Wicked Doctors – Dumb Doctrine

“My doctor has so much love- he didn’t even tell me I had cancer, or where it was, and he’s so compassionate, he refused to cut it out while it was still small… so much love and grace. At my funeral”

– This is a parable about how people twist Gods character as if He is okay with contagious sin in the name of love and grace.

“After the Tribulation” – A Great Movie that Effectively Ends Confusion and Brings Simple Biblical Agreement on Events Surrounding the LORD’s Return

I remember when I was a freshman in college and God first showed me clarity on what the rapture really is going to be. When a King comes into his nation, all of his closest people meet him at the airport and welcome him into his nation… So in a similar way when Jesus comes back, we will “meet Him in the air.” The rapture is about Jesus coming down and us meeting Him, NOT about us disappearing.

All I had to do was read Matthew 24 a few times in a row and it was a wrap… When you understand how things really go, all the scriptures become so clear and easy to understand!

This movie goes much more in depth than that… its a great expose’ of the false doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture.

Make sure you watch it here:

Disclaimer: I do not agree with 100% of the views expressed in this video.

WOE TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THE WICKED AND CONDEMN THE JUST – the HUGE Sword Naming Names, but with Gentleness! – Week of Swords and Axes Day 3

WOE TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THE WICKED AND CONDEMN THE JUST

a.k.a. the HUGE Sword God gave Shereena! Naming Names, but with Gentleness.

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

This makes me want to weep. How much of this do we have going on right now?

What does it mean to justify the wicked?

jus·ti·fy

verb /ˈjəstəˌfī/

  1. Show or prove to be right or reasonable
  • – the person appointed has fully justified our confidence
  1. Be a good reason for
  • – the situation was grave enough to justify further investigation
  1. Declare or make righteous in the sight of God

wick·ed

adjective /ˈwikid/

  1. Evil or morally wrong
  • – a wicked and unscrupulous politician
  1. Intended to or capable of harming someone or something
  • – he should be punished for his wicked driving

When you know the commandments and the word of the Lord, and you tell someone who breaks those commandments and does not keep those words that they are right in what they do, this is an abomination to the Lord.

a·bom·i·na·tion

noun /əˌbäməˈnāSHən/

  1. A thing that causes disgust or hatred
  • – this bill is an abomination to all mankind
  • – concrete abominations masquerading as hotels
  1. A feeling of hatred
  • – their abomination of indulgence

Justifying the wicked is disgusting to God, something He HATES!

Christian Musicians, Artists, and Celebrities that Justify the Wicked

An area where justification of the wicked is extremely prevalent is in Christian music. Christians celebrate ungodly musicians and singers, we even go as far as collaborating and making music with ungodly people. Now, Christian artists and wicked music artists are making music together at an alarming rate, and no one seems to think it is wrong. But, what does God’s word say?

MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES VERY SLOWLY

Isaiah 5:11-24

11Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 12And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.  13Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.  14Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 15And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: 16But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

17Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat. 18Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 19That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! 20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Let’s Take Some More Time to Ponder and Analyze Isaiah 5:11-23

-Strong drink: The mingling of the holy and profane, wine of the world and false wine of the spirit.  (vs. 22)

-Strong men (vs. 22): rich men, mighty in the earth, men with influence, celebrities, men who have a form of godliness.

-They justify the wicked for their own reward (vs. 23): increased influence, money, power, fame, self-promotion.

-Verse 12 specifically addresses music and how it is used in a corrupt way (the harp, tabret, viol). Music is useless unless it glorifies God how He truly is not how we want Him to be. Music without God leads to sin and rebellion if they do not regard the work of God or consider the operation of His hands (vs. 12).

They may regard God with their mouths, but do they regard the work of God which is righteous? No because they are chasing wine early in the morning. Do they consider the work of His hands which is HOLY? No because wine is at their feasts.

