Does 2 Thessalonians 2:7 Reveal the Rapture or the Man Antichrist
In the Greek Scripture the two major words of concern are ‘ginomai’ (KJV transliterated as Taken Out) and the other is ‘mesos’ (KJV transliterated as Way). To this end, the concern arises as to their fundamental usage. The Greek word ‘ginomai’ clearly means ‘to cause to be or to come into existence’. Therefore, by definition the word suggests something is coming into existence which did not previously exist before, which is in contrast to something leaving out or departing existence.
Meanwhile, the Greek word ‘mesos’ is defined as being in the ‘middle – midst’, which by usage does not suggest something that is an ‘obstacle or an obstruction’ but simply something that is in a middle state or condition (see Strong’s word definitions following).
Therefore, with respect to the above, it cannot be denied that an equally acceptable transliteration of 2 Thes. 2:7 with an emphasis on something ‘coming into existence or being’, rather than something ‘leaving out or departing existence’ could very well be as follows:
This transliteration of 2 Thes. 2:7 therefore lends itself creditably to what Apostle Paul had just previously revealed regarding the sudden appearing and coming forth into existence of the man Antichrist within the midst of the Body of Christ.
Thus, it can be easily assumed and defended that the Church as an agent of the power of Yahewh’s Holy Spirit will continue to ‘hinder’ (letteth) the ‘Revealing – taking off of the lid’ of the man Antichrist, until his inevitable predetermined appointed time.
Why do we consider the Church as an agent of the Holy Spirit to be the 'Restrainer'? In 2 Thes. 2:3 Apostle Paul declared that the 'Day of the Lord' (Rapture) would not come unless there was a 'falling away', (Greek word 'apostasia - a departing from the faith'), and that man Antichrist was 'revealed' first.
Thus, the apostasy of end time believers (Church) will set the stage for a free and unrestrained sinfully lawless environment (society) that will trigger the appointed release of the man of Sin - Son of Perdition - the man Antichrist.
Please NOTE: the Greek word 'apostasia' literally means a "departing from a once believed faith", and NOT just simply a 'departure' - which some suggests to support a Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory.
Just as Yeshua Jesus Himself declared regarding that, even He had an ‘appointed time’.
ginomai, Greek 1096, Strong’s
ginomai, ghin'-om-ahee; a prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be (“gen”-erate), i.e. (reflexive) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) :- arise, be assembled, be (-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, × soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.
mesos, Greek 3319, Strong’s
mesos, mes'-os; from Greek 3326 (meta); middle (as adjective or [neuter] noun) :- among, × before them, between, + forth, mid [-day, -night], midst, way.