Revelation Chapter 16, “The Seven Last Plagues”, Part 9

Continued from previous post

It is important that all the Lord’s true children take special note to the following scriptures, the
original editor of this presentation merely referred to them, but I would like to present them,
because I see them not only as pertinent to our victory, but also to our ability not to fall prey to
the deceptions which are coming shortly upon the whole world. The time is short my friends
very soon the darkness of the night will elope this present world, and then we will find it very
difficult to converse one with another as freely as we do now, soon the
“four winds” will be let
lose, and the spirits once confined in
“age-lasting chains under darkness” will once again be
loosed even as they were previous to the flood. This release is a part of the divine purpose
(Jude 6) and so it is with this knowledge that I feel compelled to remind you of our Lord’s
warning to us all of what lies ahead so that we are prepared and not over taken
.

Our first scripture is Matt 24:24, 25

For false Christ and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if
possible, even the elect


How great will these deceptions and lying wonders be? So great that if not for the fact that the
elect having been forearmed by the truth on this as well as on other aspects of God’s plan involving the
overturning of the old order, and the events soon to transpire
that even they would fall prey (be
deceived) by these deceptions
. That is how great these deceptions shall be.

The implication is most positively clear and evident;
EVERY ONE else (not of the elect) regardless of
their professions will be deceived in one-way or another,
this will likewise include many of the Great
Company class
.

Remember there are
two groups who compose the Great Company Class, those typified by Elisha
who have kept close to Elijah (the “
Little flock”) and so are acquainted with “present truth” thus
somewhat prepared for what is to come, and those who have been adrift in the wilderness condition
this or else still “
Babes” trapped in Babylon totally unaware of the trouble approaching.

Note in
Verse 25 of Matthew 24 the Lord’s special warning to his people in regards to this, “See I
have told you beforehand


To be forewarned is to be forearmed, none of the Lord’s people who are fully awake, and who have
heeded his warnings in respect to these things should be caught off guard by these
lying wonders, none
should be found later saying,

‘Lord I did not know that these things were going to take place,
I thought it was you performing
these wonders
, had I known it was not, I would have been better prepared to resist these deceptions’

If you succumb to these deceptions it will be your own fault, none will be without excuse.

Our second scripture is 2 Thess 2:9-12

It might be necessary for the sake of those not too familiar with the implications of the text to back
track a little to get the full picture of events, some of which is in the past, and some of which is to
shortly take place. The following was taken from the
American Standard Version, the NKJV, and “The
Emphasized Bible” Rotherham Edition
.

Starting at 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 stating
); 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
). 2 Thess 2:1-8

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).”

It is important here to note the intimation is that the severities of these deceptions (testings) will not
only befall the world and the professing church, but the saints, the elect as well.

Our third 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.

It is with the sincere thought that we might aid some of the Lord’s true children from falling prey to these
delusions soon to come, that we have interjected our thoughts on these very important scriptures here in
the midst of our study of the plagues, we sincerely hope that all will take heed to their warnings, we will
continue with the
Sixth Plague shortly.


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