Apostacy – Man of Sin – Second Coming

2 Thessalonians 2

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

The “Day of Christ” and “Day of the Lord” are exactly the same thing, and “that day” in our English translations use a demonstrative pronoun (that) which requires an antecedent to point back to, which in this case is BOTH the coming of the Lord and our being gathered together as a compound event.

The Greek construction of the clause “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,” forms a Granville Sharp construction, where a single definite article (the) covers TWO following substantives — “coming” and “gathering.” What this means is that the two are being viewed as a unit, that one is a part of the other. “Coming” is the main substantive, and “gathering” should be viewed as a subset of “coming.” (one component of His “coming”).

In verse 2, the “Day of Christ”  (or Day of the Lord {NIV/NASB}) also refers to His “coming” in verse 1.

In verse 3, the clause “that day will not come” is not actually in the Greek text. The idea is implied by the clause ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ ἔλθῃ ἡ ἀποστασία which is literally “since unless comes the apostasy first…”

So, the point is that arrival of the Day of Christ (which includes His coming and our gather as a part of that), is predicated upon the apostasy coming first AND the Man of Sin seating Himself in the Temple of God.

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