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For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3

Writer: NR Caetta

1 Thessalonians 5:3

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 tells us that this man of rebellion, the son of hell, known as the antichrist, will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. Now the one holding him back is God and when that day and time comes the trumpet of God will sound and all believers, the church, will be raptured and taken out of the world into Heaven. Then this wicked one will appear.

Let no man deceive you by any means, for that Day shall not come, unless there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sitteth as God in the temple of God, showing himself to be God. Remember ye not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth, that he might be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now holdeth back will hold him back, until he is taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming--even him, whose coming is according to the working of Satan, with all POWER and SIGNS and LYING WONDERS, and with all the deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

He will be Satan's tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do miracles. He will fool those who have said "No" to the truth and have refused to let the truth save them. So God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts.

This Antichrist will bring false hope and peace to the world, and will do what no one else has ever done- bring Israel and Palestine together. In fact the king will make a 7 year peace treaty with the people and there will be peace for 3 1/2 years. After that the Antichrist will break his pledge and stop the Jews from all their sacrifices, and he himself will set in the temple proclaiming to be God. This is called the 'abomination of desolation' spoken of by Daniel the Prophet.

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And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

Again in Matthew 24:15-16:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand), then let them that be in Judea flee unto the mountains.

And when you see this, Jesus said to flee to the mountains for then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world or ever shall be. And, unless those days be shortened, no one will be spared.

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand), then let them that be in Judea flee unto the mountains.

Let him that is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house; neither let him that is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:15-22

NR Caetta is a 1961 graduate from Zion Bible Institute in East Providence, Rhode Island where she studied Bible Theology.