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So, with it in mind you’ve read the first installment of this blog:

Don’t jump off the proverbial cliff thinking the Great Consummation has begun and therefore salvation is no longer available… WE should know what to look for when it comes to the Great Tribulation of the Great Consummation beginning and therefore believing salvation is lost to ourselves or anyone else we would like to share the message of “Jesus”.

Here are a couple solid identifiers or conditions to Christ’s return:

2 Thessalonians 2:1–12, Verses and Commentary

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  (2 Thessalonians 2:1–2 KJV)

That’s right Whirlwind Fans… CERTAIN things must happen before Jesus can return for the Body of Christ.

  • Verses 1 and 2 declare the subject under discussion, specifically, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Rapture of the saints of God.
  • Verse 1 refers to the day of Christ, also known as, the Day of the Lord.  The Day of the Lord begins with Christ’s return for the saints of God also called the Rapture.
  • Verse 2 instructs the reader not to be alarmed or to allow anything written, said, or done to deceive the us into believing the Lord will or has returned in some secret fashion
  • BECAUSE, Jesus’s return will not occur in secret.

 The text states:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not/will not come, except there first come a massive falling away from God’s Word… AND lets us know the man of sin (The Beast/Anti-Christ) must be revealed; you know, the son of perdition (The Beast) (2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV emphasis added)

This section of scripture tells us to NOT ALLOW anyone to deceive us by any means.  We are not to think Jesus has returned unless the following conditions have been met:

  • A major – largescale – departure from the Christian faith must take place.
  • The Beast, that Wicked One, must have his identity as the Beast revealed to the world.
  • In this verse, the words “a falling away” are translated from the Greek word apostasia, meaning a deflection or forsaking. The word apostasia is used only twice in the New Testament, here and in Acts 21:21 where the Christian elders accuse Paul of teaching the brethren to “forsake” the teachings of Moses. In both instances, when the word apostasia is used, it expresses a forsaking of the faith.

You know… the Beast… He who:

“Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4 KJV).

  • The Beast is an incarnation of Satan and as such opposes God and those things associated with God; namely the Body of Christ and the Israelites.
  • The Beast/Anti-Christ will reject the things of God while placing his personal worth above Gods and all things religiously true.

    Abomination of Desolation

  • By the time of Christ’s return the Beast will have placed the Abomination of Desolation (an image of the Beast) in the Temple in Jerusalem and will have proclaimed himself God or at the very least deified as an equal with God.  (Looked at the universe lately?)
  • In fulfillment of God’s purposes, the Beast will be allowed to show himself as God by sporting lying signs and wonders which the Creator has empowered him to perform at that time.



“Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:5–6 KJV).

  • The Beast’s role in God’s plan is set for a time and a season in the future.
  • Until the proper time has come and the Abomination of Desolation placed in the Holy of Holies, the Beast’s identity will (most likely) remain hidden.

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV).

This is an important element to this message or concept:

  • God is quietly keeping iniquity (humanity’s level of sin) below that certain level which would require God to render Judgment before a designated time; it is important to know that this is being accomplished through the powers and due vigilance of the One known from this passage as “He Who Let’s” or He Who Withholds; we also know this Biblical individual as Jesus, the Restrainer.
  • The Restrainer will continue to restrict the power of sin and Satan’s ability to foment sin throughout the world until such time as “He Who Lets” is taken out of the way (removed from the presence of humanity here on earth John 9:4-5) in accordance with God’s perfect timing and plan for the end of the Age.
  • When that time has come and the Beast has been released; THEN and only then will the Beast fulfill his assigned role in accordance with God’s Word and plans for the Covenant of Jesus Christ.

So this is where we get the information showing Believers that a time is coming in the future, a time before the Great Tribulation of the Great Consummation begins WHEN “Jesus” will be taken out of the way; as in, removed from the presence of sinful humanity here on earth.

This is one of the primary reasons Jesus said,

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The night in question is that period of time when Jesus is removed from the scene and therefore salvation is unavailable: for we all know that we are saved by confessing Jesus as Lord/Master of our lives AND believing in our hearts that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead for our sakes.

Because as we all know:

  1. With the heart we believe unto righteousness;
  2. And with our mouths confession is made unto salvation.

If you would like more clarity on this subject check out: “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 13, pages 216-218; “He Who Lets”.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

From this moment until next time I hope you’ll be preparing for the coming of the Great Consummation.  It is just around the proverbial corner with less than ten years remaining to the Coming of the Tribulation Period.

So, God bless and have a wonder day! J


[1] Acts 4:12.

[2] Matthew 10:16–23, Matthew 24:8–13, Mark 13:11–13, Luke 21:22, and Revelation 3:5, “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life…

[3] Revelation 14:9–12, “… If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark…

[4] See chapter 15, subsection “Joel” for more information on this revelation.

[5] Romans 10:10, “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

If you’re wondering, this is the last installment for, “No New Salvations” parts 1 & 2.