A House Divided
You can look at modern 2020 life in one of two ways, as reliving the story of the Pied Pier leading rats to the sea to drown (C.E. 1284), based on a very real event in the 13th century, or a fulfilling of Christian prophecy of the year (C.E. 54) in 2 Thessalonians 2.
Not just the Americans but the entire human race is badly divided. Britain has agonized about leaving the European Union for two years now. The Congress of the United States has done basically nothing for three years as one party like a rabid dog seeks to depose the President. Media tell one story; statistics tell quite another about how Americans think.
Hong Kong young people have not discontinued their months long rebellion against the control of Beijing Communists. Iran is in internal conflict. Much of the continent of Africa is at war with itself. In South Africa killers enter the homes of farmers, shoot the husband and take over the land. War, not peace, rages all over the planet.
Here is what a prophet 2000 years ago had to say about this:
2 Thessolonians 2 1-3 Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don’t go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him. Don’t let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master’s arrival has come and gone. Don’t fall for any line like that.
3-5 Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan. He’ll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he’ll then set himself up in God’s Temple as “God Almighty.” Don’t you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?
6-8 You’ll also remember that I told you the Anarchist is being held back until just the right time. That doesn’t mean that the spirit of anarchy is not now at work. It is, secretly and underground. But the time will come when the Anarchist will no longer be held back, but will be let loose. But don’t worry. The Master Jesus will be right on his heels and blow him away. The Master appears and—puff!—the Anarchist is out of there.
Traditionally Bible scholars believe that the AntiChrist, Anarchist, whatever he is called will set himself up as god in Jerusalem. And this might happen. But for Christians the Temple of God is them – their bodies, their spirits.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19 know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
I quoted the King James here to use the word “ye” which is plural – in other words You All. “Don’t you know you all are the temple of God?” The photo above shows the degradation of the human body and its being overwhelmed by the presence of sin.
So the better interpretation here is that the evil antichrist spirit will inhabit the bodies of backsliden believers and unbelievers. That seems to be the case across the planet. Everyone will have made their decision – for good or evil and then Jesus (Yeshua) comes to recognize His own people.
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