I am adding new information to this subject, as I have taken a fresh look and have discovered some very fascinating information that helps further my understanding of the MOL. 2 Th 2:7 "True, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who is right now acting as a restraint is out of the way." As mentioned in my first post of this thread, it seems quite likely the restrainer in 2Th is Satan himself, but what is interesting is that there are two events in scripture that can be taken as Satan being put out of the way. One in which he is cast out of heaven, and the second when he is abyssed. I had recently made a study of Rev 12 that outlines Satan had been cast out of heaven the moment Jesus returned to heaven at his ascension, and you can read that HERE. So therefore we know that his casting out of heaven can not be the moment he is out of the way in order for the MOL to be revealed, for his ousting was now 2000 years ago, and the day of Jehovah has not come as of yet. Therefore what we are actually looking at here is that second event when Satan is abyssed. Yes, that is correct, the MOL will not be revealed until after Satan is abyssed. Interesting huh? I will explain... I'm going to briefly touch base on events and the timeline of the end, but if you have a question as to why an event is in the order it is, please feel free to ask me to clarify. With that said, I am going to start off with a graph that includes two important events discussed in 2Th 2. Now these two events marked in boxes are specifically mentioned in 2Th 2 in these scriptures below; 2Th 2:1 "However, brothers, concerning the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him." 2Th 2:3 "because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first." 2Th 2:2 "to the effect that the day of Jehovah is here." You will notice in the graph above that the day of Jehovah, and being gathered together of Christs remaining brothers to him both occur on the same day. Now to touch base on the day of Jehovah, scripture is quite clear, it is the very day Jehovah comes to destroy the evil doers, and to save those of his people. So therefore this moment is actually deep in the time of the end, rather then being at the beginning of the end. Then that begs the question, when are we to expect the MOL? When does this man set himself up in Gods temple? Those of us outside looking in have always assumed that man is sitting there now, and we were waiting for him to be revealed, but is this the case, does the chronology tell us this? The answer to that appears to be no... What this all comes down to is when Satan is abyssed, and what it appears is, Satan is abyssed just before Christ Jesus is crowned. Meaning, Satan is thrown out of heaven the moment Jesus begins ruling in the heavens, and then abyssed the moment Jesus begins ruling on earth. Rev 20:1,2 "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years." What's interesting about this is Rev 20 tells us that Satan is abyssed before Christ brothers are resurrected; Rev 20:4 "Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years." Christs brothers are resurrected the moment he is crowned, and this if 40 days before they ascend into the heavens. So what this means is a of couple things, first is that Satan is abyssed at least 75 days before the first day of the new world, and including missing Armageddon itself. Second, this means the MOL that sets himself up as a god in the temple of God, is not the current temple, but the one that is rebuilt in the time of the end, 69 weeks before our Lord is crowned. In fact what we are probably looking at is the disgusting thing that stands in a holy place. It appears that this man may be the connection between the Judas character, the son of destruction, and the KOTN who puts in place the disgusting thing. After all, since he is the lawless one, the man of sin, he would be supporting the 8th king, who sets him up in that place. It's that final moment as seen in Dan 3 when our brothers are given a choice, to worship that one who is set up, or to be killed... This chronology involves the entire Bible, and I know it's extremely complex. As well if I had placed every scriptural reference within it, this post would have gone one for ever. So if you would like me to expound more on a specific subject within, by all means reply and I will explain in more detail.