2 Thessalonians 2.5-12

In 1997 the world watched the predictions of astronomers as the Halle-Bopp Comet was approaching the earth.  It was a beautiful and fascinating natural phenomenon.  Two American scientists discovered this traveling space body in 1995.

It would become the comet of the 20th century.  For over a year this comet was visible to the naked eye.  History records it as the Great Comet by many.

Unfortunately, a photograph, later found to be doctored, showed a dot following the comet.  Marshall Applewhite, leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult, told his followers that this was the alien space craft that was preparing to whisk them away from the earth and escape the soon coming demise of this planet.  They believed him.

False teaching led 39 people to commit suicide believing that they were about to be beamed up into an alien space craft for a journey that would be their salvation.  It was the worst mass suicide ever committed on US soil. Humans are vulnerable to believing the wrong teaching.

When bad things happen, it is not infrequent that the blame goes to God.  Why does God let suffering happen?  If He is really God, then why does He not stop the tragedies?

The Bible teaches us that another player is involved.  He is Satan, the Devil.  This Adversary is working his evil in the lives of people.

He is powerful and exercises a stunning influence over the lives of people.  His plan is to unleash one selected man of lawlessness to wreak havoc on the earth.  The timing of his appearance is told in prophetic Scripture.  Christians must be aware so that they will know the truth.

These wicked plans of the Evil One will began to transpire in the prophetic calendar.  Before the villain is revealed the lawlessness will have been setting up his grand entrance.  Nothing but God alone will be able to stop him.

The build-up for this world hero will capture global attention.  His entrance on to the world stage will be well orchestrated and spectacular.  No one will doubt his authority and position.

Nevertheless, the best that Satan and man can do will simply be overthrown by the breath of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This contrast will be catastrophic.  Just the presence, the splendor of the real King of Kings will nullify the stunning display of evil.

Do not underestimate Satan’s effort.  It will be spectacular.  Miracles, signs and wonders will be on massive display.  Unbelieving people have clamored to have as an alternative to one and true God.  Satan will give it all to them in quantity.

Nevertheless, it will be as if it were a feeble side show when Jesus Christ nullifies it all simply with His breath.  The contrast will be awesome.  Nothing in human history will compare to the defeat of the Evil One.

This prophetic event, the revealing of the Lawless One, will seal the choices that people have made.  Those who have chosen not to believe in God will have what they select, the object of their disbelief.  It will be a commitment that each individual will have clearly made.  That choice will be wrong but it will have been made.

Sadly, they had the opportunity to believe in the one true God and His Son, but they will have rejected Him.  Their salvation was close but they made the wrong choice.  Unfortunately, once their decision is made, it is sealed for eternity.  They will continue to believe the delusion and the lie.

No one will be able to cry “foul”.  God gave them ample opportunity to believe in Christ, but they deliberately chose to cast their faith in Satan.  With great sorrow, the Scriptures make it clear that it was their decision.  The verdict is irrevocable.  Since in their unbelief these people delighted in the wickedness that was their choice.  Anyone who chooses to embrace Satan and his man of lawlessness instead of Jesus Christ will face eternal consequences.

Are you undecided about the invitation given to all in the world by Jesus Christ?  He died on the cross for the whole world.  That was an expression of love.

He knew that we were in trouble with our sin.  Instead of letting us pay our own penalty of death for sin, He stepped in as our substitute.  He applied His death as a payment for our sins.  Then the Father raised Him from the dead with the Resurrected life that will be given to us if we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior.  Will you do that?

Choose the way of the Savior.  Reject the option of the Devil.  Satan’s way may appear impressive, but it does not even hold candle in comparison to Jesus Christ’s love and power.

LAPP (Life Application): The choice is yours.  Make the choice to believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection for you.  Repent of your sins and put your faith in the Lord.  When you do, tell Him “Thank you!” for saving you.  It is your decision.  Make it before your get fooled into believing something that is eternally wrong.

Thanks for joining me on this journey through Scripture.