The Hastening

The Anti-Christ = "Son of Perdition"
 
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1. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3. 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;
4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
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8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-4,8-10)


This scripture says that before the Lord's second coming an Anti-Christ will arise to deceive the world and that he will be "the son of perdition." As Latter-Day Saints we are taught in Doctrine and Covenants 76 what it means to become a "son of perdition":


25. And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,
26. And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning.
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31. Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power
32. They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born;
33. For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity;
34. Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come—
35. Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame.
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43. Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.


So, as we are taught, to become a son of perdition one must receive a full and complete knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, and then having this full knowledge completely turn against Him and openly fight against them. As I understand it, among other things, this requires that someone be a full partaker of the restored gospel and the ordinances of the priesthood. Such a person would also accept Lucifer as their Father, and not God, because Lucifer was called "Perdition." So does this mean that this Anti-Christ of the last days spoken of in the first scripture will be a (former) member of the Church? Perhaps... but I just had an insight that offers perhaps another intriguing possibility.


As I was reading in the scriptures I came across this passage in Moses 5 which I had read several times before but something suddenly clicked for me:


22. And the Lord said unto Cain: Why art thou wroth? Why is thy countenance fallen?
23. If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted. And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and Satan desireth to have thee; and except thou shalt hearken unto my commandments, I will deliver thee up, and it shall be unto thee according to his desire. And thou shalt rule over him;
24. For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world.
25. And it shall be said in time to come—That these abominations were had from Cain; for he rejected the greater counsel which was had from God; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent.
26. And Cain was wroth, and listened not any more to the voice of the Lord, neither to Abel, his brother, who walked in holiness before the Lord.
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29. And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it; and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands.
30. And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret.
31. And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.
32. And Cain went into the field, and Cain talked with Abel, his brother. And it came to pass that while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and slew him.
33. And Cain gloried in that which he had done, saying: I am free; surely the flocks of my brother falleth into my hands.
34. And the Lord said unto Cain: Where is Abel, thy brother? And he said: I know not. Am I my brother’s keeper?
35. And the Lord said: What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground.
36. And now thou shalt be cursed from the earth which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.
37. When thou tillest the ground it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
38. And Cain said unto the Lord: Satan tempted me because of my brother’s flocks. And I was wroth also; for his offering thou didst accept and not mine; my punishment is greater than I can bear.
39. Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the Lord, and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that he that findeth me will slay me, because of mine iniquities, for these things are not hid from the Lord.
40. And I the Lord said unto him: Whosoever slayeth thee, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And I the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.


This passage tells us that Cain was also called Perdition. So in reading this two other possibilities came into my mind of what a "son of perdition" might be. 1) (which may be related to the D&C definition) a son of perdition may be a member and follower of a secret combination - such as the Luciferians - who conspire to murder and get gain. 2) A son of perdition may quite literally be a descendant of Cain. As I understand it the "mark" that was set upon Cain was that his skin was turned black, and that his descendants also shared this mark. One of Cain's descendants, Egyptus, married Ham, the son of Noah, and thus the seed of Cain continued on to this day.


Might this Anti-Christ, or "son of perdition," spoken of in 2 Thessalonians in fact be one of these other sons of perdition instead of what we as Latter-Day Saints often think of?

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