Those who are using 2 Thessalonians 2:7 to ‘prove’ the (false) doctrine of a preTrib Rapture have no foundation to stand on. They say that The Church (or the Holy Spirit IN The Church) is restraining evil in the world, that the Holy Spirit/Church will be removed (‘Rapture’), and then The Tribulation will begin.  But the verse they use to support this belief does not say what we’ve been taught.

The (rough) translation would go something like this:

to gar musthrion (for the mystery) hdh (even now) energeitai (works) thV anomiaV (the lawlessness) monon (but) o katecwn (it is kept/held fast/restrained) arti (for now) ewV (until) ek (out of/from) mesou (the middle) genhtai (arises/happens).

There is no ‘he’ or ‘who’ in this verse, so the whole argument about who/what ‘the restrainer’ is is moot.

By itself, this translation might not seem to make sense–and it certainly doesn’t say what we were told. But if you read it in context of the verses before and after, it makes sense. It flows with them, and repeats what they say, but it doesn’t contain any big revelation by itself.

‘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 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. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.’

**For the mystery even now works the lawlessness, but it is kept/held fast/restrained for now until out of/from the middle arises/happens.

‘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: [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.’ (2 Thess. 2:3-10)

If you don’t believe what I’ve said, go to this link and click the Strong’s number following each word, and look at the definitions.

Here you can see the same passage in the Greek. Each word is hyperlinked to its Strong’s definition.:

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