Understanding the Deception of the Anti_Christ

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Hi B____,

It is never my intention to offend those who take the time to send me an e- mail. I really do appreciate the efforts of those who are attempting to be of service to our Lord. So please receive this in the spirit it is given, which is that of instruction and not of destruction. I am aware that you feel the same way, and I know that the obstacle we all face is the beast of pride which is common to all mankind.
Having acknowledged all of that I will simply quote this e- mail, and then quote the word of God and let His fiery Word do its fiery work. Here are your words:

It is of utmost importance to note that all of these words of our Lord are being spoken to “those Jews which believed on Him.”

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Were they really Jews? The holy spirit says they were “those Jews which believed on Him.” Were they really descendants of Abraham, or were they Sephardic Jews? Who will we believe, man or God? Here, out of this very same chapter of John, are Christ’s Words:

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Joh 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Joh 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Christ knew and acknowledged that the Jews of His day were “Abraham’s seed” physically, but just as is the case today, physical pedigree is no longer an issue. They were Abraham’s physical seed, and “of your father the Devil” spiritually, because “my Word has no place in you.” Physical descent was not even the issue. Christ did not say ‘You are of your father the devil because you are Sephardic Jews.’ On the contrary these are Christ’s words which I for one must accept:

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Does the holy spirit consider the Jews of that day to be Christ’s own Israelite brothers? Who are we to believe, man or God?

Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [ even] to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Does that say ‘He came to Sephardic Jews?’ Were not Christ’s apostles Israelites? Did He not come to them?

Joh 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

Were not those of the southern tribe of Benjamin considered to be Israelites in Christ’s day? Who are we to believe, men or God?

Rom 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

If the ten tribes were lost, then how could Paul make this statement:

Act 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving [ God] day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

If the ten northern tribes were lost, how could James make this statement about all twelve tribes:

Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Christ had no such issue in His mind. What made “those Jews which believed on Him… of their father the Devil was what Christ said made them such.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

“Because my Word has no place in you” is why they are of their father the devil. Being “of your father the Devil” has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with physical pedigree or of physical descent.
Just as Christ is telling these Jews, who were “Abraham’s seed” back in His day, so it is today. Being the “seed of the serpent” has nothing at all to do with physical descent, but it does have everything to do with what is in one’s heart and mind, and who one is serving spiritually. “I know you are Abraham’s [ physical] seed… But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham” is the doctrine of the anointed.

Christ reaffirms this Truth with this statement which caused “many of those who had walked with Him to go back and walk no longer with Him.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and [ they] are life.

And this:

Joh 4:19 The [ Samaritan] woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God [ is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This is how Paul can tell Gentiles that Jerusalem above is the mother of us all:

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Fleshly, carnal Jerusalem, is now counted as Hagar:

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

And what does this make these Gentile Galatians?

Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

That is why Paul can now take promises made exclusively to Israel and now apply them to the “Israel of God,” Gentile Corinthian converts, who like the Ephesian Gentiles are now part of the commonwealth of Israel and are “one new man.”

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [ them]; and I will be their God, and they [ Israel} shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [ thing]; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you [ Israel], and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

To whom do these promises now apply? Here is the very next verse addressed to Gentile Corinthians:

2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

As despised as it is, Christ, Paul, Peter, John and all of the apostles were what is today called “replacement theologists,” who truly believed that “the flesh profit nothing,” and “He is not a Jew which is on outwardly… but he is a Jew which is one inwardly.”
The doctrine of ‘The Anointed’ being Abraham’s seed is simply a matter of doing what Abraham did, and Abraham obeyed God. Are you obeying God and believing His words rather than the words and doctrines of men? If you are, then you are the commonwealth of Israel, even if you are called a Gentile by the world. In the doctrine of the anointed, being a Jew or an Israelite is a matter of believing and obeying God, and has virtually nothing to do with physical descent.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [ is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [ is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [ and] not in the letter; whose praise [ is] not of men, but of God.

While you seem to see that modern Jews are not Jews at all, you do not see that being a Jew or an Israelite now is a spiritual matter that has nothing at all to do with whether those who call themselves Jews or Israelites are physically descended from Abraham.
British Israelism is, from a New Testament point of view, a moot point. The holy spirit says the Jews of Christ’s day were indeed physical Jews who “believed on Christ.”

Joh 8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

At the same time, Christ tells us they were “of their father the devil… because my word has no place in you,” just as is the case with the entire orthodox Christian world to this day, who claim the name of Christ and deny His doctrine which teaches that “he is NOT a Jew which is one outwardly.” 
So the doctrine of the Anointed is that you can be a physical Israelite and not be a spiritual Israelite.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Or as the MSG puts it:

Gal 6:15 Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do– submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life!
Gal 6:16 All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God– his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!(MSG)

You can be a physical Jew and not be a Jew. In writing to his Gentile converts, Paul agrees with what Christ is here saying to “those Jews which believed on Him.”

