Man of sin

Two important personages appear in the anticipations which prophecy of evil places before the Bible student—the man of sin as mentioned by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 and the first beast of Revelation 13. The man of sin is identified throughout the Bible by his blasphemous assumption that he is God. He looms as the political ruler who will yet head up the nations. He indeed is designated in the Old Testament "the prince of Tyrus" (Ezek. 28:1-10), the "little horn" (Dan. 7:8), the desolator (Dan. 9:27), the willful king (Dan. 11:36), and in the New Testament "the abomination of desolation" (Matt. 24:15), "that man of sin" (2 Thess. 2:3-10), the "white horse" rider (Rev. 6:2), and probably also the first-named beast (Rev. 13:1-10). It is indicated too that he will federate the ten divided kingdoms of the Roman world and rule over them during the great tribulation. His coming and rule will be "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness ..." (2 Thess. 2:9-10). He becomes the embodiment of Satan's power (Luke 4:5-6). He is Satan's masterpiece and counterfeit of Christ as King, indeed a counterfeit of the Second Person in Satan's aping of the Trinity. He is included with Satan in those revelations which reach back to Satan's creation (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:1-19). He shares the lake of fire with Satan (Rev. 20:10). His earth-rule is terminated by the glorious coming of Christ (2 Thess. 2:6-8). He must appear, however, before the Day of the Lord (2 Thess. 2:2-4, R.V.). This order of events is maintained in each important Scripture bearing on the theme (cf. Dan. 7:8-9; Matt. 24:15-31; 2 Thess. 2:1-10, R.V.; Rev. 13 and 19). He continues "forty and two months" (Rev. 13:5). Christ indicates that the man of sin, when standing in the holy place, is the sign to Israel of the end of their age (Matt. 24:14-19). He is known especially by his blasphemous assumption to be God (Ezek. 28:1-10; John 5:43; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:5-6). His character is estimated in the Scripture from the divine standpoint of God's holiness and purpose.

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