The Man of Lawlessness

Our text this morning is widely considered to be the most challenging passage in all of the Apostle Paul’s letters.

But, if I could encourage you, many of us are coming into this text with an advantage. Raise your hand if you were with us while we walked through the book of Daniel at the beginning of the year. Do you remember the second half of Daniel when we worked through those difficult apocalyptic passages? Do you remember when we talked about little horns and big horns and Antiochus IV
Epiphanes and how those antichrist figures all pointed forward to a figure who was to come? Do you remember when we talked about the empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome and the Archangel Michael?

Well, in today’s text, Paul is picking up the language from those difficult Daniel passages and he’s giving us a fuller glimpse into the things that are to come. Our study in the Daniel series has positioned us to understand and apply the argument that Paul is making here.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12