The commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (that Antichrist "sitteth in the temple of God") of the very anti-Protestant Original Douay-Rheims Bible says:
St. Augustine therefore li. 20 de civit. c. 19 and St. Jerome q. 11 ad Algasiam. do think, that this sitting of Antichrist in the temple, doth signify his sitting in the Church of Christ, rather than ...
In traditional Christian theology, Apostasy, yes. Total Apostasy, no.
The first verse is commonly understood to be part of end-times prophesy. There is no indication that it relates to the early Church, and to try to make it fit there ignores the context of the surrounding verses.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
Many people do not realize that believers and non-believers alike receive a default protection from God. They have a "hedge" around them similar to the hedge described as around Job. If it were not so, Satan and his evil spirits would do be able to do as they please.
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?" (Job 1:10)
There are a few interpretations:
The falling away (or rebellion) is the word apostasia (G646). Some say this apostasia, or the apostasy, is the rapture. However, there are some problems with this interpretation: literally it would mean that the rapture comes before the gathering unto Him, which doesn't make sense (since in this interpretation the gathering ...
If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures?
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
1 Kings 22:20-22 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he
may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, ...
The Preterist Archive gives this answer, among others.
The best answer - we believe - is that it was both an office (the "what") and a person (the "one who" or "he"). More specifically, it was the institution of the Jewish priesthood led by Ananus, the high priest.
What About Paul's Man of Sin? - Preterist Archive
They also say:
Josephus also ...
The full preterist site above claims Vespasian and his son Titus Fulfilled these prophecies.
Preterism Explained and Interpreted, A Commentary of 2 Thessalonians
2:9: Around the Time in Which Titus Arrived in Jerusalem to Beseiege
the City and ...
Support for a Pre-Tribulation rapture: is claimed from scriptures like:
1) 1Th 5:9 "not appointed/ordained/destined to wrath...", which is interpreted to mean "rescued from the tribulations being initiated by the seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls of wrath (Rev 16:1+),all presumed to occur during the "Tribulation Period", particularly, the "Great ...
I don't think we can identify for certain who this son of perdition was. However, we can know when he was, and most probably of whom he was - a Zealot.
Scholars generally place both letters to the assembly at Thessalonica between 50 - 51 AD.(1) Different speculations have been offered about who the man of sin was, also called the son of perdition (...
Preterism is a fairly wide position to identify only one view. For example, some believe all prophecy is fulfilled, while others believe only parts are fulfilled historically and some remain.
To the OP specifically and 2 Thes. 2:3, the primary interpretation rests on understanding on to what the temple of God refers.
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above ...
The final "tempted" in James 1:13 means "test." (http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3985&t=ESV)
It does not mean to lure someone to sin, which is the popular meaning of the word. None of the examples given are God luring people to sin against him.