We have Christian artists that are mixing strong drink. They put “gospel” songs on raunchy secular mix tapes. They use their influence to promote secular labels, artists and cds. In their eyes they are spreading the message of Christ on a secular mix tape…but if a Christian follower who they market to buys that mix tape, they will hear ONE watered down “gospel” song and TWELVE songs about drugs, sex, and profane living?!

Lecrae puts a song on raunchy secular mixtape by DJ Statik Selekta http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/population-control-bonus-track/id463889619, and promotes a secular Hip Hop event http://missdimplez.com/2012/02/uhsxsw-profile-1-lecrae/

Mali Music signs to Konvict Records with Akon http://allhiphop.com/2011/11/01/akon-signs-gospel-rapper-mali-music-to-konvict-muzik/ (the symbolism in the fact that Akon’s record label is called Konvict, a convict is someone who was convicted and imprisoned for crimes – bondage, and Isaiah 5:13 says “My people are led into captivity…”, is a whole other topic in itself!)

Is this right? WRONG!! This is leading people into spiritual confusion; verse 13 goes on to say “My people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge”…who has taken them captive? Their enemies have taken them captive. How were they led captive?

Strong drink (false doctrine, mixing wine of the world and wine of the Spirit), music and wine without regard for the work of God (His work is His commandments Exodus 32:12)

Psalms 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The works of God cause His enemies to submit to HIM. But instead the strong drink, music and ungodly feasting cause God’s people to submit to His enemies (the works of darkness). They do not consider the operation of His hands (the way GOD operates: hating sin, loving holiness, righteous judgements, condemnation of wickedness, and pardoning those who repent of sin, not honoring the sin).

-Verse 13 continues on saying …”and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst”. Wait a minute, if they were feasting and drinking wine in verse 12, why are they hungry (famished) and thirsty in verse 13? Because when you do not regard the work of God or consider the way HE operates, you are led into death. Only the works of God and His operations bring LIFE (satisfying hunger and thirst Isaiah 49:10, John 4:13-14, John 6:27-37, Isaiah 65:13, Revelations 7:16)

-Who is making the wine and mingling the strong drink? This is the strong man, the rich man, the powerful man. When the strong man makes the drink, the multitudes will drink it. This is another reason why many Christian artists are sound at first, while they are gaining followers.

Then once they hit a certain status of fame and riches they switch and start mingling strong drink. The strong man makes the wine, because people will drink deceit from a rich and mighty man because of their status and success. So the strong men run to the mixture, because a strong man wants to make money off of the wicked and their influence. Spiritually, the strong men are prostitutes.

-People love to justify working with darkness and mixing ungodly with Godly by saying “well, Jesus ate with sinners and people got mad at Him too.” Jesus preached repentance to them. Jesus rebuked and prophesied to them, Jesus called them OUT of the darkness they were in. These people did NOT join Jesus in ministry. They were NOT part of His inner circle. He did NOT come into agreement with them in business deals.

He did NOT say let me follow you around and introduce me to your circle so I can show people who I am and maybe they will get saved…HE SAID FOLLOW ME!!! HE SAID IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS!!! HE SAID IF YOU DO NO PICK UP YOUR CROSS YOU ARE NOT WORTHY OF ME!! Jesus preached repentance, those who wanted to repent, did it and followed Him. Those who did not repent, Jesus warned his followers to avoid (the rich young ruler, Pharisees, etc.)

When the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-24) did not want to GIVE UP his sin and wealth to follow Jesus he turned and went away. Jesus did not follow after him, join in his lifestyle in hopes that one day the rich man would believe, that maybe if I follow him around long enough then He will accept me…Nor did Jesus try to capitalize on the influence or riches of the young man, he was a ruler with great influence and riches. Jesus did NOT try to even use the young man’s status as a way to preach the gospel (which is most Christian’s excuse for mingling).

“Let’s make a deal – you’re rich, I’m Jesus Christ… We can make something happen!”

NO!!! Repent for the kingdom of God is at HAND!

-This will lead you to captivity. Those who justify the wicked, who are entertained with their music and wicked feasts, have no knowledge. Hell is enlarging itself for them.

