Pamphlet #5150 KC2Thes4-1
You see, no one would worship the beast if they knew he was the beast, would they?
Would you believe that most people would not recognize Satan as Satan, the Wicked One, the Devil himself, if they came face to face to him?
Really, it is true!
People like this guy, especially liberal Christians!
He is very intelligent, extremely charismatic, a very smooth talker, and he has an entitlement program ready to go with your name on it!
Add to that his good looks as it is written in Ezekiel 28:12, "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty", and many, many people will follow him and his liberal theology right into the pit of hell!
In fact, it is written in Rev. 12:4 that the Great Red Dragon, aka Lucifer, drew fully one third of God's children away from our Father and His righteous ways in the first earth age, which is why our Father destroyed that "world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6) and why we are now here walking under the sun in corruptible flesh bodies!
The prophet Isaiah records Satan's fall and his big problem:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
 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:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
However, when Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords returns, Michael will grab hold of Sleazy Slimy Satan once again and cast him back into the pit where he will remain bound throughout the Millennium.
You will find that documented in Rev. 20:1-3 "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
Isaiah gives us some more insight concerning Satan's incarceration during the Millennium:
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Meanwhile back home at the turn of the 21st century many Christians were anxiously awaiting the return of Jesus Christ at any moment and paying little or no attention to the Written Word of God because they were told they were soon going be "taken up" in the Rapture of the church.
They were not told to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15)", but that going to church regularly and participating in church activities puts them in good standing.
Therefore the day is coming when they shall surely be ashamed!
Yes, little do they know that they shall soon actually see that which they are expecting.
They will soon see "Jesus" coming in the clouds with a host of angels and with great power and signs and performing great miracles in the sight of men.
The problem is that this first Jesus will be doing the work of Satan!
Because he will be Satan, the Dragon, the Beast, disguised as an angel of light.
2 Cor. 11:14 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed [disguised] into an angel of light."
2 Thes. 2:9
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
In other words, he will put on a dynamite display of deceptive miracles to convince folks he is really Jesus.
The people are going to absolutely love it!
This "star" performer really knows how to "work a crowd"!
wonders = dunamis, doo'-nam-is, Greek 1411; from Greek 1410 (dunamai); force (literal or figurative); specially miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself) :- ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, might (wonderful) work.
The answer is NO!
Let's read from the law in the Book of Deuteronomy.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
The question is, "Would seeing those miracles cause you to 'let loose' of the Word and follow after him?"
 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Will you be deceived by the miracles and the signs and the wonders performed by Satan as the instead-of-Jesus or do you love the Word of God with all your heart and with all your soul?
Here is what you are to do!
 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Jesus said in Mat. 24 & Mark 13 that when you see this abomination, the "desolator", standing in the holy place where he ought not, then get away from him and stay away from him!
It doesn't matter if he can snap his fingers and call lightning down from the sky or "take people up" in his high-tech saucers, i.e. his "flying wheels" (See Ezek. chapters 1 & 10).
Are you beginning to get the picture of the magnitude of this event?
So let's recap once more: Satan, the son of perdition, is coming to this earth as Jesus Christ and he will have all power to perform signs and wonders and flashy miracles in the sight of men.
He will be spectacular to say the least and most people will not recognize him as Satan but will rather believe he is truly the Messiah returned.
The problem is he is the religious "beast" of Rev. 13 and in their ignorance Christians all over the world will forsake the true Christ and begin to worship him!
That is the great falling away, the great apostasy which occurs when the son of perdition make his appearance, i.e. is revealed.
You see, no one would worship the beast if they knew he was the beast, would they?
Of course not!
They will believe he is really Jesus because of his powers and miracles and because they do not know the scriptures and the fact there are two Christs, the real Jesus and His look alike, the false messiah!
They still perceive Satan as a bad dude with horns, a red suit with a tail, and a pitch fork in his hand!
2 Thes. 2:10
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
That's real easy for Christ Himself gave us the answer:
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The great apostasy is of those who claim to be Christians but do not know or love the truth, which brings up an important question.
"Is everyone who now claims to be a Christian going to enter into the kingdom?"
Again, Jesus Christ personally answers this question:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many Christians love singing hymns and praises to the Lord and they love dancing in the isles and waving their hands in the air.
