Ghana River Turning Red Leads to Local Religious Feud [WATCH]

Thus says Hashem, “By this you shall know that I am Hashem.” See, I shall strike the water in the Nile with the rod that is in my hand, and it will be turned into blood.” Exodus 7:17 (The Israel Bible™)

In the midst of a festival celebrating a tribal exodus, a river in Ghana turned blood red, causing a dispute between local chieftains, who dismissed the significance of the shocking phenomenon, and religious leaders who insisted on exorcising demons from the cursed waters. The festival, commemorating a story with several parallels to the Biblical account of the Hebrews’ miraculous escape from Egypt, is the focus of tensions between Christians and the local culture.

Residents of Koforidua, the regional capital in Southern Ghana, were shocked when they woke up and discovered the waters of the Nsukwao River had turned blood-red in the early hours of October 7.

According to witnesses, the colorless water was running normally until at 5 AM when it turned blood red in the space of just a few minutes. At the time, the cause of the strange phenomenon was unclear. Kumikasa, a local news service reported that some locals believe butchers poured a large quantity of blood from animals slaughtered into the river.

One resident said, “The really weird thing is that we have always been able to catch fish and can even drink sometimes because it’s just normally so good. Nobody has any idea how it could have ended up being polluted because there are no factories that dump anything in the water here.”

A local religious conflict arose in the wake of the phenomenon. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh and Bishop Yaw Adu, local Evangelical leaders, quickly rushed to the scene with other Christians to offer prayers. They attributed the change in color to the “wrath of God that had visited the people of Koforidua because of their sins”.

Upon arrival at the blood red river, Dr. Tetteh said, “We cast out every demon. We say Koforidua shall be peaceful. There will not be bloodshed; there will not be anything evil. The people of Koforidua will be blessed.”

He added, “As we see this thing in the river, the river is looking like blood. Whatever it is and wherever it comes from, we bless it…, Amen!”

Bishop Yaw Adu stated his belief that God had “turned the water into blood” because “the traditional authorities placed a ban on crusades (Christian celebrations) in the town as a result of the ongoing Akwantukese festival.”

The Akwantukese festival, celebrated to mark the epic journey of the Gyaman people from Juaben in the Ashanti Region of Ghana some 135 years ago, has several similarities to the Biblical account of the Exodus from Egypt. The Gyamans migrated from their original home in Akwamu near the Volta River Volta due to harsh family feud, reminiscent of the fraternal discord that led to Biblical Joseph being taken to Egypt as a slave as a precursor to the Exodus of the Hebrews. Similar to the Hebrew Exodus, the Gyamans wandered in the wilderness, sojourning in several places before finally arriving at Koforidua. The celebrations began on August 24th but the main event was held last Friday, less than one week after the river turned red.

The festival has been the source of tension between Christians and the local culture. During the month-long celebrations, Christian celebrations and services are restricted to church premises and funerals.

The Krontihene (honorific of sub-chief/local leader) of New Juaben, Baffuor Tutu Boateng Nyantakyi, reacted strongly to the Evangelical response, holding an emergency press briefing. He dismissed the pastors’ claims as deceptive and baseless.

“The incident has nothing to do with miracles,”  the Krontihene told the press. “It is a criminal offense and the traditional council wants the police to arrest the suspect.”

He claimed a nearby dye manufacturer based in Tema with a connecting stream was responsible for the shocking change in the appearance of the river. As yet, there have been no arrests in connection with these claims of industrial pollution.

“I have personally gone round and realized this is not blood. The Nsukwa River has not turned into blood; it is just color from somebody doing his tie-and-dye,” the Krontihene stated, relating to the underlying tensions between the local culture and the Christians. “It has nothing to do with the Akwantukesie that we are going to celebrate. It has nothing to do with human blood; it has nothing to do with goat blood.”

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Christians Tourists Bless Israel With Bounty as Sukkot Pilgrims Stream to Jerusalem

“Three times a year—on the festival of Pesach, on the festival of Shavuot, and on the festival of Sukkot—all your males shall appear before Hashem your God in the place that He will choose. They shall not appear before Hashem empty-handed.” Deuteronomy 16:16 (The Israel Bible™)

Christian tourists are flooding Jerusalem during the holiday of Sukkot, bringing a blessing to the economy in a manner reminiscent of Jerusalem in the days of the Temple, when pilgrims filled the city’s markets. This faith-based tourism has its own special flavor, connecting Jews and Christians in unexpected ways.

In what is shaping up to be a record year for tourism, the Sukkot holiday was an especially blessed period. According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, 739,000 tourists visited Israel in the first quarter of the year, a 24 percent increase from the same period last year, giving an estimated $1.14 billion boost to the economy.

