The Restrainer of Evil

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  1. I have struggled for years about the “He” who is removed. Figuring it must be the Spirit, but how can the Spirit be “removed” if people are saved during the tribulation (which we know they are…there is a Great Multitude in heaven that comes out of the Great Tribulation).

    The church is removed before the antichrist is revealed, but the church is not a “He”.

    So I figured it was the Spirit-filled church in some way. But your comment , “This does not mean He will be removed from the world; it simply means His ministry of holding back evil will cease” rings very true to me. You don’t have to read too far into Revelation to know that evil is unrestrained during the tribulation.

    However, I do not then get your order of events:
    1. The “falling away [apostasy]” (2 Th. 2:3)
    2. The revelation of the Antichrist, “the man of sin [lawlessness]” (v. 3)
    3. The removal of the one “who now restrains” (v. 7)

    Verse 7 clearly says that the restrained has to be removed BEFORE the man of lawlessness is revealed. “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”

    In addition, verse 3 is he same event. The falling away in context means the “taking away” and represents the Holy Spirit being removed as verse 7 says. There is confusion in the sequence between the two verses (which proceeds which). But verse 3 is simply saying that that the end times have not come yet because that is the time when the antichrist is revealed; which has not happened yet so don’t worry you are not in the tribulation.

    Verse 7 then makes the timing clear. The restraining force is removed and THEN the antichrist is revealed.

    Respectfully,
    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff,
      I read the article twice and don’t see where Mr. Levy’s events are out of order. I keep coming back to his statement, and I quote, “The phrase and then refers to what happens once the restrainer stops holding back evil. At that time, the “lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed.” Mr. Levy states that the lawless one will be revealed once restrainer stops holding back evil.

      Regards,
      James

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