2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 (NKJV): And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only HE WHO now restrains will do so until HE is taken out of the way.
I am writing about the RESTRAINER WHO is holding back the lawlessness and the wrath of GOD and the onset of the Antichrist after the rapture. WHO is the RESTRAINER? Well it has to be the HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HOLD BACK LAWLESSNESS BECAUSE HE IS GOD. And in this instance, the HOLY SPIRIT is operating in the TRUE CHURCH WHO HE INFILLS! also known as the “living temple of GOD.”
HE has filled the LAMPS OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST and the combination is a POWERFUL FORCE ON EARTH–SO POWERFUL that lawlessness is restrained! How do we know this? Well you have to go all the way back to the Old Testament to the story in Genesis about Abraham and Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham is pleading with GOD to not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and negotiates by suggesting that there are too many righteous in the city to destroy them. But GOD cannot help Abraham because not even ten righteous could be found:
Genesis 18:32 (NKJV): 32 Then he said, “Let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And HE said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.”
Now researchers and historians say that the total population for these cities destroyed based on ancient records could have been in the neighborhood of 30- to 40,000-people. Okay that’s a lot of evil people–but still the point here is that ten RIGHTEOUS people could have kept that many people from being destroyed. And this is what is happening again!
The True Church also known as the bride of CHRIST or the five virgins with FULL oil lamps are keeping the entire earth from currently experiencing FULL-ON Wrath (post rapture) of GOD and the Antichrist in check. The bride of CHRIST is in the earth and the HOLY SPIRIT is operating IN and THROUGH her in these last days before the coming rapture when she will be removed.
So when the RESTRAINER WHO is within the bride of CHRIST is taken out of the way will the HOLY SPIRIT be gone from the earth? NO WAY: the HOLY SPIRIT WHO is GOD is OMNIPRESENT and is still in the earth. See :
Psalm 139:7-10: Where can I go from YOUR SPIRIT? Or where can I flee from YOUR PRESENCE? If I ascend into Heaven, YOU are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, YOU are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…
So the HOLY SPIRIT WHO is holding back the lawlessness WITHIN, THROUGH, and FOR the bride of CHRIST is clearly still in the earth, but we can see that the difference is the True Church is REMOVED FOR SAFEKEEPING from the lawlessness to come over the earth and at that point the introduction of the Antichrist who takes his place to torment those who are left is clearly after the bride is removed in the rapture… and now not later is the time to get ready…because missing the greatest rescue mission of all time could leave you in danger of “sudden destruction.”