Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2 Thessalonians 2: Predestination Bible Prophecy Rapture the AntiChrist

       1: Now we beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto him 1 Thess 4:16-18 2: That you be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled neither by spirit nor by word nor by letter as from us[1] as that the Day of Christ The Great Tribulation is at hand 3: Let no one deceive you by any means for that day shall not come except there come apostasia first[2] and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition[3] 4: Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped so that he as God sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God Matthew 24:15-21 5: [Do] you not remember that when I was yet with you I told you these things [4] 6: And now you know [who] withholds that he might be revealed in his time 7: For the mystery of iniquity does already work only [the one who] now restrains will [continue to do so] until taken out ek [of] the midst[5]  8: And then shall be revealed that lawless [one] whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming[6] 9: Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders[7]  Revelation 16:13-14  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[8] 13: But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you brethren beloved of the Lord because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth [9] 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[10] which you have been taught whether by word or our letter 16: But himself our Lord Jesus the Christ and our God and the Father who loved us and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace 17: Comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work  

[1] It appears as if someone may have been writing to the Thessalonian Christians posing as Paul.

[2] The English word, “apostasy,” comes from the Greek word, apostasia: (STRONGS NT G646) ἀποστασία a falling away, defection, apostasy. One of the last days signs of the impending resurrection and harpazo, is widespread defection from biblical faith. Some teach a last-days revival, but this is in contradiction to the Word of God, which teaches just the opposite.

[3] Only one other person in scripture is called, “the Son of Perdition,” and that is Juda[s]. Although the spirit of antichrist has been present through-out history, this passage, confirms the personal identity of the man who will be known as the antichrist. This person, who [according to 2 Thessalonians 2] will make his identity known after the resurrection and the harpazo, is called by many names in the writings of Christians and Jews (The Assyrian, the Hammer of the Whole Earth, the King of Babylon, the Wicked One, the Man of Sin, The Beast).

[4] From this verse, we understand that Paul spoke on the topic of Bible prophecy far more than he wrote about it. 

[5] Many scholars believe this is a reference to the consummation of the time of “Christ IN You,” [which began on the day of Pentecost] when those whose bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit are changed and caught out at the harpazo rapture.

[6] The Second Coming of Christ will be the most spectacular event this world has ever seen. He will be seen in his Kingdom appearance that was witnessed at the transfiguration. He will be accompanied not only by all the resurrected and harpazo’d saints but by myriads of angel armies and the chariots and horses of fire seen by Elijah. The brilliance of this spectacle cannot be understated.  

[7] Satan can transform himself into an angel of light. Is it any wonder that his ministers are transformed into ministers of righteousness? God still does miracles, but Revelation chapter sixteen shows that Satan can also perform so-called miracles. That is why believers of all ages have been warned to test all things by the Word of God. 

[8] Jesus Yeshua died for the sins of the world. Iesous rose from the dead that all who place their faith in Him—the risen Son of God—can have everlasting life. Jesus clarified the issue of who has eternal life and who is condemned for eternity, in his conversation with Nikodemos John 3:13-21

[9] Many are called but few are chosen. Paul Paulos wrote to Timotheos, that it was God’s will that all be saved. Every person ever born is called and chosen to live forever with God. That is God’s perfect will. But there is only one way to access that life, and that is through belief of the Truth. Truth is a person—Jesus. Jesus said few would find eternal life. Jesus said most of humanity would follow the broad road to destruction [Jesus died for the sins of the world, but the world will not be saved]. The narrow way is not a path—it is a person. Faith in the Risen Son of God [who said of himself, that he is the only way, the only truth, and the only life] is the only way to eternal life.  

[10] Paul is not referring, here, to the traditions of the Jews [which Jesus soundly condemned as being a chief cause of transgression] but rather to new, faith-building, traditions of the New Covenant.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2 Thessalonians 1: Translator Supplements & Hierarchy in the Godhead

    1: Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ 2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ[1] 3: We are bound to thank God always for you brethren as it is deserving because that your faith grows exceedingly and the love of every one of you all toward each other abounds 4: So that we ourselves boast in you in [we brag on you to] the Churches of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations which you endure 5: Which is evidence of the righteous judgment of God that you [are] accounted worthy of the Kingdom of God for which you indeed suffer[2] 6: Since it is [also] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you 7: And to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed in the heavens with his mighty angels 8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power[3] 10: When he shall come to be glorified in his saints and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day 11: Wherefore also we pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power 12: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and you in him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ

[1] “…from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ…” In verses one and two, the word, “the,” has been supplemented twice. The New Testament is rife with this type of Translator Supplement (TS), which was done to in an attempt at human understanding of, separation of, and introducing hierarchy into, the Godhead. Punctuation (the biblical languages do not have punctuation) achieves the same purpose in the formation of English-Translation-Theology (ETT). Since God is our father and Jesus Christ is the Lord, why should this matter? Because it matters. Without TS or punctuation, the verses read, “…from God our father and Lord Jesus Christ. With punctuation, there are a couple of options (as follows): “…from God, our father and Lord, Jesus Christ.” “”…from God our father and Lord, Jesus Christ.”  Since the fullness of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form—Jesus is God—both of the above phrases [with the punctuation's] would be correct. Adding the TS “the,” shifts the focus just enough to add a hierarchal flavor to the Eternal Godhead, which it does not possess. For this reason, the Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary removes as many TS’s as possible, along with almost all completely subjective [and optional] punctuation. 

[2] 2 Thessalonians 1:5 is an example of English-Translation-Theology (ETT). In this case, the translation assumes an interpretation which is at odds with the message of the cross as a whole and the righteousness which is already possessed by those who belong to Christ I John 5:11-13. In virtually every translation of this verse, translator supplements (TS’s) are added, which make it appear as if Christians must be tested after they are saved in order to be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, when in reality, the text says no such thing. Requirements for salvation and Bible prophecy positions on the timing of the resurrection and the harpazo rapture, are significantly influenced by TS’s which lead to ETT. Fortunately, today, we have unparalleled resources for study of the Hebrew and Greek texts that under-gird our Bibles, more than at any other time in history. It was foretold that knowledge will increase in the latter days, and no one will argue that it has. So also, to the lay person, has access to knowledge [along with resources to understand the Word of God] increased.  

[3] This is the scriptural definition of death. Jesus alluded to this when he spoke of those physically alive as being dead (“Let the “dead” bury their dead” Luke 9:60).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5: Bible Prophecy Spiritual Gifts Rapture

    1: But of the times and the seasons[1] brethren you have no need that I write to you 2: For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night 3: For when they shall say Peace and Safety*[2] then sudden destruction comes upon them as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape[3] 4: But you brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief 5: You are all the children of light and the children of the day We are not of the night nor of darkness[4] 6: Therefore let us not sleep as do others but let us watch and be sober 7: For they that sleep sleep in the night and they that be drunken are drunken in the night 8: But let us who are of the day be sober putting on the breastplate of faith and love and for an helmet the hope of deliverance  9: For God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain deliverance by our Lord Jesus Christ[5] 10: Who died for us that whether we wake or sleep 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 we should live together with him 11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another even as also you do 12: And we beseech you brethren to know them who labor among you and care for you[6] in the Lord and encourage you[7] 13: And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake And be at peace among yourselves 14: Now we exhort you brethren warn them that are unruly comfort the faint-hearted support the weak be patient toward all 15: See that none render evil for evil to any but ever follow that which is good both among yourselves and to all 16: Rejoice evermore 17: Pray without ceasing 18: In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you 19: Quench not the Spirit 20: Despise not prophesyings[8] 21: Test all things[9] hold fast that which is good 22: Abstain from all appearance of evil[10] 23: Now the God of peace sanctify you wholly and your whole spirit and soul and body preserved blameless[11] unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ 24: Faithful is he that calls you who also will do it 25: Brethren pray for us 26: Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss 27: I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren 28: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Amen

[1] The times and the seasons of God’s plan of redemption [of our souls, bodies, and the earth], are “set” times. They have already been appointed and are not influenced by what happens or does not happen on earth, but rather, the pre-determined “set” times and seasons of God’s plan are the cause of what happens or does not happen on earth Acts 1:7, Ezekiel 12:27, Daniel 2:21, 8:19 (17-19). 

[2] *Point of interest: 2017 was the international year of Peace and Security (Safety) for the United Nations.

