2 Thessalonians 2: 8-9
“…He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7b-8.
The last half of verse 7 has been included for context. He who restrains has been interpreted in different ways (see the last post on 10-25-13), however many conservative expositors believe the One who restrains is the Holy Spirit. This is the approach that will be taken in this study.
Because the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way when He takes all of the believers (Christians) from the earth and ceases to restrain evil from taking its course, the lawless one, also known as the beast (666), or the Antichrist, will come into power increasingly until he rules the entire earth by the middle of the tribulation.