John UK wrote: And if worldwide events are anything to go by, are we not rapidly approaching such a time?
If present day bible believers were alive in World War 2 I am fairly sure that most would have thought Hitler was the man of sin, but they would have been badly mistaken despite the mayhem that was taking place. If we had a Hitler figure doing the same today then the majority would think the antichrist had appeared and the end was nigh.
Even today's terrible wickedness in the west is only a repeat of what has happened in communist countries for years. God is on the throne and who knows what He will yet work in communist countries or even our own?
If we were alive in the dark ages prior to the Reformation would we have expected such a reformation?
When the man of sin arises we will know,... "if it were possible, even the elect." Mark 13. 22
The elect won't be deceived!
But John may well be right that we are approaching such a time, but I am certain the elect will be first to know and not some conspiracy site or nutjob poster(s) that come to mind IN CAPS!