The American Wisdom Series

Presents study #7190
This study tells us about the return to earth, of Satan, in person (as The Spurious Messiah) 5 months prior to the, in person, return of Jesus Christ (as King of kings and Lord of lords) and how it will play out.

Sadly, our people are not mentally nor spiritually prepared to face the supernatural 
"entering in" of Satan and his, fellow fallen angels
when they are cast out of heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9).

There shall be a time when the last grain of sand runs out of the final hour glass in this generation and we will see the appearance of the little horn, Satan, the false Messiah, the abomination of desolation, come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.

One thing is more certain in life than death and taxes, and that is our Father's Word.

It is written and, as the angel told Daniel, it is true!

As we read earlier, the whole world will be mesmerized and overflown (swept away) with the false messiah's flood of lies and deceits and not only that, he will possess great credentials to multiply the deception with his ability to perform miracles in the sight of men, like commanding fire (lightning) to fall from heaven (Rev. 13:13) .

Many of us have grown up with the concept of Satan as an evil-appearing man running around in a red suit carrying a three-pronged pitch fork, and thus we'd be able to spot this wicked one in a crowd anywhere.

But such is not the case for if you read of the beauty and charm and wisdom of this charismatic one in Ezekiel 28 you will then understand how it is the people of this world, including the majority of Christianity, will love him when he arrives.

That is because they will see him as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), even as the Messiah, and not as a wicked evil one, i.e. Satan.

Furthermore, they will marvel when he heals the deadly wound to the New Word Order and ushers in world peace, though it be only temporary.
He will also fix everybody's bank account and grant more entitlements to the people of the world than any leader before him in the history of mankind.

And we have seen in type in this final generation that character and truth do not matter to many near as much as "It's the economy, stupid!"

We have also seen in type how that those who work deceitfully utterly despise those rascally men and women of God, those "bruisers" who are wise to their ways of deceit and flattery, and who expose their evil deeds by shining the light of truth on them.

Yes, the great tribulation of these last days will be a time of globalization and peace and prosperity, not a time of world wars and rumors of world wars (Mat. 24:6-7).

As we have learned already in this great Book of Daniel, Satan, the false-christ, enters in prosperously and peaceably and simply takes the kingdom because the world will believe that Messiah has come.

So let us continue with our study, keeping in mind that we are now reading about events yet future when the vile person, the little horn, i.e. the false messiah, is present defacto.

Remember we concluded our speculations and overlays of the events leading up to the sound of the 6th Trump, which is the entering in of the vile person, when we got to verse 21.

We learned that up to that appointed time all of man's attempts at peace treaties and covenants came to naught, but the vile person, the false messiah, the religious beast of Revelation 13 will be able to achieve it.

Daniel 11:23
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
Don't think for one minute just because the false messiah enters in and heals the deadly wound and establishes a covenant of peace that everything is now fine and dandy, for his flood of lies and deceits will have just begun.

Furthermore, he will be willingly aided by the small or "little people" who are the sons of Cain, the kenites.

You could call Satan's grand-kids chips off the old "little horn", for they are the "bad figs" of Jeremiah 24 and the "tares" of Matthew 13, i.e. Satan's own grand-children, from his sexual encounter with Eve in the "Garden of Eden" from which she bore Satan's son Cain and his twin brother, Abel, who was Adam's son.

Notice also that the Hebrew word translated "people" in this verse is "gowy", which figuratively means "a flight of locusts", even as these kenites are the foot soldiers of that locust army that comes against our people.

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small, me`at*, meh-at', Hebrew 4592; or me`at*, meh-awt'; from Hebrew 4591 (ma`at*); a little or few (often adverb or comparative) :- almost, (some, very) few (-er, -est), lightly, little (while), (very) small (matter, thing), some, soon, very.

people, gowy, go'ee, Hebrew 1471; rarely (shortened) goy, go'-ee; apparently from the same root as Hebrew 1465 (gevah) (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figurative) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts :- Gentile, heathen, nation, people

Here again is how the vile person, the little horn, enters in.
[24] He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
Remember that this will be a time of spiritual trouble such as never was nor ever shall be (Dan. 12:1).

