II Thessalonians 2:7, “For the mystery of iniquity does already work, only he who now restraineth will restrain until he be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked be revealed.”
There is something or someone assigned the task of holding back the end-game of the anti-Christ. The spirit of anti-Christ is already in the world and you can be sure, that Satan has tried again and again to take control of the earth, but he has not been able to because it is not yet time. Almighty God has a plan and a purpose concerning end times, and it will move forward when He says it is time. It is as if there is a great dam taming a violent river for now.
Matthew 18:17, “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes.”
The Almighty desires that this evil world come to an end after all of mankind has made their final decisions. Once that is completed, this world’s mission will have been accomplished. Evil man has filled the world with offensive acts and this is something that is necessary, as unsavory as that may seem. Almighty God has assigned a sufficient amount of time for all mankind to repent and be a part of His eternal kingdom.
Now let us return to II Thessalonians 2:7. Almighty God has placed a barrier in the way of Satan bringing in ant-Christ. The day is fast approaching, when Almighty God will remove this restraint. Listen up my brothers and sisters. When the Almighty removes this restraint, all hell will break loose.
The anti-Christ will be revealed. This evil man will audaciously go into Almighty God’s temple and claim to be the Almighty. He will say blasphemous things and the Almighty will allow him to behead Christians. Delusion will be so powerful during that time, that if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived too, but strong mature Christians will not be deluded. Millions of people will die and the earth will be filled with all sorts of vile sinful offenses; but for now, Satan is restrained. You may say, “Satan is already filling the world with wickedness.” I hear your point, but it will get incredibly worse in every part of the earth when the restrainer is told by the Almighty to step out of the way.
Keep in mind, that when the Restrainer is removed, you had better be deeply rooted and grounded in Christ. This lukewarm, half-hearted, riding-the-fence-Christianity will not cut it. Whoever plays around with being a Christian during that time will fall by the wayside (II Thessalonians 2:3 falling away/apostasy/defection-from-the-truth). They will not be able to withstand the pressures of the ant-Christ without becoming wholeheartedly for Christ, and that is one of the good things about the tribulation. Lukewarmness, half-heartedness, and riding-the-fence will be a thing of the past. People will get in or out. This is what the Almighty wants.