Philemon Part 2 of 2
by MELINDA MANSOOR
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The Lord’s throne here, and the Lord God sitting there, as here is right at the end of the next age, or the thousand years where then Satan is retested, and the majority as in Revelation 20:8 is as the sand of the sea, to be re-tested by the devil, who will only then be able to deceive with his words alone, no one world kingdom to tempt and able to do miracles as bring lightning in heaven, all in Revelation Chapter 13. Then those that are spiritually dead, or still liable to perish along with Satan who is the son of perdition, the only son, the devil named in God’s Word sentenced to be blotted out of existence, the meaning of Revelation 20:10, where that false prophet role of Satan we just read where he disguises himself as Jesus, able to bring lightning from heaven, is blotted out at the beginning of the Lord’s Day, right at Jesus return, as well the one world kingdom Satan can tempt to pay off all debt, give money, riches, power, title, any flesh thing, but not eternal life, that first beast again all in Revelation Chapter 13. Then he is blotted out, anyone that does not make it then while we are in spiritual bodies, after 1000 years being taught God’s Word with discipline, as we will have total recall of it, but Satan still, by himself alone, no fallen angels helpers, as they all go in Revelation 11:13, could use boredom, new religions, just like here in the flesh now today. Then that’s why now make it, so you don’t have to go all of this, then not being able to go directly the Lord, Himself, as in Matthew 25, those five virgins, representative of the many who will think they have it made and are “Christians” or are “saved”, but will end up Satan, son of perdition of II Thessalonians 2:3-4, when he comes first. Then each one of us, all are judged exactly the same way, very fairly, so if you are in this the tribe of Judah, for example, or the tribe of Ephraim, or of this family, or that race, or that nationality, that does not matter. Or if you are a church member of this church or that church, who cares, not God! For it is the action of each one of us, what we do here on earth. Do we worship Satan when he comes first when we are living in the flesh before Jesus? Or do we listen to God’s Word and stay true to Him, the many membered virgin bride, those with free will, and also remember the election, who are already judged, the wife she is called, not the bride, as in Revelation 19:7-8, as the election are those people in the first earth age who did not worship Satan. They fought against him, and warned them with God! They stood up, not taught people to escape or that they don’t need to understand God’s Word as they’ll fly out of here or be “raptured”! No way! They did what the Word of God tells us in Ephesians 6:11-18. Always praying to the God for His help for we cannot do this flesh life without Him! We all need His help and it’s okay as He is right there ready and willing to help you! Then moving on, Satan, who is death and hell, for he is the only one sentenced to perish, and he wants to take down as many people with him. So listen to God, and hear not what I say, or any church, or person, but His Word! Always, honestly go to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Saviour and His Son, and be forgiven! Only He is able to do that for you! Not some church or some person, or religion, but go to the throne of God, yourself, in the name of the Lord and be happy! Sin no more, making the effort to not fall back into your old ways of this world. For all of us, including myself, will sin in this world for we are living in the flesh. Not with the intention for this gift and blessing to abuse it. God forbid! But rather that the Lord God is that graceful, full of mercy, that HE wants us to be happy. Be free, not tied up in the chains of some church or religious system, because we did this or that we are not included in the church, for example, no! But rather to help us along the way. Remember He created these flesh bodies, He created our very souls, and knows this life, with His Son, Jesus Christ living this life perfectly. That’s why only Jesus, through His blood when you go to dear God in Jesus’ name, showing God the credentials that you are a believer! Talk with God, pray to Him, not some memorized prayer, but sincerely as you would a close Friend, that He is! Be real with Him for He already knows what we do at all times, and wants us to acknowledge the fact He even exists! That He is really there loving us, encouraging us all through His Word of God, along the way of this flesh life. He must know something right? As Jesus did this world perfectly! I say this with all respect and love and honesty to us, for once we truly free our slave bodies to this life here on earth, then we become that wineskin that can be stretched out, able to take in more wine of the truth of God’s Word. As here:
Matthew 9:16 “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.”
Matthew 9:17 “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: and they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
Mark 2:21 “No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.”