Again, antichrist will do something no other leader or predecessor has ever done.

He is going to provide (scatter among the people) the ultimate entitlement programs of peace, security, and prosperity such as the world has never seen.

As the saying goes, he is going to provide a chicken in the pot for everyone... every one who will follow after him and "love him" that is!

Do you have a price?

Will you sell your soul to Satan,
the devil
?

Will he be able to buy your loyalty by paying off all your debts?

Remember it is written that the old dragon, that religious beast of Rev. 13:11, will exercise all the power of the first beast, the One World System, i.e. the New World Order, which means he is going to have a well oiled machine that he will interweave throughout the world against all strong holds, even until the end of the age.

[25] And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.
Remember that this takes place after the sound of the 6th Trump, when the little horn, has arrived.

That is why this king of the south cannot be found in history... because it is yet future from now.

The point is though, there shall be a great army of people belonging to the king of the south, but he "shall not stand", i.e. "will make no stand" against the leadership of Satan and his own little people who shall forecast devices, as in fabricate lies and deceit, against him.

In fact, the only ones who shall "stand" in that day are God's elect, who we shall read of a few verses hence.

The next verse helps explain why the king shall not make a stand.

[26] Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.
You "see", the king of the south doesn't have a prayer of a chance in taking a stand against the little horn because his own people will fall before the false messiah, as in, be taken in by the flood of deception and those devices forecast against them.

This is all part of the great spiritual desolation that shall take place by the overflowing army of Satan.

[27] And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.
We sure have seen examples of "kings" lying to one another at one table lately, haven't we, e.g. think, the UN security council?

Nevertheless, our Father's plan concerning the time of the end shall come to pass exactly as it is written, which means that the whole world will be deceived by the false messiah... with the exception of those who have the seal of God in their foreheads.

[28] Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
Don't make this complicated for it is not.

Remember from our reading of Revelation 12:13-15, that Satan, the old dragon, called the vile person and the little horn here in Daniel, comes after and persecutes the "woman", representing Christianity, i.e. those who keep the holy covenant by believing in Jesus Christ.

And as it is written, the vile person, who is the son of perdition, shall "do exploits" which means he will act effectively, as in be very successful, in spreading his spiritual desolations which cause the "great falling away" spoken of by Paul in 2 Thes. 2:3.

And let no man deceive you by any means!

This he shall do BEFORE Jesus Christ returns and we gather back to Him at the sound of the 7th Trump.

2 Thes. 2:3 "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."

[29] At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
Satan shall return after accomplishing his great exploits but now all of a sudden things don't run as smoothly as before and they begin to go awry because he encounters a big, big problem... God's elect, the bruisers of the serpent, the servants of true King of kings and Lord of lords!

Wouldn't you just love to be part of that magnificent army of God?

Stay true to your Father's Word and keep the gospel armor on and in place, and you can be a champion of your people!

[30] For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
What is it that gives the false messiah so much grief to the point he becomes indignant?

Actually the same thing that makes all liberals indignant... truth and righteousness!

They can't stand men and women of God who expose their evil deeds and shine the light of truth upon their wicked ways!

Yes, that old dragon becomes extremely wroth with God's elect who give him a spiritual thumping and bruising to the point that it causes him to breath fire from his nostrils (figuratively speaking).

If you check out the phrase "the ships of Chittim" in Hebrew you will find it means "the appointed bruisers".

BDB (Brown Driver Briggs) Definition #H3794 kitt?y / kitt?y?y
Chittim or Kittim = “bruisers
1) a general term for all islanders of the Mediterranean Sea
2) the descendants of Javan, the son of Japheth and grandson of Noah
Did you know it was prophesied from the very beginning, way back in Genesis chapter 3, that the woman's seed would bruise the head of the serpent, that old dragon?
Genesis 3:14-15
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
These are idiomatic statements of degradation in Hebrew simply stating in figurative language that Satan would always be a "low life", or as we would say one who is "lower than a snakes belly"!
[15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Christ's heel was bruised at His crucifixion by the seed of the serpent, the children of Cain, but it shall be the good seed, or the children of God that shall be the appointed "bruisers", the ships of Chittim in these last days.

