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The Son of Perdition

John 17:12, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."

We see Yeshua talking to Abba in heaven in prayer in     John 17.  He is discussing His flock and His keeping power in their lives but mentions one who is lost, 'The Son of Perdition" so that God's Word would be fulfilled.  This is interesting.  In the Lord's discourse he uses 'the son of perdition' speaking directly of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer.  In Hebrews 10:39 though, it reads: "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."   So we can see that there were, are, and will be 'sons of perdition' appearing in our midst.  Perdition is a place we do not want to go!

This word 'perdition' in Greek is 'apoleia', which means 'in a state of wasting away'.   Most modern Bible versions translate 'perdition' as 'destruction', which is correct, but 'destruction' really doesn't describe the term as precisely as 'wasting away'.  To 'waste away' constantly leaves you with the idea that there is no end in sight, and that the length of time adds tormenting weight to the idea being put across of eternal damnation.   The person consigned to perdition is in a state from which there is no escape and in which there is only misery forever and ever. 

The King James version uses 'perdition' 8 times, but there are many more similar examples that gives the picture of the eternal hopelessness we see in perdition:        Revelation 9:11 says, ,  "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."   Of course, we know that Apollyon is speaking of the devil himself.  And, this reference is not meaning that Satan rules the 'bottomless pit' but is confined there in torment with the rest of his brood:  This is perdition.  Whether it is perdition, the abyss, or the bottomless pit; it is a place where evil spirits reside in torment and for all time.  It is not a good neighborhood. 

We get the idea that in the future, Satan will be put in his hot place forever and ever with all of his minions.  Sheol, hades, hell; whatever name you want to use, this place was never meant for mankind.  However, there are those, like Judas, unbelieving 'sons of perdition', who will go there, just as the scriptures declare.  God's judgement will be perfect.  Now, both our Adonai, Yeshua and the Apostle Paul used the term “son of perdition” to refer to men who represented a serious threat to the Kingdom of God.  Keep in mind Yeshua was speaking of Judas Iscariot. 

Prophetically we see the Apostle Paul  using this term 'son of perdition' (2 Thessalonians 2:3) in his letter. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, 'the son of perdition'.

This gives us wonderful insight now as to who the anti-christ (anti-messiah) may be.  Remember, Judas was controlled by the devil while in the process of betraying the Lord.  He lived right in the midst of Yeshua's disciples and everyone, but the Lord, did not realize it.  It does stand to reason that Paul's 'son of perdition', the 'man of sin', may very well have people around him believing he is a follower of Yeshua the Messiah, but in actuality, is working against Adonai.  For example, if a King, or President, of a nation known as being Christian gains ascendency by proclaiming he is a believer but is, in fact, an enemy of Yeshua, he could do great damage to the Lord's people.  We see that the precedent was set 2,000 years ago.  Yeshua said though, in Mark 14:21, "The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born."  I wouldn't want to be the 'son of perdition'.  He will undoubtedly have a dark plan but that plan will fail.

So we recognize that there are 'sons of perdition' like Judas who are revealed as members of the class of the 'non-elect', those whom God has not chosen for salvation.   Remember, our God has perfect foreknowledge:  He knows the end from the beginning.  Perdition is the everlasting state of those who will never end their rebellion against the Lord and who will certainly perish.... in the pit.  Keep in mind though, there is this other coming person that Paul discusses as “THE man of sin” (antichrist/messiah), who will appear at the end of the age.  Maybe we can call him the 'Super Son of Perditon'!   He may be on the scene right now.  The timing would be right.  He will come during a time known as 'the falling away'.  This mega 'son of perdition' New World Order super-star will appear on the world's stage as a hero.  This 'man of sin' will begin to wage war on everything that has to do with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He will love evil and hate good.  The world will buy into his lies.  His Judas-like behavior will eventually expose him as the anti-christ/messiah.  He will hammer away at the Bible believing flock of Yeshua the savior and anything that belongs to Him.  The 'man of sin' will be the embodiment of everything evil in this world.  He will attempt to change everything that is good and peaceful into something to promote death and sin.

Though this time of tribulation will last for only a short time, the persecution of the Seed of Abraham will be fierce.  Then, in the heat of the greatest battle man has ever seen, from the eastern sky, Messiah Yeshua will appear in His glory, those martyred saints with Him to put this 'son of perdition' to the screws.  The vengeance of the Lord will be shown to all His enemies, all the 'sons of perdition'.  To the Redeemed, He is the Redeemer.  To everyone else, woe unto them.  Glory be to God!  Come quickly Lord Yeshua!!

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