Thousands of Christians march annually in the Jerusalem March of Nations. (Courtesy ICEJ)

In addition to the holy sites and other tourist attractions that have always attracted people of all religions to Israel, the Sukkot holiday offers a special atmosphere created by the festive booths and many activities and events, both religious and secular. The Ministry of Tourism estimated that the week-long holiday attracted an astounding 47,000 Christians.

Undoubtedly the largest draw for Christians during Sukkot is the week-long Feast of Tabernacles hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). The event brings over 5,000 Christians from 85 nations to Jerusalem, and though their intention is to bless the nation of Abraham and to be blessed in return, hosting these well-minded pilgrims brings an economic blessing as well.

Tourists browse at the Pais Arena. (Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)

Most of the activities are centered around the Jerusalem Pais Arena, where spiritual leaders and teachers address the crowds. Like secular conferences, the Feast attracts vendors that offer a special brand of merchandise for their special customers.

D’ganit owns the Ora gift shop in Jerusalem with her husband. For the last 25 years she has had a booth at the Feast.

“These are wonderful people, honest and straightforward,” D’ganit told Breaking Israel News. “They come here because they love Israel and they want to help support the country. They aren’t rich, but their love for Israel comes through loud and clear. We try to give them the best prices so that they go away with an even greater love for Israel. For our store, this has worked, because we see the same people year after year.”

A vendor booth at the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles. (Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)

D’ganit has a large and eye-catching array of items in her booth, but the Christian tourists who come to Jerusalem for Sukkot have a specific type of souvenir in mind.

“They love everything connected to Judaism,” she explained. Her booth is easy to find because of the shofar blasts. Baskets containing a dazzling array of horns fill the front of her shop.

Arik Agassi, whose family’s booth reflects this, offers a similar array of merchandise. Via their online family business called Holyland Webstore, the Agassi family, led by father Amnon, enjoys connecting face-to-face with their international Christian clientele at the Feast, where they have had a booth for the past three years.

Arik Agassi (Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)

“The people always tell us how much they love Israel and how much they want to help support us,” Arik told Breaking Israel News.

Many items needed for Jewish life are on display: Passover seder plates, shofars, and Sabbath candlesticks.

Arik was quick to model the beautiful prayer shawls, and even had a beautiful sample draped over his shoulders as he hawked his wares. One surprising item for sale, unique to the Christian clientele, are seven-branched menorahs. Menorahs with nine branches are used in the holiday of Hanukkah, but the seven branched version is modeled after the menorah that stood in Solomon’s Temple.

The seven-branched menorah. (Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)

“For them it really represents something that was very holy,” Amnon said. “This just shows how they feel their connection to the Jewish people very deeply, going back to the roots of their religion.”

7 YEAR TREATY? Abbas Says Peace With Israel Possible This Year, Will Be Trump’s ‘Deal Of The Century’ • Now The End Begins

Abbas met Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders in New York and thanked him for his support. “If this is any proof to anything … it attests to the seriousness of your Excellency, Mr. President, to achieve the deal of the century in the Middle East during this year or in the coming months, God willing,” Abbas said through an interpreter. Trump said his team of advisers was working very hard on the issue, as were Israel, Saudi Arabia and other nations.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to the issue would help create the “deal of the century” in the region.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Abbas dropped quite the bombshell today when he said that not only is peace with Israel possible, but could happen this year. On top of that, Abbas went on to give President Trump all the credit for making it happen when and if it does take place. Typical Palestinian bluster…or…are we about to witness the 7 Year Peace Treaty? Mr. Abbas, if that happens, it won’t just be the ‘deal of the century’, it will fulfill 2,500 year old prophecy. What a great time to be alive and a Bible believer.

Abbas met Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders in New York and thanked him for his support.

“If this is any proof to anything … it attests to the seriousness of your Excellency, Mr. President, to achieve the deal of the century in the Middle East during this year or in the coming months, God willing,” Abbas said through an interpreter.

Trump said his team of advisers was working very hard on the issue, as were Israel, Saudi Arabia and other nations.

“I think we have a very, very good chance, and I certainly will devote everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made,” Trump said. “We’re at a very important juncture, there’s a small period of time, and we’re going to see what we can do. There can be no promises, obviously,” he said.

Abbas noted that the Palestinians had met with Trump’s team more than 20 times since the U.S. president entered office in January, and he said the fact that Jews and Muslims were celebrating a new year was a positive sign.

“This is a very sweet coincidence that we can celebrate the new year together within a 24-hour period, and if this is an indication to anything, it means that we can coexist peacefully together,” Abbas said.

Later at the U.N. gathering, Abbas urged the 193-nation body to end the “Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine” within a set timetable.

He also borrowed a campaign line of Trump’s, using the phrase “draining the swamp” as an argument for addressing the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Trump used a similar phrase as a presidential candidate to criticize politicians and policy making in Washington.

“Beyond any doubt, draining the swamp of colonial occupation of our land and ending its unjust, oppressive and illegal practices against our people would greatly affect the fight against terrorism, depriving terrorist groups of one of the key rallying cries they exploit to promote their repugnant ideas,” Abbas said in his prepared remarks.

Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the week. The Israeli and Palestinian leaders both went out of their way to praise the U.S. president.

The White House played down both meetings in terms of their significance toward peace talks on one of the world’s most intractable conflicts that has defied the peacemaking efforts of several U.S. administrations going back decades.

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TRUMP MAKING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST? GET READY TO FLY!

The Palestinians seek to establish an independent state in the Israeli occupied West Bank, territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to the United States, Husam Zomlot, said “the meeting was forward-looking, and the conversation was deep and frank between the two allies.”

The Palestinian Authority said in a statement Abbas told Trump that “peace can be achieved through implementing the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.” Abbas also said “the illegal Israeli settlements policy poses an immediate threat” to that.

For at least two decades, the goal of U.S.-led diplomacy has been a “two-state solution”, meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel.

But neither Trump nor his aides have publicly recommitted to a two-state solution, instead saying it is up to the two parties to work out in peace talks. Abbas’ insistence on a return to 1967 pre-war borders is something Israel has repeatedly rejected. source

Source: 7 YEAR TREATY? Abbas Says Peace With Israel Possible This Year, Will Be Trump’s ‘Deal Of The Century’ • Now The End Begins

Hurricane Irma, North Korea Gear Up to Reinforce Post-Eclipse Prophecy – Breaking Israel News

 

“Thus said Hashem: Do not learn to go the way of the nations, And do not be dismayed by portents in the sky; Let the nations be dismayed by them!” Jeremiah 10:2

When the solar eclipse crossed over the continental United States two weeks ago, it was immediately followed by a hurricane of epic proportions in a manner that conformed precisely to prophetic sources. Two weeks ago, a rare solar eclipse transversed the US, the first time in 99 years such an event had occurred. Four days later, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. The connection between the eclipse and the hurricane was implicit in how events unfolded.

When the eclipse’s path of totality passed out to sea over the Atlantic Ocean, it crossed over three storm systems. At the time, meteorologists stated that “the odds for development of those systems is very low”, but one of the systems revealed itself to be far more than the scientists anticipated. One of the systems touched by the dark path of the eclipse was the now infamous Hurricane Harvey, currently the second-most costly natural disaster in US history.

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The path of the eclipse met the embryo Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (Weather Channel)

The connection was explicitly prophetic. One week before the solar eclipse, Breaking Israel News presented an article describing a prophecy in the Yalkut Moshe, written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 1894. Rabbi Benyamin predicted that when a solar eclipse occurs at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, as this one did, “It is a bad sign for the other nations, bringing great damage to the kings of the East, and bringing great storms.”

But the Yalkut Moshe promised “storms”, and now the second storm system over which the eclipse passed is poised to inflict more damage. Irma is now a category three hurricane lingering off the coast, gaining strength and threatening to wreak havoc in an already devastated region.

“Prophecy is meant to reinforce that God is behind all these events. If God says that he is going to do something, and then it happens right in front of your eyes, you should believe the entire message,” Rabbi Yosef Berger, rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, told Breaking Israel News of the storms.

“If a person sees totally unanticipated events, wonders of nature arriving in unexpected fashion, if that person still refuses to believe the prophecy that predicted them, then there is nothing you can say to such a person.”

At the time of the eclipse, Rabbi Berger explained that the prophecy concerning “kings of the east” referred to Kim Jong Un, the despotic leader of North Korea. In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, less attention has been focused on the conflict with North Korea, but that political situation has also progressed in its prophesied manner.

One week after the eclipse, North Korea fired a missile over Japanese airspace. The American response, live-fire runs by heavy bombers, contained an unmistakable threat any sane leader would heed. But in the most illogical manner that seemed intended to lead the rogue Asian nation to destruction, North Korea exploded a hydrogen bomb in their most powerful nuclear test to date. The underground test generated a 6.3 magnitude tremor under the earth and perhaps even greater tremors in international relations.

Rabbi Daniel Asore, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin, also understood current events as part of a prophetic process.

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Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea (Traineek/Wikimedia Commons)

“The eclipse transversed the entire US so it was clearly a message for that nation,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. Rabbi Asore quoted the Talmud (Sukkot 29a), which stated that a solar eclipse was a bad sign for the non-Jewish nations, who are represented by the sun and figure their calendar according to the solar year.

“It comes as a natural phenomenon, but it is really meant to affect the people,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News.  “Natural disasters are meant as a warning, like a father slapping the table in order to warn his children that they are doing something that angers him.”

The rabbi noted that the prophecy had two parts: storms, which are entirely natural disasters, and wars, which are entirely man-made.

“Man is the connecting point, made up of body and soul,” the rabbi said. “The two are connected and play off of each other. If you look at America, they are seeing these extreme natural phenomena, but at the same time, there has been rise in Nazism on the right and the extreme left, both sides united by a hatred for Israel.”

