Antichrist In The Temple Deception

In this end times prophecy study, we’ll focus on the “temple” in 2 Thessalonians 2:4, which many Pastors say is a future rebuilt Jewish temple, where the Antichrist will proclaim to be God.

What you will learn is that the Antichrist system is already seated in the temple of God, and proclaiming to be God.

If you’ve read the The Beasts of Daniel and Revelation study, then you know that the Roman Catholic Church is the ‘Antichrist Beast of Revelation‘, the ‘Little Horn of Daniel‘, and the Pope is the ‘Son of Perdition‘.

If you’ve read the 70th Week of Daniel study, then you know that the foundation for the 7 year tribulation period and the need for a rebuilt Jewish temple is invalid.

Keep in mind that when the Apostle Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, the Jewish temple was still standing, as it wasn’t destroyed by the Romans until 70 A.D., so any reference to a physical temple would have been to that temple, not an end times temple.

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 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.”

So what does Paul mean?

To understand that, let’s look at how Jesus defined the word “temple.”

In John 2:14, Jesus spoke of the physical temple. The Greek word for the physical temple is hieron.

And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business.”

Then just five verses later in John 2:19-20, Jesus spoke of the spiritual temple. The Greek word for the spiritual temple is naos.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”

Whenever Paul used the word naos, he applied it to followers of Jesus, the Christian Church, which is a literal temple, but not a physical building.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Ephesians 2:19-22  “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

The spiritual temple is made up of followers of Jesus, Christians.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, where Paul is telling us about the Son of Perdition, he again uses the Greek word naos.

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 opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple (naos) of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Paul is saying that the Son of Perdition would sit in the temple of God, that is, in the Christian church.

Paul is telling us that he would pretend to be Christian in order to deceive the world, which lines up directly with the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope who pretend to be Christian.

Instead of being an infidel who doesn’t believe in God, like so many pastors teach, the Antichrist does not reign outside of the Church, but in the very bosom of the Church.

Pope Innocent III declared “We may according to the fullness of our power, dispose of the law and dispense above the law. Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God. For the Pope holdeth place on earth, not simply of a man but of the true God.”

Pope Pius V blasphemed that “The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.”

Pope John Paul II said  “Don’t go to God for forgiveness of sins: come to me.”

Current Pope Francis I said “You cannot find Jesus outside the Church.”

Pope Francis sits on throne as God

Pope Francis sits on this throne between two cherubs, as if he were God.

Paul places the Son of Perdition nowhere else than in the very sanctuary of God.

The Pope sits (assumes a position of authority) as God in the temple of God.

The Pope is called the ‘Vicar of Christ’ which means ‘substitute for Christ.’

He proclaims to forgive sins.

He proclaims that salvation is only available through the Roman Catholic Church.

He preaches a message of ‘salvation by works’, instead of through the blood of Jesus.

The Pope of the Antichrist Roman Catholic Church misleads 1.2 Billion Catholics into believing that salvation is through them, not Jesus Christ.

And the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church are pushing the world into a New World Order, where they will cause everyone in the world to worship them or die.

An end times rebuilt Jewish temple with bloody sacrifices would be blasphemous.

Jesus is our High Priest whose blood atoned for all of our sins by His sacrifice.

If they ever do rebuild a temple in Jerusalem and restart bloody sacrifices, it will be a denial of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and a blasphemy to God.

Such a temple could never be called “the temple of God.”

Paul’s prophetic words in 2 Thessalonians tell us that the Antichrist Son of Perdition would usurp the authority of Jesus Christ by assuming an unauthorized position of power inside the Christian Church.

The reason for this deception is to get Christians looking forward to a one-man antichrist in the supposed 7-year tribulation period; instead of looking back and realizing that the Antichrist Roman Catholic Church has been seated in the temple of God for many years.

Many Pastors teach that the Abomination of Desolation will take place in a rebuilt Jewish temple.  To find out the truth, click on Abomination Of Desolation Deception.

From the book History Unveiling Prophecy by Henry Grattan Guiness:

In the exercise of his supremacy the Pope exalted or deposed monarchs, absolved subjects from their oaths of allegiance, declaring in the synod of 1080 “we desire to show the world that we can give, or take away at our will, kingdoms, duchies, earldoms, in a word, the possessions of all men, since we can bind and loose.”

It only remained for the Popes to assume Divine honours. In the person of Boniface VIII, whose accession took place in 1294, the Pope sat “as God in the temple of God.” Human ambition could rise no higher. The Pope boldly lead claim to the attributes and prerogatives of Deity.

