Preparing for the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

Do we know how the anit-christ will appear? Do we understand his ministry and the dynamic of multitudes being drawn away?

Across the earth today where is the preparation ministry for the end-times?

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Zechariah prophesied that in the latter days there would be shepherds who the Lord would raise up a shepherd that would be used to purify the house – that would be an enemy and the body of Christ would be presented with the opposing ministry of the antichrist.

For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. (Zechariah 11:16)

Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. (Zechariah 11:17)

The church is not preparing the congregations for the day of the Lord

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, (2 Thessalonians 2:1)

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. (2 Thessalonians 2:2)

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

This means it is possible to be deceived. 1 Timothy 4 says there will be a great falling away in that day- that means multitudes will walk away from Jesus Christ as their Lord. It is not talking about the unbeliever but the one who fell in love with Jesus will be the very one killing Christians.

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 2:4)

the anti christ wants glory – he wants the glory of God – when Lucifer was kicked out of heaven he fell like lightening –

For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; Isaiah 14:13

The anti-christ wants the glory of God , he wants the glory in the tabernacle of God; he wants the glory in a corporate gathering, the glory in the church he wants the glory Jesus had….

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

 

That is why Satan tempted Jesus – he wanted His glory but when Satan was dispelled by Jesus he went after the church and he wants the glory of God on your life – and he wants you to still be in church, a part of church, right there in the congregation so he can mock Jesus

The devastation is the Christian in the church calling themselves the church but far from Jesus

 

Satan plans to set himself up in the temple mount  in Jerusalem – the place where Jesus is returning satan wants to take His place – but we know the temple is now us – we are the temple of God so Satan is launching a strategy and plan to inhabit the temple of god …in the temple.

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isaiah 14:13

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. Psalms 48:2

Satan hates God’s zeal for the church

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. (Acts 6:10)

Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” (Acts 6:11)

And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. (Acts 6:12)

They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; (Acts 6:13)

One attribute is the anti-christ will accuse the church – in this case that spirit stirred up the people to accuse Stephen

That same spirit is filing our churches with passion for the “holy place” instead of the Holy One. Churches are nice but the purpose of the gathering is to come together and worship Jesus not our “place” or building or programs etc. Often we lose focus of why we are to gather in a corporate setting

 

Another attribute of the anti-christ spirit is he opposes himself and in doing so it would be hard to see that it is the anti-christ spirit inspiring the word since in essence he is opposing himself – the deception is in the fruit or the testing is in the fruit – you see the anti christ spirit will be filled with wisdom  and intelligence – even telling about his rise in the earth but the problem is in all that info a person can get puffed up and never find the solid answer in Jesus. If Jesus is not the cornerstone than all that knowledge makes an empty vessel open for the day of his rise.

It is like the persecutors in society – they tell you all that is wrong with the ministry but they never lead you to a fruitful life in christ – this spirit is full of information that causes you to oppose but really without the source being truth and righteousness you will open yourself up to more demonic infiltration than deflection

Knowledge puffs up –but when we fill ourselves with truth and we are doers of the truth than there is a transformation and power available. If you feast on end time prophesy but you don’t actually hate evil or live a life of holiness and purity and right standing with God than your are possibly going to be a part of the great falling away, your foundation will be like the house on sand.

Seduction does not come with ugly non believable schemes. Seduction looks, smells and tastes like the “real” thing. The question is will we be able to discern it? How will you discern it? What will be the way you can stay clear of deception.

Seduction and deception will tell you what you are doing is so good. Studying the end times is so good. Going to meetings, going to bible college, giving yourself to prayer is so good and therefore you are good, but the problem is your life is not radically changed. You just spend more time doing the “good” but on the inside you are still the same, doing the same.

Many good meaning people have given themselves to countless hours and years of study but in their own lives they have not moved into a place where their love for God causes them to hate evil, to despise wickedness and to desire to be “holy set apart” to God

It is one thing to “know” but totally another to Live it! The power of God in living holy and righteous leads to a life that is preserved blameless. This means you will find none of that wickedness in me

Jesus tempted of the devil overcame him because there was no sin in Him. When we face the end times we will need to be blameless -= preserved – set apart – sealed for that day. Have you ever seen preserves – they make jam by taking the pressure cooked berries in to a jar and “seal” it and when you open it – even years and years later the taste is the exact same as when it was “sealed” but if the seal is broken – they will lose their flavor.

That seal is what the pressure of testing and trials do so that everything that is hindering a life set apart to God is removed. When all the junk comes to the surface from all the pressures then we can remove it and set our hearts pure before the Lord in that area refusing to indulge anymore in that which weakens our resolve in Him

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 2:4)

 

The spirit of the anti-christ will have him ministry right in the midst of the church, the big church everyone wants to be a part of = the prayer movement everyone is joining – he will look just like that which he exalts himself to be like. The anti-christ will oppose himself (teach against himself) and exalt himself (claim he is christ) in the same context therefore it will be so hard to distinguish he is the anti-christ. How will you be able to tell? Does your encounter with the message make you want to live holy and set apart to Him? Is your heart convicted? Are lives being transformed?  Are lives bearing fruit that makes you want more of God? To know Him personally? I think this can really be seen best when people are being tested. It is easy to look the part but the real test is when the pressure hits what comes out.