-It is all a big party! They go down into hell in the midst of their glory, pomp, multitudes and rejoicing (grammys, fans, awards, partying, shopping, etc.) vs. 14.

– Because they desire the reward they receive from justifying the wicked, they try to silence and destroy the just, anyone who stands against them and their sinful system.

– The key issues are justifying the wicked and mixing the wine of the world with the Holy wine of God. And justifying the wicked for personal gain. Either telling them their sin is ok or simply not telling them their sin is wrong and making them feel like their sin is ok for what you stand to gain from it.

 

Isaiah 5

20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

 

-The passing of Whitney Houston is very sad, but we have to be honest. She did not bear the fruits of righteousness. The BIBLE says you know a tree by its fruit. Now that she is deceased we see so many clips of her singing gospel songs, but where are the clips of her high? Where are the movie clips of her doing sex scenes? Why isn’t any media playing clips of her crudely cursing in her movies?

And all the famous Pastors would rather brag about how close they were to her and say she’s in a better place rather than mourn for her, or use the opportunity to introduce the fear of the Lord and obedience to the gospel to her fans. Instead they were her fans themselves, and used their relationship with her and her status to gain reward for themselves!

TD Jakes justifies Whitney Houston and will make much money on the UNGODLY movie  Sparkle, he made with her. He leads his congregation in justifying her.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcs2qrocEvI

*The remake of Sparkle, a movie that TD Jakes (a Christian “Bishop”) produced, was written by Mara Brock Akil and Directed by her husband Salim Akil (the team who writes blasphemy for BET’s The Game.) They are Muslim, so by “coincidence” – The Game is filled with the blasphemy of Jesus, fake Christianity, using God’s name in vain, and the portrayal illicit sex. The music was done by R. Kelly, who made fornication music for an entire generation.

What is the movie about? A group of singing sisters leaving the church to make it big…Hmmm, I think I smell strong drink. How could a Bishop in the church work to produce a film leading millions into deception and captivity believing He was doing it by the leading of the Holy Ghost? Strong Drink!

-Did you know that the Catholic Church is even reintroducing “indulgences?” An indulgence is literally buying a dead soul’s way into heaven. After someone has passed you can pay money  at and say some prayers and at some point the priest would tell you that this person was now in heaven.

 

WHAT?! They were justifying the wicked for a reward, MONEY. The justification of the wicked for reward by the Christian church is the same as selling indulgences: give me your money, give me the status of your fame and I will tell you God accepts you. I will tell you you are sanctified, I will tell you that you are going to heaven, or “in a better place” when you die.

 

Proverbs 24:24

24He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Exodus 23:7

7Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Psalm 66 18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

So in the desire for money, fame, fortune, business deals self-promotion and vanity as representatives of God to the world we may justify the wicked and make them think they are ok. But GOD is NOT justifying them, so we ok the sin, but GOD is the true judge.

Mary Mary

-Refused to repent when they were rebuked on Twitter for attending a Beyonce Concert. These concerts have been known to resemble demon temple worship, with male prostitute-type dancers simulating sex acts. They despise holiness by calling it a “bubble.” So those who refuse to follow idolatry with them are in a “bubble.” Google it to.

Mary Mary openly confess to enjoying secular music and making music with all the wicked musicians they can partner with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wINyjMs_sw This is the doctrine of Jezebel.

Revelation 2:20  20Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Isaiah 5:12And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.

We usually avoid “naming names” with this type of message… but this is the week of swords and axes!  The Bible says “them that sin, rebuke openly.” These people are openly promoting this stuff. Private sins get private rebukes. Public sins get public correction. We would love for people to repent so we can take their names out of this post. We Pray For These People and we hope that we as the Body of Christ repent and get mercy from God instead of harden our hearts to go further in encouraging  our hearts in wickedness.

Just as we spent our time, energy, and money promoting the gospel with ministers and artists when they serve Jesus and the gospel in holiness – we give correction and protection when they depart from Jesus, the gospel, and holiness. We are doing this because it is our Responsibility.

