II Thessalonians 2: 3-4


II Thessalonians 2: 3-4
Bernard Pyron

In II Thessalonians 2: 3-4 where Paul says the man of sin sits in the
temple of God, he uses the Greek word naos. There is a different word
used for the physical temple building.. Paul says in Acts 22: 17 that
he prayed in the temple (hieron).

Christ said in John 2: 19 “Destroy this temple and in three days I
will raise it up.”The Greek word here is naos, not hieron. He is not
talking about the physical building, but about himself as being the
temple.

Then Paul in I Cor 3: 16-17 and in I Cor 6: 19 tells us that the
believers are now the temple of God. Paul, writing in Greek, uses the
word naos. So, in II Thessalonians 2: 3-4 the man of sin who is said
to sit in the temple does not sit in a physical temple building, but
in the minds and hearts of those who claim to be Christians, since
Christians are now the temple of God.

The man of sin can be the second beast of Revelation 13: 11-18. But
Paul is not talking about one man as the False Prophet who occupies
the minds and hearts of Christians. Jesus in Matthew 24: 11 tells us
that many false prophets shall rise and deceive many. So, the False
Prophet is many false prophets, who teach doctrines contrary to
scripture. False prophets, or many of them condition their followers
to whrship the first beast of Revelation 13, the one whose deadly
wound was healed.

II Thessalonians 2: 3-4 says “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;
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.”

Acts 22: 17 which does talk about the physical temple in Jerusalem in
the first century says “And it came to pass, that, when I was come
again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a
trance;” Temple is from the Greek hieron.

I Corinthians 3: 16-17 says “Know ye not that ye are the temple of
God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” Temple is from naos.

Then, I Corinthians 6: 19 says “What? know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?” Temple is from naos.

Revelation 13: 11-18 is too long to quote in full here. Verses 11 and
12 say “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12.And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and
causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first
beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

This second beast is said to gave an appearance of being a lamb, that
is, like Christ. But he has two horns, which is a subtle indicator.
Satan’s dominion is often divided into two parts, so his house is
divided. He speaks like a dragon, that is, like Satan. In part,
speaking like a dragon means he does not use the didactic way of
talking, though as a preacher he will imitate the didactic. He uses a
form of the dialectic way of talking, coming in from the side of a
doctrine from scripture in an effort to compromise its absolute
nature. The second beast deceives Christians and brings them into
false doctrines. This second beast operates with deception, and helps
to bring about a time of great deception. The Christian celebrity
system is one such means of deception. Many false prophets have been
and now are celebrities.

The second beast is said in Revelation 13: 12 to cause those on earth
to “…worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed.” In the
description of the first beast, Revelation 13: 3 says “And I saw one
of his heads as it were wounded to death: and his deadly wound was
healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” The first beast
then has more than one head, and one of its heads, or component of
this beast, received a deadly wound which was later healed. The first
beast has more than one part. One part of the beast, one country,
received a deadly wound, meaning this nation was defeated or
destroyed, but later was restored as a nation. Bible prophecy is
sometimes written in broad strokes.

The nations represented in Revelation 13: 1- 2 as one part of the
beast harking back to Daniel 7: 4-7 – the lion kingdom which first had
eagle’s wings, the bear kingdom, the leopard kingdom and the fourth
dreadful and terrible kingdom – can be seen as modern nations who
retain some of the traits of the British, Russian and Nazi Germany
empires. Daniel 7: 8 immediately mentions a “little horn” who comes up
among these empires. The little horn is a country, and perhaps also a
construct, or a spirit. It is the same as the head of the first beast
who received a deadly wound which was later healed. And it is the
nation and spirit or construct – if you will – that the second beast
brings people to worship, or honor. All this is to happen in the very
end times, right before and during the great tribulation that Christ
refers to in Matthew 24: 21.

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