In other words, while the whole world, even great armies of people like we read about earlier, shall all bow to the false messiah and no king will therefore be able to make a stand.

God's elect are not taken in by his miracles and overflowing deception but rather they step forward and take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6), that old dragon.

Of course we know that it will be the "stone cut out without hands", i.e. Jesus Christ, that will ultimately smash and destroy him, but God's elect will "knock him around" and "kick his dragon derriere" for "a time".

Satan is going to wine and dine anyone who is willing to be swayed,
including those who shall betray their sons and daughters
and loved ones by delivering them up to him. 

They will deliver them up to him because they will believe he is Christ!

Let's return to Daniel and continue to read and learn about Satan and how he has intelligence with (i.e. instructs) his little people (those who forsake the covenant), i.e. the locust army.

Daniel 11:31
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
By now you should know what this abomination that maketh desolate is!

It is the vile person, the abominable one himself, the desolator, who stands in the holy place claiming he is God.

Remember he is the one Christ warned us about in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He referred us to the Book of Daniel for understanding.

Mark 13:14
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,)
Dr. Moffat in his translation has it correctly "standing where he ought not".

Many men have guessed about what the "abomination of desolation" is, including everything ranging from a statue standing in the Vatican to "you name it".

However, Jesus Christ said it (he) is the one spoken of by Daniel the prophet!

So he that "readeth the Book of Daniel" doesn't have to guess but walks away with the understanding not only of who the abomination is, but how it is he takes away the daily sacrifice in these last days.

Of course we know that the first time the daily sacrifice (the morning and evening oblation) was taken away was at the crucifixion, which was when Jesus Christ became our morning and evening oblation, our "daily sacrifice", once and for all time.

However when Satan, the false Messiah, the "stand-in" or "instead-of-Jesus" appears, he takes away the real Christ (our daily sacrifice) from the minds of those who are deceived and places himself there, causing those Christian's to become his, which is to become spiritually dead indeed, wouldn't you agree?

And so it is easy to understand the great falling away at the false messiah's appearance, because in one day, those who claim to love and worship the Lord Jesus Christ, because they are ignorant of God's Word (i.e. do not have the seal of God (His truth) in their foreheads) begin to worship Satan believing he is Jesus Christ.

At that point, their daily sacrifice, Jesus Christ, has just been taken away from them and they are now in deep trouble with their heavenly Father.

Dan 11:32
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Satan is going to wine and dine anyone who is willing to be swayed, including those who shall betray their sons and daughters and loved ones by delivering them up to him, i.e. convincing them he(Satan) is Christ.

But the "bruisers", those who do know their God, shall "be strong in the Lord" (Eph. 6:10), yea, they shall be strong "in the power of His might" (Eph. 6:10), and shall do exploits.

What are those exploits?

Read the next verse.

[33] And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Though God's elect, who are those with understanding among the people, i.e. those with the understanding of the Word of God who know what is happening, shall teach and instruct many people.

However, the majority of the people shall nevertheless fall by the sword (words) of the king of Babylon, and by the flame of his fiery darts, and by the security of his captivity, and by the spoil of his prosperity.

Note: These who fall in this verse are a different group than those in verse 35 below.

How is it that those with understanding shall instruct many?

It is accomplished when God's elect are delivered up to the false messiah and the Holy Spirit speaks through them declaring that the King of king and Lords and lords is coming to put an end to the reign of the false messiah, the abomination of desolation who is standing in Jerusalem claiming to be Jesus Christ.

Mark 13:9-17
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

[10] And the gospel (of the kingdom) must first be published (proclaimed) among all nations.

The councils and synagogues are the synagogues of Satan, for he will be here.

Also, the word "publish" used here is "kerusso" which means to "herald" or "proclaim".

Don't allow yourself to revert back to thinking physically, this is happening spiritually. When it says in verse 9 that you will be beaten it means brow beaten not beaten physically.

