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Who Is The Lawless One?
by Wayne Blank
What Does "Lawless" Mean To God?
First, how does The Holy Bible describe "the lawless one," who is actually depicted in the Scriptures as two people, one political, one religious (see Revelation 13), who will act as one? According to your Bible:
"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet Him [see Spiritual and Physical Gatherings], 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 ["man of sin" in the King James Version] 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 [see Physical and Spiritual Temples], proclaiming himself to be God."
What does the actual originally-written Greek words, as written by the apostle Paul, that have been translated as "lawless," mean?
"Lawless" means sin. And what is sin? "Sin is the transgression of the Law" (1 John 3:4 KJV); sin is the violation of God's Laws, all of which are based on The Ten Commandments.
While the "lawless one" will have many laws (that's what a dictator means), he is going to be arrogantly and blasphemously disobedient to God. He will claim to be righteous, while committing the worst political and religious evil that humanity has ever known. In the end, after his Satan empowered (2 Thessalonians 2:9, Revelation 13:2) rampage around the world has been defeated, he, they, and all who are like them, are going to be cast into the lake of fire: "And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur." (Revelation 19:20 RSV)
Fact Finder: How can someone not be lawless?
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