“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 21

To deceive the consecrated

In due time Satan will come to realize that his is the losing battle, but that time is future, for now
Satan’s cause seems to be the winning one
. And before this realization comes, he will get still more
power than he currently has. Eventually Jesus will take a more active role as regards the dispossession of
Satan. When Satan realizes the criticalness of the hour, he will want to destroy with him as many as
possible. In addition, he will try to destroy all of God’s plans, to frustrate them as much as possible,
he
will direct his attacks especially upon the consecrated wherever they may be
, at the godly element
who sincerely love God and want to serve Him—whether in or out of the nominal system.

The progression of Satan’s attack will be (1) the feet members, (2) the rest of the consecrated
(
i.e. the Great Company), and (3) the nation of Israel—against whatever pertains to God. The
world is already blinded, deceived, and absorbed in anything
and everything other than the gospel:
sports, sex, science, money, fame,
entertainment and etc. Therefore we can expect that, Satan will
concentrate his deceptions and attacks on anyone God is dealing with
, especially on those who
have some measure of understanding and truth.

Rev 12:17 reveals that at the time of the French Revolution, Satan began to lay plans which would
culminate at the very end of the age. “
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to
make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the
testimony of Jesus Christ
.” Specifically, Satan is determined to destroy theremnant” (the feet
members)
of the woman’sseed” (the true Church). Then his attacks will focus on the remaining
consecrated
(the Great Company). When they are off the scene, Satan will fire at Israel through
Gog and Magog.

The lying signs and wonders, the delusions and deceptions, will be slanted against the truly
consecrated
(in an effort to stumble their faith). The plurality of the deceptions shows that they will be
along several lines and methods and that Satan will try anything to discourage, undercut, and deceive
those who love God.

To get at those in Present-Truth circles will require a more refined deception— something that
those not in the proper heart condition will be unprepared for. Such will be unaware of the
nature of his attack
.”

Since the delusion will be alie,” it means that the deluded ones will consider the lie to be truth.
The Book of Jude suggests this delusion will be along the lines of the flesh, along the lines of compassion
and love.
Hence a false conception of love will be the real deluding power of the future.”

If a fallen angel or even Satan should materialize and pose as the returned Lord, it would be an
obvious lie
to those of Present Truth and hence would not even deceive a large portion of the
Great Company class, let alone the elect. Therefore, we know the coming deception has to be
along
multiple lines.

“In regard to deceiving the consecrated, if fallen angels materialize as individuals, they could pose as
teachers in the true Church. They would have powers of elocution and flowery oratory so as to deceive
the consecrated. We do not know the backgrounds of all those who come into the truth. And it is true
that we should have a certain guilelessness and lack of suspicion in our character, yet we still need to have
a watchful attitude.
While to a certain extent we may accept a brother based on the
recommendations of others, when he
teaches the Word of God, we must be careful—regardless
of background. We must
analyze what we hear to see whether it is truth or not. With proper
analysis we would be able to discern that a message was wrong—even if presented by a
materialized fallen angel
. Such a thing could happen within the Truth movement itself, causing a great
deception. Imagine the powers of such a fallen angel: rhetoric, predictions, “
education,” great ability to
quote Scriptures (to suit his evil purposes), etc.

The only safeguard we have is the truth itself—not appearance or manner of speech or seeming
outward zeal
(i.e. false pretences of love and concern for the brethren). The message is what counts.
What a strong deception this would be for the consecrated—and a determining factor as to whether they
would get life even as part of the Great Company!
We must beware of deceptive reasoning!as the
Pastor pointed out in
Reprint 1362,It is for this cause that so many new and plausible forms of
error
have been brought forward within this harvest period.”

The initial period of a deception determines whether one is or is not deceived. After the
deception becomes obvious, it is too late to pass the test
. Suppose one chooses the wrong course
and finds out later. Those who would be of the Great Company class will retrace their path as soon as
their eyes are opened. However, it will be a very crucial period, for
the temptation will be to save face
and to go along with the deception until it leads to excesses
.

The Apostle Jude mentions the class who are saved through extremity (the Great Company) and those
who are not saved (Second Death).
The initial period of the deception will be very important for
determining whether or not one will be of the Little Flock
. Then, as the deception begins to run
its course, the Great Company will realize their mistake and take a proper stand, the result being
their retrieval. The Second Death class will not take a proper stand and will, instead, go into
even grosser excesses
. Suppose one is partially deceived for a while and then all of a sudden sees the
drastic effect of the deceiving doctrine. Such individuals will be
shocked into a realization of what has
happened.

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins teaches the principle of Proverbs 23:23 that we are
to
buy the truth and sell it not. When the foolish virgins go into the marketplace to those who sell, they
will learn (
a lesson) from the sellers and return with the oil. Those whosellare those who will sell
out the truth
. When the foolish virgin class see what is happening— when they see some selling the truth
as Judas did—they will be shocked into a realization of their own condition and recognize the danger in
communicating with such individuals. The foolish virgins will be repentant, renew their consecrations, get
more fullness of the Holy Spirit, and wash their robes white in the blood of the Lamb (
Rev 7:14). They will
knock on the door after going through the experience of acquiring the oil.
The Book of Jude, 2 Peter 2,
the type of Judas, and the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins all tie together regarding the
end of the age
.” (“First and Second Thessalonians”, Pages 79-81)

Our final scripture is found in the book of Deuteronomy

Deut 13:1-3

If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams and he give you a sign or a
wonder
, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you saying (in essence)
‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not
listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams,
for the Lord your God is testing
you
to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You
shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His
voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him
.”

This scripture implies that
the time will come when Satan’s servants will be granted the ability to
prophesize certain things and to perform miraculous works,
which will come to pass, thus
deceiving many into believing that these are the works of the Lord,
but THEY ARE NOT, they are all parts
of Satan’s deceptions in the vain attempt to uphold the old order.

What types of things should we expect?

Miraculous healings, cures from disease and sickness, possibly even fringed resurrections,
(remember when the spirits in chains are released they will once again be able to materialize into
fleshly bodies thus deceiving many into believing that the resurrection is taking place, but of
course those properly informed of God’s plan, i.e.
 “The times and the seasons”, will not be
deceive by these things
even though they take place,

Why? Because they know that now, during this Gospel Age is not the time for these things, these things
are reserved for the next age as promised, during the times of the restoration of all things.

During our Lord’s first advent he performed some of these miracles, "
These things [miracles] did
Jesus,
and manifested forth [beforehand] his [coming] glory." (John 2:11)

"
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the
dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them
" (Matt 11:5). But these works
were performed on a very small scale and only for the purpose of helping to establish the Church; soon
after these privileges would be gone, they would end, but he knew a time would come when the Christ,
Head and Body joined together, would perform far greater miracles and on a far more permanent basis.

"
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do
; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12)

Here is the KEY, which will distinguish these events as NOT being of the Lord,

When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does NOT happen or come to
pass
, that is the thing which the LORD has NOT spoken; the prophet has spoken it
presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him
.” (Deut 18:22)

You see none of the various signs and lying wonders performed by the servants of the
Adversary, will be ascribed to the Lord
by those performing them, because if they were, the
Lord
would not permit the work to come to pass.

It is merely those who witness these events performed (the deceived) who will be ascribing
them to the Lord
.

Reread the last two statements over again if need be so that it is absolutely clear, this is something
which will prove pivotal to your overcoming these delusions
.

Continued with next post


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