“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 19

A Word of Warning

Our second scripture is 2 Thess 2:9-12

Now in order to properly understand this text it will be necessary first that we back track a little for the
benefit of all so as to get the full picture of events, understand some of this relates to the past, to
prophecy fulfilled while other aspects relate to prophecies yet to come. The following excerpts were
taken from the American Standard Version, the NKJV, and “
The Emphasized Bible” Rotherham Edition.

Beginning at
Chapter 2 Verse 1

Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the presence (parousia) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the
Second Advent)
, and of our gathering together unto him; to the end that ye be not quickly shaken
from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as
that the day of the Lord is just at hand
(or that it had already come at that time as some were then
implying)
; let no man deceive you in any wise: for that day will not come UNTIL first the falling
away
(the rebellion or apostasy) comes, and (secondly) the man of sin be revealed, the son of
perdition
(the Antichrist), that is he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God
or that is worshipped; so that he sits in the temple of God
(the Church), setting himself forth as
God
(as God’s Vicegerent).

Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know
what is restraining
(what interposes), [him] to the end that [he] (the Lord Jesus Christ) may be
revealed
(discerned) in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only
[there is] one that restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.
(That is the seat for which the
Man of Sin sought, was
at that time, already occupied by another, the Roman Empire)

And then (at the time of our Lord’s second presence, after the great falling away, after the rise of the
Antichrist system, both of which are confirmed by history)
, shall the lawless one be revealed
(uncovered, exposed, recognized, even as it was by Luther and many others of the Reformers)
, this
lawless one the Lord Jesus shall slay
(consume) with the breath of his mouth (his Word, the truth),
and bring to naught (annihilate) by the manifestation (epiphania; the bright shining) of his presence
(once again bear in mind the age in which we live, the age of faith, not of sight, this manifestation of the
Lord’s presence is not to be found looking to the desert, nor to the inner rooms, nor the skies, but rather
by looking to our “
lamps” our Bibles, it is there that the Lord’s presence is revealed).

*
Whose presence (the Lord Jesus Christ) shall be according to (or accompanied by) an in-working of
Satan
with all manner of mighty works and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all manner
of deceit
(and deception) of unrighteousness in them who are destroying themselves, because the
love of the truth
(all truth, but partially that dealing with these events) they did not welcome (did not
accept, nor heed)
that they might be saved (spared from these deceptions).

And for this reason God will send them (permit to come upon them) strong delusion, to the end
that they should
(or will) believe the falsehood (The various lying signs and wonders performed by
Satan and the fallen spirits, shall be so convincing to those who preferred error and who refused to accept
the truth on this subject, that they will be totally overcome by them, believing them to be the works of
the Father and of his Son)
This so that they all should be judged who did not believe the truth but
had pleasure in unrighteousness
(falsehood, errors).”

Now upon further study of the foregoing we deduce the following,

*Most translations incorrectly slant thewhose comingof Verse 9 to refer to the Antichrist. The
word
coming” (Greek parousia) in this verse meanspresence, therefore it cannot refer to the
Adversary because he has been present all along, that is, throughout the Gospel Age. The
thought is that
during the Second Presence of the Master, Satan will have a very energetic
operation of delusion
.

When we consider Jesus’ presence to be a period of time, then we know that sometime in the
period of his presence
, there will be a spectacular (in the evil sense) display of lying and
deceitful wonders.
In the Second Volume, “Man of Sin” Chapter, Page 359, the Pastor gave a
rendition of this verse that is slightly different from the King James.

Whose presence is with [accompanied by or during] an energetic operation of Satan [Satanic
energy and action] with
ALL power, and signs, and lying delusions.” Although not in the King
James Version, the word “
during” is appropriate because it expresses a period of time. Unfortunately, the
usual concordances present the Greek
kata, translated “after” in the King James, as signifying something
with
place or location when it is used with the accusative case, and they drop out the application of time,
which is listed in
Liddell and Scott (Page 749, Eighth Edition, example VII) as one of the
interpretations of the preposition.

The
energetic operation corresponds to Revelation 16:13, 14. “And I saw three unclean spirits like
frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the
mouth of the false prophet. For they are
the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth
unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great
day of God Almighty
.”

The Greek word is energeia, indicating great energy, an energetic operation.

The wordallinall power and signs and lying wonders” is likewise very significant as in respects to
the future testing’s that will befall the consecrated.

The account saysALL power,” and who is doing this? Why Satan—a POWERFUL being. He will
use
all manner of deception, signs, and lying wonders, and “all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish
” (Verse 10). This somber matter involves many different strata of society, but the
bottom line for us is how it affects the consecrated. However, professing Christians in the nominal
systems, as well as civil authorities, will also be affected. In fact, when this time comes at the end of the
age,
all will be deceived except the Very Elect (Matt 24:24).

In the phraseall power and signs and lying wonders,what would be thesigns? What kind of
signs?

Signsare something visible. For example, the world will see the “sign” of the coming of the Son of
man (
Matt 24:30). The Pastor at first gave this text a past application until late in his ministry when he
changed his view and said it is still future and is the sign that will be given to the world.

Galatians 1:8 warns of a possible deception: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed
.” The
hypothesis
here is that there is a distinct possibility in the future that the Adversary will materialize, that
he will
visibly manifest himself. Since most of nominal Christendom is expecting Jesus to return visually,
Satan’s literally appearing as an angel of light would be a strong deception.

The Evangelical Protestant view is that
of a visual manifestation of Christ, that when he arrives he will be
seen in the heavens
by all. Most people today are cultured by television to think that the spirit world is
friendly and that such manifestations are for beneficent purposes. People reason, “
Since an angel is
supernatural and his wisdom is beyond our comprehension, he must be more intelligent than we
are
.” But there are evil supernatural beings as well as good ones. We must distinguish between that
which is right and that which is harmful.
If an angel comes from heaven, as Gal 1:8 warns, the
Lord’s people are not to be deceived
. That is a very valuable Scripture, but materializing as an angel of
light is only
one arrow out of Satan’s quiver or arsenal.

The distinction is that asignis visual and alying wonderis both audible and visual.

An example of a lying wonder would be an angel (
as the Lord has forbidden such visible appearances at
this time
).

Think about it, at the end of the Kingdom, when mankind has received a full measure of light and
understanding, Satan will be loosed for the Little Season. If the number who follow him at that time—
after
having received
full light and being in perfect condition—can be described as the “sand of the sea
(
Rev 20:8), how many more will succumb at this end of the age (whilst most have very little to no light
at all
)?

Yes, in spite of the education
and enlightenment that is now available to the common man, this
information
alone will not be safeguard enough against the deceptions the Adversary will use. He has
already cultured
most of Christendom to be expecting as bona fide the very things he plans to
use as deceptions.
It is the minority who are pointing out these deceptions who will be the ones
severely tried
.

Another line of reasoning is in connection with the binding of the fallen angels in chains of darkness.
Jude
6
tells us, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath
reserved in everlasting chains under darkness
unto (until) the judgment of the great day.” The
implication is that the fallen angels will be loosed during the
judgment of the great day,” which
is our day and the near future
. In terms of deceptions, it would not be unreasonable to expect the
fallen angels to impersonate the dead and/or some of the living consecrated and to do all sorts of
spectacular things to mislead the world, such as getting them to think the resurrection has taken place.

We must be alert, for the Lord has furnished information to both safeguard us from the dangers
and alert us to them
(such as Gal 1:8 and Matt 24:24). Truth is a shield to protect the Christian.
(
“First and Second Thessalonians”, by Brother Frank Shallieu, Pages 71-74)

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