He represented the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He claimed to rule in three worlds, Heaven, Earth and Hell; and in token thereof was crowned with a triple crown.  He paraded himself before the world as the infallible Teacher of faith and morals.  Exalted above bishops, above councils, above kings, above conscience, from his decisions there was no appeal.

He was the supreme Judge of mankind. Lifted up to sit on the high altar of St. Peter’s, the chiefest Church in Christendom, he was publically adored, cardinals, the princes of the Church, kissing in turn his feet; bishops bending log before him in deepest reverence; and nations worshipping him as the visible representative of the Godhead, possessed of power to pardon sins on earth, to canonize saints in heaven, to loose souls from the pains of purgatory in the world beneath; to judge, to govern, to bless, to save mankind; whose sentences, clothed with the authority of God, were inheritently, irreversible, irrevocable, final and everlasting.

And for what ends, and with what effects has the God-like power of this great Usurper been employed?  Let history answer. Let the stake reply. Let the Inquisition speak. Let the Waldenses, the Wickliffites, the Lollards, the Hussites, the Huguenots sound forth the answer.

Let Italy, let France, let Spain tell what they have witnessed. Let Roman Catholic lands in their notorious degradation, and Protestant lands deluged with blood by Papal wars and massacres, bear their testimony.

The Bible prohibited; idolatry enforced; the gospel denied; Christianity caricatured; millions deluded; millions led to destruction; who can estimate the world-wide effects of this diabolical travesty of the religion of Jesus Christ?

The cup of salvation changed into the cup of death; revealed religion, God’s greatest, highest gift to man, transformed into a snare, an instrument of delusion, tyranny, and eternal ruin to countless souls, and generations of mankind.

The comprehension of the character of Romanism and the papacy was a gradual growth. In its slow development the doctrinal errors of the Church of Rome were recognized as unscriptural long before the antichristian character of the papacy was perceived.

Not until the papacy reached the monstrous height of self-exaltation and depravity which it attained in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, was it seen to fulfill the predictions relating to the “Man of Sin,” or “Antichrist.”

Here’s a graphic to use on Facebook and other social media sites, to help people see the truth about the antichrist.

Anitchrist denies God - 1 John 2

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  1. Hi David,

    I’m studying the Scriptures from a historicist view but I’m curious about a preterist view that Romans desecrated the temple before 70AD’s destruction. Is that also a possibility to what Paul is speaking of in Thessalonians?

    Thank you so much for your studies!

    • Hi Lorrie 🙂 Preterists believe that Revelation was symbolically fulfilled in the 1st century, and that Nero was the antichrist.

      I believe the Historicist view of prophecy, and some prophecies were fulfilled historically in the first century; but that Revelation has been in the process of being fulfilled since it was written in the 1st century.

      The 70th week of Daniel pointed to the first advent of Messiah, in which He died as the Passover Lamb for our sins. This study series proves that the 70th week of Daniel was already fulfilled, and it’s not a futuristic 7-year tribulation period. http://70thweekofdaniel.com/

      The consequence of the Jews rejected their promised Messiah and delivering Him up to be killed, was the desolation of the temple, city and 1.1 million Jews. This study series proves that Messiah’s warnings in His Olivet Discourse were fulfilled in that generation, just like He proclaimed. http://theolivetdiscourse.com/

      Contact me anytime with questions, as the historical view of prophecy fulfillment is contrary to what most people teach today.

      Keep learning and growing in The Way!
      David

  2. Answer one question: when did many come in JESUS’S name ? Did they come during JESUS’S ministry on earth ? No because JESUS is talking about prophecy. When is the beginning of sorrows ? I believe they started when a tsunami caused by an earthquake killed over 200 thousand in Sri Lanka. ST. MATTHEW 24.5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Be not Deceived, this is a Spiritual battle but GOD IS IN CONTROL and will repay shortly !!!

    • I agree Dennis that Messiah was foretelling what would happen in the future, as He was telling His disciples what they would see. And they did see all that He described in His Olivet Discourse, which led to the temple being desolated, along with the Jewish leadership system.

      2 Peter 2, which was written in 67-68 A.D., tells us that there were false prophets among the people.

      “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

      Acts 13:6, which was written in 62 A.D., speaks of the false prophet named Barjesus,

      “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus”

      There were indeed false prophets claiming to represent God in plenty [Josephus War 6.5.2 refers to a “great number of false prophets” who gave false hope to the people]; these tried to initiate various signs to “activate God’s eschatological salvation” [Keener, 567-8], and they did indeed deceive many.

      Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible:

      1. Josephus says, (War, b. ii. c. 13), that there were many who, pretending to Divine inspiration, deceived the people, leading out numbers of them to the desert, pretending that God would there show them the signs of liberty, meaning redemption from the Roman power: and that an Egyptian false prophet led 30,000 men into the desert, who were almost all cut off by Felix. See Acts 21:38. It was a just judgment for God to deliver up that people into the hands of false Christs who had rejected the true one. Soon after our Lord’s crucifixion, Simon Magus appeared, and persuaded the people of Samaria that he was the great power of God, Acts 8:9, Acts 8:10; and boasted among the Jews that he was the son of God.

      2. Of the same stamp and character was also Dositheus, the Samaritan, who pretended that he was the Christ foretold by Moses.

      3. About twelve years after the death of our Lord, when Cuspius Fadus was procurator of Judea, arose an impostor of the name of Theudas, who said he was a prophet, and persuaded a great multitude to follow him with their best effects to the river Jordan, which he promised to divide for their passage; and saying these things, says Josephus, he deceived many: almost the very words of our Lord.

      4. A few years afterwards, under the reign of Nero, while Felix was procurator of Judea, impostors of this stamp were so frequent that some were taken and killed almost every day. Josephus. Ant. b. xx. c. 4. and 7.

      John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

      saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. This is the first sign, preceding the destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem; as there was a general expectation among the Jews of a Messiah; that is, of one that should arise and deliver them from the Roman yoke, which was the common idea tacked to that word; in this period of time, many set up themselves to be deliverers and redeemers of the people of Israel: who had each of them their followers in great numbers, whom they imposed upon, and brought to destruction.

      Of this sort was Theudas, not he that Gamaliel speaks of, Acts 5:36 for he was before this time; but one that was in the time of Claudius Caesar, when Cuspius Fadus was governor of Judea; who persuaded a great number to follow him to the river Jordan, which he promised to divide, by a word of command, and give them a passage over; and thereby, as the historian observes1, πολλους ηπατησην, “he deceived many”; which is the very thing that is here predicted: but he and his company were routed Fadus, and his head cut off.

      There was another called the Egyptian, mentioned in Acts 21:38 who made an uproar, and led four thousand cut-throats into the wilderness; and this same man persuaded thirty thousand men to follow him to Mount Olivet, promising a free passage into the city; but he being vanquished by Felix, then governor of Judea; fled, and many of his followers were killed and taken: and besides, there were many more magicians and impostors, that pretended to signs and wonders, and promised the people deliverance from their evils, by whom they were imposed upon to their ruin.

      There were others also besides these, that set up for deliverers, who called themselves by the name of the Messiah. Among these, we may reckon Simon Magus, who gave out that he was some great one; yea, expressly, that he was the word of God, and the Son of God, which were known names of the Messiah; and Dositheus the Samaritan, asserted himself to be Christ; and also Menander affirmed, that no man could be saved, unless he was baptized in his name; these are instances before the destruction of Jerusalem, and confirm the prophecy here delivered.

      Here’s an Olivet Discourse study series which proves it out. http://theolivetdiscourse.com/

  3. I see what you, and others, are trying to say – obviously, but – wilfully ignoring the obvious is equally as dangerous.

    The Word of God CLEARLY tells us the temple WILL be built, even during perilous times, including with walls and trench.

    There are numerous items which refer to physical things and events.

    IF we want to LIMIT God to our thinking and our single track mind, OK, spiritualize everything, make everything symbolic and make God only capable of operating in that dimension.

    But, God is NOT bound by our limited thought process and capabilities. He IS God, He IS everywhere, at the same time, including across ALL time at the same time, for God is not bound by time. He created even that.

    So think, for a moment, does not God have a beautiful pattern of fulfilling His “prophecies” in more than one way? When He spoke, for example, of: Destroy this temple and within 3 days I will raise it up, does that not ONLY speak of His body but ALSO the actual temple?

    When God told Adam, in the day that you eat of this fruit you shall surely die, did not Adam die spiritually that day, but also physically within the “day” (as noted by the apostle when he stated: To God a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day)?

    When God had the passover for the Jews, was that not also fulfilled literally by Christ?

    When God said he worked for 6 days and rested for the 7th, is that not also potentially fulfilled by 6000 years (6 days) and a 1000 years (1 day) of rest (to come)?

    God, throughout the Bible, tells us things He will do, and He fulfills those statements in more than one way, both at the moment as well as across time in more significant ways.

