This End Times Deception study is about Paul Sides, Rav Shaul, of SabbathCovenant.com, regarding his teaching about the fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2.
Paul Sides wrote this explanation of the fulfillment of Paul’s prophecy about the Son of Perdition.
Paul (inserts his comments) in the middle of verses, which skews the explanation.
Honest theologians list the verse, then give an explanation afterwords.
Paul uses the NIV which is corrupt, but then modifies it with the name of the Father, Yahuah.
An honest theologian would use a literal translation, such as the King James, or the ISR 98 which uses the Hebrew covenant names.
His words are in Red, my comments are in Black.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion (against The Law or Transgression of Desolation) occurs and the man of lawlessness (or image of a man in whom The Law is abolished) is revealed (to be The False Messiah), the (image of a) man doomed to destruction.
The KJV reads:
“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;”
When Emperor Constantine joined the idol worship of pagan Roman with Scripture, it created the beginnings of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Roman religion of Christianity.
Many Christians compromised their beliefs to be exalted in Rome, after several centuries of severe persecution. They fell away from Scriptural truth.
They apostatized into a religion with pagan holidays, idols and theology.
Both of the times that the phrase “son of perdition” is used in the Bible, it refers to someone who claimed to follow Christ, but was really antichrist in their beliefs and actions. Both Judas and the office of the Papacy have fulfilled this role.
So the “son of perdition” is someone who would deceive within the church. It is talking about a real man, not some image.
The ‘falling away‘ was foretold to happen before the rise of the Son of Perdition.
The Falling Away happened in the 4th century when the Roman Bishops and Emperor Constantine created the Roman religion of Christianity.
And many saints compromised with Rome instead of being persecuted and killed. Read The Falling Away of 2 Thessalonians 2
2 Thessalonians 2:4 He will oppose and will exalt himself (in the hearts/minds of man) over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in YAHUAH’s temple (the body of man), proclaiming himself to be God (incarnate).
Once again he used the NIV, yet curiously he replaced only one instance of the name God, with Yahuah. He does this to manipulate what the Scripture is saying. Here is the NIV::
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Keep in mind that when the Apostle Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians 2, 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. Here is the KJV:
“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 the Apostle 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.
“So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the set-apart ones and members of the household of Elohim, having been built upon the foundation of the emissaries and prophets, Yahusha Messiah Himself being chief corner-stone, in whom all the building, being joined together, grows into a set-apart Dwelling Place (temple) in Yahuah, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of Elohim in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22
The spiritual temple is made up of followers of Messiah.
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 Elohim, among the followers of Messiah.
Paul is telling us that he would pretend to be follower of Messiah 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 Elohim, 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.”
Paul places the Son of Perdition nowhere else than in the very sanctuary of Elohim.
The Pope sits (assumes a position of authority) as God in the temple of Elohim.
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.
The ‘temple’ that the Apostle Paul is describing is not the body of man, it is the Church of Messiah.
The Son of Perdition is not an image, it is the Popes of Rome, who pretend to be part of the Church of Messiah, to deceive from within.
2 Thessalonians 2:5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
The Apostle Paul could not write that the Son of Perdition, the Popes of Rome, would rise to power after the Roman Emperor was removed from power; as that would have invited more persecution, so he reminded them of what he told them in person.
2 Thessalonians 2:6 And now you know what is holding him back so that he may be revealed at the proper time (the time of the end).
The KJV reads:
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
It talking about ‘his time’, the time of the Son of Perdition to rise to power; it is not talking the time of the end.
It’s foretelling the rise of the Popes to power after the Roman empire fell.
As long as the Roman Emperor was in power, the Popes of Rome could not take power.
The last Roman Emperor was removed in 476 A.D., and the Son of Perdition rose to power in 538 A.D., when the Popes of Rome were given civil and ecclesiastic power.
This is the same narrative of the Little Horn of Daniel 7. When the Roman Emperor was removed from power, the Roman Empire split into 10 civil kingdoms, the ten horns on the dreadful beast.
Then the Pope of Rome, the Little Horn rose to power among them; and caused three of the kingdoms (the Heruli, the Ostrogoths and the Vandals) to be plucked out, as they would not bow down to their authority.
This is the same narrative of Revelation 13, when the sea beast, rose up out of many people groups.
The Popes of Rome rose to power out of the 10 civil kingdoms of Europe.
