“The mystery of iniquity doth already work”
Based on my eschatological views, 2 Thessalonians is talking about the antichrist and his brief run at world government. When the antichrist comes he is going to overturn law and commonly held rules. He will attack God’s people and set himself as the authority for all things. It’s a bad time.
His oddball ideas will seem to make sense though. He doesn’t just drop new stuff on people, no, his system is gradually being shaped already, the mystery of iniquity is already at work.
According to Revelation 17 he is going to work right along with the Apostate Church, who will buy into his lies. This means that we can expect to see the mystery of iniquity already at work in the Church at large.
What is this “mystery of iniquity?” Is it just bad guys doing bad stuff in church? Basically, yeah! But let’s define “iniquity” to help us know what to watch for.
“Iniquity” means literally “without law.” When antichrist comes he is going to overturn law, he will call evil good and good evil. He will disregard the notion of law, particularly God’s law.
See any evidence in the church that people are down on God’s Law? Any evidence we’re being taught that the Law was for “other people?” Any evidence that the Law is belittled and unimportant?
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”