The Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition

masked_manThe identity of this individual is found within the context of Paul’s writings in 2 Thessalonians. Consider the following:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
(1) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
(2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Paul saying that they should not be “troubled” as though “the day of Christ ‘has come,’” is him saying it had not yet occurred at the time of his writing. You can see this easily in the following translations:

(AMP) Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here.

(CEV) not to be easily upset or disturbed by people who claim that the Lord has already come. They may say that they heard this directly from the Holy Spirit, or from someone else, or even that they read it in one of our letters.

(ESV) not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(GW) Don’t get upset right away or alarmed when someone claims that we said through some spirit, conversation, or letter that the day of the Lord has already come.

(HNV) not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Messiah had come.

(ISV) not to be so quickly upset or alarmed when someone claims that we said either by some spirit, conversation, or letter that the Day of the Lord has already come.

(LITV) for you not to be quickly shaken in the mind, nor to be disturbed, neither through a spirit, nor through speech, nor through letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ has come.

Paul told of the timing when this day would occur in verse 3.

2 Thessalonians 2:3
(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 “day of Christ” was not to happen until AFTER “a falling away,” and until AFTER the “Man of Sin, Son of Perdition,” is “revealed.”

The persecution of Christians during Paul’s generation resulted in the “falling away” mentioned in verse 3. During that time, some Christians lost their faith because of the tribulations they suffered (See 1 Timothy 4:1-32 Timothy 3:1-3). Most of the first souls to convert to Jesus’ New Covenant were Jewish. Several of these converts returned to keeping Jewish beliefs and traditions when these persecutions grew worse. This led them to disregard the prophecies concerning 70 AD, and as a consequence, to be included among its carnage.

Concerning the “Man of Sin, Son of Perdition,” Paul revealed this would also manifest before that coming day of Christ. I believe this refers to the works-of-the-flesh spirit of Judaizers, which many believers turned to before Jesus’ 70 AD return. Paul writes of this apostasy in other Epistles as well. Paul’s verse 4 speaks about the spirit of this type man rising up in the New Covenant Temple of God (man’s body) and establishing himself as his own god. This is the son of promise (Isaac & Jacob) and the son of bondage (Ishmael & Esau) being revealed through their decision for (promise) or against (bondage) Jesus Christ’s New Covenant (See 2 Peter 2:20-22, 2 Peter 3:3-41 Timothy 4:1-21 John 2:18-19Jude 1:18-19Galatians 4:22-26Romans 9:7-14).

There is more I could say on this, but, as they say, “Enough is as good as a feast.” What must be realized is, in this Epistle, Paul was assuring the Thessalonica Church that this “day of Christ” had not yet come at the time of his epistle’s writing. Paul offered as proof certain elements that he said had to first transpire before “that day” could come. It is thought that Paul wrote this letter around 52-53 AD. Both of the situations to which he wrote did occur before the 70 AD coming of Jesus Christ. Thus, they were fulfilled before the arrival of “that day.”


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