessness - The Issue

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SYNOPSIS Someone fed disinformation to the Thessalonians about the nearness of the “day to the Lord,” causing alarm among the congregation 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul addressed a claim that the “Day of the Lord has set in,” one that caused alarm among members of the congregation. Apparently, the rumor was spread by a “spirit,” "word" (logos), or a "letter, as if by us.” The last description is a verbal link between the start and close of the literary unit ("Stand firm, and hold fast the instructions which ye were taught—whether through discourse or through our letter" - 2 Thessalonians 2:15).

Abyss

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SYNOPSIS:  The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, yet it is under the authority of the Lamb – Revelation 11:7
A place called the “Abyss” is introduced when the fifth trumpet sounds in Chapter 9 of the book of Revelation, a deep pit from which a horde of locust-like creatures ascends to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, this deep place is the source from which satanic agencies ascend to wage war against the “saints.” It also functions as a “prison” to hold satanic forces until their appointed time to “ascend” and wreak havoc on their victims (Revelation 9:1-2, 13:1-2, 17:8, 20:1-3, 20:7-10).