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When the Scriptures speak of a “son” then it often refers to the male offspring of another person. This reference to a male offspring is not always the meaning however of the term “son”, simply because the term “perdition,” refers not to a person, but to a condition or state. In fact it is well to bear in mind that the term “son” is often used differently than merely meaning the male offspring of another person. Often Scripture for instance used the term “son” to denote membership in a certain class or group of persons, as in the common phrase “sons of the prophets”, which implies nothing at all as to the ancestry, but which simply states that this particular son or person belongs to the group or school of the prophets. So that the term then does not refer at all to a physical descendant, but to one related to a group. When however the term “son” is used with a genitive of quality, then the phrase indicates a certain peculiar characteristic of the person described. Many times the Bible uses the expression in that way. To mention a few: One of them, “Sons of Belial” is simply a description of persons who are base and find their spiritual ancestry in Belial, that is Satan. Another such expression is: “Sons of Thunder” as applied to the two sons of Zebedee, who were disciples of Christ. So one finds in Scripture similar terms such as” “Children of light” or “Children of the kingdom” or “Children of your Father the Devil”. These are all expressive of some quality of the persons under discussion,

So we also meet with the term SON OF PERDITION in the Scriptures. In a purely formal sense this means that the chief characteristic of this “son” is perdition. Now the term “perdition” occurs at least 8 times in Scripture and each time it denotes the final state of ruin or loss which forms the opposite of the state of salvation and glory, reserved for the redeemed. It is perhaps well to remember that the whole term “Son of Perdition” occurs but three times in the Bible and is a name given to Judas Iscariot in Matt. 23:15 and John 17:12 and given to the Antichrist in 2 Thess. 2:3. And in this term (Son of Perdition) we have the well-known Hebrew idiom by which a person, typically embodying a certain trait or characteristic, is called the son of that thing. The name as it appears in Scripture therefore represents both Judas and the Antichrist as most irrevocably and completely devoted to the ruin and loss of all things that stand for the cause of salvation and glory, and that is called “perdition.” Perdition is the chief characteristic of Judas and Anti- Christ. Not merely that he seeks his own perdition. Indeed, he imagines that he is seeking instead his own salvation and glory and honor. He was looking for his own happiness, even as Judas was willing to be a disciple of the Christ, if in that way he could be exalted to the position of “secretary of the treasury” in the cabinet of Jesus Christ, after the latter had established his earthy kingdom in all the glory of the former kingdom of Judea. But salvation he hated with all his soul. Salvation as wrought by Christ he would not tolerate. He was totally devoted to the cause of eternal ruin and loss. Not of himself only, but of all men. He was wholly devoted to the cause of hell and perdition. And to attain this terrible end of perdition, he would stop at nothing nor refrain from using any means at his command.

Surely the Son of perdition would not stop at anything to attain his end, even though he had to rob the poor and widows or had to shed innocent blood. He would speak peace with his lips but war was in his heart. He would deceive the righteous and privily seek their ruin and perdition. He would make common cause with the enemies of the Christ and join himself with all hostile elements, whether they be Jew or heathen. He plotted and schemed and strove for the overthrow of the kingdom of heaven, for he hated it with all his soul. Yea, he hesitated not to sell the blessed “‘Son of God” for thirty pieces of silver, because he was the “son of perdition.”

