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Restraining the Flood

2 Thessalonians 2:3-7

Thursday it was cold, windy, and rainy up in Jerusalem, 2577 feet above sea level, and the next day we planned to head down the Jericho road to the Dead Sea, 1388 feet below sea level, but our guide had to wait until early Friday morning to decide whether or not the trip was on. If a hard rain kept up all night in Jerusalem, the water could rush down the deep ravines in the Judean desert and a tidal wave of water could wipe out any buses trying to visit Masada, Ein Gedi, or Qumran. Now imagine constructing a dam to restrain those rushing waters so that they can’t wreak havoc down below, then taking the dam away. 

The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that there is a powerful dam, a restraining influence, that’s keeping the spirit of lawlessness and arrogance against the true God at bay. But he went on and predicted a time when the floods of rebellion against God would be allowed to roll over the earth as the divine restraint of evil would be removed and the ultimate Antichrist would shake his fist against the God of Heaven.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, saying that the Day of the Lord has already come. First the defiant rebellion must come and the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction, will be revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above everything that is called God or is set up as an object of worship. This lawless one will set himself against God’s Temple sitting himself there and declaring that he himself is god.

Don’t you remember that when I was with you, I was telling you about these things. And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For already the mystery of lawlessness is working, only the one who now holds it back will keep on doing so until he is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed. The one the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth and the splendor of His coming.”  2 Thessalonians 2:3-7

The Spirit of Jesus, the One who dwells in the lives of all those who believe in him, is the only power strong enough to restrain this evil, crazy, arrogant, and lawless rebellious spirit that continually moves human beings to defy God. The Holy Spirit who was poured out on the church at Pentecost, acts as a dam against evil so that rulers like Hitler, Stalin, or arrogant, godless rulers strutting across the pages of our newspapers today can only go so far. But Paul is telling us that there is coming a final Antichrist who will shake his fist in God’s face. This challenges me to remain humbly on my knees before the true Christ so that I’m not ensnared by the cunning spirit of human pride and the false belief, deciding what is right and what is wrong in direct rebellion against the living God.

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