For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Th. 2:7 NKJ)
1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen (4098 πίπτω) from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. (Rev. 9:1-2 NKJ)
The Restrainer, “he who now restrains” is the angel with the key to the abyss. He releases or imprisons (Rev. 20:1). The Restrainer can’t be the Holy Spirit as Omnipresent Infinite God cannot be “taken out of the way”, certainly not by a third party. It does not say “He took Himself out of the way.”
It was five months before the 666 Beast revealed himself. The Angel Restrainer unlocks the door releasing evil that darkens God’s light illuminating the earth. Foul spirits infest the air the reprobates breathe. The evil spirits punished any disloyalty, terrible torment plagued reticent followers lest any draw back as the man of sin proclaimed himself God at mid-week.
Fast forward to Judgment Day, these apostate followers of the Beast protested to Christ seated on the Throne: “Once saved, always saved! We did powerful works in your name, surely you remember us Lord! How can we who were saved be cast into the eternal fire for accepting the mark of the Beast?” (Rev. 14:9-11)
“Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ (Mat 7:22 NKJ)
But Jesus denied He ever knew them, therefore they were never saved. The “lord” they knew was someone else, “another Jesus…another spirit” preached by “another gospel” (2 Cor. 11:4).What they did was in accord with the activity of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (2 Th. 2:9). God permitted a lying spirit delude them because they loved their supernatural experiences above the truth in God’s Holy Word (2 Th. 2:10-12). They had no exemption from the punishment for accepting the Mark of the Beast, they were never saved (Mt. 25:41).
“And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Mat 7:23 NKJ)
Back to the present. Commentators on my world did the same as here, none of them inferred from the symbol of the angel already fallen to the earth, when the fifth angel sounded. They missed its significance:
“Fallen” (4098 πίπτω): “to descend in free fall under the influence of gravity”-(Bible Sense Lexicon, Logos Bible Software, Logos 6 Rev. 9:1).
Picture it in your mind, what kept this angel in heaven was “taken out of the way” and that caused him to fall, “taking him out of the way” of evil in heavenly places (Eph. 6:12), permitting it manifest itself on the earth. Spiritism is the “mystery” or “secret power” (NIV) inspiring lawlessness. In a diminished form it was already working in Paul’s day, lying spirits, prophecy and letters had upset the Thessalonians making them think Christ already came, and left them behind (2 Th. 2:1-2. 2 Tim. 2:18).
That is the same deluding influence God would send unrestrained upon the earth (2 Th. 2:1-11).
Spiritism is behind the ever increasing phenomena of UFO sightings and abductions. Combined with the ubiquitous discussion of “ancient alien theory”, Satan has crafted the BIG LIE Goebbels could only dream of creating. Subliminally, all of mankind is being conditioned to accept the phenomena as extraterrestrial, rather than what it really is, satanic.
Before the end time 7 year “week” begins, it will be “like the Days of Noah” (Lk. 17:26) when fallen angels called Nephilim walked among men, even conspiring with them against God. Using the beautiful daughters of men, they enticed “sons of God” to leave their proper abode in heaven to go after strange flesh (Jude 1:6-7) taking for themselves wives whoever they choose (Gen. 6:1-4).
The arrival of their fleet is shortly after Adonikam the man of sin makes his appearance in the fallen away Church, leading them into further apostasy. When the “alien fleet” arrives, the false Christ will be there to openly welcome them. All the Pentecostal prophets, everyone whose tongue is controlled by a spirit, will prophesy about the New Age.
The man of sin first appeared in Turkey, near the ancient city of Antioch. His DNA indicated lineage back to the Greeks under Alexander the Great. While he was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church tradition, his ministry was non-denominational, Pentecostal, latter rain with factions mirroring the Toronto Blessing. Christianity was enjoying something of a resurgence as extremist Islam ebbed, many offended by the blood of innocents, women and children flooding the ground, defiling the earth.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me,`Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 “Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:16-23 NKJ)
“In that Day” (Judgment Day) former Christian prophets exorcists and miracle workers protest being cast into everlasting fire for accepting the Mark of the Beast (Rev. 14:9-11). They imply they still know Jesus personally, affectionally calling Him “lord lord.” Citing the doctrine of “Eternal Security” (Rom. 8:30; John 10:28-29; 3:16; Phil. 1:6. 2Tim. 2:13. 2Th. 3:3. 2Cor. 5:18-19) they point to powerful works done in Jesus’ name as proof they were saved, and therefore cannot be cast into the fire.
Jesus replies “I never knew you,” [`Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matt. 25:41 NKJ)] “you who practice lawlessness” (Mt. 7:23).
As Jesus NEVER knew them, none of the miracles were done by His Spirit and Power—in His name. The antichrists were deceived by “another Jesus”, “another spirit” (2Cor. 11:4) had disguised itself as Jesus, an antichrist spirit and him they received.
When a child of God asks for Holy Spirit, NEVER will he receive a serpent (Luke 11:11-13).
But when a child of the devil asks, God ignores the request (Lk. 8:12).
Then the working (1753 ἐνέργεια energeia) of Satan (spiritism) creates the delusion of a personal relationship with Christ and via “supporting” power signs and lying wonders the deluded believe the strong delusion they were saved.
Scripture is very clear, all who accept the Mark of the Beast were NEVER saved, their names were not in the book of life:
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8 NKJ)
The “mystery”(spiritism inspiring) lawlessness is the polar opposite of the “mystery of Godliness” (1Tim. 3:16. Gal. 5:22. Eph. 5:9) (Holy Spirit) inspiring LAWFULNESS, obedience to God’s word of Truth the Bible:
We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 Jn. 4:6 NKJ)
The outward physical evidence Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit is presently dwelling within is love of God’s truth the Bible, to obey it (Ac. 2:42. 1Jo. 3:8-10), not in signs and wonders (Ac. 2:43).
The antithesis to the mystery of lawlessness is the mystery of Godliness and the contrast is evident in these texts (2Thess. 2:9-17. 1John 2:3-24. 1Jn. 4:1-6. 1Tim. 4:1-3. Mt. 13:24-43, 47-50. Rev. 14:9-19. Lk. 8:12. 2Cor. 4:34; Rev. 18:2-4. 1Th. 3:5. 1Cor. 12:1-2. 2Pet. 2:10-22. Jude 1:8-13. Jer. 23:24-32. Isa. 8:16-22.).
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matt. 7:15-20 NKJ)