Hope To The End....... .... The antichrist beast ....... the false prophet beast ...2 Thessalonians 2........................ Articles
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Bible KJV 2 Thessalonians Chapter
KJV Exact words with author's parenthesis and numbers :
"Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him" ( our Rapture ) "that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us as that the day of CHRIST"
( our rapture ) "is at hand;
"Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come except
1. there come a falling away first" ( apostasy )
2 "and that man of sin ( future antichrist ) be revealed, the son of perdition." 2 Thessalonians 2 : 1-- 3.
Chapter 2 tells us very directly that the Rapture ( our gathering
) cannot take place until:
1. there is a falling away from Biblically sound doctrine ( apostasy )
and also :
2. that the man of sin ( future antichrist ) be revealed ( by sitting in the Temple as God )
Both of those events must take place before we can be raptured.
Note: this future antichrist is not
called "antichrist" or "beast" just yet. He
simply is referred to here as
"the man of sin". He will fulfill this verse of prophecy as an ordinary citizen, as we see it.
We are already in the throes of Global Apostasy, as all denominations are uniting under the banner of idealistic
"Peace, Unity, and Love ", rather than under the realistic banner of Jesus Christ alone as Savior. John 14:6.
So the first of those two events is already taking place, and there remains for the man of sin to sit in the Temple as God.
"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 showing himself as God." 2 Thessalonians 2:4
In order to show himself as God , he must demonstrate a God-act ..an act that only God is to perform. Only God is to sit above the mercy seat. The man of sin, as we see it, will do that very thing by sitting on a newly positioned Ark of the Covenant in the original Temple area, found underneath the Temple Mount. Please see Jeremiah 3:16.
Will the man of sin practice levitation at this time ? ( an occultic wonder ). Will it be a hologram ? Time will tell.
We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7 :
"Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now you know what witholdeth" ......... meaning that the apostasy must precede the man of sin arising,
and that the ultimate blasphemy committed by the man of sin must precede our rapture.....
"that he" (the man of sin) "might be revealed in his time."
Paul is stating here that now we know why the man of sin hasn't arrived yet, because the official global apostasy hasn't taken place yet. When the definite apostasy has taken place, then the man of sin can arise. It will be finalized when Israel puts their trust in a foreign power and person, rather than in the Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
A relevant verse to insert right here is :
"I AM come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not:
if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive" John 5:43
"For the mystery of iniquity ( evil ) doth already work" .
Only He ( God ) Who now letteth ( allows evil to exist ) will let ( will continue to allow evil ) until he ( Satan ) be taken out of the way. " ( at Rev. 20:1-3.)
It is the Apostasy that prepares the way for the antichrist. Satan is removed from the 2nd Heaven and cast to earth to empower the antichrist. (Rev. 12: 9). When we witness the man of sin sitting in the temple as God , then the Church can be Raptured sometime after that event, but not before.
"That Wicked" ( False Prophet )
2 Thessalonians 2 also tells us that the False Prophet will also be revealed at this time also. The false prophet is referred to here as "that Wicked".
"And then shall that Wicked (the false prophet) be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His Mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming." Please see Rev. 19:20 for confirmation on these details.
"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan "
( False Prophet has occultic powers, like Jannes and Jambres 2 Timothy 3: 8 )
"with all power and signs and lying wonders, Rev. 13:13)
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 Thessalonians 2: 8--10.."
What is Truth ? "Thy Word is Truth" John 17:17.
That means the Bible, the original Holy Scriptures, the Word of God; unadulterated and uncorrupted by corrupted interpretations is verifiable Truth, verified by the amazing fulfillment of every Bible Prophecy concerning Messiah Jesus.
What is Truth ? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
"When He -- the Spirit of Truth--- is come, He will guide you into all truth."
What is Truth ? Jesus of Nazareth is pure Truth.
" I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me."
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" 2 Thessalonians 2 : 11
What are strong delusions that are present even now ? The heresy that Biblical Faith is all inclusive of all belief systems. This contradicts Scripture.
The delusion that all faiths are equal; presenting a one world religion;
Falsely teaching that everyone is a god through self empowerment .
Faith is not automatically-bestowed-ego. True Faith is a humble choice for Jesus Christ as one's own personal Savior and Lord.
"that they should believe a lie" ( such as new age empowerment, ye shall be as gods, the spark of the divine )
"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth" 2 Thessalonians 2 : 12
"but had pleasure in unrighteousness". (enjoyed sinning.....Romans 1)
It is a Strong Delusion to believe that the antichrist man of sin actually rose from the dead. It will be a "lying wonder".
What is another possibility of a STRONG DELUSION ?
Universalism ( Rob Bell ) . Universalism believes that all men are saved without coming under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.... without accepting His sacrificial death to take away our sins. It is the belief that there is no need for repentance through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Thus, we need not confess Jesus as Lord. Universalism believes there is no hell.
That is heresy and a very Strong Delusion.
