by John and Ruth Greene
That the day of the Messiah is at hand there can be no doubt, for this was foretold by Yahshua [Jesus] the Master. (Matthew 24) Disciples of the first century were looking forward to it, but a worldwide witness to a vast body of mankind was still required. (Genesis 22:7; Hebrews 11:12) Without doubt, the congregation of the Thessalonians had suffered much or the apostle would not have told them so. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5) Yet this suffering was part of the ‘worthiness,’ the fruitfulness of their discipleship. The specific suffering wasn’t required, but their determination and devotion through that suffering was required in order to pass into YHWH’s Kingdom. In the Spirit, the disciples in areas around them could give praise to YHWH, knowing full well that judgment would be made upon those that troubled YHWH’s anointed. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9) Trust or belief is what makes this faith possible. (2 Thessalonians 1:10) The same is true today. All disciples of Messiah have the comfort that any relief or rescue, as well as judgment, rests firmly in the timing and determining authority of the Elohim of Hosts. All trust in YHWH through Messiah and the operation of the Holy Spirit magnifies that cause; that more of mankind would be saved through confirmed trust in Elohim [YHWH]. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2; “The Great Tribulation & End Time Rapture“; “The Roots of Biblical End Times“)
“As to the coming of our Master Yahshua Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as if the day of YHWH has come.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. ISR98
The message in verses 1 and 2 speaks volumes of this trust. This trust meant that disciples were not shaken in mind or troubled by the trials of life to the point of abandoning their trust.
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Of greater concern was the concern that the Master echoed in Matthew 24. This concern was that disciples would be deceived ‘by any means,’ specifically regarding apostasy (apostasia, Strongs H646). Since the sacrifice of the Messiah, this apostasy has abounded through a false ‘church.’ This apostasy has allegedly been reformed, but the apostasy of most that profess this religion continues in this day to the point that few continue to seek Messiah in reality. Why? They don’t seek a real knowledge of their Master grounded in personal relationship through the Holy Spirit. Instead, they seek humanistic and philosophical perversion of the gospel proliferated through the traditions of man and corruption of paganism.
This apostasy doesn’t rest in religion alone. The apostasy has effectively touched every avenue of life, from finances to politics, from faith to understanding, on virtually every level. The politics of eugenics and ‘survival of the fittest’ undergirds this earthly mindset as it parades diversity and inclusiveness. Both extremes are hardly compatible, but a myth of falsehood. With that in mind, YHWH’s true disciples must seek only the true knowledge of YHWH, instead of the counterfeit. (“Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “The Magi of this Age“; “Living in an Apostate World“)
“Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness is to be revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim [YHWH] or that is worshipped, so that he sits as Elohim in the Dwelling Place of Elohim, showing himself that he is Elohim.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, ISR98
This “man of lawlessness” has set himself up over the entire world system of man. Many Christians are looking for a single man to fulfill this role, but this is hardly necessary. The man-made beasts of Revelation 13 are elements of an antichrist-antimessiah system that have been in existence since the time of Messiah. Most professed Christians are deceived to the point that they fail to realize the level of idolatry in their lives, or very often, that this even matters. This ‘man of sin’ has already exalted himself as god. This ‘man’ exists today, right now, seeking to influence and control your mind. The temple is you and the belief system is one that you have unwittingly adopted. The effect is global. The corruption is worldwide. (Matthew 24:15) This ‘man’ seeks to be god in your life, a system practiced through the lifestyles of virtually every resident of this planet. Only a remnant of YHWH’s disciples are truly aware of the enormity of the truth about this perversity. If your sudden realization of this truth troubles you, it probably should. YHWH has better plans for every man, woman and child that will listen and obey Him, the example of Messiah and the power of the Holy Spirit. Elohim seeks to heal, to fully complete, all that seek Him through the blood of Yahshua [Jesus]. (Malachi 4:2; Matthew 15:28-31; Mark 3:10-11, 5:34; Luke 4:18; James 5:14-16) There is still time left for that to begin to happen. (“Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“; “Religion & Rise in Opposition to Christians“; “Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“)
“Do you not remember that I told you this while I was still with you? And now you know what restrains, for him to be revealed in his time. For the secret of lawlessness is already at work – only until he who now restrains comes out of the midst.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7, ISR98
