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The Rapture of the Church will come after the Antichrist calls himself god!
By John Chopores
2 Thess. 2: 1 ¶ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
Is this not, the Rapture of the Church? The “coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” and “our gathering together unto him”. What other time could there be of “our gathering together unto him”? Cf. Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Greek word for "coming" is "parousia", it means
"coming, arrival, advent".
2. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
It happens on the “day of Christ”.
At the time that St. Paul was writing this, the "day of Christ" was still in the future! Cf. " Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
3.¶ Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
can only “fall away” after having been in the faith! This would seem to be weak
Christians, falling away!
4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This one who “exalteth himself” is the Antichrist.
Cf. Da 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. Da 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Re 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
So, it seems to me, that the Rapture of the Church will come after the Antichrist calls himself god!