"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; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8a)
Barnes' Bible Commentary on this verse: "The most natural interpretation is that which refers it to civil power, meaning that there was something in the form of the existing administration which would prevent this development until that restraint should be removed."
I did not know what to expect on the first day of the Great Tribulation, and so I prayed and asked God for revelation, and I received the song, "This mountain shall be removed by My Spirit, sayeth the Lord."
"This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace to it." (Zechariah 4:6b-7)
The "great mountain" during Zerubbabel's time was the empire of Babylon, which is called the "destroying mountain" in Jeremiah 51:24-25. Mountains refer to empires or kingdoms. I think in order for God to accomplish what He intends to do in the Middle East, He needed to remove the United States of America. The first war the United States of America encountered after becoming a nation was with the Muslims in 1801 who had declared war on all Christian nations. They were known as the Barbary Pirates of the Mediterranean. General Eaton told the new Secretary of State, "It is a maxim of the Barbary States, that 'The Christians who would be on good terms with them must fight well or pay well.'" At first the US paid their extortion money for safe passage, but when they took the ship and imprisoned the crew which brought the money, the US marines successfully stormed the shores of Tripoli. [http://www.daddezio.com/italy/barbary/history.html]
Today, President Obama declared to the Turkey parliament, "Let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam." He further clarified, "Our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject." President Obama continued, "But I also want to be clear that America's relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaeda. Far from it. We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, bridge misunderstanding, and seek common ground." Each demonstration of American weakness and withdrawal emboldens the jihadists. Now with America subdued, the Antichrist may soon appear and declare himself to be god.
God's Hand ready to put those who hate Him into the Fire
There was also a unique sign in the heavens reported today. "In a new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, high-energy X-rays emanating from the nebula around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light." [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C512767%2C00.html]
"Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall find out those that hate you. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Their fruit shall you destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shall you make them turn their back, when you shall make ready your arrows on your strings against the face of them." (Psalms 21:8-12)
"Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you will revive me: you shall stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures for ever: forsake not the works of your own hands." (Psalms 138:7-8)