However this term “son of perdition” refers to his spiritual ancestry also, in that it speaks of his own place wherein he only can be “at home.” For Judas is not given this awful title because he* went to perdition, and thus “ex eventu” became a son of perdition. Rather the reverse is true. Being a son of perdition, he went to perdition, or as it is stated in Acts 1:25 he “fell away, that he might go to his own place”. Perdition was the place assigned to him from the beginning and to that place he would go after hiving revealed his true characteristic, n.l., perdition of himself and all with whom he came in contact. It is therefore that we read of him further in Acts 1:15-17 that “He Holy Spirit by the mouth of David spake before, concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us and had obtained part of this ministry”. God used him, even giving him part of the ministry for a time, so that He might carry out His divine counsel concerning the Christ and His cause. And it is called by Christ a fulfillment of Scripture, when Judas falls away and is lost unto perdition. For in John 17:12 where the term occurs, it is precisely this fact which gives meaning to the prayer of Christ: “While I was with them (disciples) in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” Christ kept in the Father’s name ALL THAT THE FATHER GAVE HIM. None of them did Christ lose. Judas however had been lost, for he was the son of perdition. He was not given to Chris: by the Father as were the other disciples. Judas was given, only to carry out perditions work, and not to be saved. Jesus never offered salvation to Judas therefore, as it is often presented. Never was it the Lord’s intention to give salvation or grace unto Judas. In God’s counsel Judas was the son of perdition from the beginning and as the son of perdition he became manifest in all his corrupt dealings.

However, even as there were types of Judas throughout the old dispensation in men such as Ahitophel (see Psalm 41:9, as well as Ps. 100:8 and Acts 1:20), so also Judas himself is the type of the great son of perdition, the title also given to the Antichrist, according to 2 Thess. 2:3, 4, “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 sittest in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”. This does not refer to the Devil, who is a spirit and is called the “prince of this world”, but rather to the Antichrist as he shall be fully developed in the last days. Surely, even as Satan entered into Judas at the appropriate time, so also Satan shall enter in the heart of the Antichrist at the appropriate time to carry out his dastardly work. And this antichrist will be the highest manifestation of the Son of perdition, yea, will be the son of perdition par excellence. He shall be devoted to the cause of hell and perdition as no one before him, though possessing at the same time all the elements of those who had gone before him. He is the fully developed “man of sin.”

All of sin finds its end in him. He is the incarnate sinner. The builders of the tower of Babel finds their fulfillment in this “Son of Perdition.” The scorners of Noah’s day, and the Pharaoh’s of Egypt, as well as the great lover of Self, Beliam, all find their highest development in this son of perdition. In him is found the serpents deceit and guile, as well as the pharisaistic piety and zeal for God’s temple. For he will not be irreligious but religious. He will sit in the temple of God. He will surely have the church pew reserved for himself, thereby the better to deceive those who are to be found in that temple. Great things he will be able to perform and great words will proceed from his mouth. He will speak as a prophet of all Israel and perform wonders that will bring the world to awe and amazement. But still he is called “Son of Perdition.” His way is the way of perdition. His aim is the perdition (as opposed to the salvation in Christ) of all his followers and they will be legion. For “he opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped.” This is the sin which makes him the son of perdition. Never did a Pharaoh or other type of this man of sin, exalt himself as such. O surely, Pharaoh did deify himself, and he claimed divine honors for himself, but never did he do this OPPOSED TO his pagan gods. Antiochus Epiphanes did desecrate the temple of the Jews, but he did this by erecting an altar to Zeus. But the Antichrist shall be much worse in that he will oppose all that is called God. Nothing can equal him. He is the highest, the exalted, the great God himself. Such will be his claim. There will be no room whatsoever for any other god, whether a god of the heathen, or the God of Israel. Even anything worshipped will be superseded by the Antichrist. For he will exalt himself and oppose also all that is worshipped. Such is the description of the Son of Perdition as given us by the apostle Paul.

There is however comfort in this that he is called the son of perdition. As we stated with regard to Judas, we may say the same as pertaining to the antichrist. For he is the Son of Perdition because he has been ordained to be this. He cannot go further than is written of him. He cannot destroy any that are given into the hands of the Savior by our Father. For also in the last day it will be said by our Lord: “those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” The son of perdition MUST be revealed for a short time. He MUST serve the purpose of the Most High for a time. After that he will be abased, and the humble and faithful shall be exalted. The son of perdition is born for perdition and serves the purpose of perdition and finally ends in perdition, according to the immutable decree of our God and Savior.