It is also a strong delusion to believe in OSAS -- Once Saved Always Saved. That's a free ride through grace. We are to "work out our salvation in fear and trembling". Philippians 2:12
The belief that all faiths are alike will replace one's belief in the uniqueness of Christianity; just as one-world governance will replace national sovereignty. This secular "common faith " indoctrinates the false teaching that it does not matter what system of belief one holds to. The replaced secular, universal ethic might be the earth-ethic .
The earth-ethic would have mankind prancing about as sanctimonious worshippers of the creature, rather than the Creator. Romans 1:25.
Earth was appointed to be under the dominion of man (Genesis 1:28)-- not man under the dominion of the creature .
And man is under the dominion of God Almighty.
The one-worlders would have us all be "gods", deciding for ourselves what our ethic will be. Yet what a delusion. For we decide nothing for ourselves.
"For none of us liveth to himself and no man dieth to himself." Romans 14:7
Each person on the planet is controlled by tyrannical elitists of the one world government. But to keep the masses happy, they give them the opiate of believing that they are gods. The elitists try to keep from them the realty that indivduals are now cogs in a wheel ... in the 666 global enslavement System.
Modern Translations Confuse -- no "restrainer" 2 Thess. 2:7
Holy Ghost is NOT taken away
The Church is not the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost cannot be taken away, as some would have it.
The reason this error went uncontested for so long was the fact that the Church and the Holy Ghost were somehow made as one and the same in this deception (heresy, error) . The Church has not restrained society's sins. "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse , deceiving , and being deceived" , says 2 Timothy 3: 13
Making Up words ( concepts ) in Bibles that are not KJV ( King James Version.. Authorized Version )
This passage -- 2 Thessalonians 2--has been erroneously interpreted because when people leave-off reading the Authorized KJV Bible, they encounter PRECONCEIVED words .... such as "restrainer". The person who made-up the word "restrainer" in place of "what witholdeth" transferred a term meaning an object to something meaning a person or persons ( either Holy Ghost or the Church). But "what witholdeth" refers to an object and that object is: the sequence of events Paul just got finished mentioning.
What witholds the rapture is the appearance of the man of sin in the temple as "God".
And what precedes that blasphemous and sacrilegious event is the awful falling away from Scriptural truth. Apostasy
There is a sequence of events clearly outlined in 2 Thessalonians Chapter Two.
1. The departure from Biblical Faith; looking for a political Messiah
2. The man of sin sitting in the Temple as "God"
3. The Midnight Rapture
NOW you know what witholdeth. You also now can see how highly subjective the switching of the word "restrainer" is compared with the original "what witholdeth".
We ought to be true Bereans and search the original KJV Scriptures carefully.
The man of sin arises in a climate of no fear of the Living God....in a climate of Biblical illiteracy; or worse yet, the perversion and twisting of the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit is still here AFTER the Rapture
We believe that there will be multitudes of people confessing true and genuine repentance during the Great Tribulation.
Psalm 51 is an x-ray of David's repentant heart. In the depths of his genuine sorrow over
sin, David pleads "Do not take thy Holy Spirit from me". God would never do that to the truly contrite person.
He would take His Spirit from the unrepentant sinner, hardened in sin. But that would be the only reason.
Jesus Himself tells the saints during the Great Tribulation period that He will come in and sup with them personally. Revelation 3:20 . If Jesus COMES IN to us, He is abiding with us. His SPIRIT then is WITHIN us. The Holy Spirit IS the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
If any minister tells you that the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way at the time of the rapture, then that person is a false teacher . They are in heretical error , and they are NOT to be listened to.
"Behold, I AM with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
WHY THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NEVER TAKEN AWAY DURING ANY TIME PERIOD
1. The Holy Spirit is God, and God can never be taken away from Dispensations (Time-periods).
2. God (the 3 in 1) has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. In Hebrews 13:5 and
in Joshua 1:5 and 9 it clearly says : "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee"
("never" means never)
To imply that the Holy Ghost can be divorced from Jesus is to deny the doctrine of the Trinity.
There will be new-believers AND RE-newed Believers here on earth, after the Rapture.
3. God has promised to be with us until the end of the world (this age, PLUS through to the end of the millennium (1,000 years later) and through out all ages. Matthew 28:20
God (the 3 in 1) is EL OLAM...from everlasting to everlasting...from vanishing point to vanishing point.
God (the 3 in 1....which includes the Holy Spirit) is ALWAYS, ALWAYS with us.
That is Theology 101 .
The Holy Spirit is very active during the Great Tribulation.
1. The Holy Spirit is working miracles through the 2 witnesses -- Rev. 11; and 1 Corinthians 12:4
Please see http://hopetotheend.com/wit.html
2. The Holy Spirit is helping the 144,000 Jews to evangelize the whole world.
No one can say "Jesus is the Lord" ( 1 Corinthians 12:3) without the Holy Spirit and multitudes will be saying "Jesus is the Lord".
