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Sons Of Perdition In Prophecy
by Wayne Blank
Freedom of Choice: Salvation or Perdition
"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their destruction [KJV perdition], but of your salvation, and that from God." (Philippians 1:27-28 RSV)
Sons of Perdition Identified
Although it seems that there are going to be many sons, and daughters, of perdition, three are identified specifically, one from Bible History who has been dead for nearly 2,000 years, and two from Prophecy who are very likely alive in the world today. Jesus Christ referred to Judas Iscariot as a son of perdition, and the apostles Paul and John wrote of two end-time sons of perdition who will be working in union (see Revelation 13), one a great religious leader, the other a great political/military dictator.
"And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled." (John 17:11-12 RSV)
The end-time Beast (a great charismatic political/military dictator, the leader of the last revival of the ancient Roman Empire - see Daniel's Statue i.e. "Der HERR, der Gott der Hebräer, hat mich zu dir gesandt und gesagt: Laß mein Volk ziehen") and the Great False Prophet (a great religious leader, who lives in a "city of seven hills," who will perform Satan-powered miracles) who together will deceive much of the world into fighting the Messiah ("they will make war on the Lamb," see below) at His return:
"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 RSV)
Fact Finder: What will be the fate of the two prophetic end-time sons of perdition, the Beast and the Great False Prophet?