Mat 3:1-2 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
1:14-15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and
believe the gospel.
Luk 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees,
when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold the kingdom of God is within you.
So, "the time is fulfilled",
the Kingdom of Heaven/God is; "at hand" and has been for over 2,000
years. However, the complete manifestation,
in the earth, has not yet been apparent in Gods people as He has purposed it to
be, to date.
Eph 1:17-19 That the God
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding
being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what
the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the
exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the
working of his mighty power...
It is God's goal that we go on, beyond
the elementary doctrines of Christ, to perfection in Christ. It is our individual and corporate destiny in
this earth. It is the “end” goal or
purpose that God has purposed for His people in the earth. Then, Him showing forth His righteousness
from within our hearts to a dark and dying world and thereby allowing Christ in
us to; in fact, be the manifestation of God's wisdom, power and love to the
world, through us.
Creation is waiting for this, full,
manifestation of the Sons of God. It is the hope of our calling in Christ, OUR
DESTINY…the hope of glorifying the Father again, in the earth, even as
it seems God has chosen to hide this mystery of the Kingdom from some and only
reveal it to certain others.
Rev 10:4 And when the seven
thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a
voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders
uttered, and write them not.
Dan 12:9-10 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the
time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried;
but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but
the wise shall understand.
The Mystery concealed and
only revealed “in Christ” (with conditions).
And he said, Take heed that ye be not
deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ;
and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after
And so it has been.
Many deceivers and those Christians who allowed themselves to be
deceived, began to show up soon after Pentecost. Not heeding Jesus warnings about leavened
doctrine, they embraced and embellished false doctrines regarding "the
mystery of the Kingdom". These;
declaring themselves to come in the name of Christ, began to preach a leavened gospel that has grown and spread down
through the ages as leaven would in bread dough.
who can separate the leaven (false doctrine) in a wad of leavened dough from
Mat 13:41 The
Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
The truth is the truth, no
matter what we believe. However, as the
Spirit of God opens the eyes of our understanding in these days, we may
discover we have been stumbling over obstacles to the truth in the scriptures
which have been placed there by God.
The “strong delusion”
described in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11,
is clearly such a mysterious obstacle.
It is clear that this mysterious obstacle, in 2Thes. 2:11 is an obstacle sent by God to
those who would not receive the love of the truth. Its purpose was to create a great
delusion in those who reject the truth.
This delusion or obstacle was sent by God so as to cause rebellious *unbelievers to believe a lie and
therefore they would be unable to see the truth. However, sadly, many have stumbled over this
type of obstacle down through Church history that has chosen to believe the
leavened teachings of others and not seek out the truth for themselves.
*A born again Christian, a believer in
Christ, can also be an “unbeliever” of certain truths.
Therefore, we are without excuse, because we can’t
say we did not have ample warning, as we will soon see. As true Christians, His truth is ours by
promise and it is our rightful inheritance: However, there are conditions to
appropriation of the truth:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And (then)
ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Note; there are conditions to
appropriation of the truth which the Church, in some cases, has obviously
The children of Israel had
the same basic problem with appropriating Gods promises because they did not
heed Gods warnings either and… with similar consequences. They fell away from the truth and accepted
false doctrine, in spite of Gods warnings.
As a result, they were denied full and complete access to the promises
of God. Their history is one of
returning, renewal, revival and then falling away, again and again, even unto the
day that Christ was revealed to them, by John the Baptist. This also sounds like the history of the
Church. This is history repeating
itself. Go figure!
Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that
which is done is that which shall be
done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
A strong delusion is given by
God to those that would not hold “the truth dear” and allow” the truth” to make
2Th 2:9 Even him (Him), whose coming is after (G2596; "concerning, pertaining to, touching") the working of satan with all power and signs and
2Th 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.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe
The “HIM” in
v9 would be better understood, in context, to mean;
"Even Him, (the Lord) whose coming is (pertaining
to and because of the) working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
So it is God who sends the strong delusions that
they (those that would not receive the love of the truth) would believe a lie.
Joh 8:31-32 (ERV) So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in
him, "If you
continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers. You will
know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
Please note: the above promise to
those who "believed in Him" was conditional.
The truth will make you free! Free from what?
At a minimum; free from deception and the
consequences of being deceived!
Mat_16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of
the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mar_8:15 And he charged them,
saying, Take heed, beware
of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
Luk_12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of
covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things
which he possesseth.
Luk_20:46 Beware of the scribes,
which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the
highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
1Ti 4:1-3 Now the
Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies
in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to
marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to
be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
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