Matthew uses the phrase "gospel of the kingdom" meaning that the good news will be proclaimed that the King and his dominion are soon coming and Babylon the Great is about to be smashed to smithereens!

(If you would like to read the context of the proclamation, just read Joel 3:9-17.)

kerusso, kay-roos'-so, Greek 2784; of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish
Those who are delivered up are not to fear, i.e. be anxious, nor premeditate about what they shall say!

The Holy Spirit will speak through them as per the ensample given in Acts chapter 2 on that first Pentecost Day following the resurrection.

[11] But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
During that hour, the hour of temptation, that true "tongue" spoken on Pentecost day, which was clearly and discernibly understood by all the people present out of every nation and language, will once again be spoken.
[12] Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Family members aren't going to deliver their loved up to be physically killed!

Remember, world peace will have arrived with the little horn and Satan is going to be playing the role of Jesus, so he is not going to run around seeking to kill people.

But if one delivers his brother to the false messiah, even though in his heart he believes the one standing in Jerusalem is Jesus, and thus causes his brother to believe also, i.e. to worship Satan, he has just betrayed his brother to death, spiritual death!

In ignorance, yes, but betrayed nevertheless.

You "see", the daily sacrifice, Jesus Christ, will have been taken from him causing him to become spiritually slain, spiritually dead... but such will not be the case with the "bruisers" who will be hanging in there withstanding all the persecution and fiery darts that the old dragon can muster.

[13] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Satan and the media will try to convince the world that God's elect, the "bruisers", are a bunch of dangerous, radical, right-winged religious wackos and shall cause them to be "hated", which means persecuted.

However, they shall stand and as it is written, those who "endure" unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Notice it did not say that those who are flown away in the rapturemobile will be saved?

God's Word says that those who remain behind (endure) and are not swept away in the spiritual flood shall be the ones saved.

In fact, the Greek word for "endure" means to remain behind, to be left behind!

endure, hupomeno, hoop-om-en'-o, Greek 5278; from Greek 5259 (hupo) and Greek 3306 (meno); to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; figurative to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere :- abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
You can either believe the Word of God or some man's book or movie that tells the willing ignorant that Jesus Christ is going to rapture them into the clouds when the vile person, the spurious messiah, enters in.
The choice is yours!

Satan will come with his angelic host
and claim to be the god of ALL peoples and nations and languages!

Let's return to Daniel chapter 11.

Dan 11:34
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
The word "fall" is "kashal", kaw-shal', Hebrew 3782; a primitive root: to totter or waver and "holpen" means to surround, as in protect or aid.

In other words, if one of God's elect begins to waver, He will strengthen the hedge about him or her, but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Smith & Goodspeed translate this "Many shall attach themselves to them in hypocrisy."

[35] And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
Hey, you've got to expect a final exam (to be tested).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego got one.

Daniel got one.

Sampson got one.

Noah got one.

Abraham got one.

Name your servant of God!

Should we not also expect the heat to be turned up (about seven times hotter)?

Remember that fire purifies gold, but it consumes stubble.

So a little "holpen" from our Father to remain steadfast and standing is all we need.

[36] And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
There's your old abomination of desolation doing his thing, standing in the temple, of God, (our 21st century, so called Christian religion as it is being taught in most so-called Christian churches houses today) exalting himself above all that is called God by claiming that he is God, just as Paul said he would in 2 Thes. 2.

Understand that the marvelous things he speaks are contrary to, i.e. against that which is written in the Word of God!

Understand also that this is the plan and will of our Father that the desolator, the death angel, shall come.

It is part of His chastisement upon His children that this abomination should come and deceive those who claim to be Christians but have forsaken their God by ignoring and not studying His Word, into believing the false messiah, Satan himself, is Jesus Christ!

"Woe unto those who are with child, i.e. spiritual pregnant with Satan's child" when Jesus Christ returns  (Matthew 24:19)!

In other words, woe unto those who are spiritually impregnated with the lies and deception of the false messiah!

You see, they did not remain virgins, enduring unto the end when the true Bridegroom did come!

