This digitally illustrated poster by artist Ryan Glenn weaves together a bundle of important details to portray the singular voice offered in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-10.
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2 Thessalonians 2:6–10
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. 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.
This passage of Scripture takes us to a dark day in human history, accompanied by the best news there is. Evil trembles within us all and roams the earth, too, with a fast-approaching deadline. The machinations of the darkness and his dominion are not only real but even now overtaking the kingdoms of earth. Yet, like the rock-hewn feet of Shelley's "Ozymandias" languishing in the desert of the past, so this real reign of evil, imagined here in stone edifice, shatters at the touch of the voice of the I AM.
The steps of his altar are emblazoned with the eternal cry of the evil one, famously encapsulated by Anton Lavey, and his gesture a mockery of true peace. The moon sigil perches on his head like a crown of darkness, and his demeanor is political in affect, with all the trappings of human-made leadership. Above his head, though, the infernal number is overshadowed by the Christus Victor.
We are reminded of the searing light of Truth, the glorious and terrifying hope in the One who spoke the heavens and who spoke peace to those far and near by His blood.
Ryan Glenn is a writer and artist living in Dallas, Texas. He enjoys digital illustration as a medium of choice for his personal work, and is always learning more about himself and the world in the process. He desires to follow and serve Christ with his talents. He resides in a 110-year-old house with his wife Jess and black lab Bruce.