2 Thessalonians 2It would seem from this expression that Paul had been supposed to teach that the final coming of Christ was then very near. Perhaps his remarks on the subject in 1 Thess. 4:15-17, are referred to.
A failing away; an apostasy.—Be revealed; openly appear.
What withholdeth, &c.; that is, what cause prevents the development of the apostasy now.
Letteth; restrains and hinders.
That Wicked; the influence designated above as "the man of sin."
Send them strong delusion; open before them the way of delusion and sin,—since they desired and sought it. There has been a great deal of discussion, and a great variety of opinions, in regard to the person or power intended by is prediction. (v. 3-12.) Some commentators understand it to refer to pagan persecutions that were to occur in those days, and to precede the destruction of Jerusalem, which they suppose to have been intended by the coming of Christ. (v. 2.) Protestant commentators have very extensively applied the description to the Roman hierarchy, to the usurpations and abuses of which the particulars of the description in many respects correspond. Others have considered it as referring to a malignant influence against the cause of God, yet to be developed.
The traditions; the instructions.
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