Pre-Tribulation Rapture Signpost:
by Jonathan Brentner
The false report informing the Thessalonians that the day of the Lord had already begun, put the new believers there in a state of severe panic. In response, Paul assured them this was not the case, and then provided evidence to back up his assertion.
This brings us to the next word on our signposts: “Restrainer.” Why is this word so significant? A key event at the start of the tribulation, the revealing of the antichrist, cannot happen until God removes this “Restrainer”, who is currently holding back his unveiling to the world.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Paul writes, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” The apostle later identifies the “restrainer” as the one preventing the revealing of this “man of lawlessness,” the antichrist (2:7-8).
The Identity of the “restrainer” is the key to understanding the events of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that tell us the day of the Lord has not yet begun, starting with the departure.