And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 2Thess 2:6
OPENING COMMENTS by Robert
Like many my limited understanding of why the things of the world are not important, is, as this research reveals. Our lives at this time are under the protection of the Holy Spirit. And as we go further into this article we are going to encounter more and more information on why we should not be attached to the things of the world.
We can use them to go forward and use them for sustenance, but we should never become attached or covet and fully accept the trials and tribulations of the world are not our concern.
Our mission, pass through this world under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to find that one individual who has strayed or not found the path to eternal freedom.
Let us observe that no sooner was Christianity planted and rooted in the world than there began to be a defection in the Christian church. It was so in the Old Testament church; presently after any considerable advance made in religion there followed a defection.
Soon after the promise, there was revolting; for example, soon after men began to call upon the name of the Lord all flesh corrupted their way, – soon after the covenant with Noah the Babel-builders bade defiance to heaven, – soon after the covenant with Abraham his seed degenerated in Egypt, – soon after the Israelites were planted in Canaan when the first generation was worn off, they forsook God and served Baal, – soon after God’s covenant with David his seed revolted and served other gods, – soon after the return out of captivity there was a general decay of piety, as appears by the story of Ezra and Nehemiah; and therefore it was no strange thing that after the planting of Christianity there should come a falling away.
Christ here foretells the going forth of deceivers he begins with a caution, Take heed that no man deceive you. Mind you your duty, follow me and be not seduced from following me”
Those that are most inquisitive concerning the secret things which belong not to them are most easily imposed upon by seducers, 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The disciples, when they heard that the Jews, their most inveterate enemies, should be destroyed, might be in danger of falling into security “Nay,” saith Christ, “you are more exposed to other ways,” Seducers are more dangerous enemies to the church than persecutors.
In this discourse, he mentions the appearance of false prophets, which was, a presage of Jerusalem’s ruin. Justly were they who killed the true prophets, left to be ensnared by false prophets and they who crucified the true Messiah, left to be deceived and broken by false Christs and pretended Messiahs.
The appearance of these was the occasion of dividing the people into parties and factions, which made their ruin the more easy, speedy, and the sin of the many that were led aside by them helped to fill the measure. It was a trial to the disciples of Christ, and therefore agreeable to their state of probation, that they which are perfect, maybe made manifest.
The name of this person, or rather the state and power here spoken of. He is called the man of sin, to denote his egregious wickedness; not only is he addicted to, and practises, wickedness himself. But also promotes, countenances, and commands sin and wickedness in others.
He is the son of perdition, because he himself is devoted to certain destruction, and is the instrument of destroying many others both in soul and body. He is the great patron of error and lies, the sworn enemy of the truth as it is in Jesus and all the faithful followers of Jesus.
More particularly, it is with Satanical power and deceit. Divine power is pretended for the support of this kingdom, but it is only after the working of Satan. Signs and wonders, visions and miracles, are pretended; by these, the papal kingdom was first set up and has all along been kept up, but they have false signs to support false doctrines, and lying wonders, or only pretended miracles that have served their cause, things false in fact, or fraudulently managed, to impose upon the people: and the diabolical deceits with which the antichristian state has been supported are notorious.
Some think, the seducers here pointed to were such as had been settled teachers in the church, and had gained a reputation as such, but afterward betrayed the truth they had taught, and revolted to error and from such the danger is the greater, because least suspected.
One false traitor in the garrison may do more mischief than a thousand avowed enemies without. There should appear false Christs, coming in Christ’s name (Matthew 24:5), assuming to themselves the name peculiar to him, and saying, I am Christ.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
These false Christs and false prophets would have their agents and emissaries busy in all places to draw people into them, Matthew 24:23.
Then, when the public troubles are great and threatening, and people will be grasping at anything that looks like deliverance, then Satan will take advantage of imposing on them.
They will say, Lo, here is a Christ, or there is one, but do not mind them, the true Christ did not strive, nor cry nor was it said of him, Lo, here! or Lo, there! (Luke 17:21), therefore if any man says so concerning him, look upon it as a temptation.
They shall deceive many (Matthew 24:5), and again, Matthew 24:11. Note, The devil and his instruments may prevail far in deceiving poor souls few find the strait gate, but many are drawn into the broad path many will be imposed upon by their signs and wonders, and many drawn in by the hopes of deliverance from their oppression. Note, Neither miracles nor multitudes are certain signs of a true church for all the world wonders after the beast, Revelation 13:3.
Our times are serious and treacherous, being concerned for the condition of the world is setting yourself up for what is predicted a false rescue. Walk not after the world and its comforts, rather keep your focus on the word. Know who you are following and where you are being lead to.
The greatest caution here, be assured our Lord is returning, however, The thing is certain that Christ will come, and there is a certain time appointed for his coming. There are many things which our vain curiosity desires to know which there is no necessity at all of our knowing, nor would our knowledge of them do us good. It becomes one of Satan’s portals.
Blessings brothers and sisters may you all walk in the light which has been shared with you, comforts you, and lights the narrow path so hard to find and maintain.
Again please remember this is just a humble servant doing the bidding of Yeshua (Jesus). I pray for a safe journey forward. A walk-in God’s love and peace, and may the “SHARING OF YOUR LIGHT” in the Den of wolves be fruitful, remember, He is always with you if you hold His love in your heart forever.