2 Thessalonians 2:9
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New International Version
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,

New Living Translation
This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.

English Standard Version
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

New American Standard Bible
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

King James Bible
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,

International Standard Version
The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous signs, lying wonders,

NET Bible
The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan's working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the coming of that one is in the activity of Satan in all power, signs and false wonders,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous and wonderful signs. But they will be lies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that wicked one, who shall come by the working of Satan with great power and signs and lying miracles,

King James 2000 Bible
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

American King James Version
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

American Standard Version
even he , whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,

Darby Bible Translation
whose coming is according to the working of Satan in all power and signs and wonders of falsehood,

English Revised Version
even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Webster's Bible Translation
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders,

Weymouth New Testament
The appearing of the Lawless one will be attended by various miracles and tokens and delusive marvels--for so Satan works--

World English Bible
even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Young's Literal Translation
him, whose presence is according to the working of the Adversary, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:5-12 Something hindered or withheld the man of sin. It is supposed to be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not mention more plainly at that time. Corruption of doctrine and worship came in by degrees, and the usurping of power was gradual; thus the mystery of iniquity prevailed. Superstition and idolatry were advanced by pretended devotion, and bigotry and persecution were promoted by pretended zeal for God and his glory. This mystery of iniquity was even then begun; while the apostles were yet living, persons pretended zeal for Christ, but really opposed him. The fall or ruin of the antichristian state is declared. The pure word of God, with the Spirit of God, will discover this mystery of iniquity, and in due time it shall be destroyed by the brightness of Christ's coming. Signs and wonders, visions and miracles, are pretended; but they are false signs to support false doctrines; and lying wonders, or only pretended miracles, to cheat the people; and the diabolical deceits with which the antichristian state has been supported, are notorious. The persons are described, who are his willing subjects. Their sin is this; They did not love the truth, and therefore did not believe it; and they were pleased with false notions. God leaves them to themselves, then sin will follow of course, and spiritual judgments here, and eternal punishments hereafter. These prophecies have, in a great measure, come to pass, and confirm the truth of the Scriptures. This passage exactly agrees with the system of popery, as it prevails in the Romish church, and under the Romish popes. But though the son of perdition has been revealed, though he has opposed and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; and has spoken and acted as if he were a god upon earth, and has proclaimed his insolent pride, and supported his delusions, by lying miracles and all kinds of frauds; still the Lord has not yet fully destroyed him with the brightness of his coming; that and other prophecies remain to be fulfilled before the end shall come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The apostle resumes his description of the man of sin. Even him; not in the original, but necessary for the sense. Whose coming. The use of the same term, parousia, employed to denote the coming of Christ exhibits the counterpart of the man of sin. Is after the working - according to the energy - of Satan. Satan is the agent who works in the man of sin; he being the organ or instrument of Satan. With all power and signs and lying wonders. The adjective "lying" ought to be rendered as a substantive, and applied to all three: "With all powers and signs and wonders of falsehood;" whose origin, nature, and purpose is falsehood. Here, also, the counterpart to Christ is manifest; for the same terms - "powers," "signs," and "wonders," are employed to denote his miracles (Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:4). The miracles of Christ were miracles of truth; the miracles of the man of sin would be miracles of falsehood. There does not seem to be any essential difference between powers, signs, and wonders; but the words are employed as a mere rhetorical enumeration. It is not to be supposed that the man of sin will be enabled to perform real miracles; they are the wonders of falsehood; but still by them his followers will be deceived (comp. Matthew 24:24).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. whose coming—The same Greek as was used for the Lord's coming (2Th 2:8) or personal "presence."

is—in its essential character.

after—according to the working ("energy") of Satan, as opposed to the energy or working of the Holy Spirit in the Church (see on [2456]Eph 1:19). As Christ is related to God, so is Antichrist to Satan, his visible embodiment and manifestation: Satan works through him. Re 13:2, "The dragon gave him (the beast) his power … seat … great authority."

lying wonders—literally, "wonders" or "prodigies of falsehood." His "power, signs, and wonders," all have falsehood for their base, essence, and aim (Joh 8:44), [Alford]. In Mt 24:24 Jesus implies that the miracles shall be real, though demoniac, such mysterious effects of the powers of darkness as we read of in the case of the Egyptian sorcerers, not such as Jesus performed in their character, power, or aim; for they are against the revealed Word, and therefore not to be accepted as evidences of truth; nay, on the authority of that sure Word of prophecy (here, and Mt 24:24), to be known and rejected as wrought in support of falsehood (De 13:1-3, 5; Ga 1:8, 9; Re 13:11-15; 19:20). The same three Greek words occur for miracles of Jesus (Ac 2:22; Heb 2:4); showing that as the Egyptian magicians imitated Moses (2Ti 3:1-8), so Antichrist will try to imitate Christ's works as a "sign," or proof of divinity.

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Man of Sin
8Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:1
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder,

2 Chronicles 18:20
Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.' "'By what means?' the LORD asked.

Isaiah 29:10
The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).

Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Matthew 12:22
Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Matthew 24:24
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

John 4:48
"Unless you people see signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

James 3:15
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Revelation 13:14
Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Treasury of Scripture

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

is.

John 8:41,44 You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not …

Acts 8:9-11 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the …

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

2 Corinthians 11:3,14 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless …

Revelation 12:9,17 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:1-5 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and …

and signs.

Exodus 7:22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's …

Exodus 8:7,18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up …

Deuteronomy 13:1,2 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives …

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs …

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

Revelation 13:11-15 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

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