Q. In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, what are the details of the lie that unbelievers will believe? Exactly what “facts” does the lie consist of? How will it be propagated? How will Tribulation believers recognize it as a lie and resist it, if they do not have the Holy Spirit sealed within them? What will protect them from believing the lie? Will God provide them any supernatural help to resist Satan? Surely they cannot do that with their own strength.
A. Based on 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 scholars believe the lie is the anti-Christ proclaiming Himself to be God.
Paul said that those who believe this lie will be those who are perishing and they’ll be perishing because they have refused to believe the truth and be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
Tribulation believers will have embraced the truth and will be able to spot the lie because they’ll have God’s Word as a guide.