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THE WORD of GOD, AXIOM-1: "IF" there exists any such thing as 'The Word of God'; [and much evidence proves such does exist:]
"THEN" by inherent definition - it must be: Holy, Inspired, Inerrant, Intrepid, Infallible, Infinitive, Invincible, Indestructible, Inexhaustible, Inalienable, Immutable, Implacable, Impossible-to-Improve: Eternal and Indubitable NEVER FAILING and ALL CONQUERING! DEDUCTING
from the simple fact - that God equates His Word with Himself:
"In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, . . ." John 1:1
(and other Scriptures),
'GOD'S WORD' can have no lesser standard than stated above;
"GOD'S WORD MUST" THEREFORE BE: As true in history, archeology, geography, Earth science, medical science, nutrition, gerontology, agriculture, botany, astronomy, physics, chemistry, climatology, government, law, psychology, sociology - and every subject it touches - as in Theology, Divinity and Doctrine:
And "IF IT BE NOT"- true in all subjects mentioned above; and And "IF IT BE NOT" Holy, Inspired, Inerrant, Intrepid, Infallible, Infinitive, Invincible, Indestructible, Inexhaustible, Inalienable, Immutable, Implacable, Impossible-to-Improve: Eternal and Indubitable in EVERY FIELD OF KNOWLEDGE: Whatever else it may be, it cannot be ‘The Incomparable Word’ of the Great Creator God!
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Dispensationalists universally assume that the Holy Spirit is the restraining force in II Thessalonians 2:-6-7, and that his removal before the Man of Lawlessness [NOTE: Lawlessness here is a 'lack of, or rebellion to the Law of Moses - NOT the Law of Rome!]is revealed implies a pretribulation rapture of the church.
The following quotation from the renowned evangelical fundamental Bible scholar, the late J. Barton Payne, sets forth the exegetical ambiguity and logical incongruence of this whole notion:
"Even if its identification of the restraint were to be accepted, the being 'taken out of the way' would require no rapture, but simply a ceasing to restrain.
It could mean no more than that 'the Holy Spirit would gradually recede in his active conviction of the sons of men.' . . . More fundamental, however, are the intrinsic improbabilities of the whole theory.
Context suggests nothing about the Holy Spirit nor why such veiled language would have been used if he were the one really meant?
The Holy Spirit, though he may well do so, is never mentioned in Scripture with the function of restraining lawlessness: and verses like John 16:8, Eph. 6:18 and I John 4:4 cannot be adduced as germane to such activity. . . . Scripture,
Moreover, these Scriptures give no hint of the Holy Spirit's ever being removed from the world. . . . Even dispensationalists admit that the Holy Spirit continues in the world after the rapture, convicting men of sin and judgment, and opening their hearts to the message of salvation;
Two facts are absolute:
>> Jesus said: "No man can come unto Me except the Spirit draw Him, . . . so if the Holy Spirit be not on Earth, then where is the drawing to Christ?
John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
>> Jesus said: When He gave the Holy Spirit to believers on Earth - who were not in the physical Presence of Christ - that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, would be here forever!
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
The majority view for nearly eighteen hundred years of Church history was that the text of II Thessalonians 2:6-7 refers to Rome:
This was the position of John Wesley, whose comment on this passage runs thus:
"only he that restraineth — that is, the potentate who successively has Rome in his power. The emperors, heathen or Christian: the kings, Goths or Lombards: the Carolingian or German emperors"
[SOURCE: John Wesley, Explanatory Notes On the New Testament, p. 535].
That the fall of Rome is an apocalyptic sign of the end-time is well documented in the history of the Christian church, though modern dispensationalists are nearly totally ignorant of this fact.
The following partial quotations from the early Church Scholars, John Chrysostom, and Lactantus, respectively, are only two examples from a large body of ancient Christian teaching that could be cited:
"Only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way, that is, when the Roman empire is taken out of the way, then he shall come."
[SOURCE: Lactantus (A.D. 260-330), Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, 13:389].
"The Roman name, by which the world is now ruled, will be taken away from the earth, and the government return to Asia; and the East shall again bear rule, and the West be reduced to servitude"
[John Chrysostom (A.D. 347-470)Anti-Nicene Fathers, 7:212].
For further detailed information on the meaning of II Thessalonians chapter 2 we refer the reader to our approved Masters Degree thesis entitled Apostle Paul's Primitive Understanding Of the Delay Of The Parousia, (Indiana Wesleyan University, 1982). WHO-Is-Pauls--MAN-OF-SIN-ANSWERED-DEFINITELY
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