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At the time of Pentecost Jesus gave to his church the gift of the Holy Spirit and the authority over all the powers of the enemy. In theory Satan should never have been able to lift his head again or regain a solid foot hold over humanity. For the most part the early church did do well and all the old pagan or demonic gods that held sway over the human race at that time was systematically driven out and their temples abandoned to decay into dust. Their memory fading away until future generations considered them just ancient tales of myths and legends of the backward and superstitious.
But there is one common thyme found in both the old and new testaments regarding the end of the age. The power of the Holy people is to be broken and shattered and Satan is to rise into a position of power over humanity once again, just before the current age comes to an end.
What this article is looking at is how this is being achieved and how the methods that Satan is using works. As can be expected it is using the old lie of “you shall be as gods” and the destruction of integrity that mammon can buy.
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Dan 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The passage above comes from the prophet Daniel who was one of the Judaic captives in Babylon around the year 600 BC. Now verse 9 indicates the time where this prophecy is to take place and indicates the time of the end. What we understand as the last days. The passage is in relation to the last world ruler and what he does but the verse of interest is verse 7.
“and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”
Now the concept of holy people in biblical terminology refers to those people that are the servants of the God of the bible. In other words the Jews and the Christians. To scatter the power of the holy people is to break their power. To render them powerless regardless of the idea that they are supposed to be backed by God himself. This event of breaking the power of the holy people is linked to the concept that it marks the end. All things finished concerning what was spoken about in relation to the last days and rise of the last world dictatorship.
Now the big question is, just how is this supposedly impossible feat to be accomplished. Again scripture explains just how this is done. Verse 1 in the passage below makes it plain that this passage is referring to the last days or the end of the age.
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2Ti 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Now viewing that passage from the perspective of what the scriptures uphold as god-fearing people, that passage accurately describes what our modern secular society actually behaves like. Society does have a policy of me, myself and I and the pursuit of personal happiness even if it is to the detriment of others they hold in positions of contempt. Further there is no question as to how secular society hold the followers of God in absolute contempt. So much so they are even passing laws to rid themselves of any influence of the scriptures in their midst. However the verse that is of importance to this subject is verse 5.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
That verse explains how the power of the Holy People gets shattered in the last days. To have a form of godliness is to have a scriptural based theology but to deny the power of it is to leave out the source of power behind the scriptures which is God himself. The God of the bible gets replaced with another of the imagination. This has been achieved from many different angles of deliberate attack. The most damaging being the redefining of the meaning of many words in the Christian vocabulary, not least of which is the word faith. Below is another passage that supports the understanding of how this breaking of the power of the Holy People takes place.
2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2 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.
2Th 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;
2Th 2:4 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.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
For there to be a falling away just before the Lord returns means that the Holy People had to fall away from the tenants and original doctrines of their basic faith. By falling away from those original doctrines they will naturally be cut off from the power of their faith which is of course, God himself. Hence their power will be shattered and they will be rendered powerless to stop the rise of Satan once again.
Now this is not some form of new procedure. It is just a repeat of the same tactics that Satan used in the past that resulted in the captivities of the Israelites in the past. Only now it is being applied to the church and the same results can be expected, as demonstrated in the passage below. Only this passage is also prophetic and ties in to the last days as well, which makes it rather interesting.
Isa 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Isa 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:
Isa 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
Isa 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
Isa 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
Verse 10 of that passage is giving the same descriptions of events that take place in connection to the rapture and is repeated in the sixth seal of Revelations. Thus indicating that the descriptions of conditions will be looking at that time period as well. Now the main verse of interest is verse 6 as this explains why this generation was forsaken by God. Gods people are supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirt and be replenished from the throne of God but here they are being replenished from the east.
Now this passage is talking about events just before the end so the process is still underway at this time and on cue you can see this process currently gaining ground and fast becoming main stream. The eastern philosophies and practices have gained a foothold in the church and are being used as a replacement for the original doctrines handed down by the first Apostles. Added to this is the result that the spirit of the eastern religions is also manifesting in the churches and being called the Holy Spirit when it is nothing of the sort. In effect an avalanche situation has been set in place.