Meaning we cannot become a Christian and then go back to the old way of the flesh. Here represented by the old bottle or the old piece of and old garment. Like in the old days, we would patch a pair of jeans with a cloth, which usually was pre-shrunk denim, so that way the material would not bunch up when washed and defeating the purpose! Or in winemaking, if you then put the newly fermented wine into the original wine bottle containers, they naturally will burst as the ingredients the chemistry has changed and this happens. We have to keep out this world, meaning not to live as religious fanatics, of course not! But rather, put the Word of God and God, Himself, first in our lives, then our life naturally is blessed and we have a basis in which to get along better here on earth. Be a person that God can help teach the people the Word of God, or whatever gift God has blessed you with, like your faith, that is a testimony in of itself! Your happiness and joy that fills up a room, encouraging other people! All of these things, are the gifts of God that HE gave us at His mercy and His grace. So then let’s get into Philemon. Remember the subject here, this letter written to this slave, a new convert, helping Paul and the other teachers in moving forth God‘s Word, teaching all the new peoples and nations, the Gentiles, as well as the peoples of Israel, so we all have an opportunity to be successful here. To stand up in that final day, when Satan himself, will be here on this earth before Jesus, that son of perdition, of II Thessalonians 2:3-4. Let‘s go here to:
Philemon 1:1 “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,”
Philemon 1:2 “And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house:”
Philemon (Strong’s 5371) friendly; (from Strong’s 5368) to be a friend to (fond of an individual or object), I.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling, or deliberate as a matter of principle or duty.
Apphia (Strong’s 682) a woman of Colosse
Archippus (Strong’s 751) master of the horse, or lover.
Here Paul open us the letter here stating that he is a prisoner of Jesus Christ, using this as the topic. That all of us are slaves to the Lord that is willingly. Paul here is really a convincing, and man who really knows how to play on people’s affections, and the use the situation the best to his ability. As the purpose was to convince this man Philemon, who God converted as a believer of the Word of God, through Paul. So then here Paul calling himself, a prisoner, kind of moving the focus off of the slave in question, but on to himself! Good move, right! So then Paul then goes on laying it on really thick to Philemon, which means friendly or having a fondness for, or even a conviction. Then also Paul is addressing Philemon’s wife, Apphia, here name meaning, fruitful, and his son, Archippus, meaning a horse lover. We see here Philemon’s son, was even a teacher of God’s Word, or a minister:
Colossians 4:17 “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
So then again, Paul purposely using this fact that both Philemon’s wife and son were in working in the church. The point again, is to kind of make Philemon realize if it were not by the conviction that God placed on his heart, and God then used Paul to teach the Word of God, converting him as a believer, which Paul did not do nor take credit for. But the Holy Spirit of the Lord. So that way he kind of changed the attention of this subject here. Moving along here:
Philemon 1:3 “Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Philemon 1:4 “I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,”
Philemon 1:5 “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;”
Philemon 1:6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Philemon 1:7 “For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.”
Philemon 1:8 “Wherefore, thought I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient.”
Then here Paul really makes really butters Philemon up, coming in the Lord’s Name, and the full title both in the name of the LORD God Jehovah, or our Heavenly Father, as well as His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Again, the reminder, hey remember you are a Christian and I’m the guy that God lead you to Him and His Word? Now you see the picture? Then Paul laying it on really thick, remembered Philemon in his prayers, and that he is a real faithful servant of the Lord, helping others as again, by the hand of God through Paul his eyes opened up to the Word of God. Reminding Philemon of his faith, and Paul encouraging the fact that he is a Christian. Then Paul asks the question, there is something that I want to talk to you about. Or I have a favor to ask you! That is the point of this letter, as Paul knows by Roman law he has to return that slave who is serving the Lord and helping teach many others as well, to Philemon, his rightful owner. Back then, slaves were all peoples, as the minority were free-born people, as many were sold as slaves for their financial debts. It was easier then to pay off the debts through service or to sell family members as slaves, so people could eat! We have to remember the time here, as today it’s kind of hard to imagine as we are here in America, having just celebrated the 4th of July so blessed as a nation, having the many rights we do as freedom of religion and of free speech when we obey all the laws of the land. So then let’s continue:
Philemon 1:9 “Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”
So then because Paul converted Philemon, he should owe Paul. Paul now, remember he was awaiting his second trial in Rome as he was in prison for teaching the Word of God, as it was against the law at this time under Roman law. He points this out saying hey I’m getting along in years here, I need people to help me out, even working here in prison, anything to make his point with Philemon! Paul is a very convincing man, and servant of the Lord we know and very zealous as God used him to write most of the New Testament, a scholar of the law and the prophets, the New Testament to us, knowing many languages, as servant that God used very wisely as God had blessed Paul with many gifts. Look at your own talents and see what they are, a clue to the gifts that God has blessed you with, and how he can use you more in life to help your family, friends, and other people so that HE can work through you. Let the wineskin of your old way of thinking open up to Him, so HE can use you! Now going on here:
Philemon 1:10 “I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds;”
Philemon 1:11 “Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:”
Onesimus (Strong’s 3682) profitable.
