by Christina Farris
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And 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.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. People tend to want to know about end times in certain circles, some don't care and others will they just are not worried about it or so it seems. Yet in truth end times for the devil is only a warning or alarm of how much time he as left. The only attack that works on a devil is a sneak attack, that why God does not tell anyone when his Son is returning not even His Son, for the Spirit then would have to take the word forth and tell the world that salvation has come. Now God has a plan everyone that was ever born and ever lived will be apart of that end time revival. Whether it to face judgment of hell fire or to see eternity come for the believers, who have a glorious hope of faith that Christ ability to redeem is not just a hope but reality of faith coming to pass. A foolish prayer to God would be something like this: "Lord if I will see the coming of the Lord, please allow this or that." People everyone of us with be a witness of Christ return, those dead in their sin will rise second to face eternal judgement and dead in Christ will rise first to meet him in the air. However today's lesson is talking about end times in regards to the anti christ(son of pedition). As the enemies have risen in the last century only to fall, people have wonder who is the son of perdition and is he in power. Some evanglist of our century have already decide where this anti christ is coming from and how he will rise into power or is in power already. It not what you believe on what man might be the anti christ but does he fit in the description of the anti christ. One he exalts himself, his power and ability. We see this attitude in the business world of authority of one's own ability being bragged about. I had acquaintance once that the only thing they ever talked about was their ability to achieve, to do and to accomplish. Only caring about self. The person never asked about anyone else. The world would like us only to care about ourselves and mind your own business to the point of causing deception of truth of their own reality of what they are. The antichrist also wants to be the leader in the gossip world. The world that no one really wants to deal with or cares truly about, gossip flies to and fro only to be gone in an instant to the newest gossip. What is gossip but only lies and never truth. Of course we all lie at times, even if it only to cover up something to tell to a children or a boss. Yet most of us are not the antichrist and the attitude is a little white lie won't hurt, but in truth it is still not of God, and in truth when we fail to recognize the truth we are more deceived then the time of Messiah birth of those that would seek His life.
Yet we can fail to understand the time of lies the devil will be spreading will be about the fait of his own country, and the countries he has authority over he has stolen, much like Hilter. The world attitude will be peace and safety but the enemy will be arising to deceive the people. The truth of darkness will be arising for a fall. Why can God's people still use His word today to defeat the enemy, God's people if you will still stand and speak the truth, one will see the enemy fall to his knees. The word of prophesy revealed, and the word of prophesy proclaimed so even the heathens can believe or their hearts harden like Pharaoh because they love lies more then truth. I have watch enough news in my life time, to know the reality of deception of political and social world. Nothing is ever what it seems and the talk is always cheap. And most of us hope for the good things that are spoken in the political world only to find that sometimes it nothing but a lie. Political leaders do the hat dance of social world to get votes, only to get in to break promises they actually declare unless it is one that will benefit all.
God will destroy the enemy himself on the finale judgment day with His word, with the coming of His Son, with the sword of His mouth. David took a sling shot and kill one giant only to have to kill more enemies of his day. Ministers that share the gospel and see many saved, know the work can only be done with the message of truth. Devil even deceived himself, perhaps because of the miracles and signs and wonders performed by his own hand. Perhaps because of the bowing of the people around him cheering him on. Perhaps even more the devil never wants to hear a negative thought about himself or his plans. No not talking about President Trump but if the shoe fits in regards of not wanting to hear negative things let the shoe be worn. Perhaps the devil arises because the law become unjustified by the law becoming a law unto itself, by barbic means. The law taking the rights of others only for their hope to form the truth into a lie. To cause the destruction by stealing truth and using it to munipulate for his own agenda and greed.
Yet we can rest assure when God choose to deliver man from antichrist in power he will come with sword that will penetrate the heart and soul of the devil. That His sentence of judgment to face eternal lake of fire time has come and he falls into the open pit of eternity full of fire, with his angels falling like lemmings. False ministers, teachers and angels of darkeness, claiming the devil is good to all. The devil never is good, and no one loves evil but evil itself. People might like the villian for a moment in a movie, but in truth they also enjoy seeing him defeated. When God's master piece is finished, the devil is defeated.
In I Peter 1:3 it says God has begotten us unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Lively meaning power, truth, reality, tangible to come, and last but not least faith that is not dead. Our faith resting in the promises of God. We will receive inheritance incorrupted and undefiled that fadeth not away. Heaven and earth will pass away but there will be a new heaven and new earth that is not corrupted, it is paradise we all long and hope for. In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 it speaks we are chosen people for salvation by the Spirit. Stop right there one is chosen to receive truth and salvation, isn't that for everyone, are we preselected who will spend eternity in heaven and who will not. It is not like an honor society or greek club that God taps a person on a shoulder to let you know you have been chosen or been picked to go through the initiation of their club. It is more like being given the golden ticket, not because you earned it, but because you were willing to receive it. The Holy Spirit might tap/talk to your heart about the golden ticket, but you have a choice. One's failure to receive truth instead of receiving the lies is one's own responsibility. Cops often hear many stories only to have to decide who is telling the truth based on evidence. That evidence is tainted is speaking more lies that might be believed instead of received truth. Now with cameras on every cop the lies and taint evidence of the legal world is more evident. Yet the mind plays tricks to the truth and once seeing videos in legal departments of truth, the shaking of the nation is happening, because the more truth that is seen the state and health of our nation is proclaimed. Corruption will not prevail even in the legal system.
What is truth but the lively hope of salvation through Christ Jesus the golden ticket receivable to all, only if one will believe, yet guess what we have a duty here on earth, in the imperfect corruptible world, to spread the gospel message of faith. To Spread the Gospel is not to gain salvation but as a witness to God's saving grace. A part of our thanksgiving to God for his mercy, grace and forgiveness in our own life. To see God's hope is mercy. To understand God's truth is mercy and grace. To know the truth is our hope and salvation. As criminals in the business world are caught in the act by their own cameras, they only buy people off for a time, before God destroys. Many of us might not like the new technology revealed in this day and age, or the ability for it to be munipulated by fake film. Would you want to be trapped by film that been altered, how long does it take to alter a film or video today. Second the people who examine the films whose side are they own, the devil or truth. The delay to accuse someone else of murder is scary thought.
Yet the evidence is more then a film but also fake alibis. The ability to dress up and look like someone else is to easy today. The fact is the devil seems to love imitating the world we live in then to film and use masking tap over reality of truth. Day is coming when the world of lies will be defeated. That is the hope of the world. The hope that Christ return bringing his sword of truth that will destroy all devices of the enemy as well. Yes there will be a new heaven and a new earth, the enemies devices destroyed and a new life will begin with God. See we live in a world anything that we own gets destroyed, we might get to rebuild, but what does not happen, the enemy power still exist. Tornados destroy a city, the lights and power are returned slowly, as buildings are then resurrected, with the cameras and technology fast in tow.
Yes the devil is arising but his power to make himself a god is only seen by devils that bow to his deception. Our hope can rest in God's grace and salvation through faith. Nothing changed as far as faith, only the abuse of technology, truth and power to deceive. Folks hold to the truth of salvation, and continue to enlighten the younger generation who growing up with deception in the technical world, so their knowledge is not corrupted by the devil.
Dear Heavenly Father we pray for the children of this age, because of their ability to be deceived by what they do not understand about the tech world, about the enemy and about the lies of the enemy. Even adults fall prey, help them to hold to truth of your word and your promises. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Twelveth day of Thanksgiving Countdown: Thanking God for the children around the world of the hope each generation has to make positive changes in our world we live in.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 Peter 1:3-5 KJV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.