Man of sin    (Come and gone, or yet future?)

 

With the COG now being as scattered and divided into many organizations as it is, there being various groups who have their own agenda it seems—how do we determine who is right on various points and even understanding prophecy? The subject of the man of sin is just one example; is it past, present or future, or perhaps even all three? Who is this prophesied character and what office will he hold? For those truly being led by the Holy Spirit (Rom.8:14) today, are given the opportunity to come to know that any right understanding on any Biblical subject has to be learned and proven from the Scriptures, not just a teaching from men. So let us go to the Scriptures and see what we can see about this subject.

 

It has been speculated by many in the COG realm for two decades that this man has already came on the scene and is now already dead. Could a person in a leadership position of some COG organization that is already dead, be this prophesied person? What about the “falling away”; could that have already been fulfilled as well? II Thes.2:3-4. Paul says here; “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,  4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (NKJ)

 

Right away we can see that we are being told not to allow ourselves by “any means” to be deceived on this subject, which means by nothing or NO ONE! This man of sin appears as yet to come (at Paul’s writing) and would be a “lawless” one. (Not seen in the NKJ wording above) Another thing that we should point out is the fact that in the KJV and NKJ, the translation of this is different than other more accurate translations, on this subject. For example: the NAS, NIV, RSV, NRSV and even the Moffatt translation, all translate this “man of sin” to be the man of “lawlessness”—the same as the “lawless one” mentioned in V.8. Word definitions prove this out as well as many Scriptures and the context of this passage. All of this is proving that these Scriptures dealing with the subject are all talking about the same “office” that has actually been occupied by various individual “men” down through time, and was even beginning to work in Paul’s day.  So there have actually been many “men of sin”, but it seems the one being spoken of here is still yet future and for the very end of this allotted time in God’s plan.

 

John addresses this same mindset of lawlessness, but uses a different word and shows many have come and now gone, as time has passed down to us today. We find this in 1 John 2:18-19, and should keep in mind the wording here in this epistle indicates that John also thought Christ was about to return. It says; “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; (never converted) for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” NKJ  (Never part of the true Spiritual organism is the intended meaning)

 

These facts alone render null and void the statements spoken and written about this recently, and these claims can lead into more heresy. Some over the years, have made speculations into some passages they claim indicates or helps to prove this is the 1st beast of Rev.13. One particular minister also stated to me personally that Joseph Tkach Sr. (Now deceased) was the man of sin. Upon discussing this with him, he went further into heresy by saying that there was a “break” in the scriptures between verse 3 and 4 of 2 Thess.2—saying that the lawless one in verse 8 was different than the “man of sin” in verse 3! He stated that, not only to me but many others openly in a bible study, that Joseph Tkach Sr. was the man of sin being spoken of in 2Thes.2:3! He was not led to his understanding of the scriptures on this subject by the Holy Spirit because his teaching is false on this. He later was proven to be a teacher of many other heresies, by the scriptures he was twisting in some of his sermons. (2Pet.3:16, last part) Hopefully he and others like him will come to see their errors and repent.

This bible prophecy of the lawless one to come is yet to be fulfilled, as is easily seen by the prophetic scriptures themselves. But some prophecy dealing with these things have already been fulfilled down through time in type, several times. For example V.7 of 2Thessalonians shows us that in Paul’s time of writing, this lawlessness was already at work but the lawless one he was referring to (V.8) would not come on the scene until right before Christ returns, and would be alive, in order to be consumed and destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming. Then V. 9, put together with Rev.13:11-18 (a second beast who performs signs) and Rev.19:20 help us to understand that all these passages are talking about the same man of sin who is yet to come, also known as the false prophet. This absolutely could not apply to someone already dead at this time! There are also prophetic statements in the Book of Daniel that play into the fulfillment of these things dealing with a centuries old office or position that this end time man of sin or “lawless” one will come into. It is the same approach and mindset that was developed by the lawless one of Paul’s writings and then later with the antichrists of John’s writings. These are clear things that Biblical Prophecy reveals about this subject and we do not have to guess or turn speculation into teaching heresy about this subject. (Realistically, there are many “men of sin” operating on the world scene today, even here in the USA—there are also several who could be seen as antichrist’s as well, but this prophecy points to one specific individual that is slated for these end time events!