We finally get to Onesimus, who is the slave, or the topic of this letter here that Paul is addressing Philemon about. Written as Paul’s acknowledgment, that hey I have your runaway slave here. I am doing the right thing, even the Christian thing, and under Roman law, obeying the law of the land telling you, as his owner he is here with me. Onesimus the name means profitable, giving us some hidden manna from God as we all are slaves or His servants and His children that love Him and serve Him. We do this out of our own will, because we love Him with all our heart, mind and our soul. Paul calls Onesimus, meaning that Paul trained him as a young Christian in the Word of God, treated him like a son, as Paul had no flesh children, never married, as at that time to travel it took months, not an overnight trip like today we have the benefit of modern transportation. Paul then we see here is in bonds, or in shackles in prison, awaiting his second trial, which we know ended up him getting beheaded for serving the Lord and teaching God’s Word. Now Paul using this again to his advantage, this guy who yes, I know is your slave, Philemon, but now look at him! He is so profitable to both of us, as fellow Christians, helping teach others and God using him to convert them! Then going on:
Colossians 4:9 “With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.”
Very trusted worker in the Word. Onesimus mentioned here also in Colossians, a brother or worker with Paul in teaching the people the Word of God. We know in history he was the scribe for Paul, as God taught through Paul, who later on his vision was very poor, then Onesimus his scribe. Then moving along:
Philemon 1:12 “Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:”
When I send him back, receive him as though its me, Paul is saying here, or in my own bowels. Think it’s me you have back there, a fellow Christian. Really nailing it here the fact that it was through Paul that God converted not only Philemon but also his entire family who then God used as teachers, his son a minister we just read! Going on here:
Philemon 1:13 “Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:”
Philemon 1:14 “But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.”
Philemon 1:15 “For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;”
Philemon 1:16 “Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?”
Philemon 1:17 “If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.”
Then Paul asks Philemon, doing it very creativity and effectively here, through the fact that it was he, Paul, that converted him, that it would not put a hardship on Paul to not have his slave who was like a son to him in his old age, serving the Lord, using him as a scribe to further God’s Word. Then Paul saying if we are partners, so friends, or even Christian brothers, receive him back as if he were me. Making again Philemon think about it, sort of pressuring Philemon to free his slave. Moving along:
Philemon 1:18 “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;”
Paul is kind of saying you kind of owe me here. For if I wasn’t such a willing servant of God to teach you, you may not have even been converted and in the position you are in now, also a Christian! Moving along:
Philemon 1:19 “I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it; albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.”
Philemon 1:20 “Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.”
Philemon 1:21 “Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”
Paul then here saying he wrote this letter in his own handwriting, nailing the fact that his slave was used as a scribe to do the job of Paul’s scribe in furthering the Word of God. Then Paul says finally I’m not going to worry about. You will do what is right and implying that the slave will be set free so God could continue to use him as a scribe to help further God’s Word. Moving on:
Philemon 1:22 “But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.”
Philemon 1:23 “There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;”
Epaphras (Strong’s 1889) (from Strong’s 1891) lovely; Venus; (from Strong’s 1909) (in the sense of devoted to)
This is really good here! Paul writes that he is so confident that Philemon will do the right thing and free his slave, that Paul asks him! Now that takes some I won’t say the word, but you know, some guts and some confidence to say that! Paul is such a faithful servant, knowing that Philemon would do the right thing! Then using his given name, meaning joy in Greek or devoted, really implying it, not the slaves’ new name, which is Onesimus, meaning prisoner, nailing this fact, too, really again using every tool he could to touch Philemon’s heart to do the right thing! Paul is really a confident man, which he should be, as God is leading him to do this, teaching us here again, the point of this chapter, remember we are all slaves to this world until we free ourselves from its shackles. Then also we see here in the Word his name Epaphras:
Colossians 4:12 “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
Colossians 1:7 “As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;”
A servant of Christ, one that God was using. Then Paul closing here:
Philemon 1:24 “Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.”
Marcus (Strong’s 3138) defense; (Mark in English)
Aristarchus (Strong’s 708) best ruling; or the best ruler.
Demas (Strong’s 1214) (probably from Strong’s 1216) Demetrius (Ceres); governor of the people.