John 10:12 (The true shepherd does not leave sheep when they see the wolf coming). The wolf is ravaging the body of Christ right now.

This is the Week of Swords and Axes here at SoSpression blog. Why? God is fighting with big swords, pruning His people with small swords, and taking Axes to the poison filled roots of every wicked tree in His Kingdom.

So put #wosaa and #killingidols and #ifeargod on your facebook and twitter; with a link to www.sospression.com. If you have a friend who likes truth, tell them to follow @esosa on twitter or on www.sospression.com

Day 1:  Why the Swords, Why All the Axes?

Day 2: If You Are Living Your Best Life Now, You are Going to Hell

read this and pray about these things – THIS IS SERIOUS

On my status last week for several days was one of the most crucial scriptures in the new testament from 2 Thessalonians 2. It was so strong in my Spirit, and I have seen it manifest on a MAJOR scale.

…for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If God is a God of truth, then why would GOD send a strong delusion?

Because if you refuse the truth, there is nothing left for you but a lie. And these days, the  lies are getting stronger, with a unique spiritual power to them.

I downloaded these notes today from www.ihop.org

In it the teacher goes much deeper into the subject of 2 Thessalonians 2.
Please READ these notes, PRINT them out, and PRAY aLOUD about what you learn. You may want to get a short bible study group together NEXT WEEK to discuss it. Discuss it with your pastor as well.

THIS IS SERIOUS. Let me know what you will do.

 

Two Major Time Frames in the End Times – David Sliker

  1. 2 Thessalonians—the pastoral crisis (2 Thessalonians 2:1–2)

 

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means…                           (2 Thessalonians 2:1–3a)

 

  1. Paul had taught the Thessalonians about the End Times and the Day of the Lord in three weeks (Acts 17:2) before being driven out of the region by hostile Jews. Forced to leave Macedonia and move south to Athens and Corinth, Paul wrote to these believers after receiving reports about them from Timothy and Silas who stayed behind. He comforted them after the loss of some of their brethren in 1 Thessalonians 4–5 by reminding them of the Second Coming and Rapture but warned them about false teaching on those topics (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). After he had written his first letter, that false teaching infiltrated the Thessalonian community.
  2. The “rapture” of the saints is not a biblical term, like the term “Trinity,” but it is derived from the phrase that Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to describe being “caught up” (Greek: harpazo) in the air to meet the Lord when He returns. All believers who are alive at His return will be caught up in the air and then transformed (1 Corinthians 15:51–52) in the “twinkling of an eye” into our glorified bodies. Believers who have died, according to Paul, would be resurrected, caught up first, and then transformed along with the whole Bride of Christ (Hebrews 11:40).
  3. The teaching had spread the idea that Christ had already come and that they had missed the hour of His coming and missed the Rapture. This doctrine had greatly shaken and troubled the believers of Thessalonica. Paul wrote this letter to correct the false teaching and remind the Church about the two major time frames that will precede the Second Coming and the Rapture.

 

  1. The idea that the Day of the Lord would come without warning—before the two clear and distinct signs that Paul tells the Church to expect—is exposed as a deception. This may seem like strong language to us, but Paul is unapologetic about calling believers to truth on the issue of the timing of the Rapture.
  2. In fact, any teaching about the Second Coming is false and deceptive if it does not include the events that the Bible tells us take place prior to the Second Coming. There cannot be a “gathering together to Him” unless certain things happen first. These events will be easily observable to any believer who knows and remembers Paul’s teaching.
  3. This deception that Paul is addressing is everywhere. Three examples are included below. All three responses leave the people of God totally unprepared for the most dramatic time of natural history.
  4. The pre-Tribulation doctrine that says the Rapture comes before the Great Tribulation.  The idea is that we will never have to see the apostasy or the man of sin. The pre-Tribulation position on the Rapture teaches that we will escape, even though the Bible teaches that we will overcome. There is a radical difference between escaping and overcoming.
  5. The second non-biblical doctrine comes from a theological system that allegorizes or makes the primary events symbolic. Therefore, these end-time events will never really happen; they are only symbolic. In other words, there is no literal falling away and no man of sin.
  6. The third group is the scoffers (2 Peter 3:3; Jude 18). There is a mocking spirit in the world and even in the Church about the topic of the End Times.
  7. the apostasy and the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4)

