The Lord’s Breath Will Destroy the Antichrist ~by Emily Wickham
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The lawless one in 2 Thessalonians 3 refers to the coming antichrist. Verse 7 tells us “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work,” which is especially evident these days. It’s like a shade is being pulled down—the world is getting darker each day. But! First Thessalonians 5:5 declares we are “sons of light and sons of day.” The bride of Christ needs to shine brightly in these last days until Jesus returns for us at the rapture.
Second Thessalonians 2:8 explains how the Lord’s breath will destroy the antichrist. It reads, “And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth.” In other words, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns at the end of the tribulation, an event known as Jesus’ second coming, it will only take one breath from His mouth to destroy the antichrist. One breath. Isn’t that incredible? God’s power cannot be matched, and His very breath contains immeasurable strength.
This explanation of how the Lord’s breath will destroy the antichrist reminds me of the beginning of time when the Lord created Adam. Genesis 2:7 describes God’s creation of man in detail, saying, “The LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” I love to picture the Lord scooping dust into His hands and shaping it into a body, then leaning over Adam and breathing life into him. The first man gained life through Christ’s breath.
Interestingly, the Lord’s breath in Genesis 2:7 has been linked to His breath in John 20:22, which reads, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'” At gotquestions.org the writer states, “God leaned over and ‘breathed’ His own ‘breath of life’ into the man’s nostrils; God is the Source of life, and He directly placed life within man. This breath of life is seen again in John 20:22, as Jesus imparts new life to His disciples.” It’s fascinating to consider this possible connection between the Lord’s breath of life into Adam and His breath of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples.
Our God cannot be stopped. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon in power and glory, and His very breath will obliterate the antichrist. Surely the sight of this will take our breath away. Because it’s one thing to read of this future time yet quite another to witness it. And witness it we will, for we’ll be with the Lord on that momentous day. The Apostle John wrote about this spectacular moment in Revelation 19:11-15, which reads,
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.”
The armies who follow Jesus on white horses consist of God’s people. For those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the armies refer to us! But if you’ve never trusted Christ as your Savior—if you’ve never received Him as the One who died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose back to life on the third day—Jesus’ second coming will cause you to shake with fear.
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming to judge the world in righteousness, and Romans 3:10 clarifies “‘THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE.'” Everyone without faith in Christ will receive the just penalty of death for his/her sin. Romans 3:23 communicates, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Please believe in the Lord Jesus today and receive eternal life rather than the penalty of death for your sin. Jesus, who loves you, paid the price so you don’t have to.
In Christ’s Love,
More posts about the return of Christ:
- The Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament by John F. Walvoord
- Featured Links: Yoga, the Return of Christ, Blogging, and More by Emily Wickham