Lucas (Strong’s 3065) light giving; (Luke in English)
Here both Mark, his Hebrew name Mark John, Mark meaning defense, and Aristarchus, meaning best ruler, and Demas, shortened from Demetrius meaning governor of the people, and Luke, meaning light giving with him. Some heavy hitters here with Paul, again, focusing on the point they all were teaching God’s Word, expanding it through them as God did. We see them in the Word here:
II Peter 5:13 “The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.”
Colossians 4:10 “Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)”
Colossians 4:14 “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.”
II Timothy 4:10 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
We know the Book of Mark, the Book of Luke, as well as here Luke, the doctor using lots of medical terms in that book, and Demas, and Aristarchus, also called a fellowprisoner of the Lord. Then ending with this salutation:
Philemon 1:25 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”
Then closing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, pointing out the fact that both Paul and Philemon, both servants of God, and trying to touch his heart to free his slave. We really nailed this topic at the beginning but let’s close with this as well. We all can still be slaves to this world through usury, being so far in debt, we are so worried about our bills, our jobs, our homes, the economy, our flesh futures, that we forget that we are Christians. We need to be reminded this especially in these last days when the unemployment rate just keeps rising here in America. Bankruptcy is a way of life for the majority, and credit is given to people who before would not be able to have a credit card. That’s what we are up against in today’s world. Here in God’s Word:
Leviticus 25:36 “Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.”
Leviticus 25:37 “Thou shalt not given him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.”
We are warned here, against this dog eat dog way of the business world, to get ahead. Make as much money as we can and who cares who it hurts mentally. And here:
Deuteronomy 23:19 “Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:”
Deuteronomy 23:20 “Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”
The LORD our God telling us that if we do things His way, not according to this world’s standards, that guess what, HE will bless us! Not to be so bogged down in debt you can never even have time to focus on God, but always struggle about making it financially in life! Also here:
Psalms 15:5 “He that putteth not out his money to usury, Nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”
Proverbs 28:8 “He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, He shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.”
Proverbs 28:9 “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Someone whose focus is so much on getting ahead, getting promoted in a workplace, or whatever your fleshly focus is on, I am using this point as this will be one of the ways Satan will have everyone’s mind on money so he can deceive them by buying this off as in Revelation 13:15-17, where he could pay off all your debt. The way you get into this, is that you have to worship him, believing the fact that he is the Lord, but in reality the son of perdition, of II Thessalonians 2:3-4. Don’t do that, be wiser than the serpent, be prepared, not as I am warning, but as the Word of God states, in three places, Matthew 24, Mark 13, and in Luke 21, as Jesus, Himself, has written down. We got a little into Luke 21 here this time, learning some of the things that happen before the Lord returns. The whole point, then in summary of Philemon is don’t let this flesh life get in front of your faith as a Christian. Don’t let a church or a religion, your old way of thinking, that old thinking get mixed up in the truth of God’s Word, as that way you are still a slave to it. You will never understand the simple, straight forward truth of God’s Word, as remember in II Thessalonians Chapter 2, the subject is Jesus’ return and how we get back to Him, with Satan coming first and the great apostasy of this world, period. That’s it, nothing more and nothing less! We don’t get “raptured” or have some other escape route, we need to stand against Satan. How do we do that, by being a want to be slave to the Lord, doing this out of the love in our heart for Him! That way we can be of some use to Him. HE can teach us and then we can teach our family, our friends, our neighbors, anyone, that God, Himself, wants us to, not so we can grow our church, no, God forbid! But so God has those many people, remember their number as the sand of the sea:
Revelation 20:8 “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
This number includes our family members, our friends, our relative, all of these people as the election, we are in the minority friends. Just think about it, that’s why:
Amos 8:1 “Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruits.”
Amos 8:2 “And He said, “Amos, what seest thou?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit,” Then said the LORD unto me, “The end is come upon My People of Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.”
The subject here in Amos is to the people, represented by the basket of summer fruit, or the figs ready to be harvested. Just like we all are soon to be at the end of this earth age. Today remember all of us that believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are part of His people. Then God saying I won’t pass by them anymore, meaning if they don’t want to come to My Word of God, I am not going to shove it down their throats. NO! They rather will have to do a little bit of work! They will have to go the Word of God, no miracles, signs and wonders, no way! We today have all the law, and the prophets, nothing added, nothing additional, no new “Book of…”, I am not pointing a finger at a church here, but loving you and warning that Jesus has already told us, that there is no addition and no deletion in God’s Word. As here in:
Revelation 22:18 “For I testify unto every man that hearth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:”
Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book.”
revelation (Strong’s 602 disclosure; appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation; (from Strong’s 601) to take off the cover, i.e. disclose, reveal; (from Strong’s 575) off, away, separation, departure, cessation, completion reversal), and (from Strong’s 2525) to place down (permanently), i.e. to designate, constitute, convoy, appoint.