 

…for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3b–4)

 

  1. Paul reveals two major events that will take place before the return of Jesus: the “falling away” (the great apostasy of the Church) and the revealing of the “man of sin” (the Antichrist). These events will happen over two distinct time frames.
  2. The great falling away of the Church will come first, related to the emerging humanistic “Harlot Babylon” system that will be fully empowered globally for a short season, as described in Revelation 17. This system will provide much of the fuel for believers to reject their faith, lose their salvation, and join a global expression of faith that more closely matches what they thought they were signing up for when they accepted the Gospel.
  3. Jesus spoke of a time of great relational pressure and trial:

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:9–12)

 

  1. There will be a specific time during a season of great pressure in which many people will openly and publicly reject Jesus and the Church. The pressure will be more than social in nature—it will be a political and religious pressure. People will be pressured to conform to a faith that has been compromised by the teachings and proclamations of deceptive “false prophets” (Matthew 24:11).
  2. The deceptive arguments of these false prophets will be so convincing that even the “elect”—the fiery, passionate believers—may be unsure of what is true in the midst of it all, though they will never be fully convinced by the false prophets and will stand firm (Matthew 24:24).
  3. The false prophets will be emissaries of a religious system that seems attractive in every way—in its ability to deliver world peace, economic stability and prosperity, even physical comfort and security. We will know this religious system as Babylon (Revelation 17:1–4).
  4. Babylon will be both a city and a religious system, used by Antichrist during his early maneuverings for influence and power (Revelation 17:3). Babylon will be “drunk with the blood of the saints and of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:5).
  5. During the early period of false “peace and safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), many saints will lose their lives (be martyred) because they resist the pressure to conform and refuse to do so. Also, many saints will be offended, betray other saints, and hate one another―their love for Jesus will grow cold (Matthew 24:10–12).
  6. This shaking and purifying of the Church will initially be intense; it will be the “dark night of the soul” for the many people who burn with love for Jesus despite affliction (Song of Songs 5:6–16). The shaking will intensify during the Great Tribulation under the direction of Antichrist. However, this time period will also be the purified Bride’s finest hour (Daniel 11:33). Jesus encourages us to “endure to the end” in Matthew 24:13.
  7. The revealing of the man of sin follows the great apostasy. This is a second, distinct time frame (according to Revelation 17) in which the Antichrist will emerge and destroy the Harlot system, creating a global context for loyalty to and worship of him alone. His emergence, according to Jesus, marks the beginning of the most extreme time frame for believers in human history: the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15–31). Revelation 5:8–6:1 describes this time frame as beginning after the Church has come into significant maturity and testing at the hands of the Harlot system (Revelation 17:6).
  8. Paul calls him “the man of sin…” When Paul says “the man,” he means that the Antichrist is a real person who is coming; he is not just referring to the spirit of antichrist that John spoke of in 1 John 2:18–24. “…of sin” means that Antichrist will be the personification of sin itself—the living embodiment of all that men delight in and esteem in their lust.
  9. He is also the called “son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The nature of the Antichrist is mysterious. There seems to be a supernatural aspect to this man as revealed in Revelation 17:8 (he comes out of the abyss) and 19:20 (he will be thrown alive into the lake of fire, which is otherwise reserved for those who are not written in the book of life and who are already dead [Revelation 20:14–15] at the beginning of the 1000-year kingdom of Jesus).
  10. He will violently and systematically oppose anything that is called God or is worshipped. When he has destroyed religious systems and objects of men’s affection, he will take a central place in the hearts and minds of the peoples of the earth. In his arrogant mind, he will be the only one worthy of praise and adulation. He will despise the Harlot system because of its spiritual bankruptcy and deception, and thus will betray and destroy it. He will rage against Christianity by martyring many believers and establishing a false prayer and worship movement (Revelation 13).
  11. To establish his supremacy as the true god of the earth, he will stand in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (that he most likely helped to rebuild—see Daniel 9:27) and place an image of himself in the Holy Place, an action that the Bible calls “the abomination of desolation” (Matthew 24:15; Revelation 13:14–15). He will demand that all acknowledge his supremacy over every other God—especially the Hebrew and Christian God and His Son. He will attempt to force all to worship this image, threatening those who resist him with death (Revelation 13:15).
  12. the removal of restraint (2 Thessalonians 2:5–7)

