MICHAEL—-the mysterious “restrainer” of
II Thessalonians 2
2 Thess 2:7-8
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
- who is this “restrainer” of II Thess. 2:7?
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:
- NT:2722—–”letteth will let” = “he who restrains”katecho (kat-ekh’-o); from NT:2596 and
- NT:2192; to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively):
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
`amad (aw-mad’); a primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive):
KJV – abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be [over], place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, + serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with-) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry.
12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up ["AMAD" cease], the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
- Michael has cast Satan to the Earth
- When Michael “ceases [amad]“, the Great Tribulation begins.
2 Thess 2:5-12
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
6 “And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.”
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work;
“but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
- It is MICHAEL, the guardian angel of Israel, who constrains the dragon/ Satan in the realm of angels till the command is given of God to “AMAD” [stand down----cease] as the Devil is cast into the earth and it is proclaimed—–”woe to the inhabitants of the earth for the Devil is thrown down to be among you”——and the Great Tribulation begins.Rev 12:7-10— 7. And there was war in heaven.
- Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.