While reading 2 Thess. this morning, I got to wondering if the expression "man of lawlessness" might actually be intended as a figure of speech representing the evil influence of Satan within all humans? That there is a time when God steps back (in response to being rejected by humans) and then our true lawless nature will be revealed... The lawlwssness of mankind as a whole.
It does make for an interesting reading that way, especially in light of what I see happening in the world around us.
2 Thessalonians 2:3
"...For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction."
(insert lawlessness of man for man of lawlessness)