[37] Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
Satan will come with his angelic host and claim to be the god of ALL peoples and nations and languages!

What a time we have to look forward to in the very near future!

As it is written and as we shall read shortly, it will a time such as never was since there was a nation!

Are you prepared with the gospel armor to take a stand?

If not, enlist now and begin your basic training in the Word of God!

The Book of Daniel!
What a truly marvelous book of insight and wisdom
our Father has given to us to help us understand
what would befall the final generation when the abomination of desolation
comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be God.

Unfortunately, so many of our beloved brothers and sisters are led by their preachers and ministers to believe that they will not be here when the one they call antichrist appears.

In fact, many are told they do not need to understand the Book of Revelation because Jesus Christ is going to come rapture them away before the events written therein take place.

Well, I guess since the Book of Revelation is an overlay of the Book of Daniel, they need not read what he has to say either, right?

The only problem is that Jesus Christ instructed us to go there to gain understanding of what would happen during the 6th Trump when the abominable one comes.

And it is written in the last chapter of Daniel that his words were to be sealed up until the time of the end and then the "wise" would understand.

Therefore, if one does not understand the Book of Daniel and we are in the last days, what does that make him or her?

It makes him or her an unwise Christian and one who will surely fall before the "Instead-of-Jesus" believing that he is the true bridegroom come to take her to wife and rapture her away!

It is written and so shall it be!

On the other hand, those who are wise virgins and have heeded the commands of Jesus Christ to study His Word to show themselves approved as workman, laborers in the field (2 Tim. 2:15), not only know that the little horn, the vile person, the great red dragon, Satan posing as the messiah, comes before the true Christ and takes over world rulership as the false King of kings and Lord of lords, they know from that which is written in the Book of Daniel what he will do and how he will operate when he comes.

To wit, we have already read that he enters in peaceably and prosperously and scatters riches and entitlements throughout the world to all who will bow before him, i.e. sell their soul to the devil! 

And next we will be given even more insight into what to expect him to do when he is here for the five months allotted for him to reign, as per Rev. 9:4.

However, before we return to Daniel let us be reminded that earlier in verses 11:36-37, we learned that the vile person will come and do according to his will (not God's) and that he will have no regard for any god other than himself for he will "exalt himself and magnifying himself above every god" and speak blasphemy.

Let's review:

Daniel 11:36
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
This verse should immediately remind one of the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Thes. 2:4 where he put in unarguable sequence exactly when this vile person would come and magnify himself and claim to be God.

Because of the paramount importance of understanding the sequence of the events that are about to transpire, let us turn to 2 Thes. 2 and read what Paul wrote.

2 Thes. 2:1
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
The subject is Christ's return and our gathering together unto Him.

Paul is "beseeching us", meaning he is imploring, us not to do something!

Here is what he is telling us not to do:

[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.
Do not be swayed nor confused about when Jesus Christ returns.

In fact, do not let anyone tell you that Christ has returned, as in He is standing in the holy place in Jerusalem!

You should know from Paul's teaching in 1 Cor. 15:51-52 that at the sound of the 7th Trump when Christ returns we be instantly changed from our flesh bodies into our spiritual bodies.

1 Cor. 15:51-52
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
This is not a mystery to those who are wise and study their Father's Word.
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
In other words, in a flash... just like that... at the sound of the last (7th) trump EVERYONE, both the (spiritually) dead and those who are Christ's at His coming will be instantly changed into their incorruptible spiritual bodies!

Please note: We did not say immortal spiritual bodies; we said incorruptible spiritual bodies!

Additionally, those who are Christ's at His coming will also be raised to immortality, which is not to be confused with the change of the flesh body into the spiritual body!

The reason we bring this to your attention is that Christ also warned us that if you HEAR from someone that Christ has returned, that He is in Jerusalem, for example, do not GO FORTH and DO NOT BELIEVE IT!

You "see", when the true Son of man comes, all you will see is a flash of light, like lightning across the sky, and this flesh age will be over!

Matthew 24:25-27
Behold, I have told you before.