[3] In Luke 17:26-28, Jesus commanded the Jews to pray that they would “escape” the terrible things coming to the inhabitants of the earth. In 1 Thessalonians 5:3, Paul comforted believers by writing to them that only unbelievers would not “escape” the coming wrath of God. This is exactly in line with what Jesus said, and many scholars agree that both Jesus and Paul were speaking of the last days Great Tribulation, also known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

[4] Again, Paul references the teaching of Jesus [John the Baptist and Joel]. Paul wrote that believers are not children of the “night.” Jesus said, “Night is coming when no one can work.” In speaking of the “night,” both Paul and Jesus were speaking of the same thing, the Day of Darkness written of by the prophet Joel [Paul also used the word “dark”]. Paul was referencing the terrible “night” of the Great Tribulation. Both Joel and Jesus warned people to be “very afraid” of the horrendous things coming to the inhabitants of the earth. This is contrary to the usual admonitions to God’s people to “fear nothing.” The reason for these frightful admonitions is because no one has to go through the Great Tribulation. Jesus commanded people to pray that they would be found worthy to escape the coming horrors. John asked the Pharisees and Sadducee's who warned them to flee from the “wrath to come.” Paul promised believers that they were not appointed to “wrath.” Jesus promised that believers [prior to the resurrection/rapture] that they would be “kept from” the hour of trial that would come upon all the world to test them that dwell upon the earth. All, Joel, John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul were speaking of the terrible [last days] time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Great Tribulation Jeremiah 30:7, Joel 2:1-whole chapter, Matthew 3:7, 24:21-22, 1 Thessalonians 5, Revelation 3:10.  

[5] The Christians at Thessalonica were afraid they had missed the resurrection. Someone had been writing [or telling them] that they were currently in the fearful Time of Jacob’s Trouble, spoken of by the prophets Jeremiah and Joel. Paul assured them that indeed that was not the case, that they were not appointed to wrath but rather to deliverance (resurrection and harpazo). Paul had also written of this to the believers at Corinth 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

[6] Throughout the New Testament, the Greek word “proistemi,” is often translated as “rule” or “over,” when it also means to “care for” or “maintain,” depending upon context. In this case, context demands the word be translated as “care for.” Jesus said so. In Mark 10:42-44, we read, “But Jesus called them to him and said to them You know that they who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them and their great ones exercise authority upon them But so shall it not be among you but whoever will be great among you shall be your diakonos (servant) And whoever of you will be the chiefest shall be slave of all.”

[7] The Greek word, noutheteo (G3560), does not always mean “warn” or “admonish.” It is used in Colossians 3:16, where the context shows, it should have been translated as “encourage.”  

[8] It is unfortunate that that the phrase, “Quench not the Spirit Despise not prophesyings,” [προφητεία prophēteía, prof-ay-ti'-ah; from G4396 ("prophecy"); prediction (scriptural or other):—prophecy, prophesying.] is divided by verse numbers.,They should have been one single verse, as Paul is not giving instruction regarding two separate things. He is admonishing believers not to quench the unction of the Holy Spirit by despising prophesyings. He is not referring to simple straight-forward preaching in this case, but rather to the verbal gifts of the Holy Spirit called prophecy, the word of wisdom, and the word of knowledge. These gifts are spontaneous. They manifest at the pleasure of the Holy Spirit, and when obeyed, often interrupt the planned flow of things in Christian meetings. Paul understood the natural tendency to resent interruptions to carefully planned presentations during church services, and reminded Christians that God can and does interrupt human plans [with his own words] during these gatherings. And when that happens, Christians are instructed to welcome the words of God [spoken through the inspired speaker who may or may not be the scheduled speaker]. And the one who is prompted by the Holy Spirit, is instructed not to quench the words of God by refusing to speak them. 

[9] The Bible is a book of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. But even faith is testable. Hebrews 11:1, says faith is the substance (faith has a substance) of things hoped for (if we have hope we have faith) it is the evidence (evidence is proof) of things not [yet] seen. The Bible is the only holy book that [in more than one passage—both Old and New Testaments] commands its readers to test it.  

[10] It does matter what people think. Christians are ambassadors for Christ, and [whenever possible] should take care not to allow wrong impressions to be inferred by observers. Our behavior and choices should accurately reflect Jesus and the choices he would make given the same situations. The sayings, “What would Jesus do?” and “You are the only Bible someone may ever read,” should much more than the clichés they have become. 

[11] One of the ways audawm See Special Features is made in the image of God, is that each individual (believer or unbeliever) is a triune being composed of spirit, soul, and body, yet these three [completely separate and individual] components compose only one person. It is at the Resurrection of the Just, that the bodies of believers will be reunited with their souls and spirits—preserved whole forever. There is a Resurrection of the Damned, where at the final judgement (the Great White Throne Judgement) the bodies, souls, and spirits of the condemned will not be preserved whole.