3. The Holy Spirit births Salvation to the multitude which no man can number (Rev. 7:9-17) during
the Great Tribulation and they arrive safely in heaven. This can happen only by the power of the Holy Spirit.
They MUST be born of water (tears of repentance) and by the Holy Spirit who alone can regenerate one's heart.
Philosophy, theology, and religion can not regenerate the heart.
Only the Holy Spirit, contacting and regenerating our spirit and heart, can THEN turn our thoughts like
waterways to submit to the Living Word. Psalm 139:23
Salvation is not a mental act. It is a turning of the heart. The Holy Spirit has the code to our hearts that unlocks them, if we but ask.
Rev. 2:23. "I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts"....Let us hear what THE SPIRIT is saying to the Church.
"If with ALL your heart ye truly seek Me, ye shall ever surely find Me, thus saith our God" -- Jeremiah 29:13
--Lyrics from the Opera "Elijah"
4. Who is the One sheltering, nourishing and maintaining the Remnant in the wilderness?
God-- the 3 in 1-- which includes the Holy Spirit.
"My people perish for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
The Holy Spirit is the fount of wisdom and grace and especially of truth.
The insights He gives to those who are left behind will help to maintain them in the wilderness. He it is Who enlightens our way.
He is our Navigator and leads us into all truth. John 16:7-14
5. We can not survive without the Holy Spirit, whether we realize this or not.
If the Holy Spirit were taken from us (as some interpreters would have us believe)
then all life would vanish upon earth.
Without the Holy Spirit here with us, all life would end. The Holy Spirit is the principle of Life.
"If He (God) set His heart upon man, if He gather unto Himself His Spirit and His
breath; all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto the dust." Job 34: 14, 15
Living Bible Translation: "If God were to withdraw His Spirit, all life would disappear" -- Job 34:14,15.
6. God, the 3 in 1, is omni-present, which means that He is in all places at the same time.
He can't be up in heaven and not down here. Or down here and not in heaven.
The 3 in 1 is omni-present. God is in heaven and on earth at the same time.
Jesus' physical body is in heaven; His Spirit is in heaven and on earth both. Jesus can
manifest Himself at any time here on earth (called a theophany... as in Melchizedek)
Americanism is the latest spin on the Gospel.
It's as if the American Church isn't destined to suffer.... as if suffering will only occur after the rapture, and outside of America.
There's something greatly amiss here.
Yes, evil will have it's global holiday once we are gone. But much of the globe is under
severe persecution even now , that is very similar to that which will be experienced during the Great Tribulation.
Is imprisonment, death and martyrdom any different during the Great Tribulation than now? Not if you're the one experiencing it. The main difference during the great Tribulation will be the numbers....global wholesale slaughter.
"Yea, and ALL that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" 2 Timothy 3:12.
"ALL" includes America. "All" includes at ALL times .... not just after the rapture.
Some interpreters tell us that the man of sin will not be revealed until AFTER we're raptured.
That flies in the face of exactly what Paul was writing against in the 2nd Thessalonian letter. Are we interpreting Scripture according to wishful thinking? Is it because we hope not to be here to identify anti-christ that we say we won't be here? Are we afraid to take a stand for Christ ? Do we lack trust? Do we fear consequences? Why?
Didn't He tell us all along that Christianity is an all-or-nothing love affair ?
A perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
We see then that the Rapture cannot take place until there is a falling away from sound Biblical doctrine. The masses will be closing their eyes to Truth and Reality. When that happens, the man of sin -- the future antichrist Beast -- will sit in the Temple as God. At that time too the false Prophet will be revealed. When those things happen, we --the Bride of Christ -- are to lift up our heads for our Redemption and Rapture is near. Luke 21:28.
May the Holy Ghost---who NEVER leaves us---enlighten these passages to our hearts. He brings hope and salvation at ALL times, even to the end.
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out!".....
to Whom be glory forever more" Romans 11: 33:36
Words of Eternal Life http://www.thewordsofeternallife.com/2th2.html
The Rapture Project http://www.rainmusic.com/raptureproject/rapture_manofsin.htm
The Coming Epiphany http://thecomingepiphany.com/prophecychatter/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8
The End Times are Here http://theendtimesarehere.com/2011/02/07/is-the-rapture-imminent/
Bible Rapture http://www.biblerapture.com/BibleLesson.asp
Articles on the Rapture: ( complete list of articles on the Rapture )
" Naon has been
translated as 'temple' but in actuality refers to the 'holy
place' or 'sanctuary' rather than to the physical edifice of
a temple building. This distinction can be clarified by closely
examining the meanings of two different Greek words. One is ieron
which derives from the word ieros, meaning 'sacred.' This Greek
word denotes the entire physical structure of a temple. The other
Greek word, naos or naon, refers to the sanctuary of a
temple, where the deity resided."
Peter A. Michas.
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