The Man of Sin

This is a subject that should have never reached the popularity that it has in regards to how it is explained by the so called scholars and preachers who teach on this subject. So many of these people have taught for years that the Man of Sin is the Antichrist, a worldly person who will rise up and rule all the world because of his clout and ability to bring peace and save the world economy. This is simply not so. The man of sin is no more than Satan himself, while the antichrist is a spirit that helps him deceive about Jesus, two completely different entities.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. II Th 2:3-4

What's happened is this: people who do not understand how and why the bible is written the way it is, do not understand some of the terms it takes to learn who this Man of Sin is, and therefore cannot teach it correctly. Instead, what they have done is listen to the literal meaning behind a word or two and placed it out into the public as their "god fearing" interpretation and expect others to take it as fact.

So bare with me as I explain about the Man of Sin, because like many other bible subjects, this is no different and so much has been said that isn't scriptural at all. The starting scripture that many use to descibe the Man of Sin is found in the book of Daniel.

And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. Dan 8:23

This "king" is what many people are teaching these days as the "antichrist." They say it will be a person of the world or a world leader or dictator. They say this person will be influenced by Satan, with some saying it will be an inhabited body where Satan will dwell. Of course, they also claim this person will have the features that Daniel described about this king.

His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Dan 8:24

Christian Religious leaders and so called bible scholars, present this Man of Sin as a person who has taken on the power of Satan and seeks to destroy anyone who claims Jesus as a savior. They get this by what Daniel said, "He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people." The holy people being those who believe in Jesus because the bible does not consider any other faith or timed event in this prophecy.

While what Daniel said is true , the unfortunate thing that's been going on now for almost two thousand years is that people have failed to recognize it as a current event. The ruler, or Man of Sin came into power a long time ago just as Jesus was about to leave earth.

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. John 14:30

Since Satan's people were behind the killing of Jesus, it's easy to see how they don't want to admit the words of Jesus have any truth. By admiting the posiblity of spirit ruling the world would be to admit that Jesus was correct. Far be it for them to admit that so they deny any world ruler exists and started a long trend of mis-identification. As Jesus said:

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. John 8:44

Part of the prophecy about the Man of Sin is that he will remain hidden until just before Jesus returns. Since prophecy comes from God, it was also God's will not to allow people to know or learn about the Man of Sin until the right time. However, as noted by the apostle Paul, some people did know who Satan was back then or else Paul could not have written about him.

Since then, the knowledge about the Man of Sin has diminished until modern times when he will be revealed. But keep in mind, "knowledge" is what will reveal the Man of Sin as people learn more and more about him. At that time, people should be able to determine the fake God and realize that its only Satan acting like he is God, and so this is the way he becomes revealed.

God has also granted Satan power to do many things along the way, and especially at the end revealing, so that he can deceive people and play out the role of God until Jesus returns.

He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Rev 13:15

You might say it like this, people have a choice as to what they believe and will do for their belief. Those who seek real truth will often spend more time trying to find it, while others will believe the first thing they hear or see without question. Satan has been granted a lot of power to influence people or harass them until they finally give into his way of thinking, especially in religious events. Where else would a person seek God or knowledge about him? Therefore, it is important to understand Satan's power verse's God's truth.

POWER is something that is granted to any person, angel, or demon, and even Satan, that God wishes to do something for him. Only God can grant power and have ultimate control over it. Satan cannot grant power unless it has been granted for him to do so. Even Jesus was subject to God granting him the power and abilities he had.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. John 5:19-20

For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, John 5:26

God gave Jesus the power to do many things and to have life in himself the same way that God has life in himself. But Jesus still falls short of being God or even replacing him, because without God he had absolutely no power to do anything. We know this because he just told us when he was here. On the otherhand, Satan will not admit this because he wants to maintain that he is God and no one has any power over him, quite the opposite of what Jesus did. God granted Jesus the power to do many things like heal the sick and raise the dead. Power is only granted to someone by God.

That is where Satan gets his power, it's up to us to make sure we don't follow him because of it. Now, can you see where the "king" Daniel talks about gets his power from? Listen to the scripture again.

His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power. Dan 8:24

From there we can read in the book of Revelation and see that Satan will turn his power over to the beast with seven heads.

The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. Rev 13:2

That is why so many say it will be a world leader that will become the Man of Sin. But the beast with seven heads is not the end result of Satan's power, it's just the beginning. It's fait started back before Jesus was here.

And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Mat 24:2

That of course is the temple Jesus was talking about that was destroyed and looted in 70 AD when Titus invaded the city, which consequently also destroyed the nation of Israel. For years afterwards Israel was just a name on some scrolls and eventually ended up in the bible for people to read about. Now it has become a nation again in 1948 and so the beast that received a deadly wound, and did live, is now alive once again through the nation of Israel.