The rabbi explained that by emphasizing the physical and denying the spiritual, man gives himself over to nature and is at the mercy of natural disasters. He cited this as the basis of the verse in Jeremiah.

Thus said Hashem: Do not learn to go the way of the nations, And do not be dismayed by portents in the sky; Let the nations be dismayed by them! Jeremiah 10:2

“By accepting God’s rule and his commandments, man can transcend nature and offset disaster,” Rabbi Asore explained.

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/94283/hurricane-irma-approaches-north-korea-heats-eclipse-prophecy-stronger-ever/#G0wx4ACV1cOuvTov.99

 

Source: Hurricane Irma, North Korea Gear Up to Reinforce Post-Eclipse Prophecy – Breaking Israel News

The ‘Mandela Effect’ Hoax Is The Latest Trick Of The Devil To Steal Your Faith In God’s Preserved Word • Now The End Begins

 

We have become saturated in news, both real and fake, all delivered to us by the pulsing, glowing eye of our monitors, tablets and smart devices. Our eyes and brains are being bombarded by light and sounds and words. The end result being our brains are being rewired, and our sense of reality is changing. But it is not due to the CERN reactor and time travel disrupting the Matrix.
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OUR EYES AND BRAINS ARE BEING BOMBARDED BY LIGHT AND SOUNDS AND WORDS. OUR BRAINS ARE BEING REWIRED, AND OUR SENSE OF REALITY IS CHANGING.

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:6,7 (KJV)

I received a message this morning from a dear sister in Christ, who was very concerned about all the “changes in the King James Bible” due to something called the ‘Mandela Effect‘ theory. The name of the theory comes from many people feeling certain they could remember Nelson Mandela dying while he was still in prison back in the 1980’s. Contrary to what many thought, Mandela’s actual death was on Dec. 5, 2013, despite some people claiming to remember seeing clips of his funeral on TV.

So, the ‘Mandela Effect’ theory and the KJV goes like this. The reason for the ‘Mandela Effect’ is because the work being done at CERN is changing the “fabric of our universe”, and things we think we remember never actually happened or happened differently.

Here are some examples that Mandela Effect advocates say were “changed” when time travelers used the CERN reactor to go into the past which resulted in inadvertent “changes in the matrix”:

Yes, I know they sound silly – but – this is believed by a rapidly growing number of people who think it’s true. My mother was a librarian, and one of her favorite kid’s books was the Berenstain Bears when I was in grade school. I always thought it was funny that it said “stain” instead of “stein”, but that is the original spelling. People call it Jiffy peanut butter because they are confusing it with Skippy peanut butter. Billy Graham has been in ill health for a number of years now, and his absence naturally makes people assume he passed away when in fact he has not. I could give more example but I think you get the point. What I really want to talk about is how this might affect God’s preserved word – the King James Bible.

GOD’S PROMISE TO PRESERVE HIS WORD FOR ALL GENERATIONS STILL STANDS

As of this writing, there are over 350 different and differing versions of the Bible, with more appearing every year. Since the one thing all these versions have in common is that they are all different, the potential for mass confusion is great. But for the last 405 years, the King James Bible has existed to present God’s true and preserved word to a lost and dying world. In the Bible verse at the top of this article you see God’s promise to preserve His word on this Earth forever. That promise remains unbroken. But Mandela Effect advocates say that even this has been changed due to CERN time travel. Well, in order for that to be true, God’s promise of preservation would have to be broken and that is simply not possible.

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There is no machine that man can create that is capable of undoing the smallest of the promises of God, much less to go back in time and change what He Himself has preserved. So with that, let’s look at the main example where Mandela Effect advocates say CERN time travel has changed the God’s preserved word.

THE LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB

Everyone knows that the Bible says that, in the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, that the “lion shall lie down with the lamb”, right? But a quick trip to Isaiah shows that not to the case. Whoa! How can that be?:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)

The Mandela Effect people tout this verse as the number one example of how CERN time travel has “changed the Bible”, but is it so? The answer is, of course, no it is not so. Isaiah 11 has always said it will be the “wolf and the lamb” lying down together. The problem is not many Christians spend a whole lot of time actually reading the Bible and memorizing it’s passages. Isaiah rightly said “wolf” and not “lion” because of what the wolf represents, namely the Devil. During the 1,000 Year Reign of Jesus in Jerusalem, Satan will be bound the entire time, right? But his people will continue to dwell with God’s people, side by side. How do we know this? Because the Bible says that as soon as Satan is released from his chains, he immediately is able to raise up an army to come against Jesus Christ in the Battle of Gog and Magog. See for yourself:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Revelation 20:7-9 (KJV)

Satan’s army is raised up from all the people who just spent 1,000 years under the rule of Jesus. They were the “wolves” lying side by side with God’s “lambs”. Isaiah was right, and a swift application of 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) reveals these “deeper nuggets” of Bible doctrine and prophecy. But people have misquoted the verse from Isaiah 11 because over the years they have listened to too many illustrations, videos and songs using the phrase “lion and the lamb”. Combine that with a lack of Bible study of what God’s word actually says, and there you have it. Revelation 5:5,6 (KJV) tells you all about the real Lion and the Lamb. Jesus is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as well as the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. It makes no sense for Isaiah to  have Jesus lying down with Himself. But the wolf with the lamb is Bible prophecy.

