Hi Doves,Many are of the assumption that the Antichrist will be revealed after the Rapture. This is a major flaw in understanding what the Word says.The Word tells us that the Antichrist will be revealed after the falling away occurs.The falling away which has been going on for hundreds of years came to it's fullness with the revealing of Obama as the Antichrist."And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time." [2Thess.2:6]Obama's "own time" arrived when he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on the 20th of January 2009.The irony is that it was the fallen away Christians of America that voted him into Office.It would have been impossible for Obama to have won the election without their votes.Obama is the vessel the Lord is going to use to chastise the fallen away Christians in America.The chastisement has already begun!For instance, Evangelical Christian Leaders were denied invitations to attend the 9/11 Memorial Service.Interestingly, Nuns, Buddhists and Moslem Imams all received invites.The earthquake that damaged the Washington National Cathedral and the subsequent crane accident wasn't a sign of imminent judgement on Obama, as some have suggested!Far from it!It was a sign of the chastisement coming upon the millions of fallen away Christians in America and around the World."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 on will be revealed..." [2 Thess.2:7,8]Here is that word again "lawlessness"A word many Christians are uncomfortable with because it implies we are responsible for our actions.Lawlessness simply means living day by day contrary to the laws of God as revealed in the Word.Many Christians are of the belief that they can practise lawlessness and still have a living faith in Christ.Obama, the very embodiment of lawlessness, believes this.So do many Christian leaders and their followers!So should it really be a surprise to us that the Lord has chosen to raise up one of their own kind to chastise them, for a period of 42 months?"Many will say to Me in that Day [that is, the Day of the Resurrection and Translation of the saints], Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?"And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart [fall away] from Me you who practise lawlessness!.' [Matt.7:22,23]Lawlessness is unclean, it makes a person filthy and unfit to be raised up into heaven at the Rapture.Millions of Christians have refused to purify themselves for the rapture, as a result of false teachings regarding the shed blood of Jesus Christ."And everyone who has has this hope in Him [that is, of being translated by Christ] PURIFIES HIMSELF, just as He is pure." [1John 3:3]They believe they can practise lawlessness and continually plead the blood, without really crucify the flesh daily!The Lord is going to use the Antichrist to purify the saints so as to have a holy Church on earth after the Antichrist is removed from power in the fall of 2018."And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the end ;" [Dan.11:35]"Many [Christians] shall be purified, made white, and refined..." [Dan.12:10]"I was watching; and the same horn [the World ruler, the Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came ..." [Dan.7:21,22]"He [the AntiChrist]...shall persecute the saints of the Most High..." [Dan.7:25]"When the transgressors have reached their fullness [that is when lawlessness has completely saturated the Church], A king [the Antichrist] shall arise...His power shall be mighty, but not by his power...He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people." [Dan.8:23,24]These saints became holy from rejecting the false teachings that caused them to be left behind in the first place.They have come to understand, the hard way, that love for the Lord is expressed by keeping His commandments."He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me."[John 14:21]"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." [Rev.14:12]Notice, in the above verse, a living faith in Jesus is forever inseparable from keeping the commandments of God.Ola.