Originally Posted by Twospirits
I thought I would get a reaction and that this was what you were seeing but...I'm seeing something else from your post.
The abomination of desolation (or more correctly, the desecrating sacrilege) can only be committed by God's true priests. In the NT the body of Christ (1 Peter 2:5,9) are considered the Lord's 'priests,'
and no other.
We are a temple considered holy by the Lord, and it is not to be defiled
lest God judge and destroy him.
1 Cor. 3:17, 'If any man defile the temple
(#3485; 'naos') of God, him shall God destroy
; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.'
2 Cor. 6:16, 'And what agreement hath the temple (#3485; 'naos') of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.'
Eph. 2:20-21, 'And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.'
Abomination standing in God's house will make it a forsaken place
deprived of God's blessings. This is what 2 Thess. 2:3-4 speaks of.
1 Peter 4:17, 'For the time that judgment (is come) that judgment must begin
(2 Thess. 2:7; mystery of iniquity) at the house of God;
and if (it) first (begin) at us, what shall the end (be) of them that obey not the gospel of God?'
We cannot be God's true priests and abide in His holy temple, where He walks in us, abides in us...unless we recognize that judgment "first begins with us." (see all the above verses for confirmation ) So then, when I read the following it allows me to see....
11 Thessalonians 2:1-7 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
It is written to us "let no man deceive you," so the subject is...us individually and being gathered to Him. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived "by any means" AND we will not be gathered "except there come a falling away first!"
To me, the falling away is falling away from our old nature of sin. Or...that "man of sin be revealed the son of perdition." We must reveal that man to ourselves before we can crucify him. Until then we are just playing church. We "sitteth in the temple of God," believing He dwells in us when....He doesn't.
Iniquity is at work in each and every one of us and must be "revealed in his time," to be priests of God. In other words, "he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." We letteth iniquity work. We control our destiny.
God bless you too....Whirlwind