Now, we could do what we just did with all the rest of the examples given by the Mandela Effect people to say that the King James Bible has been changed. God’s preserved word has not been changed, neither will it ever be. But there is something that has changed which I think might be the real Mandela Effect.

The amount of time that people are now spending on social media, sharing stories, memes and events from the day has skyrocketed. Slick looking satire sites with fake news, like the Babylon Bee, present satire and phony “news” but in a very convincing manner. On a near daily basis I reach out to friends who have inadvertently shared an fake article thinking it was real. I have watched countless times as a fake story gets shared over hundreds of groups on Facebook, adopted by thousands of people, leading to outrage over the article’s premise but completely fake at the same time. Yet everyone knows that “it’s true” nonetheless. Do you see what’s happening here?

We have become saturated in news, both real and fake, all delivered to us by the pulsing, glowing eye of our monitors, tablets and smart devices. Our eyes and brains are being bombarded by light and sounds and words. The end result being our brains are being rewired, and our sense of reality is changing. But it is not due to the CERN reactor and time travel disrupting the Matrix.

We are doing it to ourselves. Want to see how addicted you’ve really become? Just trying unplugging from everything online, including this website, for a mere 30 days and see how you feel. See if you can even last that long. Maybe you better start off with just a week. How about 72 hours?

Don’t fall for the Devil’s pathetic attempt at getting you to doubt God’s word, preserved in the King James Authorized Version Holy Bible.

That’s the real Mandela Effect.

You can have complete faith and trust in the only version of God’s word to be translated and authorized by the “word of a king.”

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” Ecclesiastes 8:4 (KJV)

Source: The ‘Mandela Effect’ Hoax Is The Latest Trick Of The Devil To Steal Your Faith In God’s Preserved Word • Now The End Begins

Rightly Dividing The Pretribulation Rapture And The Mystery Of Iniquity Found In 2 Thessalonians 2 • Now The End Begins

So the context of 2 Thessalonians 2, taken as it is written, is the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church which leads to the Antichrist coming to power. The Berean Bible student, seeing if these “things are so”, will take careful note that nowhere in the chapter so far is there a mention of the Holy Spirit. Not one. So how do people come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is “taken out of the way” to reveal Antichrist? This wrong interpretation happens for 2 reasons.
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The context of 2 Thessalonians 2, taken as it is written, is the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church which leads to the Antichrist coming to power.

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:6,7 (KJV)

The other day, I saw some postings where people were talking about how the Holy Spirit is now “restraining the appearance of the Antichrist”, and when the Holy Spirit is “taken out of the way”, Antichrist will come upon the world stage. They base their assumptions on verses found in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-9 (KJV). I would like to examine those and other verses in that chapter, and see if we can rightly divide our way to a deeper understanding of those passages.

The apostle Paul was writing to people in Thessalonica who had received letters from people purporting to be Paul, and had told them that they had “missed the rapture” of the Church that is such a central pillar in Paul’s writings. So here in 2 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to assure them that they had, in fact, not missed the rapture, and he proceeds to tell them what some of the things that will signal the Rapture of the Church, and what will immediately follow after that event.

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In verse 3, he tells them that there are two things needed before the Rapture of the Church can take place, and they are these:

“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;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)

The “falling away” is a departure of the Church from sound doctrine, and replacing it with “ear tickling” nonsense that appeals to people’s flesh and not to their soul or spirit. Paul would go on to discuss that in more detail in his letter to Timothy:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (KJV)

That period of time began in the mid-19th century with the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc, and is now in full bloom here in 2017 with such heretical junk by false teachers and preachers that sadly make up the main body of professing Christians worldwide. Here is a short list:

If you really want to depress yourself, click this link to read our entire listing of false teachers, preachers and end times deceivers. But depressing as it may be, after reading all our examples you will be 100% convinced that the great “falling away” is well under way. So you can add this one to the “fulfilled/being fulfilled” column from Paul’s list. Now let’s look at the other one, the revealing of the “son of perdition”.

Does the King James Bible reveal the Antichrist to be Judas Iscariot?

