• Monica Bennett-Ryan

What about the 'man of lawlessness'?

Lawlessness means 'rebellion against the laws of God', it doesn't mean 'blowing things up' or 'destroying the world'!

The whole idea of a world destroying Antichrist is unscriptural!

Scripture has shown Christ, not Satan, is in charge of all the end-time plague, famine and sword judgments written in the Book of Revelation.

Scripture has shown there is no human Antichrist world ruler written in the Book of Revelation.

Scripture has shown the prophecy of Daniel regarding a ruler in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem under Roman authority, was completely fulfilled in the life of Christ.

Scripture has shown the 'man of lawlessness' is also known as the 'man of sin'. Does lawlessness or sin translate to mean the destruction of the whole world? Absolutely not!

Where did the idea of a destructive human Antichrist ruler begin?

The Apostle John, who wrote the Book of Revelation, is the only Apostle who ever used the word ‘antichrist’. He invented the word and described what it meant to his disciples, yet when he wrote the Book of Revelation, he chose not to include that word.

Why was that? Why did he leave the word 'antichrist' out of his Book of Revelation? the answer to those questions is clear from the following Scriptures.

Dear children, this is the last hour, and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come… (1Jn.2:18)
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ; such a man is the antichrist… (1Jn.2:22)
Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits…every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (1Jn.4:1-6)
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2Jn.1:7)

These are the only four Scriptures in the entire Bible which mention the word Antichrist. There are no others! They do not describe a single person, but a number of people.

The Apostle John starts by saying, ‘you’ve heard the antichrist is coming...’ And then goes on to say, “even now, many antichrists have come...

Even back in John’s day, when the Bible was being written, the antichrist was regarded by the disciples as a ‘spirit’ who could be seen in ‘many’, and, most importantly, it had already made its appearance. For us, this is all past tense!

It is absolutely clear from Scripture the disciples of Christ had no concept in their minds of a single fearful, human, God hating, world leader, who would appear at the very end of human history with the sole purpose of destroying the world.

Such a person is nowhere to be found in Scripture!

So why do we keep looking for a single human Antichrist? Simply because a translator, sometime in the last two hundred years or so, changed the meaning of one single word. One word!

And because of this incorrect translation a whole theory has developed. It doesn’t seem to matter this theory is not backed by anything else in Scripture. It is believed as Gospel.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

In the above Scripture the ‘man of lawlessness’ or ‘man of sin’ has been translated from the single Greek word form (‘aner’ meaning a man or a husband) and described as ‘he’.

However, the word actually written in the original Greek is the plural form (‘anthropos’ which means ‘belonging to man or humanity – human being’ and should have been translated as ‘they’.

Check the concordance to prove what I’m saying.

The first translation of this particular Greek word was in Matt.4:1-4, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone...’ Jesus was not talking here about one man but all mankind.

This same Greek word is used consistently when Jesus speaks about himself as ‘the son of man’, and is commonly used to mean mankind all through the New Testament.

So why wasn’t it translated this way in this instance? It should have been! A correct translation would have kept the whole chapter in context and prevented confusion.

Instead, this is what we have...

In the said passage, the ‘man of lawlessness is revealed’ (single) should have been translated the ‘man of lawlessness is revealed' (plural). Rather than one man, mankind itself both men and women would become lawless.

Why is this important? Translating anthropos correctly as ‘humanity’ instead of as a single person would have put the whole chapter and its meaning into context!

What is the context?

The whole point of this chapter was to explain what the spirit of lawlessness in people would be like, why it existed, and what believers could do to protect themselves from its influence.

It is one long explanation with a solution at the end.

Altering the meaning of just one word changed the entire purpose of Paul’s explanation. The lawless spirit, or rebellion, which would be seen in many people, wrongly became the rebellion of just one human being.

This continues to cause great confusion, for when we read the whole chapter, the first half is about a single person (‘he’) and the second half is about many people (‘they’), and the two don’t seem to mix.

However, when we change the ‘he’ back to the original ‘they’, the whole chapter makes sense, and the following questions are answered.

  • What is going to happen? Jesus will return. (v1)

  • When is it going to happen? Not before the rebellion of many. (v3)

  • How is it going to happen? Many people will set themselves above God’s word. (v4)

  • Where is it going to happen? In the church. (v4)

  • When will it start? It is already at work. (v7)

  • Who is going to bring it? Satan will use people to promote a great lie. (v9)

  • Why is it going to happen? God wants to see who is truly loyal to Christ. (v11)

  • How is it going to turn out? The rebellious who believe the lie will perish. (v10-12)

  • What can we do to protect ourselves? Stick to the true Gospel. (v14-15)

Please note: Satan is not in control of the destruction of the wicked here - God is!

The Apostle Paul’s simple solution for the Thessalonians in their battle against this great lie, and the lawlessness it encourages, was for them to remain loyal to the true Gospel.

Is Paul’s solution ever taught?

  • Do 'end-time' prophets of doom and gloom ever teach it is God, not Satan, who will bring the destruction? No?

  • Do the false teachers who use this Scripture to warn of the supposed ‘coming’ Antichrist, ever present Paul’s solution to his coming? No?

  • Do they ever teach we can be saved from the 'antichrist spirit' by sticking to the true Gospel? No?

The three powerful truths revealed here (God destroys the wicked - lawlessness is the result of a lie - the Gospel is the solution) are nothing like the horrific Antichrist stories running amok in Christian circles.

  • The great lie removes God from the picture and has Satan dishing out the punishments.

  • The great lie makes lawlessness the pinnacle of unstoppable power instead of what it is, sin, which has been overcome by the blood of Christ.

  • The great lie removes the power of the true Gospel and instead gives Christians nothing to do but wait to be raptured away from one man's hatred of God.

What an unholy belief! Not even this altered Scripture backs this great lie! No Scripture does!

The false ‘end-time’ gospel, which denies God is the ultimate judge of all mankind, denies Christ is ruler over all the kings of the earth, and denies the powerful Spirit of God is the power behind the true Gospel, and instead exults Satan over them, is the great lie given to deceive those in the church who are perishing.

The truth is totally different...

Without the manipulation of this one word in Scripture, there is no basis at all for a single human Antichrist ruler.

Such a person doesn’t exist anywhere else in Scripture and only seems to exist here because the translation of the original Greek word has been manipulated.

Yet, the truth is clear!

There is no human Antichrist. No one-world government. No abomination in a physical temple. No future time of tribulation. No Satanic controlled chaos throughout the earth and no rapture escape from his non-existent control.

The time of rebellion Paul was talking about in his second letter to the Thessalonians, had already started in his day, according to him.

This fits with the rest of Scripture which talks about the tribulation of the last days - the last days which were ushered in by Christ.

Forming this one particular denial of the truth into a future event to be controlled by one person in time is bad enough, but then ‘adding’ this imaginary person into the Book of Revelation to replace Christ as ruler of the nations goes beyond all reason.

A totally false gospel!

The end-time theology is a false gospel. It is the great lie of Satan, which exalts Satan above Christ in the church, ‘he will exalt himself above everything that is called God or is worshipped...’

Anyone who loves the truth will reject this great lie.

An excerpt from REVELATION Isn't it about Jesus? © Monica Bennett-Ryan

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