 

Looking at the book of Daniel for a moment we can see things yet to be fulfilled in the very near future. Dan 7:25  He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” 

This last sentence is a dual prophecy and is seen again in Dan 12:6-7 when Daniel asked "How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?"  Daniel was told in verse 4 to seal up the words of the prophecy until the time of the end, but he deeply desired to know when these things would be. We see this given to him then in verse 7:   “Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.”  That time has not yet fully come, but it is very near because the shattering of the power of the holy people has also begun with the scattering of the COG!

 

These prophetic scriptures all point to the same time frame, when this man of sin or “Lawless one” comes on the scene for the last time. Looking at another very similar prophecy given in Rev.11:3 which says,   "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."  This is the same amount of time, biblically speaking, as times, time and half a time. It would also be the same time frame as another prophecy in the book of Daniel 9:27, which would also amount to three and one half years.

Dan 9:27  (NAS)   "And he (Beast-Rev.13:1-5) will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, (A 7 year period) but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; (Leaving 3 & ½ years or 42 months) and on the wing of abominations {will come} one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, (Prophesied) is poured out on the one who makes desolate."       (See Seventy weeks Prophecy for more)

 

This breach of this seven year “covenant” or treaty that will stop the “Sacrifices” will also be brought about or at least influenced by this future man of sin or LAWLESS ONE, who will be working with or behind the beast power, as the false prophet, to stop these sacrifices. (This covenant or “treaty” could already be in the works right now, going on behind the scene and only time will tell.) This has also been done before in type, and will come again. Dan 11:31  "And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.   This has already had some fulfilment but Christ clearly spoke of this coming again just before the tribulation. We can verify this by reading Matt.24:15-21. This is the same time frame that the true Church of God is promised to be taken into “Her” place of safety. We see this in Rev 12:14 “But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.”

 

It is in this very same time frame that the last and final “man of sin” will be on the scene. We see this in II Thes. 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”  (Be sure to read the booklet on The Image of the beast and the mark, as it has more information dealing with this man of sin, who he is and where he resides.)

 

Joseph Tkach Sr. succumbed to being led by Satan and fell under the influence of the spirit of antichrist, but he did none of these things that are attributed to this final man of sin, and he is already dead in his grave! He could not possibly have fulfilled this prophecy. Yes Jo Tkach Sr. as the appointed leader of Laodicea led the brethren, first into a lukewarm and watered down approach to truth and the work that had gone on under HWA, then on into a type of “falling away” from truth through the recent apostasy, but even that was not the fulfillment of the prophesied falling away. That prophesied falling away (2Thess.2) began to happen in the first apostle’s time, as also scripture clearly reveals according to Christ’s own Words (Matt.24:4-5) and has been repeatedly happening down through time. However, in this time frame of the era of Laodicea, there are many that are still “falling away”, watering down the truth in many areas and causing others to follow after their heresy. Some of those, maybe even many, may take the mark of the beast during this last 3 & ½ years of serious trials and persecution yet to come, if they do not repent before that time! Others who wake out of slumber too late will end up being MARTYRED in the tribulation (Rev.6:9-11) or falling away. Just as sure as Joseph Tkach Sr. succumbed to the spirit of antichrist, there have been many others down through time, which have done the same thing, as the apostle John shows, seen above.

 

Are you doing your part to protect yourself from these many predators of God’s flock? Can you recognize ministers who do not minister properly? Are you helping your brethren to be on guard or are you following and supporting a teacher of heresy on this subject? We also as individual members have our responsibility to be on guard. (Phil.2:12 & Rom.16:17-18) If the leadership fail us, which many are, then we have to act on our own, with God’s help, and flee from them, if necessary. (Eph.5:9-14 &1Pet.5:6-11)

There will be many more subtle agents of Satan the devil to come, (some have shown up since this article was first written and put online) who will try and deceive the elect, (Matt.24:23-25) which is another thing that BIBLE PROPHECY REVEALS! This is happening all around us right now in the COG groups! But the man of sin, the lawless one mentioned in Scripture is yet to show himself and will be destroyed at Christ’s return, cast into the lake of fire and burned up, just as Scripture reveals! This is what prophecy and Scripture reveals on this subject of the man of sin. Be watchful! Be alert! Don’t fall for the subtle deceptions of deceitful men who may be lying and teaching heresy on various subjects in order to keep a following.  (Written by the editor for TCOGMSO)

 

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