In our article entitledDOES THE KING JAMES BIBLE REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE ANTICHRIST?“, we make our case for why we think that when the Antichrist shows up, it will be none other than Judas the Betrayer brought back for the end times. If you have not already done so, please click on the link and go read it now. But suffice to say, Paul says that the revealing of the Antichrist is the second thing on the list that must take place for the Rapture of the Church to happen. In one sense, that has already happened because, if you’re a Bible believer, then you already know who the Antichrist is – it’s Judas. But since you can understand something intellectually without it being revealed physically, let’s assume that Paul’s main meaning is that the Antichrist has to physically show up before the Rapture. No problem there. Paul never wrote one, single verse of Scripture in all his writings telling Christians how to live under the rule of Antichrist. Not one. So it’s safe to assume that the Church will see the Antichrist, know him for who he is, and be taken out in the rapture without living under his deceptive and demonic rule.

An excellent example of this is found in recent history, in type, with the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. In our article “7 WAYS THAT ADOLF HITLER WAS A PERFECT TYPE OF THE COMING BIBLICAL ANTICHRIST“, we showed you how Hitler fulfilled many of the Biblical qualifications of the Biblical Antichrist. There were people living in Germany in the late 1920’s who saw Adolf Hitler for the evil man he truly was, knew what was coming, and got out before Hitler actually came to power. In much the same way, this is how the Church will see Antichrist, and we will surely get out before he actually takes over. This, I believe, is what Paul is saying in verse 3 in 2 Thessalonians 2. Let’s move on.

Is the Holy Spirit taken out of the the way?

So the context of 2 Thessalonians 2, taken as it is written, is the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church which leads to the Antichrist coming to power. The Berean Bible student, seeing if these “things are so”, will take careful note that nowhere in the chapter so far is there a mention of the Holy Spirit. Not one. So how do people come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is “taken out of the way” to reveal Antichrist? This wrong interpretation happens for 2 reasons.

The first reason being that since most of the 20th century Bible commentators have declared this to be, people have just agreed without researching it for themselves. The second reason for this are the corrupt “new” Bible translations that remove the word “let” and attempt to replace it with “restrain”. This grave error completely changes the meaning of the text.

The word “let” is the key to unlocking this mystery

The word “let” is found exactly 1,511 times in your King James Bible, appearing in exactly 1,219 verses. It is used in all the usual ways you might expect, such as “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”, “And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines,”, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.”, and the list goes on in the both Testaments in exactly how the word “let” is still used in 2017. The word “restrain” is found exactly twice in Job 15:8 and Psalm 76:10, and used exactly the way it is still used today. So accounting for variances in the English language between 1611 and 2017, which as far as these two words go is nil, there is no reason at all why the KJV translators could not have used “restrain” or “restraineth” in place of “let” if what they wanted to show was the act of restraining.

And this is where it gets really interesting. I don’t think they wanted to show the act of “restraining”, so much as they wanted to point you to a much more pointed application of the word “let”.

The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary , the absolute best dictionary to understand English words in light of Scripture, shows a whole lot of meanings for the word “let”, and I would like to point your attention to the first two, and they are as follows:

  1. To permit; to allow; to suffer; to give leave or power by a positive act, or negatively, to withhold restraint; not to prevent. A leaky ship lets water enter into the hold. let is followed by the infinitive without the sign to.
  2. To lease; to grant possession and use for a compensation; as, to let to farm; to let an estate for a year; to let a room to lodgers; often followed by out, as, to let out a farm; but the use of out is unnecessary.

Webster tells us that the first and second applications of the word “let” means to “permit or suffer/allow”, and to “rent or lease”. I was watching a movie on Netflix awhile back and it took place in England. The character was looking to rent an apartment, and stopped when he saw a placard advertising that one was available. How did that sign read, you ask? It simply said “Flat To Let”. “Flat” being the British word for apartment, and “let” being the British word for rent/renting.

At this point in our study, for some of  you, that “cold chill” traveling down your spine is right now resulting in your “light-bulb moment” of clarity. You know exactly where I’m going with this, so let’s go there right now. (for the rest of you who never got past the “is this another Pretribulation Rapture heresy article?”, take a seat, we’ll deal with you later. Or not.)

The body of Antichrist is “let” to the Devil for a short time

Let’s review the whole passage in it’s entirety:

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2 Thessalonians 2:6-9 (KJV)

Rather than trying to force this passage to say it’s the “Holy Spirit that’s restraining”, which is in no way supported by the context or any verse thus far, I would like to make the bold statement that it says exactly what it means when it uses the word “let” to do so. These verses are showing you how the Devil uses the body of Antichrist, how he “rents” a physical body until the time he no longer needs it.

There are various places in the Bible that prophetically refer to the Antichrist getting killed, then resurrected:

  • “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” Zechariah 11:17 (KJV)
  • “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.” Ezekiel 30:21 (KJV)
  • “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3 (KJV)

When Lucifer became Satan, he raised his ugly fist towards God, and declared that he would “be like the Most High”, with the uttering of his 5 “I Will” statements we see here:

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:13-15 (KJV)

If you’ve made it this far, putting the cherry on top the sundae is no struggle at all.

