The Restrainer

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II Thessalonians 2:7-8 “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. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

This Crazy World

Have you ever taken a look around and noticed things are changing? It appears that the world is falling apart at the seams. Death, destruction, slavery, depravity all have reared up as never before.

The truth is, it’s getting worse. Scripture confirms it. Something evil is at work to destroy all, but it’s being held back by something else. This is supposed to happen.

The Lawless One

The evil being held back is stated as “lawlessness” and the “lawless one”. Come on, you’ve heard this before.

In the end the Anti-Christ will come on the scene and fulfill what has been forecast by God since Adam and Eve, maybe before that. I’m talking the book of Revelation.

But Thessalonians says the antichrist is being held back. By what?

What is it that now holds back the evil that wants to erupt upon us all. What stops the final release of anarchy?

The Restrainer

I have no doubt that the ultimate answer is in the supernatural. For those of us who are believers, we know that it is the Holy Spirit, who is every bit a part of God Himself.

God “holds back” the evil that opposes Him and His people until it is the proper time. I’ve heard Him referred to here as “the Restrainer”.

But I have one interjection. I believe God uses us to hold back evil as well. This can be accomplished in many ways: prayer, speaking truth, and with physical force.

Lesson in History

It is this last point, physical force, I wish to expand upon. Look at Hitler during World War II. An evil that none in western Europe could stop was bent upon conquest, slavery, and murder. The concentration camps are proof enough.

Satan used Hitler, the Nazi party, and the German military to strike out at those whom God loves in an attempt to annihilate them. Many Jews were murdered in secret before it ended.

But who stopped Hitler? The United States. God used us to stop evil. And we were given guns to do it. In this broken, totally imperfect world God stirred us to stop evil.

Today

Now fast forward to today. Brave men with guns still hold the evil in this world at bay. Even though you’ll have to sift through the propaganda, watch the news for examples.

The human team that God uses to hold back the antichrist is a combination of believers (prayer and truth) and those who are ready to use force for good? I believe the Holy Spirit is orchestrating all of it.

Our Back Yard

Now lets look at a smaller stage. Every robbery, murder and rape that is thwarted by a person willing to stop it with force does the same thing. In short, the evil accompanying the antichrist is held back by individuals like you and me when we choose to stand up and resist.

Abrupt Change

Scripture also says that in an instant, those who place their trust in Jesus Christ will be “snatched” into the sky to be with our Lord. Imagine what the world will be like when all those who have stood for God’s goodness immediately vanish. There will be no one left to hold back evil………”Lawlessness”.

Question

What part can you play in holding back evil?

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