Biblical Proof that the Rapture is before the Antichrist is revealed.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-9 Amplified Bible

3 Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the [c]apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed],

4 who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above [d]every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things?

6 And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time.

7 For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.

8 Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by the appearance of His coming.

9 The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies],

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Note: the lawless one who is the Antichrist will not be revealed until the restrainer allows him to be revealed. So no one will know who the Antichrist is until the restrainer allows him to be revealed.

Verse 8, Keyword, "Then", has a time sensitive meaning here. The Then's position here means after an event. The verse before, verse 7, the restrainer is taken out of the way, then after that the Antichrist will be revealed.

Who is that restrainer? The Holy Spirit or the Church. Since the Holy Spirit will be with those who are saved during the Tribulation, the Holy Spirit is not removed at the time of the Rapture. So who or what is removed when the Rapture takes place? It's the Holy Spirit's indweling in the believers's of the church that is removed. Therefore the Holy Spirit/Church is the restrainer from the Antichrist being revealed. So the obvious truth is the Holy Spirit/Church is currently restraining the Antichrist from being revealed, the Rapture takes place and the restrainer is removed, then the Antichrist will be revealed. So who or what is the restrainer? It's a combination of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the believers. When the Rapture takes place the believers are gone and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is gone. Note the Holy Spirit is still here, but not the indwelling.

The 7 year Tribulation has now started.

After the Rapture there will be none of us to reveal to unbelivers who the Antichrist really is. So all those unbvelievers will be very receptive to the Antichrist's deceptive ways.

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Rapture takes place before the Antichrist and 7 year tribulation.

(See left side column on the home page for Mary Baxter) Jesus tells Mary Baxter, after the Rapture takes place, following that, the Antichrist will reign, and tribulations such as has never been before.

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And then I was back on the old earth-earth as it was before the final fires that would purge it and purify it for God's glorious purpose. And here too was a new Jerusalem, the capital city of the millennium. And I saw people coming out of caves and from the mountains and making their way toward this city.

Here Jesus was King, and all the nations of the earth brought Him gifts and paid Him homage.

Jesus gave me the interpretation of my vision. He said, "Soon I will return and take back with Me to heaven, first the righteous dead, then after them those that are alive and remain will be caught up to be with Me in the air. Following that, the Antichrist will reign upon the earth for an appointed time, and there will be tribulations such as have never been before, nor will ever be again.

"And then I will return with My saints, and satan will be cast into the bottomless pit, where he will remain for a thousand years. During that thousand years I will reign over the earth from Jerusalem. When the millennium is past, satan will be released for a season, and I will defeat him by the brightness of My coming. The old earth will pass away.

"Behold, there shall be a new earth and a New" Jerusalem coming down upon it-and I will reign forever and ever."

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Note what Jesus told Mary. "Soon I will return and take back with Me to heaven, first the righteous dead, then after them those that are alive and remain will be caught up to be with Me in the air. Following that, the Antichrist will reign"

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those that are alive and remain will be caught up to be with Me in the air, that to me sounds like the Rapture.

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Babies in the womb, babies, toddlers, young children that do not yet understand about right/wrong/sin. They would also dissapear in the Rapture. If they wouldn't dissapear, then in those 7 years of the Antichrist reign they would have no choice and would be forced to receive the Mark of the Beast. So it's logical that all those children/unborn will go in the Rapture.

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Here's a thought. Since we are living in the end times, then it also should be assumed the Antichrist has been born, grown to adult, and is now waitning for his bidding. Is he waiting until the Rapture takes place so he can come to power? Just a thought.

I also read an article that the False Prophet knows that he himself is the False Prophet of the end times. You could also assume the Antichrist knows that he himself is the Antichrist.

Note: If I have mis-interrupted scripture about the He who restrains is taken out of the way, (Verse 7), I challenge anyone to prove with scripture the who or what that restrainer is.

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