[26]Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

[27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Let's return to 2nd Thessalonians.
2 Thes. 2:3
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;
The point Paul is making is "PLEASE, DO NOT let anyone tell you in any way, shape, or form that the day of Christ is at hand, i.e. that Jesus Christ can return at any moment!"

They are "in the dark", void of accurate Biblical knowledge, and they will be caught off guard, caught sleeping, when the true Messiah returns.

Why?

Because they will believe Jesus Christ is already here!

You see, whether a man is pope, bishop, elder, preacher, teacher, pastor, minister, deacon, usher, author, televangelist, or the paperboy, we have been instructed to check out what that man says in the Word of God.

Paul said to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21)." Well, Paul was not, neither did he believe he was, nor did he attempt to exempt himself from the "proving and the testing".

It is written in Acts 17 that those rascally Bereans checked him and Silas out in scriptures real good, every day!

So don't listen to man.

Stick with the Word of God.

Jesus Christ will NOT return until the son of perdition (meaning the son who will perish), the little horn, Satan, is revealed first, and there is a great falling away which is when the majority of Christians stumble in the great tribulation of lies and deception and begin worshipping the spurious messiah.

It is the great apostasy yet to come!

This next verse goes hand in hand with Daniel 11:36 and explains what the little horn will do.

[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.
Satan will sit in the temple of God (The hearts of most pro-claiming Christians, who attend a church which does not teach the Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse, rightly dividing the "Word of Truth") and show himself (to the world) that he is God.

Again, this event happens BEFORE the return of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.

Satan returns at the sound of the sixth trumpet.

Christ returns at the seventh trump, the last trump.

Do not let anyone tell you differently, for it is written, and you have just read it!

[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.

Paul says "you know what is keeping him from being here already; for he can only come when his time is ready" (Living Bible).

Our Father has appointed times!

The Greek word for "withholdeth" in verse 6 is "katecho" which means to hold fast, to hold back, to retain, etc.

Take a Strong's Concordance and look up the many verses in which this word is used.

katecho, kat-ekh'-o, Greek 2722; from Greek 2596 (kata) and Greek 2192 (echo); to hold down (fast), in various applications (literal or figurative) :- have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), let, make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.
You see, there is someone "holding back", katecho, the son of perdition at this time, and his name is Michael.

However, he will soon "stand up" (Dan. 12:1) and cast Satan and his angels out of heaven to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9).

Rev. 12:7
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

[8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

At the appointed time of the 6th Trump Michael will stand up and cast the little horn, Satan, and his angels to this earth.
[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Let there be no doubt about who this person is.

It is NOT some flesh man.

It is that OLD SERPENT from the garden of Eden, called Satan the devil, the son of perdition himself!

And when he is REVEALED, when he is cast out of heaven by the one who is now holding him back, i.e. Michael, he will come as the Messiah returned, looking just like the Lamb, and will "deceive the whole world" into believing he is Jesus Christ.

That IS the great tribulation of the "spurious messiah".

It will be a time of peace and prosperity (Dan. 11:24) for all, but it will be the greatest time of spiritual trouble ever for it will mean "spiritual death" to MANY!  The death of their soul by not knowing they were worshiping Satan instead of waiting for the real Christ to return!

As it is written, the magnitude of this event will be "such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time... (Dan. 12:1)."

Remember that Satan is supernatural, an angel, and when he comes he will be accompanied by his angels who are cast out with him, which we read in Rev. 12:9.

They are the same "fallen angels" of Gen. 6 who left heaven (their first habitation - Jude 6) and came directly to earth in the time of Noah and married daughters of the individual man, Adam, " 'eth-'Ha 'adham ", WHO GOD FORMED AFTER HIS DAY IF REST AS RECORDED IN GENESIS 2:7, to try to contaminate the pure blood line from Adam to Christ!.

They were "giving and taking in marriage" and took the grand-daughters of Adam to wife causing our Father to bring about the flood of Noah.

"As it was in the days of Noah", Jesus said in Luke 17:26, "so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man."

Back to 2nd Thessalonians:

2 Thes. 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
This does not refer to the Holy Spirit as some would have you believe, but to the one who is holding  (katecho) Satan, the son of perdition back.

