The Mystery of Iniquity – Part 2

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

‘He’ – the “He” of 2Thessalonians 2:7: The only argument used to prove that the Holy Spirit is the hinderer of this passage is the pronoun he. It is believed that the body of Christ could not be referred to as he because it is the bride of Christ. However, they are called a man (Eph. 2:15; 4:13) and the body of Christ (2Cor. 12:12-13,27; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18, 24). Therefore, can be referred to by a masculine pronoun.

The body of Christ is the only one of the three hinderers of lawlessness that will be taken out of the world. We must, therefore, conclude that the “he” or the hinderer of the lawlessness of 2Thessalonians 2:7 must refer to the body of Christ being taken out of the world … And then shall that wicked be revealed who will be destroyed seven years later by Christ at His second coming (2:7-8).

‘Until he be taken out of the way.’ The Rapture before the Antichrist: The body of Christ will continue to hinder lawlessness until the rapture. And then the Antichrist will be revealed. This is conclusive proof that the rapture takes place before Daniel’s 70th week and the tribulation of Revelation 6:1-19:21. According to Daniel 9:27, the Antichrist will be here for 7 years, for he makes a 7-year covenant with Israel. If he is here for 7 years, which will be the last 7 years of this age, and if he who hinders lawlessness refers to the body of Christ and is taken out of the way before he comes, then the rapture will take place before the last 7 years of this age and before the Antichrist comes at the beginning of those 7 years.

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