is the apostasy spoken of in 2 Thes 2:3?
Rev. Bill Lee-Warner
Paul makes reference to an apostasy preceding the unveiling of the
"man of lawlessness, the son of destruction." (Antichrist)
Five considerations as to what "the apostasy" means:
by definition means "an abandonment of a previous loyalty".
(Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition)
context, Paul is writing to believers. His reference to this development
therefore has some connection to the church.
definite article ("the") is placed before the word apostasy,
making it a specific, identifiable apostasy.
connecting this apostasy with the day of the Lord, it has a connection
with Israel, since many of her prophets (O.T.) speak of this event
in relation to Israel.
apostasy has direct reference (in context) to "the man of
of the above, we may conclude that "the apostasy" refers
to when Antichrist desecrates the temple (cf. Daniel 9:27; 11:31)
-- prefigured in Antiochus Epiphanes in 168 BC in a near/far depiction
-- claims to be God, demands the worship of the world and orders
the mark of the beast to be taken as a test of loyalty to himself.
Those who refuse will die (4th and 5th seal). The apostasy ("abandonment
to a previous loyalty") will come when: (1) a significant number
of people in the church in general choose to follow after Antichrist
and, (2) numbers of Jews choose to put their hope and faith in this
false savior instead of God Almighty.