Matthew 24 – “Let the reader understand”
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
2 Thessalonians 2
Don’t Be Deceived About the Day of the Lord
1Brothers and sisters, we have this request to make of you about our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming and our gathering to meet him. 2Don’t get upset right away or alarmed when someone claims that we said through some spirit, conversation, or letter that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you about this in any way. That day cannot come unless a revolt takes place first, and the man of sin, the man of destruction, is revealed. 4He opposes every so-called god or anything that is worshiped and places himself above them, sitting in God’s temple and claiming to be God.
5Don’t you remember that I told you about these things when I was still with you? 6You know what it is that now holds him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes. 7The mystery of this sin is already at work. But it cannot work effectively until the person now holding it back gets out of the way. 8Then the man of sin will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will destroy him by what he says. When the Lord Jesus comes, his appearance will put an end to this man.
9The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous and wonderful signs. But they will be lies. 10He will use everything that God disapproves of to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them. 11That’s why God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a lie. 12Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will be condemned.
These two bible passages are deep and mysterious. How many times is the phrase “let the reader understand” used in the bible? Twice and both in the new testament affirming the same conversation.
They relate of course, to the end times. In Second Thessalonians 2 we read: “The mystery of this sin is already at work. But it cannot work effectively until the person now holding it back gets out of the way.”
Here Paul is affirming that there is a great “mystery” of lawlessness that was already afoot in those times. The spirit of the anti-Christ or satan. The mystery for us living in today’s world is: WHAT EXACTLY IS TAKING PLACE HERE? What is holding the Anti-Christ at bay? Is it the Holy Spirit? Is it an Angel? Is it a man?
Whatever it is, this much is certain: it is God himself who is fully ordaining everything that is taking place around us. GOD who is calling the shots and deciding WHEN everything is taking place. NOT the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
For if this spirit of lawlessness had it’s way, and could by it’s own power enact it’s own plans…then what chance would any power on earth have to hold it back? The answer? none / no chance at all.
FOR IT IS GOD HIMSELF that is holding this creature at bay and not the power of man. Glory and hallelujah to the Lord God Jesus Christ who with a single word can unravel the mountains, tumble cities and bind up Satan at whim.
No doubt this irrefutable fact grinds on the nerves of every satanist and scion of lucifer worldwide. But what can this little fact do for us Christians?
It can help give us FAITH and HOPE. Things will happen that will come at us from left field. I am sure the we will see things in our lifetime that we can neither explain or even comprehend. Yet though it all we must remember that it is GOD who is in charge. Yes, people may die and we may suffer as well (before our own deaths). Our faith in God is not proof against catastrophe (It certainly wasn’t for the holy saints).
But in an age where the NWO will constantly spew the same rhetoric day in and day out… namely that “Jesus is not coming to save you”, we must remember that this is all included in God’s plan. We must keep our faith in Jesus and allow whatever God wills to unfold.
I am not saying it will be pretty or lovely (Those are NWO lies) but for we who believe in Jesus Christ we must pray and ask for God to steel our affirmation in His Holy name.
Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on Earth.