now ye know what withholdeth [#2722, restrains] that
[#2722, katecho, to hold down, seize on, take, withhold, restrain]
 he [the restraining force] might be revealed [# 601 (2 Thes. 2:3)]
[a.] in his time [he will be revealed in his time].
 he who now letteth [#2722, restrains (vs. 6)] [will let],
 until he [the restraining force] be taken out of the way.
[The literal text of verses 6 and 7 read: And now that which restrains ye know, for to be revealed him in his own time. For the mystery already is working of lawlessness; only [there is] he who restrains at present until out of [the] midst he be gone.]
It is Michael who is holding back revelation of the Antichrist
Dan. 10:21 But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth [restrains, withholds, letteth, to fasten or seize upon (c/p. 2 Thes. 2:6-7)] with me [the angel, Gabriel] in these things [in the continuous angelic war over the nation Israel], but Michael your prince [only Michael and his angels are assigned to fight the devil and his angels for the continuance and protection of Israel (Dan. 12:1, Rev. 12:7); it is not until Michael is removed can the Antichrist be revealed to the world and desecrate the temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27, 2 Thes. 2:3-5; 2 Thes. 2:6-7; 2 Thes. 2:8); this concerns Israel, not the Church].
Dan. 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people [Michael is the archangel over the nation of Israel]: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered [by Michael and his angels from Israel’s 1,260 days in the wilderness (Rev. 12:6, Rev. 12:14)], every one that shall be found written in the book.
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses [the body of Moses concerns only the nation of Israel], durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Rev. 12:6 And the woman [Israel] fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they [Michael and his angels] should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.
12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought [Satan, himself] and his angels,
12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven [in the heavenlies, the earth’s atmosphere].
12:9 And the great dragon was cast out [by Michael and his angels], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman [Israel], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [Jewish seed], which
 keep the commandments of God [the 4th Commandment: the Sabbath...Jewish], and
 have the testimony of Jesus Christ [Christian-Jews].
For the last 3 ˝ years of this age [<1,260 days>, <42 months>, and <a time, times and a half> (Rev. 11:2-3; Rev. 12:6, Rev. 12:14)], Satan will cause the greatest persecution that Israel has ever known through the Antichrist. Michael, during this period is removed as the restraining force over Israel, and Satan is allowed to work his will during the reign of the Antichrist and the false prophet (Rev. 13; Dan. 9:27). Two-thirds of Israel will die (Zech. 13:8-9). Following the close of the Antichrist Covenant week of years, there is war in heaven, or the heavenlies (Rev. 12:7; Eph. 6:12). Michael and his angels remove the devil from his position as the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) and the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). He and his angels are cast into the earth, having “great wrath” for he knows that he has only a short time to finish his work (Rev. 12:12)—as there are apparently only 75 days remaining until the second coming of Jesus to reign over the earth (Dan. 12:11-12). This is the third woe prophesied by the Apostle John (Rev: 8:13; Rev. 9:12; Rev. 11:13; Rev. 11:14; Rev. 12:12).
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