We understand from the Bible that Satan is the great imitator of God, a cheap copy pretending to be the real thing, right? That’s what Satan declared in Isaiah, that he would be just like the Most High. With that in mind, note the following regarding the end times on how Satan copies God to fool the unsaved:

  • God has a body, Jesus Christ, and Satan has a body, the Antichrist: The Bible tells us that God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the physical representation of God on Earth. The Antichrist sends “his son”, the son of perdition Judas, to be his physical representation on this Earth in the time of Jacob’s trouble.
  • The Antichrist is worshipped as the real thing: For a brief 3.5 year period, the world is fooled into thinking that the Messiah has arrived, and they worship him as such. Only it’s not THE Messiah, it’s the phony messiah, Antichrist.
  • Antichrist killed and rises again: When Jesus came the first time, He had a ministry that lasted approximately 3.5 years, then He was crucified and rose again 3 days after that. The Antichrist will be worshipped for the first half of the time of Jacob’s trouble, 3.5 years, killed, then rise again in all his unholiness as the Devil Himself.

Now do you see why the KJV translators used “let” and not “restrain”? They were showing us a deeper prophetic truth of how Satan will “rent” the body of Judas in order to fool people, and when he, Judas Antichrist, is killed and “taken out of the way”, Satan comes  upon the Earth in full form. So we see it is the body of Antichrist, and not the Holy Spirit, that is taken out of the way, to reveal that “Wicked”, capital W, Satan himself.

In conclusion, the passages dealing with the Antichrist in the time of Jacob’s trouble ends with verse 12, with verse 13 and its paragraph marker denoting a new topic and a new context where we read this:

¶ “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 (KJV)

It is here that, for the first time in the chapter, we finally do see a mention of the Holy Spirit, and it has nothing to do with the Antichrist, Satan or the end times. Paul is simply reminding us to be grateful to God for saving us, and leading us into all truth  by the “sanctification of the Spirit”, the Holy Spirit denoted with a capital “S”.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

When we, as workmen, attend to rightly dividing the Scripture, the fruit of our labors is Bible truth. And now you know why God used “let” and not “restrain” in this chapter.

Amen.

Source: Rightly Dividing The Pretribulation Rapture And The Mystery Of Iniquity Found In 2 Thessalonians 2 • Now The End Begins

The Heresy Of Preterism Compared And Contrasted To Bible Prophecy And Doctrine Rightly Divided • Now The End Begins

Today we shall take a quick peek into the heresy known as Preterism, the idea that all Bible prophecy was fulfilled in the year 70 AD with the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Roman emperor Titus. People who ascribe to this nonsense have a very shallow view of the Bible, and put no division between Jews looking for a kingdom and born again Christians in the Church Age.
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To bolster our argument, let’s compare and contrast Matthew 24 with a book written 26 years after the destruction of the Temple, the book of Revelation

“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” Genesis 49:1 (KJV)

Today we shall take a quick peek into the heresy known as Preterism, the idea that all Bible prophecy was fulfilled in the year 70 AD with the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Roman emperor Titus. People who ascribe to this nonsense have a very shallow view of the Bible, and put no division between Jews looking for a kingdom and born again Christians in the Church Age. In short, to be a preterist you must abandon Paul’s command to rightly divide, and instead, lump everything all together. So to get started, let’s go to the main Bible verse that they claim as the platform of their heresy.

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2 (KJV)

In Matthew 24, the chapter which gives us the prophecy of the Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble (yet future as of this writing), Jesus makes a prophecy that the Temple they were looking at would be utterly destroyed. It was in 70 AD by the Romans. After Jesus says that, His disciples ask Him when His Second Coming would be, and when the end of the world would take place.

So the preterist reads this, and because they are non-dispensational and refuse to rightly divide, they lump everything together and declare that since the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, that everything else in Matthew 24 was also somehow fulfilled in 70 AD as well. But as we shall see, none of this will align itself with Bible prophecy, and here are our reasons why not.

The Preterist vs. Matthew 24:

  • Matthew 24 prophecies a worldwide conflict between nations: Jesus says that the conflicts coming would be on a global scale. The Temple being destroyed in 70 AD was a highly localized event. “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:7 (KJV)
  • Matthew 24 says the persecution is global not local: Jesus says that His followers would be hated by “all nations”. By 70 AD, the gospel had not spread very far outside of Asia minor at all. There was persecution during this time period, but it was local not global. “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
  • Matthew 24 says the gospel preached to the whole world: Jesus says that the gospel will be preached to all nations in all the world. Again,nothing even close to this took place in 70 AD. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14 (KJV)
  • Matthew 24 says observable weather phenomena: Jesus says that right after the “tribulation of those days”, 70 AD according to the preterist, that the sun, moon and stars go haywire on a global scale. This didn’t happen, either. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” Matthew 24:29 (KJV)
  • Matthew 24 says Jesus has yet to return in the Second Coming: The climax of all this is the spectacular return of Jesus Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, what Matthew 24 calls the “sign of the Son of man”. Guess what? That too is yet future, obviously. “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 (KJV)

Now we could give you a dozen more of these bullet points showing you that Matthew 24 is yet for future fulfillment, but if 5 won’t convince you you’re probably a preterist. Let’s keep going.

