War Has Begun -Endure Patiently as Lawlessness Abounds

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,

 

Hope you are having a great Sunday.  As I was spending time in 2 Thessalonians 2, chapters 2 and 3 -and, also time in 2 Timothy chapters 2 and 3, I received a message from the Lord. 

 

Anyone who is familiar with these verses understands they speak of the last days and the lawlessness that will present itself.  These verses also give us instruction for what we are to do.   I asked the Lord specifically about verses 7 and 8 in 2 Thessalonians 2. 

 

The Lord began to speak to me;

 

“My son, do you remember the dream I gave you?  Do you remember the statue in the dream?  Do you remember the people dancing around it while all was turned upside down?”

 

(The dream I had a few weeks back can be viewed here)

 

‘Yes Lord, I do.  I do remember and I shared the dream and was trying to understand what it means.’

 

“The statue represents the idols of the world.  It represents the many deceptions the lost are choosing to embrace.  It is not only tied to earthly pleasures and false beliefs; It is tied to deceit and lawlessness and the spirit thereof.  Indeed, it represents many embracing the man of lawlessness rather than embracing the truth in Me.  My son, you have been asking why, for as obvious as the deception is, why they can’t see. It is because many have hardened their hearts.  These have embraced lies of wickedness and refused to hear My calling.  They have refused to see what I have shown them.  Events will begin now to give them one last chance to call on Me. When you see these begin, lift them up to Me that I may I rescue them from their hour of trial. Those who refuse Me still -will be given over to the deception.”

 

“Oh Lord, what if they still won’t listen?  What are your people to do?”

 

“My son, do not focus on those who will not listen.  Your job is to tell others what I have told you to tell them.  My children are to continue on in their assignments regardless of what they hear.  Regardless of what they see.  Keep your focus on Me.  As you are witnessing, much lawlessness abounds now against many.  There is great heartache and strife among you.  A great war has begun and soon this war will be against My own.  As these occur, My people will be tempted to respond.  My people must not give into the temptation to engage in behaviors not of Me.  In any behavior of lawlessness you see, in any deception you see, you are NOT to take part.  Do not believe it.  You are to stress this strongly to My people.  No matter what you see, keep your focus on Me and remember My Word.  My people are to stand strong in their faith in the face of adversity and wait for Me.  I will come for My own and gather them.  You will know when I am calling you.  Stand strong in that which you know of Me.”

 

My dear brothers and sisters, the Lord has put strong emphasis on this message.  He especially put emphasis on the term ‘NOT’ when it comes to taking part in any response not of Him in no way whatsoever, no matter how unjust we feel we are being treated.  Below I have placed the verses from 2 Thessalonians 2 and 2 Timothy in regards to the message He spoke.  I have also put a few other verses as I believe they tie in to this message.

 

 

2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12, 14-17 (NLT);

 

Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. 

Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 

 

For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

 

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

 

13 As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. 

 

14 He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

15 With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.

 

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

 

2 Thessalonians 3: 2-5 (NLT);

 

Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

 

2 Timothy 2: 3-5, 8-14 (NLT);

 

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. 

 

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

 

11 This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
    we will also live with him.
12 If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
    he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot deny who he is.

 

14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

 

15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

 

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”

 

21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

 

22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

 

23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 

 

24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 

 

26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

 

 

I specifically wrote on the division in the church which we are reminded of in verses 14-18 and 23-24.  These verses are timely considering I just wrote and did a podcast on this very subject. So you see these are of the Word itself and not my own opinions.  Do everything you can to avoid strife and stand strong in times of adversity!

 

 

2 Timothy 3: 1-5, 11-17 (NLT);

 

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

 

11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

 

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

 

Isaiah 5:20-24 (NKJV);

 

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!

22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!

24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

 

Matthew 24: 4-13, 15-18, 21-25, 29-35 (NKJV);

 

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

 

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 

 

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

 

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

 

 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

 

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

 

Psalm 11: 2-7 (NLT);

 

The wicked are stringing their bows
    and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.

They shoot from the shadows
    at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

    What can the righteous do?”

But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
    the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
    examining every person on earth.
The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.
    He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,
    punishing them with scorching winds.

For the righteous Lord loves justice.
    The virtuous will see his face.

 

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