    No, I am convinced that God is telling us that the temple WILL be rebuilt and what explicitly will happen so that ALL will be without excuse, nothing hidden. We will physically see the anti Christ revealed (as the scripture CLEARLY states). We will witness someone work out the mechanics so that the temple can be rebuilt (first alarm bell as to the time and who) then we will see that person clearly stop the sacrifices and declare himself as God. THEN (as the Word tells us) the Jews eyes will be opened and they will look upon the one whom they have pierced and there will be a great morning THEN there will be A GREAT revival and turning to God within the Jews!

    So yes, we pray for the peace of Israel but also with a knowledge of what that signifies…

  4. I pray daily to not be decieved – This website is an aswer to that, as resting in Biblical truth will always trump the interpretations of simple man. thank you for your faithfulness in declaring the truth as a beacon in the darkness.. I am SO glad I found this treasure 🙂

    Blessings and Thanks
    Dennis

  5. I sometimes suspect that Matthew 23 is prophetic of the Romish “church”. Even though it is directed towards the scribes and Pharisees, it is so on the nose in describing the hypocrisy of the Catholic leadership that it seems hard to dismiss this idea. Specifically, the verse that jumps out to me is this:

    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

    Obviously, the prophetic nature of this verse was fulfilled in Rabbinic Judaism, which straightforwardly admits to being the heritage of the Pharisees. Yet I wonder whether the cult of Rome might also be the brainchild of the Pharisaic conspiracy. IOW, originating from proselytes of the Pharisees. It’s no small thing that both Catholicism and Rabbinic/Kabbalistic Judaism are virtual repositories of pagan and occultic lore and practice. And both can be shown to have deep roots in the demonic Babylonian system.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is, I see the popular argument over “Jesuit/Vatican system vs. Synagogue of Satan” as incomplete. Both are part of the same chameleon, both are filled with liars, psychopaths, seed of the devil. Their strength is a result of their subterfuge, their ability to hide their true identity in order to infiltrate all levels of society. But with research and especially the aid and guidance of the Holy Spirit, one can recognize their spiritual “fingerprints,” as it were. Not to mention, I am always suspicious of anyone who points a finger at one specific group to the exclusion of all the others. As if the rest of us were ignorant of Ephesians 6:12!

    This is a fantastic site, brother. We truly are living in an interesting era, where much of what was once hidden is being revealed.

    • Yeah Brian, the accusations against the Jewish leader can be applied to the leaders of the Catholic Church. But all of Revelation points to Rome, for it is the historical narrative of the battle between the Satan-empowered Roman beast against Messiah and His Church.

      The Roman beast has changed forms over the years, from the Roman Empire, which Satan used to try to wipe out the Early Church, killing 10 million saints. But Messiah caused the decline of the Roman Empire through the seal judgments, to exact vengeance. And He caused the fall of the Roman Empire with the trumpet judgments of army after army attacking the vast Roman Empire.

      Then the Popes of Rome took power over the 10 civil kingdoms that formed out of the Roman Empire. Satan used the Popes to ban and burn scriptures, and to kill over 50 million saints; and they sought to eliminate the two witnesses against them, Scripture and Messiah’s saints.

      Messiah exacted vengeance against them with the bowl judgments, causing the Pope of Rome to lose power in 1798 A.D.

      Now the Jesuits of Rome control the Vatican and are using it to gather the world under their power. All roads lead to Rome my friend. Here is the Revelation Timeline Decoded website which explains it. http://revelationtimelinedecoded.com/

      Keep learning and growing in the faith brother!

  6. .Thanks very much.to quote something that captured my mind Nahuel said that in Mathew 27:5 the word temple used there is naon and yet it sounds that they are referring to a physical temple I need some clarity there please

  7. To-David -Quote:
    ” The Jesuits want to reign in the same place as Messiah died, as the ultimate mockery of Him. ”
    Can you please elaborate on this, or give me a link that does ??
    Are you able to suggest exactly what place or places they are referring to ??
    Do you mean the crucifixion site, and what location do they give for that ??
    .

    • I simple mean that it was the founder of the Jesuit organization, Ignatius Loyola’s goal to reign supreme from Jerusalem, no doubt from a temple such as Solomon built. He traveled to Jerusalem and wanted to stay there, but was not allowed to.

      Jerusalem is the home of the three major religions, so in the Jesuit’s One World Government, they will seek to combine all of the religions into one; which would logically be based out of Jerusalem, which Muslims, Jews and Christians revere.

      And reigning from Jerusalem would be a mockery of Messiah, as they would control the world, but Messiah had not down that yet.