Truly the power of this great iniquity was already at work as the apostle penned his letter to the Thessalonians. Rome is that corporation of men, whether political or religious. It has simply declined and been rebuilt time and time again by those with the interest to do so. It rests within a ‘facade of responsibility’ that erects societal and spiritual prisons for others in the name of responsibility, originally called the societas publicanorum. This societas was a small association that could be formed to pursue any goal, always to benefit the members as they carried out a purpose. The societas publicanorum operated with contracts and greater projects in mind. The operation of this politic, always under paternal power, could be accomplished through the peculium. These associations endowed these persons with particular powers and capacities to be enjoyed collectively. This grant gave some a certain amount of independence, the remainder operated as an estate of slaves. The business and interests as this age of man has expanded, has increased in creativity and subtlety through national, corporate and religious order. Today, this power has been increased under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and globalized in the sense that such an entity has rights and duties as a citizen would. The difference is such power overcomes most any obligation, suggested or otherwise, in today’s world. This multinational power transcends nations for the interests of profit and influence over mankind through politics, business and religion. (“The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “Interfaith: Image of the Beast & the False Prophet“; “How YHWH Marks His People“; “Disability in the USA: Corporate Usury and You“; “The Road to Enslavement“)
“And then the lawless one shall be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth and bring to naught with the manifestation of His coming. ” – 2 Thessalonians 2:8, ISR98
While the runaway away behavior of international corporations, including that of the international bankers, has drawn international attention in the last several decades, most have failed to attribute this to the “man of lawlessness” that now operates without restraint in this world today. This “man of sin” operates in every aspect of life and has touched the thinking of everyone today. This system rules in authority over every man and seeks after your heart and mind, your complete obedience as god. Men, women and children that have believed themselves to be good in the humanistic sense have been completely indoctrinated by this god. Mankind today faces a terrible oppression under this master under the reign of global deception just before YHWH’s Kingdom rules, brought about only by Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (“Approved: Lie Cheat & Steal“; “Foundation of a Global System of Greed“; “Religion, Politics, Power & Financial Corruption“; “Modern Mammon: Power of the Fractional Reserve“; “System of Mammon: The World Banking Hierarchy“)
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood,
and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, ISR98
Today, a counterfeit kingdom and a counterfeit ‘christ’ are being fronted to mankind, brought about by the national, corporate and religious power of men. True disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] the Master will commit themselves to seeking the truth of YHWH as brothers and sisters, even unto temporary death as firstfruits for salvation as the need arises. All life through the Holy Spirit is sanctified through belief in the truth. (“Heavenly Father Has A Name“; “Continuation of Global Empires Until The End“; “Disciple: Learning to Live in Trust“; “Analyzing the New World Order: Religious Leadership Calls for One World Authority“)
“But we ought to give thanks to Elohim always for you, brothers, beloved by the Master, because Elohim from the beginning chose you to be saved – in set-apartness of Spirit, and belief in the truth ” – 2 Thessalonians 2:13, ISR98
As disciples of Truth, we must pray as Paul did, that the Word of YHWH through scripture and the Holy Spirit will be glorified so that others will seek Him while they can. We must pray that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men. Meanwhile, you can have the trust that your Father will strengthen you and keep you from evil. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3) Disciples of Truth must continue to seek only the Elohim of Hosts, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Most High known as Yahweh. The apostle admonished that disciples of Elohim’s truth must work together, not to be weary in well doing. Today, we are also aware of what the apostle wrote to the Colossians, notably in chapter 3. (Acts 17:11; “Christians & Religious Freedom in the Last Days“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)
“If, then, you were raised with Messiah, seek the matters which are above, where Messiah is, seated at the right hand of Elohim. Mind the matters above, not those on the earth. For you have died, and your life has been hidden with Messiah in Elohim.” – Colossians 3:1-3. ISR98
In this way, disciples of Messiah are able to die to sin, because they are not focused on earthly things, but on the things of Elohim’s Kingdom, including telling others that might be lost about His Truth. (“Understanding Sin“; “Choosing to Serve YHWH, Not Man“)
“When the Messiah, who is our life, is manifested, then you also shall be manifested with Him in esteem. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: whoring, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and greed of gain, which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of Elohim is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you also once walked when you lived in them.
But now, also put off all these: displeasure, wrath, evil, blasphemy, filthy talk from your mouth. Do not lie to each other, since you have put off the old man with his practices, and have put on the new one who is renewed in knowledge according to the likeness of Him who created him, where there is not Greek and Yehuḏite [Jew], circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, Scythian, slave, free, but Messiah is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:4-11, ISR98
All men, women and children; heirs of the Master all, are to put on the new man in Messiah, (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:6) learning as fully as possible what this means in its abundance:
“Therefore, as chosen ones of Elohim, set-apart and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving each other if anyone has a complaint against another, indeed, as Messiah forgave you so also should you.