 

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:5–7)

 

  1. Paul refers the Thessalonians again to his three-week teaching on this subject, briefly mentioning the conditions that will lead to the emergence of this brutal, evil world leader. How does such a man come into such great power and authority? He will be the fruit of the desires of the nations for this kind of king, who represents everything that they long to be. As Israel chose Saul over David, so the nations will choose this man over the true King, Jesus.
  2. This will not be a momentary decision; the coming of the “lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:8–9) will be the fruit of the maturity of lawlessness when the “transgressors reach their fullness” (Daniel 8:23). God will give men the god they desire when Satan is cast down to the earth (Revelation 12:7–9) and will give them over to the king they desire as well, as detailed in Romans 1:26.
  3. The Antichrist, the lawless one, will be revealed in his own time – there is a time and season for this man to emerge related to the “what” that is restraining and the “mystery of lawlessness,” or the mystery of man’s hidden rage and deep contempt for God. 

C.                 The nations will rage against the Lord and seek to establish their own king:

 

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1–3)

 

  1. As the nations throw off restraint, the Lord will sovereignly remove this restrain in relationship to the “mystery of iniquity”—the hidden hatred for God that resides deep in the heart of men. God will give the nations what they desire.
  2. “What is restraining” (2 Thessalonians 2:5–7) is knit to lawlessness.  The time frame that Paul is speaking of will be the time of the greatest lawlessness and contempt for righteousness in all of history. 
  3. the coming of the lawless one (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9)

 

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders . . .  (2 Thessalonians 2:8–9)

 

  1. The “lawless one” is the one who comes forth in the time of lawlessness that Jesus spoke of, when man’s sin is unrestrained and completely expressed. He will be fully revealed at the same time that man’s true nature is revealed, in a tragic way that ends with much loss of life, destruction, and widespread poverty, famine and disease.
  2. This man will be completely destroyed and defeated, despite his appearance of great authority, power, and victory even over the saints (Daniel 7:21–25; Revelation 13:5–7). Jesus will win a spectacular and effortless victory over Him as He reveals His glory on behalf of Israel; He will also vindicate the saints who have been worn down and blasphemed against by this man (Revelation 13:6, 19:19–21).
  3. The demonic authority this man will possess to control and deceive will be unprecedented in human history; he will orchestrate a deception unparalleled by any other global leader. Satan himself will give this man his throne of demonic authority (Revelation 13:2) as the Antichrist and the false prophet will do incredible false signs and wonders, counterfeits of the signs and judgments that will strike the earth through Jesus’ leadership and the Church’s authority (Revelation 13:11–15).
  4. the central issue: the love of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10–12)

 

…and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:10–12, emphasis added)

 

  1. What is the most necessary thing in this hour—to have all the facts and information or to be a lover of truth? It is critical that we seek truth and a spirit of wisdom (wisdom is different than information; it is right interpretation and living understanding) and revelation. This will come from the Holy Spirit who is jealous for us to come into “all truth” (John 16:13):

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

 

 

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? (James 4:5)

 

 

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (1 John 2:26–27)

 

  1. We must become a people who love truth regardless of truth’s implications and cost for our lives. Our pleasure must be in righteousness with no toleration for unrighteousness, wickedness, or sin in our lives, ministries, families, or communities. If we will commit to love truth, the Lord will commit to help us to receive it, live it, and express it with boldness and tenderness to the nations of the earth.