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When will the Antichrist be revealed?

2 Thessalonians 2:1 - Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 Thessalonians 2:8 - And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

When will the Antichrist be revealed? According to our first passage it says that he will be revealed before "our gathering together unto Him." The second passage says that he will be revealed after that "He who now letteth . . . will be taken out of the way." When will he be revealed according the scripture?


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Verse 6 mentions something is witholding his revealing. Could it be maybe that "he who now letteth will let" are those people who are preventing him from being revealed (aka the ones who are preventing "a falling away first")? Once they are "taken out of the way", then the shall that Wicked be revealed.

So here is the timeline:
- The mystery of iniquity is already at work. (New World Order, secret societies, plan for world government)
- There are those keeping it at bay. (by God, because his church is still in the world, and he still wants more people to be saved)
- Once those preventing it from fully maturing are taken out of the way (the rapture),
- the antichrist will be revealed (holding the office of the pope, the head of city, which is the whore riding the beast - Vatican directing the world government)
- and then aftewrards "the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming (2nd coming and the 7th trump)

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