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Isn’t Judas Iscariot the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2?

Who is the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thess. 2? And is there a mystery about Judas’ suicide which links to the meaning of the ‘son of perdition’?

There’s a very, very simple way of knowing that Judas was ‘not’ the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thess.2:3. As all Scripture truly is very simple to understand, we must use common sense first, shutting off any ‘outside’ influences which might bring in corruption.

1. Paul taught about the ‘son of perdition’ and the events of his coming in 2 Thess.2 WHEN? Was it before Judas’ betrayal and death of Christ, or afterwards?

     And what Paul was teaching there in 2 Thess.2 about the ‘son of perdition’; was Judas himself alive or dead at that time of Paul’s Message?

ANSWER: Clearly Judas Iscariot, though he was called ‘the son of perdition’ in John 17:12, was already dead when Paul preached the Message of 2 Thess.2 and the ‘son of perdition’. And this whether Judas died by his own hand as written, or ‘with a little help of his friends’ the Pharisees, whom he threw the blood money back at.

2. Paul was speaking of ‘future prophecy’ in 2 Thess.2:3 with the ‘son of perdition’, as it is tied with Christ’s second coming.

     The Apostle Judas who betrayed Christ, was already dead by then. So how could Paul be declaring prophecy in the future, if Judas only, was the ‘son of perdition’? Clearly then, Paul had to be speaking of someone else besides Judas.
(Bear with me; I’m going to show a little ‘anger’, not at you, but at the false teachers who intentionally or unintentionally mislead in this matter. I get a little tired of so-called teachers of God’s Word jumping around in Scripture like a bunch of kids on a trampoline, never following the flow of God’s Word through the Chapter. How they love to take ‘one verse’ from God’s Word and have a ‘party’ with It!)

3. The ‘VERY NEXT VERSE’ OF 2 THESS.2:4 ‘MUST’ be included with Paul’s verse on the ‘son of perdition’.

     Notice that a semi-colon (“;”) is at the end of verse 2 Thess.2:3 just after the word “perdition”? That means the subject of the ‘son of perdition’ continues into the NEXT verse also. What does that ‘next’ verse 4 say?

II Th 2:3-4
3   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4   Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (KJV)

     Did Judas, the Apostle who betrayed Christ Jesus accomplish the events here in verse 4? Did Judas ‘ever’ “exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”? Did Judas ‘ever’ do ‘any’ of that before he committed suicide? What does your ‘common sense’ say to you?
This Message of one who exalts himself above God, sitting in God’s Temple in Jerusalem, SHOWING himself that he is God, is only about Satan. We were first given this idea of Satan wanting to play God in Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28 through 31. Paul is just reminding us of that event prophesied first in the Old Testament. (see my Isaiah Chapter 14 studies. I cover it in-depth there). And Ezekiel 28 reveals that Satan has already been judged to go into the ‘lake of fire’ (also see Rev.20). That is why he is specifically called the ‘son of perdition’, because he only, has been judged and sentenced to perish.
Even the fallen angels have not been ‘judged’ yet (their’s happens when Christ returns per Rev.11:13).

Jude 1:6
6   And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
(This event of their judgment happens in Rev.11:13.)

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