Lawlessness (Greek: ἄνομος, “anomos”): not having, knowing or acknowledging the law; wicked, unholy; the strongest term denoting presumptuous and wicked self-assertion; contempt of the will of God.Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible: Lexical Aid to the New Testament (458, 459)
Lately, I am continually drawn to God’s warning in His Word that lawlessness will prevail in the last days. The Apostle Paul made it clearly known to the Thessalonian believers in 2 Thessalonians 2 that a man of lawlessness (the Antichrist) will ultimately come on the scene, but that the mystery of lawlessness was (even in Paul’s day) already at work.
What is a mystery, if not something to be revealed at a later time? Though it may have been a mystery then, it seems to be more clearly revealed today as we see the exact definition of lawlessness being played out right before our very eyes, and right here in America. Make no mistake, it has always been here (and around the world) in various degrees, but what we see today is clear evidence that atrocities we once considered foreign have now ripped into the fabric of America.
In Paul’s letter, he was educating the Thessalonians regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (verse 1), and encouraging them not to be shaken, disturbed or deceived regarding His coming.
Thus, I want to encourage you in the same way today! As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, there is no need to be shaken, disturbed or deceived, even though our world seems to be spinning out of control. We simply must be reminded that our God in heaven is never at a loss, and never taken by surprise at the evil in our world.
We’ll dwell on this idea over the next few days and I hope you will travel with us on this journey of encouragement! To lay the foundation, please read the entire chapter (17 verses) of 2 Thessalonians 2, meditating on each verse.
2 Thessalonians 2 will serve as “home base” as we apply God’s Word to what we see in our world today, so pull up a chair at our virtual study table and let’s dig in together!
See you tomorrow!