That one is Michael.

Here is a little clearer translation to help understand 
verses 6 & 7
:

2 Thes. 2:7
As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. (Living Bible)
Then the little horn enters in.
2 Thes. 2:8
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,

The Greek word for "wonders" is "dunamis" meaning  "miraculous power".

In other words, Satan will put on a dynamite display of deceptive miracles to convince folks he is really Jesus and 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.
Should miracles alone give a person credentials if what he or she teaches does not align with the Word of God?

The answer is NO which you can document in Deuteronomy 13:1-4.

[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.
What is this truth that people, yes even most Christians, do not love?

That's really easy for Christ Himself gave us the answer:

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The "love of the truth" is the "love of His Word".

If you do not love the Word of God, you do not love Jesus Christ for you cannot separate the Living Word of God from the Written Word of God!

The great apostasy is of those who claim to be Christians but do not know or love the truth.

And because of this, God is going to send the false messiah and they are going to love him and believe his lie that he is Jesus Christ.

[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.

They love their church traditions of snakes and apples and Ishtar bunnies and fly-away theories and just believe/no need to study!

Is this not the greatest time in the history of the world to be alive?
All the prophets and disciples of old
wanted to know what today would be like
and longed to be here.

Let us now return to Daniel chapter 11 where we have been learning what it is the false messiah will be doing and how he will operate when he is here.

This is precious knowledge that the wise are to understand!

Remember, no one will take a stand against this one except the bruisers, God elect.

Daniel 11:38
But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
In his estate means while he is in office.

The only thing Satan will honor is that which promotes his deception and feeds into his ego as the great exalted one!

He will utilize money, power and ego, as in all four of the hidden dynasties, and thus he will exercise all the power of the first beast and cause the world to worship that first beast!

Rev. 13:12
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
There is his "strange god" which he honors, my friend.. the power and force of the New World Order, whose deadly wound he heals, and who he shall acknowledge and increase with glory (next verse)!
Daniel 11:39
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
We know from Rev. 13:1 that he will divide the world, i.e. the seven continents, among his 10 kings, who are those ten toes, his angelic host!
Daniel 11:40
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
The nations can push all they want, but when Satan overflows and passes over with his angelic host and all the power of the first beast, who will be able to stand against him?
Rev. 13:4
... Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The answers is, the only ones who will be able to make war with him are the "bruisers"!
Daniel 11:41
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
In other words, Satan uses these nations, Edom (Russia), Moab and the sons of Ammon, to "deliver out of his hand", which means he uses them to come against our people, even in fulfilling that which is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (A word to the wise.)
[42] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
All the countries shall come under his dominion!

Even the king of the south who has the "daughter" who prevented peace and security in the region from becoming a reality until this vile person entered in, will come under his dominion.

[43] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
These verses simply show that all nations will be part of the New World Order under the leadership and control of the dragon and his angelic host and Satan will be in control of the wealth and treasures of all those nations... even as he now is through the hidden dynasty of the economy which is now in the hands of his children, the kenites.

And the Libyans and Ethiopians, even all nations, shall be at his steps, meaning that they shall serve him!

But uh oh!

The old dragon has those Christian bruisers to yet contend with who give witness and testimony against him and his evil system and cause him much grief!

[44] But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
Again, there is only one group recorded in God's Word that causes Satan to become indignant and wroth.

It is not the king of the south nor any other king, but the BRUISERS!

God's elect, when they are delivered up, will cause Satan much grief as they "reveal" him to the world as a FAKE!

He must therefore "make war" with his adversaries lest he "fail to prevail" and be exposed as a hoax.

This is a real problem for Satan, because many of God's people shall come out of the deception when they see and hear God's elect delivered up and give the testimony of Jesus Christ and witness against him.

In fact, they are going to give him so much trouble that he is eventually going to kill the two witnesses!

And then that is it my friends for the cup of our Father's wrath will have been filled to the full and you can thus set your clock for three days... because then the King of kings shall return.

It is written and so shall it be (Revelation 11).

