2 Thessalonians 2:9

9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

2 Thessalonians 2:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
ESV
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
NLT
9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.
MSG
9 The Anarchist's coming is all Satan's work. All his power and signs and miracles are fake,
CSB
9 The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Meaning and Commentary

2 Thessalonians 2:9

Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan
That is, as a deceiver, a liar, and a murderer; for such was the working of Satan with our first parents; he seduced Eve, not only by subtlety, but by lying; he abode not in the truth, is the father of lies, and a murderer from the beginning: and such is the working of antichrist his firstborn; he comes in a deceitful way, under a profession of Christ, and a pretension of faith in him, and love to him; but speaks lies in hypocrisy, for such are his doctrines and tenets; and is not only a murderer of the bodies of the saints, but of the souls of men; which are the wares the whore of Babylon deals in:

with all power;
not omnipotence, for that is peculiar to God, and is not in Satan nor in antichrist, though the latter assumes to himself all power in heaven and in earth, and claims a jurisdiction both temporal and spiritual over men; but rather this means great power, or all kind of power of doing miracles, as follows:

and signs, and lying wonders;
that is, such signs and miracles as are not real, but reigned, only in appearance, not in truth, like those that were done by the magicians of Egypt; and these were done to countenance lies, and to induce persons to believe them; and how many miracles and lying wonders the church of Rome pretends to, everybody knows.

2 Thessalonians 2:9 In-Context

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 how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,
10 and all the ways that wickedness 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

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Matthew 4:10
  • 2. Matthew 24:24; Revelation 13:13; S John 4:48