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Anyway, this is a fairly formidable consensus in favour of APOSTASIA being something hostile to God.
Pthena I follow what you are saying ,but am not sure about the boycott .[rebellion is a better word] . 2 thes.. 2:7 For the hidden power of lawlessness15 is already at work. However, the one who holds him back16 will do so until he is taken out of the way, [ the one who holds him back ,could be also in control of the Christians .]
If the restrainer of the man of sin takes away his restraint ,then the ones being left to deal with the destruction are left .Who is being taken away, the man of sin,or the one that is doing the restraining ??
You said "If the true followers quit providing cover, then, the evil one could be fully exposed."...... But if the restrainer was to be removed with the Christians . No need for a boycott ,or anything here for that matter .
Unfortunately something in the way my browser works prevents me from accessing PDF files. I just can't read them. But thank you anyway, I'm sure it will be valuable to others.
Perhaps the day of the Lord spoken of in the prior verses is not an end-times scenerio but was actually speaking of Gods judgement on the Jewish people when he allowed the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD,the fall of Jerusalem and the nation for their unbelief. The Prophets made reference to the day of the Lord,
ABISHAG THE SHUNAMMITE
Solomon is God, Adonijah attempted to make himself above God by having a wife only allowed to a god.
He forfeited his life by making the request.
Once he was killed, the hindrance was removed so that Joab, the "man of sin", who stood in the tent holding the horns of the altar, could be struck down where he stood.
LK 11:47 "Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, `I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.' 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
2thes starts address from Paul .I am far from being a scholar so I usually take the simple approach . 1:10 when he comes to be glorified among his saints and admired on that day among all who have believed – and you did in fact believe our testimony. [ on that day among all who have believed ] The author is looking forward to a day in the future .