[45] And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
Yes, the willful king, the vile person, shall come to this earth and set up his "palace" and his world ruling government in the glorious holy mountain, i.e. Mt. Zion!

But alas, his days are numbered and he shall be be destroyed by the brightness of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saints.

And who is it that can stand against the power and might of Him who has ALL POWER in both heaven and earth?

The answer is "no one"!

Therefore there shall be "none to help that wicked one" when that "stone cut out without hands" comes and smashes his false religious palace to the point where there is not one stone standing atop another that has not been pulverized!

It is written, and so shall it be!

Is this not the greatest time in the history of the world to be alive?

All the prophets and disciples of old wanted to know what today would be like and longed to be here with the "bruisers" who shall step forward and take a stand and bruise the head of the dragon!

Ephes. 6:10-11
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Why is it then that so many preachers and ministers promote an any-moment "rapture theory" which only serves to protect one's flesh body from physical harm, because in order to qualify for the "taking up" one must be a "saved" Christian in the first place?

We have now come to the final chapter in this most informative book titled DAN-I-EL, whose name means "God is [my] judge", and thus far we have seen that all the events written of and recorded in this great book have to do with the coming and presence of the king of Babylon of these last days, who is (Satan) that little horn and vile person, the king of fierce countenance, the abomination of desolation, aka antichrist who shall come against our people and cause much spiritual desolation.

We have also learned that contrary to what most churches teach concerning the great tribulation of the spurious messiah, the great battle in these last days is a spiritual battle, a battle for the hearts and minds of men and women alike, a battle for your very soul during a time of peace and prosperity and big-daddyism, not during a time of world wars or rumors of nuclear annihilation!

That is why we as Christians are instructed by the apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter six to don the whole armor of God and be spiritually ready and mentally prepared to take a stand against the fiery darts of that wicked one, the son of perdition, the abomination of desolation, even Satan himself.

You "see", it is written that the old serpent, the dragon, shall soon be cast out of heaven with his angels (Rev. 12:7-9) and when he comes he shall stand in the holy place where he ought not (Mat. 24:15) and sit in the temple (so-called Christian churches) of God claiming that he is God (2 Thes. 2:4) and back up his claim by performing great signs and wonders in the sight of men.

It is written and it is true and so shall it be!

Remember also that Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that if we want understanding concerning the abomination of desolation then we are to go read what the prophet Daniel has to say!

And so we have, and by doing so we have learned that this abomination is not a thing, but rather an entity, a vile person (Satan) who makes desolate the hearts and minds of our people by drawing them to himself as he leads them away from the Word of God!

We also learned how he operates through craft and deceit and with flatteries by spreading wealth and entitlements to all who will come bow before him!

Again, that is quite different than the picture portrayed of the person called antichrist by most churches who teach he shall come and slay people with a physical sword instead of with a spiritual sword.

Which is worse?

The answer is that the former, the first death, i.e. the death of the flesh, is but a "shadow of death". The only a type of the real death is the death of the soul in the lake of fire at the end of Millennium.

Have you not read where Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear (revere) Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

So I ask again, "Why is it then that so many preachers and ministers promote an any-moment "rapture theory" which only serves to protect one's flesh body from physical harm, because in order to qualify for the "taking up" one must be a "saved" Christian in the first place?"

No, though it may offend some which certainly is not our intention, if you are "wise" in your Father's Word and have understanding even from the book of Daniel concerning that which shall transpire in these last days when the false christ (the abomination of desolation) is present, then you know that the
any-moment rapture
theory is based on a completely false foundation in the first place
.

Remember that the little horn, the false christ, comes to this earth and heals the deadly wound, to his "New World Order" and brings peace, safety, and prosperity to the world! temporarily that is!

Then too, we have learned that the ships of Chittim, those bruisers who are the men and women of the army of God, i.e. God's elect, are here to take a stand against the old fire breathing dragon... and so they shall... and so they shall prevail and have the victory in Christ.

You "see", they have no desire to run and hide from the beast but rather to stand against him and overcome him!

Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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It is important that YOU Read it all!

Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.
The book of Daniel is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to the Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.

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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