This Revelation Timeline Decoded post features a video from Scott Clarke, called Christ’s Restrainer Revealed | You Were Taught Wrong Guaranteed.
Video Description: Who is withholding whom in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7? Why have these verses never seemed to make any sense? Is it possible we were all taught wrong? Could it be backwards? These are Paul’s letters, not mine. Don’t shoot the messenger, please. Thank you.
Video Synopsis: Christ’s kingdom is coming to earth. The man of sin is the mystery of iniquity who (in the timeline) is in the way, but will be taken out of the way at Christ’s 2nd coming. He has to let the Antichrist do his job, then destroy him. Only then can Christ establish his kingdom on earth as prophesied.
Before I begin my review of Scott Clarke’s explanations, let me declare that I do these type of reviews, not just to expose false teachers; but to show what they teach, which you may have also been taught, so that you can see the truth and the deception.
These reviews are not a personal attack on the person, but an open rebuttal of their explanations. It’s not about me, it’s about the truth of prophecy fulfillment which reveals the glory of our beloved Messiah!
Scott Clarke started out the video by asking, have you ever listened to somebody try to explain the timeline of end time events that’s in 2 Thessalonians 2 from Paul, only to come away with the realization that you’re just not satisfied with the answer?
Yes, that happened after a listening to this long explanation in which Scott twists the narrative of verses to create a false explanation about who is the restrainer of 2 Thessalonians 2.
His whole explanation is based on the false, futuristic narrative of prophecy fulfillment; which the enemy created to deceive the end-times saints. Sadly, Scott Clarke has either become an expert at teaching these futuristic explanations, or he’s a deceiver who is purposely misleading people with alternative explanations.
Scott’s explanations serve to deflect blame away from the antichrist beast popes of Rome. Watch The Antichrist Is Hidden In Plain Sight
Scott Clarke says that people have really messed with the explanation of 2 Thessalonians and it’s hard to get out of your head.
This is true as most people proclaim that it’s the Holy Spirit which is removed after the rapture of the saints, during the start of a supposed 7-year tribulation period.
And most saints have had the false, futuristic prophecy fulfillment script programmed into their minds through repetition.
But all of that is a false narrative, as most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years.
Read Revelation Fulfillment Timeline
Scott Clarke says that there are two people in the passage; Jesus Christ and the man of sin, the son of perdition.
Scott Clarke says that 2 Thessalonians 2:7 is not pointing to someone retarding, hindering or impeding.
That’s an inaccurate explanation, as the third person, the restrainer, was the Western Roman Emperor.
As long as the Western Roman Emperor controlled the Roman kingdom, the popes couldn’t ascend to power.
The Apostle Paul couldn’t write that down, as it would have invited more persecution from the Emperors, so he reminded the Thessalonians of what he told them in person.
When the last Western Roman Emperor was removed from power in 476 AD, during the fourth trumpet judgment, that allowed the man of sin, son of perdition, popes of Rome to be given power civil and ecclesiastic power in 538 AD.
Scott Clarke’s explanation serves to deflect blame away from the popes of Rome, which the Protestant Reformers rightly proclaimed fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘beast’ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot’ church of Rome.
Read Prophecy Points To The Leader Of The Roman Beast Study
Scott Clarke says that Israel’s 70th week is unfulfilled.
He says that at the end of Jesus’ ministry, that He had fulfilled 69 of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy.
This is a deception, as Daniel 9:25 and 26 both proclaim that Messiah the Prince appears AFTER the 69 weeks, meaning in the 70th week.
The concept of a 7-year tribulation is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception to fool the end times saints.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 prophecy foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His ministry, and when (in the middle of the 70th week) He would confirm the everlasting covenant (that was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) with His blood as the Passover Lamb, to atone for our sins. It’s not about the end times or the antichrist.
Read The 70th Week Of Daniel 9 Decoded
Scott Clarke says that the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 was writing about the 70th week of Israel.
This explanation is nonsensical, as the 70th week of Daniel took place after the 69th week, from 27-34 AD; long before Paul wrote the letter to the Thessalonians.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is not pointing to a future 7-year tribulation period, as it’s about Messiah coming to carry out His multiyear ministry and die for our sins as the spotless Lamb.
Read The Covenant of Daniel 9:27
Scott Clarke points to the need for a rebuilt temple on temple mount for the man of sin to proclaim that he’s God and commit open blasphemy.
First of all, what is called the temple mount is where the Roman Antonia Fortress used to be, so the Jews are praying to the wall of the people who were sent to desolate Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation in 70 AD. The temple was south of Roman Antonia Fortress and it was completely destroyed, just like Messiah proclaimed. Read Not One Stone
Secondly, the son of perdition popes of Rome proclaim to lead Messiah’s one-true church, so they already sit in the temple. The ‘temple’ that Paul is pointing to is not a physical building, but the temple in which the Father dwells, as Messiah is the cornerstone, the disciples the foundation and the saints are the little stones which make up the walls.
The popes of Rome have already proclaimed to be God, to forgive sins and the provide salvation, in open blasphemy! Read The Son Of Perdition Of 2 Thessalonians 2
Scott Clarke says if you apply 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7 chronologically, you throw off the timeline.
That’s a false declaration, as Paul is reminding them about what he told them in person.
The mystery of iniquity took place when Simon Magus, who had tried to buy the power of the Holy Spirit and was rebuked by Peter, went to Rome to feign to be an apostle of Messiah. He combined the veneer of the Scriptural faith with the pagan god worship of Rome. Watch The Mystery Of Iniquity video.
This false Roman belief system led to Emperor Constantine and the Roman bishops codifying Romanism in the fourth century, which led to the falling away from the Scriptural faith, as many compromised their beliefs to join with the church of Rome. Read The Falling Away of 2 Thessalonians 2
This is the false religion of the man of sin, the son of perdition, who teaches a false gospel of works through the sacraments and that Mary is the intercessor to the Father; which denies Messiah and has left billions of Catholics lost in their sins. Read The Son Of Perdition Of 2 Thessalonians 2
Scott Clarke says that Revelation 11:1-2 points to a rebuilt temple
That’s a false declaration, as the temple is not a physical temple!
Messiah is telling us to use the ruler of Scripture to measure what a church teaches against the Word, to see if they’re teaching a false gospel and false Messiah.
Martin Luther, who was a Catholic monk, was given the Scriptures and he found out that the Roman Catholic Church is an apostate church which teaches a false gospel, a false Messiah, a false intercessor in Mary, and many man-made concepts which are contrary to Scripture.
The Roman Catholic Church is an apostate church which is not part of the true temple of the Heavenly Father, but is delegated to the outer court of the gentiles.
It has the appearance of being a part of the temple, but it’s not. Read Revelation 11 – Measuring The Temple
Scott Clarke says the man of sin, withholdeth Jesus Christ and will be taken out at the end of the 70th week of Daniel 9.
His explanation is flawed, as it’s based on the false premise of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9, a futuristic one-man antichrist, and the futuristic fulfillment of most of the prophecies in Revelation.
The title of Scott Clarke’s video declares that “You Were Taught Wrong Guaranteed” and that serves as a self-fulfilling prophecy, as what he taught in this video is wrong, guaranteed!
Scott Clarke teaches a false, futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of Scott Clarke serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.
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