I heard a story where Smith Wigglesworth was on stage with a pastor and they were preaching repentance and the people starting throwing tomatoes = the pastor began to throw the tomatoes back and cuss but smith kept preaching and eventually the pastor left the stage. The interesting thing is what came out of Smith’s mouth was praises to God, he kept preaching and praising God but the pastor after a stream of cuss words and anger left the platform altogether. I don’t know…I think Smith had a hold of something on the inside that transformed him into the image of Christ and when pressure hit he didn’t quit but gave God glory!

The seriousness of this subject is much more than rotten tomatoes and a sermon – in that day when Satan has set up the mark of the beast and plans to lead the apathetic church and perhaps even the born again “sold out “ church right into a lifelong decision you won’t get a chance to change your mind. Once you say no to Jesus it will be too late. All the teaching and all the classes and all the prayers won’t help you, you must have something more on the inside of you in that day! Something that preserves you blameless until the end!

The anti christ wants to obscure the image of God by encouraging rebellion in the house or place of God with the image of God – when the temple of God is inhabited by demons and actually by all accounts appears as God’s but in actuality is leading others to sin – this abomination is like when the glory departs from the temple – Ichabod  is what Phineas’ wife called it ….

21 Then she named the child Ichabod, R15 saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”(1Sam 4:21)

The desire for glory and worship is the goal of Satan. He gives his power to the anti-christ to rule in the kingdoms of the earth realm, to gather the people against God while looking like God…how can this be that people would not know the difference. How can we be deceived, because we are unwilling to lead ourselves separate from everything that opposes God. One hint of compromise, one area that we consider “ok” that God does not is a doorway to deception. God is that serious, His son never sinned, never ever! He made it possible for us to do the same, why do we think it is ok? There is no “grey” area with God, only man thinks in that realm.

There is a war every day to stand in the counsels of God and to walk in holiness, if we are not battling to win the victory in EVERY area of our life which is without exception in need of the HOLY Spirit in unmeasured grace, than we are leading ourselves to deception. We don’t “arrive” ever…we are a work in progress but we never stop progressing, stagnation is not an option!

To do nothing is to agree. To hate wickedness we will want NOTHING to do with it,  not even the appearance of it.  I remember driving around the city for almost 8 hours to stay away from the appearance of evil. Some may think wow that is so out there but for me it was a covenant I made with God that I will abstain even from the appearance of evil and if it meant for 8 hours I would be so uncomfortable than it was worth it. What are we willing to do to keep our vows of purity before the Lord. I know many people think that a vow can be extreme and that God knows your “heart” but this is a deeper issue than the heart…there has to come a day when we draw a line in the sand and say I hate wickedness and refuse to partner with it at any level. No matter the cost, if I loose all my friends, my relatives my house, my car…..whatever it take this is what I lay down as worth it to give Him the glory Jesus deserves.

If my partnership at any level is agreement and promoting wickedness than I want no part and I understand this can get so extreme and there must be the Living breathing Holy Spirit to guide us on this but some things are so obvious.  You have to stand before God and only He can judge you on these areas but I do believe we can live a life of righteousness that can be a judgment against evil and wickedness. How much glory is possible to release in the earth that causes all darkness to be made manifest for what it truly is….wicked, evil and leading a generation to deception.

If the enemy can find nothing in us than when we stand with the Lord to destroy the power will be available for complete removal from our cities. In other words, abortion will not end if the church is still filling the third of those abortions or if we want Hollywood to change yet more than half of the financing comes from Christians. We can’t fight what we participate in…we must take a stand and choose who we will serve.

The antichrist spirit is looking for a temple to reside in, he wants to woo us with knowledge and wisdom so we can think we know and feel like we are doing what is right in the eyes of man but we never ask God. What does He think? How does He want us to love Him with our whole heart, mind and strength?

We may be sending millions to the poor and growing mega ministries and filling the pews but if our cities are still the same after ten years what have we accomplished? If we really haven’t transformed our lives or our cities are we really participating in what God intended when He met the 120 in the upper room? He poured out His Spirit …what was He envisioning when He told them to go to all the nations and teach, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost…?

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (Matthew 24:23)

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)

Jesus told them that Satan would want the holy place in their hearts and many “anti-christs” would come and false prophets.

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Matthew 24:15

 

Paul preached to the church in Thessalonica about the false teachings that were leading the church astray because in that day though they had suffered persecution and many stayed faithful  a rash of false teachers began to teach wrong doctrine on the return of Christ leading many astray

The majority of the Thessalonians werevcontinuing to grow and to remain faithful to Christ in spite of persecution. Unfortunately some of the news was bad. False teaching concerning the day of the Lord had entered the church and was causing confusion and leading some of the Christians to quit their jobs in expectation of the Lord’s imminent return.

 

In view of these reports Paul evidently felt constrained to write this epistle. He commended his children in the faith for their growth and faithfulness, corrected the doctrinal error about the day of the Lord, and warned the idle to get back to work.

http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes/pdf/2thessalonians.pdf

 

 

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (2 Thessalonians 2:5)

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (2 Thessalonians 2:6)

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

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: (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

 

the restrainer (prayer movement) reveals and makes manifest the hidden darkness that mystery of iniquity already at work – so that there can be a clear path by way of the anointing and Holy Spirit that leads to being preserved blameless and confident at His appearing

 

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18)

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (1 John 2:19)

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)

 

These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. (1 John 2:26)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:28)

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (1 John 2:29)