A Mystery Called Lawlessness

2 Thessalonians 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.

The word mystery speaks about something secretive or unknown. Everything which God does through Jesus Christ, He executes it through the vehicle of mysteries. God’s hides His secrets, plans and counsels in mysteries so that they cannot not be abused or tampered with by people who do not love Him. Because a mystery is hidden, it must be revealed or uncovered progressively until it is known. The uncovering of a mystery is called wisdom.

2 Thessalonians 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.

Amongst the mysteries which God possesses is one called a mystery of iniquity.

The word iniquity is the Greek word “anomos, which is defined as lawlessness or without the law. God operates by spiritual laws. Our success in this life and our security of eternal salvation are commensurate on how closely we obey the laws of God.

“Anomos” is a disregard, rebellion, mockery and contempt for the laws of God and for the laws that govern society.

2 Timothy 3:1  But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come.2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion,3 Without natural love, bitter haters, saying evil of others, violent and uncontrolled, hating all good,4 False to their friends, acting without thought, lifted up in mind, loving pleasure more than God;5 Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.

Above is a list of lawless acts of mankind describing the last days before Jesus Christ come back? Does it sound like where we are now? When Adam and Eve disobeyed God a sinful nature was birthed in them and is now transmitted into every man and woman that comes into this planet. This sinful nature can only be destroyed by our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Master over our lives.

The mystery of iniquity was also birthed and unleashed at the conception of this sinful nature. Before sin came, Adam and Eve lived forever. Right after the fall and the birth of sin, death began to infect mankind, but people still lived over 900 years of age. As the deadly effects of sin saturated society, people lived less and less.

The unveiling, revelation and the embrace of society with this mystery increases and continues unabated until the Second of Coming of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 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.

The words in verse seven “doth already work” is the Greek word energy or energize. This mystery works by and as a secret energy throughout our planet progressively manifested until it attains to a full maturity at the day of the Antichrist. This energy works proportionally to our disobedience to God. The greater our defiance to God and His laws the greater is the energy of this mystery in our lives, and just the converse is true. An obedient life to the Lord Jesus shields us from the energy of this ever increasing mystery.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 2:2 tells us that the prince of the power of the earth, Satan, is presently energizing in those people who are defiant, blinded, and stubborn to God. This is an automatic global process set in place by God which can only be avoided by salvation in Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Verse ten describes this mystery a bit further. Unrighteous living, or living which is not according to God brings deception into our lives. This deception comes because the person does not welcome the Word of God which is able to save the person.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Verse eleven is the clincher and describes to us the magnitude of the seriousness of not following Jesus Christ and falling prey to the energy of the mystery of lawlessness which is traversing the earth, even as we speak.

The phrase ‘a strong delusion” in the Greek is an “energy of error”. The energy of the mystery of lawlessness is an energy which promotes error. The word error comes from the word planet. A planet in Greek mythology is one who wanders, because planets wander around the sun. A person who is in error is a person who lives in the aimlessness of life, wandering without God, His love, and without a God given destiny, enjoying the futilities of sinful living without God for a few years, and then dying with the acute danger of ending up in hell and separated from God forever. The mystery of lawlessness has within it an energy that is injected in the thoughts of people and causes them to wander in error, never coming to the truth about God in Jesus Christ, because they have rejected salvation through Jesus Christ.

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Verse twelve tells us in the Greek. “That they all me judged who believed not in what is truthful and accurate about God but took pleasure in disobeying God or in being lawless. This is the culmination of the energy of error upon the minds of those who have rejected Jesus Christ and His wonderful promise of salvation and eternal life.

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