Here you might ask how I can say such an absurb thing, Satan over Israel? But I can because I understand the bible and what's said to happen. Disregard religious views and past religions because bible prophecy is not religious, it's suppose to be fact. The bible however, explains what God and the prophets of old have been saying for years, where you'll find most people don't understand that he nation of Israel was handed over to Satan years before Jesus came to earth.

Therefore I will yet bring charges against you," says the Lord, "And against your children's children I will bring charges. Jer 2:9

Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; Jer 3:8

You have to understand Daniels prophecy statement in order to see why Jesus came.

Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince . . . Dan 9:25

Jesus came to restore, he did not come to create a new beginning. He came to restore the earthly kingdom of God because it had already been over taken by Satan. Jerusalem was no longer a place that worshipped God, but rather a place where they unknowingly worshipped Satan instead. Jesus told us this when he was here and it was exactly as Daniel said it would be.

And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Dan 9:26

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. John 8:44

Jesus came to restore what was destroyed, the nation of Israel, the city of Jerusalem, and faith in God. The city of course, will not be restored until sometime after Jesus returns, after the millennium and after the Day of Judgment. In the meantime we are faced with his intentions of restoring the kingdom of God here on earth, which does not dwell in any church or city or home, but rather dwells within our own hearts and minds.

The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21

Since Jesus pointed out the kingdom of God is not visible, it makes it much easier for Satan to present a false impersonation of Jesus. Because Satan is a spirit like God, it means his spirit can influence people much like God did when he talked to people, especially if a person is not aware of this.

Jesus is called many things, son of Man, Messiah, son of God, Emmanual, Christ, and lamb of God to name a few. Another name he was called before he came to earth was "prince of princes" and is the only one who has come from heaven and given the power to restore the kingdom of God.

He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

It's also imortant to note that he returned to heaven to be with God and is no longer here.

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. John 3:13

When he left he said the Holy Spirit would come and teach us things. The Holy Spirit is as invisible as Satan is, which now makes it hard to tell the difference between them. With the ruler of this world now condemned to earth and unable to return to heaven, it's no doubt Satan will do everything he can to convince people that he is God.

Now that you understand that, it's time to understand the Man of Sin. While we believe Jesus came from heaven, we must also note that he is not the only one who has come down from heaven to earth. Satan also came down from heaven to earth. The difference between them is that Jesus returned to be with God and Satan is still here and will never be allowed to return to heaven.

So the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. Gen 3:14

They all shall speak and say to you: .... How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! Is 14:10 & 12

And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." Luke 10:18

The serpent who deceived Eve is Satan.

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev 12:9

Many people have fallen victim to those who teach that Satan has yet to fall from heaven because his fall is determined at some point in the future, where then he will come to earth and then deceive people. This is bad teaching and misguides people about Satan (the Man of Sin) and prevents them from making any connection that he is here rightnow workign hard to deceive the masses and has been for at least 2000 years now.

The book of Revelation is written about past, present, and future things. What John saw he wrote about, and if you don't tie certain events together you may never learn when things happened. Satan was cast to earth before Jesus came to earth like he said and is here to rule over earth, it's that simple.

Now that you understand that, let's look at the "king" Daniel told us about because this is where most scholars are saying a person will be the king. Daniel said this king would go up aginst the "Prince of Princes." But he also said the people of the "prince" who is to come would destroy the city and the holy people. This could get confusing when you see the term "prince" refer to both good and evil, Jesus and Satan. But not so confusing if you take a long look at who Satan might also be.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. Job 1:6

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:12

In order to be "among them" you have to be a part of them, in order to be called a "prince" you have to be at the level of a prince. An angel is not at the level of a prince, nor is it among the son's of God. Only a son of God can be both. Satan is one of the many sons that God has and therefore he is none other than a brother of Jesus. He is one of God's "other" sons who went astray in the early days of this earth.

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. Gen 6:1-2

With the women being mortal and the sons of God being imortal, naturally the wives died off leaving the sons to continue.

Scholars and preachers don't want to believe God has more than one son. Many of them today, along with some re-written bibles, claim Jesus as the "only" son of God. But that isn't what he is, he is the only "begotten" son of God, the only one who has a human body.

This why Jesus called Satan "the son of perdition." Son is a reference to that which comes from God. Satan is one of God's own children who is now destined to perdition. This in a sense is very unfortunate. Sinse Satan is from heaven like Jesus, and sense he is also a son of God, he can claim deity and the title of Son of God and not lie about any of it. Since many people have the skill to pick a liar out of a crowd so to speak, it makes it harder to pick Satan out of sermon about Jesus because his spirit would not be lying. He came from heaven, and he is a son of God.

This is why the Trinity is very important to understand.

Jesus was sent down to be born from a woman. This in turn has given him a physical body for all of us to see. When he was taken up into the clouds he was taken up in the same physical body he had when he was here, scared hands, feet, and lash marks. When he returns he will have this same body which is his glorified body of which he overcame death and Satan.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11

Satan doesn't have a body because he is a spirit like Jesus was before he came to earth. He did fight for one at one time which is another reason some people believe the Man of Sin will posess a human body.

Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Jude 1:9

Satan apparently wanted the body of Moses for some reason and was denied. Since God is also a spirit and any son of God would have the same making, and Since Satan is not a flesh and bone person, he cannot produce a physical body to apear in when he rises to power, but he can appear as an "angel of light" shoudl he desire to do so.

By doing away with the physical Jesus through a false Trinity and proclaiming that Jesus is both son and father, all Satan has to do is step in as a powerful "spirit" and the world will believe him and follow him. That is of course, those who's names are NOT written in the book of life.

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev 13:8

Keep in mind, the scriptures are here to give us some information, where part of that information is claiming about half of the population on earth follows Satan and hsi teachings. Believers on the other hand, will readily state that Jesus is not God, but God's son. The rest you can see is done by the works of Satan. Which brings us to the term "man."

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. Mat 18:11

Jesus refered to himself as the "Son of Man" many times and it can be found in the four gospels at least 80 times. This means the term "Man" has a double meaning. It also means "God." When Jesus said the son of man he also meant the son of God. This is really important when you seek to learn who the "man of sin" is.

Since Satan came from heaven, and since he is also a son, the term man is used to also describe him, the Son of perdition, man of sin.

Another issue about Satan is whether or not he is an angel. He is not, but he can transform himself into the appearence of being an angel, or commonly as being an angel of light.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. II Cor 2:13-14

This transformation is merely just that, a transformation to appear as something that they are not. Keep in mind that Satan wants his identity kept hidden. So likewise, Paul said Satan's identity would not be known until just before Jesus returns. What Paul is also doing here is showing us how deceivers portray to be leaders of christian's when in fact they are not. John said simular things about the spirit of antichrist being in many people who were once among the apostles and left because they were not true believers.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. I John 2:18-19

Transforming into an angel of light does not make Satan an angel, it merely shows how hidden and influential he can be. Imagine an angel appearing in front of you and believing it is from God, but not knowing there could be a difference. Don't confuse what John said in the book of Revelation about Satan falling and make it look like he is an angel.

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev 12:9

As a son of God, Satan had angels at his command just like Jesus has legions of angels at his command.

Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? Mat 26:53

Satan and all of his angels were cast to earth and seek to destroy each one of us who are true believers. These angels are commonly called demons and believed to posess people like they did with Legion. They were here when Jesus was here and are still here today. Unless of course, they have been cast into the abyss. So whether Satan can transform himself into an angel is meaningless to show that he is an angel. It only shows he can do it, not that he is one.

One of the biggest clues of learning who the man of sin is comes from the apostle Paul, where he says the Man of Sin and son of perdition are the same thing.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. II Th 2:3-4

As I mentioned earlier, Jesus spoke of the son of perdition when he was here and praying to God. That means the son of perdition was already here on earth 2000 years ago, so there's no way it could be something that is coming in the future. The only thing happening in the future is the revealing of him.

This bring us to the term a king that shall rise. Since We know that Jesus is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, it means all kings includng spiritual ones like Satan. Likewise, in order for him to be over all kings and all lords, there has to be kings of a lower status.

If you look at the term King as found in the book of Revelation you will also see that a king can be an angel, which by the way, no one can see angels unless they want you too.

And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. Rev 9:11

Contrary to popular thought, the term King used by Daniel does not mean a physical king, it means a spiritual king, one that we cannot see. The "king" that shall rise has already risen because it is Satan. He is the ruler of the world that Jesus was talking about and he is the king Daniel was talking about. He was here when Jesus was here and has been working to find those who will follow him. This is because the reign of Satan is not only for this place in time, but he will also rise up again after the millennium. Which means the world will have to endure him for thousands of years before it all ends.

He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. Rev 20:2-3

Now let's examine the word "man" a little closer. The term man means God, or Godlike when used this way. The Man of Sin becomes the God of sin. The mark of the beast is the mark of a "man," or the mark of a God or Godlike being. That being will set the abomination of desolation in the Holy Place about the same time Jesus is going to return. The Mark of the Beast will follow after Jesus has returned to earth and not before like so many have been teaching.

Satan will be locked up when jesus returns and then released again after the millennium. Another important fact scholars leave out of their sermons. The millennium will be the only time on earth without the presence of Satan, where after it is over Satan will be released to go out into the world to gather his people to bring on a massive war. That war is the great war Ezekiel talks about in chapter 38 and 39 and doesn't take place until after the millennium. You can see this pointed out to us in the book of Revelation.

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. Rev 20:7-8

This will be the physcal war between Satan and his people and God. These people are among those that Satan has established as his during this life time who will be resurrected after the millennium.

I hope this explains who and what the Man of Sin is. There is no world leader, no person who will rise up, it is Satan and only Satan and he will make himself known through the abomination of desolation. He was once a son of God with many powers who tried to take over God himself. Only now he was cast down to earth and is left with only the limited powers God has given him to deceive non other than ... us.