And this is the same narrative as Revelation 17, which says that the 8th head, the Popes of Rome, would rise to power after 7 kings (7 forms of government of the Roman Empire). Read Revelation 13 – Roman Sea Beast
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the secret power of lawlessness (breaking The Law of YAHUAH) 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 (Archangel Michael see Daniel 12 and Revelation 12).
Here is the King James:
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
The restrainer is not the Archangel Michael in the end times, it was the Roman Emperor.
Up to the beginning of the 4th century, Rome was a pagan city, and the Emperor was the high priest, called the Pontifex Maximus, of its religion.
As long as the Roman Emperor was in power, the Papal Pontifex Maximus could not take power. The last Roman Emperor was removed in 476 A.D. Shortly thereafter, in 538 A.D., the Roman Catholic Church gained religious and civil power when Eastern Emperor Justinian issued a decree making the Pope head of all churches.
The Popes of Rome took the title of Pontifex Maximus, they took power over church and state, and thus the deadly head wound was healed.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then (at the end when Michael is removed) the lawless one (the one in whom The Law was abolished) will be revealed (as The False IMAGE of the true Messiah), whom the Messiah Yahusha (the true Messiah) will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and (Yahusha will) destroy (the one in whose image The Law was abolished) by the splendor of his coming (exactly according to The Fall Festivals of YAHUAH).
Here is the King James:
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Paul is proclaiming that when Messiah returns, He will destroy the antichrist Popes of Rome.
When you read Revelation 19:20, you clearly see that literal men, the antichrist beast, the Popes of Rome; and the False Prophet, the Jesuit General; are thrown into the lake of fire.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
A spiritual antichrist, which Paul Sides says is Jesus Christ, cannot be thrown into the fire.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one (the one in whom The Law is abolished) will be in accordance with how Satan works (the spirit behind The False Messiah is Dagon the dragon. The Pope is the High Priest of Dagon). He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders (Christians are convinced by “miracles” not the words of The Prophets) that serve the lie,
Here is the King James:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
It’s talking about the Popes of Rome rising to power. Revelation 13 proclaims that The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”
It’s talking about the antichrist sea beast, the Popes of Rome, who reigned in power for 1,260 years, from 538-1798 A.D. Read Revelation 13 – Roman Sea Beast
The earth beast of Revelation 13, the Jesuit General, took control of the Vatican in 1798, and it using it to gather the world under their power. Read Revelation 13 – Roman Earth Beast
2 Thessalonians 2:10 and all the ways that wickedness (breaking The Law of YAHUAH) deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth (of The Torah) and so be saved (eternal life is the promise of obedience to The Law).
Here is the King James:
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
This is talking about those who fell away from the true faith which is defined in Scripture, and compromised with Rome and accepted their teachings.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 For this reason (because they committed The Transgression of Desolation i.e. abolished His Law) YAHUAH sends them a powerful delusion (Christianity) so that (not having The Seal of YAHUAH over their mind but the Mark of the Beast which is X on the forehead and belief in The Trinity) they will believe the lie (that the Messiah is God incarnate and he abolished The Law)
Once again Paul Sides inserts the name Yahuah into the NIV text. Here is the King James:
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Paul Sides is right in this regard, they fell away from the Scripture faith, and accepted the Roman Christianity teachings.
And because they did this, they were given over to the deception.
2 Thessalonians 2:12 and so that all will be condemned (by the death decrees in The Law not being covered by the blood of The Passover Lamb because they put their faith in Easter Jesus or blasphemed the Spirit of Yahuah) who have not believed the truth (that Yahuah did not come to Earth and die) but have delighted in wickedness (blasphemy).
Here is the King James:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Sadly, the Falling Away of 2 Thessalonians 2 happened so long ago, that most ‘christians’ have no idea. And anyone who tries to teach them Scriptural truth about the Father and Son’s name; about how Elohim’s seven Holy Feast Days were replaced with Easter and Christmas; etc., they deem you as a heretic.
Not all of Paul Sides’ teachings are wrong. There has been a great falling away from the true faith, and most of what today’s christians believe is not Scriptural, but is from the teachings of the Roman Popes.
But Paul Sides is wrong in pointing to the image of Jesus Christ as the Son of Perdition, as it is the Popes of Rome who proclaim to be Jesus Christ, who promote the false religion to deceive people.
Once again, the explanations of Paul Sides, who writes as Rav Sha’ul, deflect blame away from the Popes of Rome.
I pray that you can see the truth about Paul Sides teachings, as he is leading the end times remnant astray, just as the enemy would like.