The “man of sin” speaks of those who love to be first among the churches of men. They will be many acting as one in their evil deeds in this coming time.
They all have the same characteristics and one is that they love to be first. They are already in our presence as the mystery of iniquity is already at work and they are to be revealed by the Word of Truth which they will oppose in this coming time when they hear it .
2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 KJV (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;
They love to be first and will oppose the Word of Truth that they will hear it. They will exalt themselves in the churches of men and will do evil things against those brothers sent to speak the Lord's words of life and spirit.
They will claim that they are doing these things in the name of God…in His authority. They will show themselves as God by supposedly doing these evil things in His name.
(4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was
yet with you, I told you these things?
They will follow the pattern of Diotrephes who also loved to have the preeminence (love to be first) among men and did not receive the brothers sent to speak His words. The same thing will happen again.
3 John 1:9-12 KJV (9) I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who
loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
The “man of sin” will not cease speaking evil against those who will be sent to their churches. They will prate against them with malicious words (“killing” them with false accusations….labeling them as “devils”, “evildoers”, etc)and will not receive the brothers who are sent by Him.
They will not have brotherly love and will forbid others from receiving them as well and will cast out of the church those who will receive them. They will want many to follow after them in their deeds.
These evil deeds will be claimed to be in His (God’s) name or authority.
(10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth,
prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith,
neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that
would, and casteth them out of the church.
They will be revealed that they do not know God nor the Son by their evil deeds. They will be manifested that they are not of God and will want others to follow their bad example.
(11) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.
He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen
God. (12) Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth
itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is
They will do these things supposedly in His name or authority. They will cast out any who will not follow after them (“in your name” we have cast out “devils”). They will falsely accuse those they will cast out labeling/judging them as “devils” and all the while proclaiming they are doing it in the authority of God.
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV (21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in
that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy
name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
(23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.
The following are the words of Jesus found in 2 Thessalonians 2…
2 Thessalonians 2: “Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I
told you these things?”
….as He said these very words to the disciples in John 16. The time will come that whosoever will “kill” you (with false accusations…labeling them as “devils”)will think that he does God service (part of the original Lie of Satan in Genesis).
Jesus has told us these things ahead of time so that we will not be tripped up by them...not rendering evil for their evil.
They will put us out of their gatherings and “kill” us and all the while think that they are doing God “service” in His name…in His authority.
John 16:1-4 KJV (1) These things have I spoken unto you, that ye
should not be offended. (2) They shall put you out of the synagogues:
yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he
doeth God service.
But those of God will not sin. they will not return evil for their evil.
The children of the devil will be manifested that they are not of God…showing that they know not the Father nor the Son.
(3) And these things will they do unto you, because they have not
known the Father, nor me.
“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?”
(4) But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come,
ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not
unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
In this way are the children of the devil are made manifest: those who will not do righteousness are not of God and neither are those who do not love their brother.
1 John 3:9-10 KJV (9) Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;
for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born
of God. (10) In this the children of God are manifest, and the
children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of
God, neither he that loveth not his brother
The righteous will not be destroyed with the wicked. They will be taken out of the way so as not to share in the judgment that comes upon those who think they are doing God “service” for killing you with false accusations and putting you out of their gatherings because you will receive the Word of Truth….the revealed Word of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:5-10 KJV (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet
with you, I told you these things? (6) And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (7) For the
mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will
let, until he be taken out of the way. (8) And then shall that Wicked
be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him,
whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the
love of the truth, that they might be saved.