As the church drifted away from the correct doctrines the Holy Spirit withdrew and the saints went into a time of drought where they were looking for the gifts of the spirit but were coming up dry. Then as the eastern teaching gained traction so the spirit from the east started to be able to manifest and the saints chased after it thinking it was God’s Spirit. Of course these manifestations of the counterfeit became the encouragement to delve deeper into the eastern philosophies disguised with Christian terminology so the result is full blown apostasy. Hence the great falling away is now in full swing and its implementation will soon be completed. We have reached the stage where the resistance to repentance is coming from inside the church body itself. To turn this situation around will literally result in the saints having to oppose the saints as in a form of civil war as those few left that do know their God will be pitted against the greater majority that now believe the counterfeit is of God. Hence the Apostles described this time as perilous times.
This situation of substitution through deception was foreseen by the Apostle Paul and he made mention of it in his letters. It was obviously something he worried about!
2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Well this unfortunately is exactly what has happened. The Church has been given a new Christ that is different from the one found in the scriptures that the Apostles taught about. The Apostles taught that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God. The new christ that has been presented is god. It does not matter how cleverly the scriptures can be bisected and pieced together to make another picture. It was always the Apostles intent that we relate to Christ as the only begotten Son of God. They never intended that he be viewed as God himself.
The Apostles taught that the church is to be the bride of Christ that Jesus is to present to his Father God. The new doctrines say we are to become sinless saints and become like christ so as to be Christ.
The Apostles taught that Jesus is going to return for us and gather us to himself. The new doctrines say we are to progress to the point where we get our new bodies now and are to eat of the tree of life now and ascend to a higher plain now and gain immortality now. That is pure eastern philosophy that has been reworded so as to make it sound all biblical.
In fact this is one of the main things that Jesus told us to look out for when he was telling of what things would be like when he was to return.
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
The whole Christ consciousness movement laid the ground work for this and now we have more and more people rising up claiming that they are the christ or the reincarnation of such. They teach how to be sinless saints and spiritualise the scriptures so as to make them say something other than what they do. God only made one Christ, there is no other and there is never going to be any other. We only get one! We can serve Christ and we can be in submission to him but we can never be him.
With this as well has come a redefinition of the Godhead. The original trinity doctrine gets thrown out the window and the oneness doctrine introduced and then called the trinity doctrine, thus opening up a whole list of errors that can follow. But you get the picture. The steady stream of errors are now flowing non stop. As the church first drifted away from the original teachings of the first Apostles with the prosperity teachings, so also the Spirit of God withdrew and the gifts of the spirit started to dry up. Instead of going back and repenting and seeking the Lord the errors just became more and more absurd until the spirit of this world moved in and made itself at home. Jesus told us that we are to seek God. But with the new oneness doctrine Jesus is God so now we no longer even have the saints coming before the throne of grace anyway. Of course the church is now in a mess.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In order to accommodate the failing of the divine prosperity message the definition of the word faith was changed to sound more super spiritual and to place the operation of Gods power on self instead of God himself and this has now carried over into all the other following errors. Hence we now have the situation where the saints are no longer coming before Gods throne of grace but before Jesus who’s ministry is supposed to be that of our reconciler between men and God and the saints no longer place their faith in God or Christ but try and develop their faith to the point where they can force the gifts of the spirit by their own will power.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
The list of deceptions is now growing daily, you are all coming across them. They are being accepted in accordance with the Apostles prophetic warnings of the falling away and Daniels warning that the power of the Holy People will be shattered. But we have also been promised that those that endure to the end are the ones that will be saved. There would never have been a call for endurance unless it was needed and many are going to be those who’s lamps will be without oil come the time of the night.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
As can be seen, our access to the tree of life can only take place after the return of Christ and this tree is located in the city that has not come into being yet.