What book do you think Jesus is talking about here? In the Bible! Open it up and read for yourself, the Word of God that’s where we need to know what is supposedly taught at church. Otherwise, how are we to know if we are having information that has been added to it, or deleted, as some teach don’t need to know the Book of Revelation as you’ll “fly away” when this book of Revelation here means to take off the cover or to reveal! Then as here in:
II Thessalonians 2:1 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him.”
II Thessalonians 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.”
II Thessalonians 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,”
II Thessalonians 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.”
II Thessalonians 2:6 “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.”
II Thessalonians 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.”
II Thessalonians 2:8 “And then that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:”
II Thessalonians 2:9 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
II Thessalonians 2:10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
II Thessalonians 2:11 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”
II Thessalonians 2:12 “That they all might be damned who believed, not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
falling away (Strong’s 646) defection from truth (properly the state (“apostacy” or revolt against one’s religion); falling away, forsake; (same as feminine Strong’s 647) something separative, i.e. divorce, (writing of) divorcement; (from derivative of Strong’s 868) to remove, i.e. instigate to revolt; to desist, desert; fall away, depart; (from Strong’s 575) “off”, i.e. away , and from Strong’s 2476) to stand.
perdition (Strong’s 684) ruin or loss (physically, spiritual or eternal); damnable, destruction, die, perdition, waste; (a presumed derivative of (Strong’s 622) to destroy fully (to perish, or lose), to destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.
wicked (Strong’s 459) lawless, i.e. not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile) or wicked, without law, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.
The subject here is the return of Jesus and how we get back to Him. Two things must first happen. The devil who is sentenced to perish, you just read it in Revelation 20:10, the devil will be consumed by God’s consuming fire, Which is His Holy Spirit, and Satan then totally blotted out of existence. NO other choice in God’s Word for who the son of perdition is! Then the world in the state of apostacy, going against what their belief, Christians worshipping the devil! Those two things must first happen before Jesus returns. Then moving along here, then Satan as in Revelation 12:7-9 kicked down being held by Michael as in II Thessalonians 2:6-7, as Satan does work today, that is spiritually, in heaven, his evil spirit coming to this earth just as God’s Holy Spirit. There is a war going on here, between God and Satan and guess Who has already won! Pick a side, choice it, stand up and fight what you believe in! Fight for that Word of God for the many membered Body of Christ, our family, friends, and loved ones, help fight for them, for that is what we all do that love the Lord, He calls us His friends! His children that want to show the Lord we truly love not ourselves, but Him, by serving Him. We give up the flesh, or things of this flesh life, that really don’t count very much, remember we don’t need anything else but God’s Word. Again, realizing we have to get along in the flesh, maintaining our homes, our jobs so we can feed ourselves and our families, but not so hung up on them! The point then here at the end of Thessalonians God, Himself, will send strong delusion if you want to keep believing the lie. The old skin, or the old bottle, or the old way of thinking. We need to put on the new gospel armor of His Word so we can stand up to Satan. For it’s not us, now way! But through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, Which is the Word of God, God stands there! He is able, not us! Then as today here:
Amos 8:11 “Behold the days will come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”
Amos 8:12 “And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
Amos 8:13 “In that day shall the fair virgins and young men fain for thirst.”
We see this today
There is a famine for hearing God’s Word. You are very blessed if you have found such a place. Many today going all over this earth, searching for the true meaning of life. What does this flesh all mean, and how can we learn about it.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
I can go on and on in my own words, but His Word tells it all. He is all knowing and knows about His plan of salvation, how Satan will come before Jesus, then the world, this flesh age ends, that’s it. We can then today be very happy, rejoice in His Word, for we have the victory in Him, and Him, alone! I love Him for it! I love you so much for really thinking about trying, making the effort! Most importantly, the Lord loves you! Ask for His help as I do constantly, and He is able to help you! He is always there, just a thought and a prayer away waiting for your phone call!
At His Service,
ALL ENTRIES ARE FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE AND FROM STRONG'S THE EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE, JAMES STRONG, PUBLISHER: HENDRICKSON, ISBN 0-917006-01-1.
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