Who Is The Lawless One?
All humans have laws, even "lawless" humans have laws among themselves (e.g. organized crime groups reportedly have their own "laws," and even a death penalty for violators of the most serious of their "crimes"), so what is meant by the Biblical "lawless one" who is prophesied to appear in the world in our time now? How is it that Jesus Christ was described as being "crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men" (Acts 2:23 RSV) when the power of the mighty Roman military killing machine (Jesus Christ was executed by Roman troops, acting under supposedly "lawful" order of the Roman civil governor) was based upon laws that guaranteed the rights of its citizens and subjects, e.g. years later, "Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen, and uncondemned?" When the centurion heard that, he went to the tribune and said to him, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen." (Acts 22:25-26 RSV)
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."
"Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness ["mystery of iniquity" in the King James Version] is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one ["that wicked" in the King James Version] will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by His appearing and His coming [see The Return Of Jesus Christ]."
"The coming of the lawless one ["him" in the King James Version] by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-10 RSV)
What does the actual originally-written Greek words, as written by the apostle Paul, that have been translated as "lawless," mean?
- The original Greek word of the Scriptures, translated as man of "lawlessness" (RSV) or man of "sin" (KJV) in the above verse 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is (pronounced) ham-ar-tee-ah, means sin.
- The original Greek word of the Scriptures, translated as mystery of "lawlessness" (RSV) or mystery of "iniquity" (KJV) in the above verse 2 Thessalonians 2:7 is (pronounced) an-om-ee-ah, means violation of the law, as in sin.
- The original Greek word of the Scriptures, translated as the "lawless" one (RSV) or that "wicked" (KJV) in the above verse 2 Thessalonians 2:8 is (pronounced) an-om-os, means people who are not subject to God's Law.
"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)
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