Who Or What is The Restrainer?

Q.  I just read an article which gave a view of 2 Thessalonians 2 that I have never heard before. The author said in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Paul called the Temple “the Temple of God’, which could not be the case if the Church was still here, for we are the “Temple of God”(1 Cor. 3:16). I never thought of that before. And with the following verses speaking of the restrainer being taken out of the midst it fits the context perfectly.  I believe there are both grammatical and contextual reasons to identify the Holy Spirit as the restrainer.  What are the other views concerning the identity of the restrainer?

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Does Everyone He Calls Come To Him?

Q.  You said in one of your posts that God won’t call those who won’t come, but I know there’s a verse in the bible that says the Holy Spirit will quit coming to you eventually if you don’t respond. So how is that not also calling people who won’t come? Please help me understand this.

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Bothered By My Sins

Q.  If a person cannot live carefree in sin and yet still sins, can this internal battle be looked to as a “proof” of sorts that he or she has the Holy Spirit within and is saved?

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Will The Angels Leave Too?

Q.  You have mentioned that after the rapture, the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way (2 Thes. 2:7).  Does that mean all of heaven’s good angels will be taken away as well?  Planet earth will be a horrific place if the spiritual realm is 100% evil.

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Questions From An Unbeliever

Q.  My girlfriend is an unbeliever who has quite a bit of trust in science and its theories, and now and again we have discussions that boil down to reasons she doesn’t believe in God.  I asked her to tell me what she doesn’t understand, and that I would put them in an email and send them to you, as my answers ‘are the ones Christians always give.’ These are honest questions from her and are the actual reasons that stop her from looking for God.  In her own words, she just doesn’t understand it all.

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Blasphemy Of The Holy Spirit

Q.  In Matthew 12: 30-32 Jesus is talking to the Jews, explaining a sin that cannot be forgiven. I understand all sins were forgiven at the cross, but in verse 32b he mentions “the age to come”. I assume that age to be the Kingdom Age as being the next age to come for the Jews. Am I correct in this thinking? And if so what does this mean for the Jews?

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Will We See THe Holy Spirit?

Q.  In Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit is described as a specific person.  When Christians are glorified at the Rapture, the promise of 1 John 3:2 is that we will see Him (Jesus) as He is.  Will the personage of the Holy Spirit also be seen?

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