And now you know what is restraining, that he (the Anti-Christ) may be revealed in his own time. 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. And then the lawless one (the Anti-Christ) will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 NKJV)
The Apostle Paul gives a key sign to the second coming of Christ to the earth. First, the departure of the church, second the coming of the anti-Christ. There is something that is restraining the anti-Christ from appearing on the world stage. Paul speaks of what is restraining and He who restrains. Who is He referring to? He is speaking of both the church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church.
Remember, that the Holy Spirit within and upon the church is a restraining force against the spirit of anti-christ which is now operating in the world. God has given us complete authority over the devil’s kingdom. The anointing which we have received enables us to overcome our flesh, the world and demon forces that try to hinder us. The Holy Spirit in us, the Restrainer, is greater than the spirit of anti-christ!
Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:3, 4 NKJV)
As you see the spirit of anti-christ increasing in the world today through anti-semitism and Christian persecution, especially in Islamic nations, know that the coming of the Lord is drawing near. Do everything you can to fulfill Your calling and finish strong! He’s coming soon!