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Paul’s Man of Sin in Daniel 7

If you are wondering how Daniel 7 ties into Paul’s discussion of the Man of Sin in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, then you need to read this post before you continue.  That post will explain why I think Daniel 7 is important in understanding the Man of Sin.

In this chapter Daniel has a vision, which he then records for us.  The vision is of  a Great Sea and Four Beasts coming from the Sea.   When interpreting the dream Daniel states that the beasts refer to four kingdoms (7:17 compared with 23).

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Man of Sin-Letting the Scriptures Interpret themselves

It is said that the Scriptures provide for themselves the best possible commentary.  I have attempted in my study of Scripture to use them as such. Primarily I have always tried to allow the particular book I’m studying to provide the help needed.  However, there are times when Scripture from other books and even other authors are helpful in determining the particular meaning in the text. In the case of 2 Thessalonians 2 I believe this is the case.

When I read 2 Thessalonians 2 my mind wanders over to Revelation 13.  From studying both sections I have concluded they are in reference to the same thing. When we look at the criterion of the Man of Sin (see this post) and compare it to the details in Revelation 13 this exegetical hunch seems to be warranted.

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12–Criterion for the Man of Sin

You can read the earlier posts in the series of 2 Thessalonians and the Initial thoughts on the Man of Sin stuff here. (In fact I ask that you do to understand the context).

As we work toward humbly identifying the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition I think we need to start by acknowledging the characteristics that Paul states this figure will have.

1. He opposes God

2. Exalts Himself Above God

3. Sits as God in the temple of God

4. Show himself to be God

5. Works according to Satan’s Workings

6. Does signs, miracles, and lying wonders

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12–More Thoughts

You can read my preliminary thoughts on this section here.

We will eventually get to a discussion of my view of the man of sin (eventually as in the next post), but I felt that since we have nearly a two week break from our 2 Thessalonians study I wanted to make sure we are back in the right frame of mind.  Also I want to make sure that we do not get so preoccupied with who the man of sin is that we miss why this section is in 2 Thessalonians.

There are three ways that this section fits into the overall theme of 2 Thessalonians (for more on the theme of the book read here).

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Preliminary Thoughts–2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Read the earlier posts in this series here.

2 Thessalonians 2 is admittedly one of those difficult passages of Scripture.  It is difficult because we are not privy to information that it appears the Thessalonians knew.  Paul in fact states that he had taught them certain truths when he was with them.  He also assumed that they knew to whom Paul was referring in 2:6.  All of this increases the difficulty we have in this section.

Let me say though a few things that we can know. First, we can know that the reason verses 3-10 are included is to teach the Thessalonians that Jesus had not yet returned.  This section is Paul’s evidence that they should not believe the false teaching they had received.  Therefore if we reject the false teaching, then the evidence is not as important for us.

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