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.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
NASB Verse 7: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
The Greek word for KJV "letteth" in verse 7 is Strong's G2722 - katecho, which means to hold back, detain, retain, restrain. that which hinders the Antichrist from making his appearance.
Who or What is restraining/holding back the son of perdition? WHO holds things back in the Bible?
Rev. 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
In Daniel 10:13 an fallen angel is restraining or holding back the good angel who was sent to answer Daniel's prayer.
Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Who was bounding the 4 angels in the river? The 6th angel was! GOD told the 6th angel to loose the other 4 angels.
There is NO reason to believe that which restrains is the Holy Spirit or the body of Christ, the Church. The Bible interprets itself and according to the Bible, it is angels which loose and restrain, under GOD's orders. Therefore what we see happening in 2 Thes. 2 is that there is an angel who is guarding the Throne of GOD, a cherub. GOD commands the guardian cherub to walk away. He is removed from guarding the Throne. Thereby allowing Assad to momentarily sit in the Seat of GOD in the Temple of GOD in Heaven. This takes place during the war in Heaven in Rev.12. Then Assad and the devil and the other fallen angels are all cast out of Heaven and they fall to the Earth with great wrath and usher in the Great Tribulation of 3.5 years.
See total proof that Assad is a fallen angel and the son of perdition and that He will sit in the Temple of GOD in Heaven.