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:19 N ow therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

There is now no physical Jew from God’s perspective. “He is NOT a Jew which is one outwardly.” Of course there is a physical Jew from the perspective of the flesh, but as far as the holy spirit is concerned, there is but one Israel and one Jew, and this is what God thinks of all others…:

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [ is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Finally, and I say this with the love of the very words you claim are so important to you; If you do not see that all nations are deceived, including our own nation, then it is you who seem to see while you are yet blind.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Here are your own words:

Is this ‘your country… your constitution?’ Is the United States really a “great nation?” If that is your perspective, then you are not teaching the doctrine of Christ, which teaches us that our “kingdom is not of this world.”
You say this:

Here is what Christ taught concerning our citizenship and our loyalties. It is all right here in this very chapter of John from which you quote. These are the words that Christ, to this very day, is speaking to those who “believe on Him” and at the same time ‘have no place in them for His Word.”

Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

These words are directed to “those… who believed on Him.” And when “those… who believed on Him” brought Him before Pilate to be crucified, Christ repeated these same words to Pilate.

Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world [ Greek – kosmos]: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

The day will come when Christ will fight and rule the nations of this world with a rod of iron.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world [ Greek – kosmos] are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Until that day, this is the position taken by all who really do fear and tremble at the words of Christ. These words have nothing to say about ‘our country, our constitution or our great nation,” simply because our “kingdom is not of this world,” but rather “we are ambassadors for Christ” and His kingdom which is coming to this earth at the appointed time.

2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

If Christ had called Israel His country and had started a revolution against Rome, He would have failed His Father and His mission, which was and still is:

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

It is impossible for those who are not ‘given ears to hear’ to recognize Christ’s voice. The Truth is that “the anointed” came into this world to “bear witness unto the Truth,” to “die daily” to the flesh and to “be hated of all men… Everyone that is of the truth…” will affirm those words and ‘hear Christ’s voice.’ Those who are not faithful to the message of ‘the anointed’ “are that spirit of antichrist,” as you so rightly admit. Here are two more verses which add a little to that verse you quote out of chapter one.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh [ including our flesh] is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

Yes, these are the last days, but it is not because a man will arise as the antichrist, but it is rather because Christ said that all these things would be fulfilled in His generation and in every generation after that until His return. “The last days” is not a phrase which applies only to our day. The “ends of the world” have been upon God’s elect in every generation since Christ.
Ask God to give you eyes that see and ears that hear these words of our Lord:

Mat 24:3 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?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 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.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

These verses and the following verses are in answer to this question: when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
In answer to that question Christ continues:

Mat 24:9 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.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14 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.
Mat 24:15 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:)

The gospel of the kingdom is to be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. But the abomination of desolation takes place before the end comes. Christ knew well what He meant so he tells us “Whosoever reads, let him understand.” But few are given eyes that see and ears that hear the conclusion of this answer to the question: when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Before we look at Christ’s own answer of when this all will take place, let’s first see what else must happen before the time of the end.

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Mat 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Mat 24:29 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:
Mat 24:30 A nd 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.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There is the answer to the question, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Earthquakes, persecutions, dying, enduring to the end, the gospel being preached in all the world, the great tribulation; twice false Christs and false prophets are mentioned, all in answer to that one question. “When shall these things be?” Now here is when Christ tells us “all these things” will take place. Can you receive His Words?

Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

That is Christ’s own conclusion. That answer reorients the minds of all who are given to ‘understand what they are reading.’ No wonder Christ made this statement right here in this chapter: ” whoso readeth, let him understand:”
Once our minds are reoriented and we are given eyes to see and understand the truth of verse 29…:

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

… Only then can we become aware of what Christ meant when He was asked this exact same question earlier. His answer at that time makes His answer here in complete accord with what should be our own approach to the question of “when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming, and the end of this age?” Here is the answer and the understanding of how Christ can say, ” This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Luk 17:20 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:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Christ is not saying that the kingdom of God will never come with observation, what He is saying is that you and I need to be aware that it must first be established within ourselves. What He is saying is that the earthquakes, famines, great tribulation, abomination of desolation and the preaching of the gospel to all nations, must be done to the seven heads of the seven kingdoms who constitute the one beast within us all, before the end will come.
Paul agrees with Christ on this approach to prophecy:

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

John agrees with both Christ and Paul, that we are to “keep the things written therein.” Not one of God’s apostles, prophets or writers of the New Testament scriptures even put the fulfilling of prophecy off into the future. They one and all agreed with Christ, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand… even at the door.”

Rev 1:3 Blessed [ is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Who do you know who believes that “that generation did not pass away till all those things were fulfilled?” Who do you know who believes that the kingdom of God is within each of God’s elect? Who do you know who believes the twice repeated admonition, once at the beginning and once at the end of the book of Revelation, that we must “keep the things written therein, and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” It all sounds preposterous to those who cannot see that all of this must take place within us before we will be given the privilege of ruling this world and judging angels in a lake of fire.
My prayers are with you, that He will give you eyes that see and ears that can hear “the mysteries of the kingdom of God,” with which all of Christ’s parables, the 24th chapter of Matthew and the book of Revelation, are all concerned. It is few indeed who are given ears to hear.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Your brother in Christ,
Mike

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