Taking Away the Stone
Let Bible intreprets Bible..Man of Lawlessness is Antichrist..Lawlessness refers to people who rejected Christ, the fulfillment of Law.Shalom,http://cyberanger.blogspot.com
Matthew,I think Jesus is talking about the end times that the lawlessness (sins) will increase right before His return. I don't think anyone can deny the fact that the sins are on the rise in the world. For example: there wasn't any child pornography back then, but today we have.[Root cause of any sin is unbelief in Jesus]Recently a catholic person pointed out the verse 'But the one who endures to the end will be saved' to establish their position that the 'conversion' itself isn't enough to be saved. We need to 'keep up' our faith (somehow). But the context here is the period of tribulation where there is going to be tremendous pressure to reject Christ and to accept Anti Christ. Only those who do not reject Christ, even in the midst of severe persecution, will be saved.My 2 cents!
I'm reminded of 1Jn3v4, where we're told 'sin is lawlessness'. Something Amy said was helpful. She was pointing out that sin was a transgression of new covenant realities,ultimately. Lawlessness is a lack of submission to God. It is the fruit of unbelief,as Bino said...the natural result of not submitting to the righteousness which comes from God. It manifests in actions contrary God's law-which is fundamentally the rejection of Christ, our new covenant law,as CybeRanger said...I once read a non-millenial paper on Mat24 which I found helpful,by Mike Adams. I think it was called 'Matthew 24-the achilles heel of full preterism',if that's of interest.
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