THE MAN IN THE LONG WHITE ROBE
I was standing in a large auditorium in Rome, Italy. There were numerous people who were required to raise their right arm straight out as if in allegiance while bowing at the waist, or else die. I knew that if I did not bow, I would die. Many people in this auditorium bowed out of fear. There was a man dressed in a long white robe that stood by my right hand while we watched another man also dressed in a similar garment that was sitting in a chair on an elevated platform above this audience. Above his forehead was no crown, like the top of his head was cut off, and one could see into his head that was dark and hollow. Men approached this man who was sitting on his throne carrying a tall white hat with the appearance of an open mouth fish head with a pointed top and a fat inverted cross. The hat was placed on the head of the man in white who was sitting at his throne. Then, the man who was standing next to me in this dream said, “He now has the power, there is no stopping him.” In this dream, I knew the man who spoke to me was a good man and full of wisdom.
2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)
The Man of Lawlessness
2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.