But above all these put on love, which is a bond of the perfection. And let the peace of Elohim rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one Body, and be filled with thanks. Let the Word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing with pleasure in your hearts to the Master in psalms and songs of praise and spiritual songs. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Master Yahshua, giving thanks to Elohim the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:12-17, ISR98
This means in all stations and positions of life, including within the family. (Colossians 3:18-25) We know that even Yahshua [Jesus] the Master was tempted, but overcame this temptation because He loved us, having a greater purpose than service to a false god. Being Elohim, He could not be false to Himself. (Matthew 4:1-11; “The Idolatry Factor“; “Source & Solution of Temptations“; “Temptations & Tough Choices“)
Remember that even the angels give answer to the Father. (Job 1:6-11; 1 Kings 22:19-23) YHWH is the creator of all things, both of those that serve Him and those that choose to rebel. He has given all mankind free will during this window of time, including the ability to act out rebellion to Him. He has completed power and authority over all. Satan rules on earth only to prove YHWH’s sovereignty to men and the destructive fruit of pride that he carried to man. (1 John 3:8) Satan, his demons and the rebels on earth seek to hinder the Holy Spirit’s work in people, but they are limited by Elohim’s power and authority. (Luke 22:31-32; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:23-26) Even as Satan is limited, so the beast is limited. The corporation is the breath of the dominion of the beast. He seeks to convince you that he will devour you. (1 Peter 5:8-9) He wants to make people hate ‘God,’ to separate people from company of any kind through lies and deception. (Genesis 3:1-6) A man named Job had been greatly blessed, a desirable target for Satan. Other men of YHWH have been desirable targets, including the Son. Disciples of this day can expect the attack of Satan because he hates anyone that represents the truth of Elohim’s Kingdom in any way. (“The Modern Life Culture Crisis“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)
Elohim knows that Satan is intent on attacking His people. But Satan is a limited creature, just as his demons and other men are. Satan and his minions cannot see into your mind or actually foretell the future with any true accuracy. (John 1:9-11) Job is one proof. If Satan was infallible, he would have known that Job would not be broken. This is no different today, especially since you can dwell in the Spirit of Messiah through the Holy Spirit. You have more power through the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of YHWH than Satan or his minions within your own temple. (“Roots of Salvation“; “Overcoming Satanic Attack“; “Destruction Is Satan’s Intent“)
Just as “the seventy” returned with joy, disciples today have the capacity to operate in the same power and authority. Satan will be subdued, even to his face on earth now through men and women that rejoice, because their names are written in heaven, despite a great spiritual war on earth. (Revelation 12)
“Now the seventy returned again with joy saying, ‘Master, even the demonic beings are subordinate to us in your Name. And He said to them, ‘Discern Satan as a bright light falling from heaven. See, I commit to you the freedom to trample on snakes and scorpions, even over all the power of the enemy and nothing will at all hurt you. Rather, in this do not rejoice because the spirits are subordinate to you, but to a greater degree rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” – Luke 10:17-20, direct translation
Even now, Yahshua [Jesus] rejoices because His people listen and obey with delight. What they have and will experience, many never have or will.
“In that hour Yahshua [Jesus] exulted in the Spirit and said, ‘I praise You, Father, Master of the heaven and of the earth, that You have hidden these matters from clever and learned ones, and did reveal them to babes. Yea, Father, because thus it was well-pleasing in Your sight. All has been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.’ And turning to His taught ones He said, separately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, for I say to you that many prophets and sovereigns have wished to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.’” – Luke 10:21-24, ISR98
The prophets of old were not fair-weather believers despite their challenges. (1 Peter 3:1-5) Satan continually challenges YHWH, parading reward; devotion based on what can be received. Men like Job persevered through trial not because of reward, but because of great love for YHWH and personal trust in Him. Adversity destroys superficial faith, but adversity strengthens trust. Adversity causes believers to root deeper into Elohim’s presence despite mind control efforts of the beasts. (Job 1:6-12; Romans 6:1-2; James 2:17, 20-26; 1 John 4:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; Matthew 7:16-18) As a result, they dig deeper into the Father’s Word, always seeking a deeper personal relationship with Him. Elohim knows this and is looking to help. (“Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “The Plight of the Strong Man“)
In these days, the satanic occultists will seek to imitate YHWH Almighty. They will rely on miracles and wisdom of the world to sway the populace. (Exodus 7:11-12) The world focuses on miracles over the message and will be deceived. They also forget the words of Yahshua [Jesus] that the wicked seek after a miracle. (Matthew 12:38-50) This isn’t so with the Messiah’s remnant. They test the spirits remembering that no miracle of Elohim will sway anyone away from YHWH or His Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 16:4, 24:4-5; “Becoming Your Own God Through General Goodness?“; “Aspiring to Godlike Knowledge“)