Many love seeing those entertaining displays of "miracles" on stage where people get knocked down or prancing preachers speak garbled syllables and pretend they don't even know they are doing it!
Christians do all sorts of religious things and support all sorts of charitable causes all the while believing they are doing "the will of the Father which is in heaven", but they are not!
They have never studied and rightly divided His Word to get to know Him and understand His will.
So will they be able to cash in those wonderful works for a ticket to the marriage feast of the Lamb?
Here is what Messiah says about that:
 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
He warned us not to be among them!
Paul also warned us not to be deceived by any man!
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
They did not hunger and thirst for Him.
They did not "love the truth".
Therefore they did not really believe in Him, did they?
And for that reason God shall "prove them" and send Satan as Jesus Christ to teach them a big lesson.
2 Thes. 2:11
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
They would rather listen to some story-telling preacher promise them they are going to be raptured on out of here when the Big Bad Wolf shows up.
The problem is that the Big Bad Wolf is going to huff and puff and blow their houses down because they built them upon sand from the straw doctrines taken from the traditions of men.
The BIG LIE that they will believe comes directly from the father of lies himself, Satan (John 8:44).
The BIG LIE is that JESUS CHRIST HAS RETURNED and the 7th Trump has sounded, when actually SATAN THE DEVIL disguised and Jesus Christ has been revealed and only the 6th Trump has sounded!
Will you go to his wedding feast and be taken prematurely, out of season, or will you wait until the 7th Trump sounds?
 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But our people love them and hang onto them.
They love their pagan "Easter" (Ishtar) and the sexual fertility symbols of "quick like a bunny" and rolling Ishtar's eggs.
The word "Easter" isn't even in the manuscripts of the New Testament.
Neither is the word "rapture" to be found.
Neither is the word "apple" in the Book of Genesis!
We could go on and on with the traditions of men but the sad reality is that our people are just plain Biblically illiterate and do not really know the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word of God.
Our Father says it best:
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
But thank God for the servants of God who do love the truth and "hold fast" His Word.
2 Thes. 2:13
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:
You SEE, in this final generation of the fig tree, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear that means you were chosen "from the beginning", i.e. from "before the foundation of this world" (Eph. 1:4) and were also justified according to Romans 8:30, "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
All others are blinded for their own protection by the "strong delusion", the "spirit of slumber" as recorded in Romans 11:8 "(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day."
2 Thes. 2:14
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
We are to "Stand fast" in the Word of God according to the words spoken by the prophets or written as epistles in His word.
In other words, believe the WORD of GOD, not man!
Remember Paul's instructions in his first letter: 1 Thes. 5:21 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
2 Thes. 2:16
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,
 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
His word is truth!
We are "stablished", i.e. "set fast", "confirmed", "made strong", in every "good word" we have "proved" from His Word!
It is then made evident by the work we do according to His will.
We love our Christian brothers and sisters who have a "zeal for God" but do not seek after His Word and therefore have no knowledge to do good!
We do not judge them nor condemn them but rather we pray for the "healing of their eyes" that they may be opened and that they might be saved by the true Messiah and not the fake.
The first woman taken in the field, the foolish virgin, is taken and seduced by Satan when he comes as the spurious messiah.
The other woman, the wise virgin with wisdom and knowledge from His Word, i.e. with enough oil in her lamp to see her way clearly through the hour of darkness, stayed working in the field until the true Bridegroom arrived.
Paul expresses best our desires for our brethren:
The House of Israel includes not just Judah and Benjamin but all of the so-called 10 Lost Tribes who basically make up the Christian nations of the world. If you would like to learn more about where the 10 "lost" tribes of the House of Israel reside today go to Pamphlet #1064 or Pamphlet #1020 under Table of Contents "Wisdom" on the this American Wisdom Series site.Romans 10:1
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Hear the words of the Lord:
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The vision of Margaret MacDonald is that Christ will return at any moment and rapture, "take up", his church into the clouds before the tribulation of the false-christ.
Whereas the apostle Paul has gone to great lengths to make it quite clear to us that we are going to gather back to Christ ONLY at the LAST Trump and NOT before and that our gathering back will NOT take place UNTIL AFTER the son of perdition comes and reigns on this earth as God, i.e. as Jesus Christ, in His stead!
Who are you going to believe?
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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