Let’s go back to the beginning of Matthew 24 for a moment, and let’s take away the entire argument that preterism is based on – 70 AD.

Jesus says that the Temple would be destroyed down to the ground and not a stone left on top of each other, and then, all the other stuff happens, right? Well, did Jesus mean the Second Temple or was He referring to the one yet to be built in the time of Jacob’s trouble? Because if He wasn’t then you have to start doing a whole lot of juggling to make the rest of Matthew 24 fit. History does record Titus destroying the Temple in 70 AD, but history does not record any of the other things in Matthew 24. They either didn’t happen, or they haven’t happened yet.

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COULD IT BE THAT JESUS IN MATTHEW 24 WAS PROPHESYING ABOUT THE THIRD TEMPLE?

To bolster our argument, let’s compare and contrast Matthew 24 with a book written 26 years after the destruction of the Temple, the book of Revelation. In chapter 6 of Revelation, John gives us a detailed look at the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble, beginning with the release of Antichrist. But did you also know that the opening of the first 6 Seals in that chapter match EXACTLY with Matthew 24? Take a look:

SEAL #1: THE START OF THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE REVEALS THE FALSE MESSIAH – ANTICHRIST!

In Revelation 6, we see the start of the Tribulation which opens with the appearance of the Antichrist:

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Revelation 6:1,2 (KJV)

Now look what Jesus says is the first thing to happen in Matthew 24:

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:3-5 (KJV)

Wow, check that out, perfect harmony.


 

SEAL #2: WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR!

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” Revelation 6:3,4 (KJV)

Just coincidentally, that’s also what Matthew says happens next:

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:6 (KJV)


 

SEAL #3: FAMINE AND STARVATION

“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” Revelation 6:5,6 (KJV)

And that’s what Matthew says happens next as well:

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7,8 (KJV)


 

SEAL #4: DEATH FOR THE NAME OF JESUS

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:7,8 (KJV)

Look what Jesus says next in Matthew:

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)


 

SEAL# 5: THE SOULS UNDER THE ALTAR

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:9,10 (KJV)

Matthew stays right even with Revelation:

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13 (KJV)


 

SEAL #6: EARTHQUAKES AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:12-17 (KJV)

What does Matthew say about that?

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29,30 (KJV)

Well, will you look at that! What are the prophecies in Matthew 24 doing Revelation which was written 26 years after 70 AD? Simple. John is telling us that all those things in Matthew 24 – including the destruction of the Temple – are yet future. Why do you think that Jesus,in Matthew 24, refers you back to the prophet Daniel? Because He is drawing your attention not to the destruction of the Second Temple, but to the destruction of the Temple in the time of Jacob’s trouble!

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” Matthew 24:15 (KJV)

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

At this point, the shaky foundation that preterism is built on has just imploded. Their main selling point, the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, has just been removed. But even it it wasn’t, none of the other prophecies in Matthew or Revelation have come true yet. Not a single one.

If you are a preterist, I dare you to show me to following having already happened:

  • “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” Revelation 6:14 (KJV)
  • “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” Revelation 6:16 (KJV)
  • “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:3 (KJV)
  • “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” Revelation 8:7 (KJV)
  • “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;” Revelation 8:8 (KJV)
  • “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” Revelation 9:3 (KJV)

Obviously, none of these things have happened yet, not a single one. If you are a preterist, you have to do this elaborate tap dance and start making all these prophecies spiritual instead of literal. That’s a great trick of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, they declare prophecies have been fulfilled spiritually instead of literally so they don’t have to produce proof!

For example, if I were to tell you that Jesus returned in 2001 and is now reigning over the Earth spiritually, then I wouldn’t have to show you proof it happened. I could claim anything I like because you can’t see it. but the prophecies in Matthew and Revelation are not spiritual prophecies, they are LITERAL prophecies that have a literal, see-it-with-your-own-eyes fulfillment.

Preterists take prophecies that have a literal fulfillment and then spiritualize them into meaninglessness that cannot be verified from history. Nothing more than the old “shell game” so loved by lazy Laodiceans.

Here we will leave the preterist, in the ashes of 70 AD with their failed system of eschatology, and set our eyes on the soon-to-be future of the blessed hope that jump starts the time of Jacob’s trouble.

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJV)

 

Source: The Heresy Of Preterism Compared And Contrasted To Bible Prophecy And Doctrine Rightly Divided • Now The End Begins