The Ripple Effect
Prophecy’s effects can be compared to a stone dropped into the center of a pond. Visualize the concentric circles that form from the epicenter and spread out across the pond. Over time these rings cover the entire pond.
Each ring is an identical harmonic reproduction of the initial ring. So that no matter where you are positioned spatially in the pond, you see the same thing.
You can see prophecy’s fulfillment everywhere. But there is a critical ‘epicenter’ to it. These epicenters are circumstances involving ‘special’ judgements in addition to those common to all mankind.
Following are a few renderings of 2 Thessalonians 2:8 which reveals how the man of lawlessness is brought to an end.
2 Thessalonians 2:8
BBE And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;
EasyEnglish Then people will see the man who completely refuses to obey God. But when the Lord Jesus will come, he will kill that man. Jesus will kill him with the words that Jesus speaks. Jesus will kill him with the very bright, powerful light that shines from Jesus himself.
“Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy with the breath of his mouth, rendering him powerless by the manifestation of his coming.” ISV
“Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;” NHEB
The Easy English Bible gives the fullest interpretation as it points out how the Lord brings this “man of lawlessness” to his end. That is by revelation of the truth.
“Jesus will kill him with the words that Jesus speaks. Jesus will kill him with the very bright, powerful light that shines from Jesus himself.”
“Words” will kill the man of lawlessness. These are words that the Lord will provide.
We certainly shouldn’t have an expectation that we will hear His voice from Heaven speaking out audibly. Or at least not prior to His arrival at His second coming..
He speaks a present through his already written words and by his servants he has assigned to do so at this appointed time.
As now we live near the close of this period of time, and also we know that the “hour of test” must also occur before the end of this period, that the time has to be extremely short.
Before this, the man of lawlessness is to be killed.
Since Christ will judge angels and flesh, and both the living and all who have died, the application of Biblical prophecy has to be more far reaching than the activities of any singular person or group.
The Man Of Lawlessness Becomes Identifiable Over Time By Movement and Traits
Daniel’s prophecy concerning the end times reveals a wicked power who advances over the breadth of the Earth in a horn-like attack. (Daniel 8)
From the time of Alexander ‘the Great’, this ‘king’ , his clans, and his national groups have carried on a relentless assault the rest of humanity in a quest to rule as gods over the entire Earth and its inhabitants. Some today refer to this quest as “manifest destiny”….that they are destined by God to spread their ‘way of life’ which today includes democracy and capitalism across the Earth.
8 “In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. 2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. 4 I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.
5 As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. 6 It came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at it in great rage. 7 I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power. 8 The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down. 12 Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people[a] and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.”
However, the king of the north has never been able to take possession of it all. Alexander ‘the Great’ fell short in India. The British could not maintain their hold over the Far East in the post-colonial era, and Hitler fell short of complete domination of the world as well.
Now at the end, comes the final horned thrust to capture the jewel in the crown that has eluded them for centuries…the Far East.
Verse 44 of Daniel 11 reveals God’s plan will stop the assault of this lawless man.
36 “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
Historical evidence has revealed beyond any doubt who this prophecy was pointing to. No other group comes close.
In the video below, watch the vast flow of US arms exports over 6 decades. It is a stunning time-lapse video demonstrates the massive flow of US weapons exports across the globe over the last 67 years, revealing some surprising recipients.
It also demonstrates clearly that the targeted area being encircled is the yet-to-be conquered Far East.