2 Thessalonians 2.7
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LNW Note: As you read this LNW commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2.7, keep in mind the news headlines posted at latenightwatch, how the church is moving toward Rome and a compromised gospel; how global governments are unraveling and lacking leadership. Deceit is starting to abound and be portrayed openly without restraint. Also read Albert Barnes commentary on 2 Peter 2.1(KJV) 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. See also Deuteronomy 13.5 concerning Moses’ prophecy surrounding false prophets, but more specifically this man of sin and his deceivableness of unrighteousness.
KJV: 2Th 2:7 ForG1063 theG3588 mysteryG3466 of iniquityG458 doth alreadyG2235 work:G1754 onlyG3440 he who now lettethG2722 G737 will let, untilG2193 he be takenG1096 out ofG1537 the way.G3319
APB+: 2Th 2:7 For theG3588 G1063 mysteryG3466 [2alreadyG2235 3operatesG1754 G3588 1of lawlessness],G458 onlyG3440 there is the oneG3588 constrainingG2722 just nowG737 untilG2193 [2out ofG1537 3 the midstG3319 1he should be].G1096
LITV: 2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness already is working, only he is holding back now, until it comes out of the midst.
Strong’s G1537: ἐκ, ἐξ – ek ex – (ek, ex)
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote): – after, among, X are, at betwixt (-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for (-th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, . . . ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with (-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion.
Thayer Definition: 1) out of, from, by, away from
Part of Speech: preposition
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative
Strong’s G3319: μέσος – mesos (mes’-os)
From G3326; middle (as adjective or [neuter] noun): – among, X before them, between, + forth, mid [-day, -night], midst, way.
Thayer Definition: 1) middle, 2) the midst, 3) in the midst of, amongst
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3326
Strong’s G1096: γίνομαι – ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee)
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be (“gen” -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.): – arise be assembled, be (come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, be done, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.
1) to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being
2) to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen
2a) of events
3) to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage
3a) of men appearing in public
4) to be made, finished
4a) of miracles, to be performed, wrought
5) to become, be made
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb
Citing in TDNT: 1:681, 117
I was reading in 2 Thessalonians 2.7 again and I was troubled by the KJV translation of key words in this verse and the understanding coming out of the pulpits today. Many pastors are saying that it is the Holy Spirit that is restraining (true) and that it is also the Holy Spirit that is to be taken out of the way. It is this last part that my heart and mind had trouble with. For if the Holy Spirit is removed, no one will be saved in these End Times, for it is the Holy Spirit that opens our eyes to see Jesus as the Savior.
The early commentators, such as Matthew Henry & Albert Barnes, saw this restraining force as the Roman Empire keeping the Roman Catholic church from breaking forth and the Pope coming in to rule the world. The Catholic church may indeed have a role in the End Times, but I do not believe the Pope is the Antichrist, nor do I believe the word of God leans this way either.
I took a closer look at 2 Thessalonians 2.7 (hence the inserts from Strong’s and Thayer’s definitions at the beginning of this post) and what I discovered was quite interesting, especially in light of Revelation 13.1: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Now there is some disagreement as to whether the pronoun should be “I” (meaning John) or “he” meaning Satan – that aside as it is not what caught my mind’s eye. What I noticed was “and saw a beast rise up out of the sea”. So we have something rising out of the midst of the nations; the word “sea” carries the Biblical use of referring to the nations collectively, whereas “earth” (Rev 13:11) refers to the people.
It is this “rising up out of” that is key, for it addresses Strong’s G1537, G3319, and G1096 and Thayer’s definitions more closely than the KJV translation delivers. I have included the Literal Version translation above as it most closely reflects the Greek wording of the passage.
The preceding are my own thoughts upon review of the passage and looking at the definitions as provided by Strong and Thayer. Always let the Holy Spirit be your guide in understanding the scriptures (for He is the Author and will lead us in to all truth) and trust no man to do it for you –
Be Berean (Acts 17.11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.