St. Paul admonishes his flock not to be easily moved from their senses with terror, “as if the day of the Lord were at hand” (2 Thes. 2).
That day will not come, he informs them, “unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
How are we to know this “man of sin”? He “opposes, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God.”
By no means does the Apostle of the Nations deny the approach of Antichrist. By a “mystery of iniquity,” the way is being prepared for this “wicked one,” whom the “Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth”—but only at the end of time, “with the brightness of his coming.”
In other words, God in his Providence has arranged to rescue the world from sin once and for all, only after allowing mankind to fall subject to “the working of Satan,” who will use “all power, and signs, and lying wonders” to convince us to accept man in the place of God.
Today it is evident that what is falsely called “progress” is, for a growing faction, governed by a diabolical desire to worship man made God, rather than God made man.
As a case in point, consider this blasphemous anti-icon, proudly displayed in our nation’s highest ranking Catholic university, which reimagines our Savior as an overdosed criminal who died physically resisting lawful arrest.
Those who “receive not the love of the truth,” St. Paul continues, will consent to the iniquity of self-idolatry, aiding and abetting the revolt of the wicked one, employing their God-given gifts to build up the anti-Kingdom of lies and perdition.
Only those who “stand fast,” and “hold the traditions which [we] have learned,” will remain capable of receiving what we all desire, but cannot give ourselves: the everlasting love, consolation, and hope bestowed by the Lord on those who remain true to him, and steadfast “in every good work and word.”
In these days of ascendant error, let us learn to distinguish false Christs from the only One in whose name we can be saved.
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