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WHAT IS THE STRONG DELUSION
2 Thessalonians 2:1 ¶Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 ¶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; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. [We can see in the verses leading up to this point, that the strong delusion is related to the return of Christ (by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ), which also is the time of the so-called rapture (by our gathering together unto him). A delusion is something that is not the truth and is a lie or deception, so this would be a coming of a false Christ that the whole world will believe in, a counterfeit return of a counterfeit Christ and, maybe, a counterfeit rapture. Jesus wants us to know the truth of this coming false Christ and how to remain in the truth and to not be deceived, so here He gives us some information that we may know the truth.] 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. [what withholdeth = Michael the Archangel who stands for Israel, of which we are grafted in.] 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. [he who now letteth = Michael the Archangel] 8 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: [The true coming is after the counterfeit coming of Christ. The counterfeit Christ is the antichrist.] 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [The reason the delusion came upon the whole world is because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.] Remember the elect of God are not of this world, but are of God and it is not possible that they be deceived, even though it may be possible to be deceived for a while.] 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [What cause was it again: because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.] 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [Might I add here that having pleasure in unrighteousness can be as simple as watching TV and enjoying or taking any type of pleasure in those things you may see, which are not of God.] 13 ¶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: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16 ¶Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
By this passage we can see that the strong delusion is sent upon this evil world and most all of the so-called Christians who will belie the lie. This lie being that the antichrist is Christ and placing this event at the time of the probable counterfeit rapture, which also coincides with Michael the Archangel standing up at the time of the begenning of the great tribulation.
Daniel 12:1 ¶And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
It is important to keep in mind here that the words at that time can mean before, during, or after, and in order to determine the exact timing, other scriptures have to be used so that we have the harmony of scriptures and do not stand on only one witness (one scripture).
The example of when Michael should stand up:
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 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:
The abomination of desolation is the wicked one being revealed.
Matthew 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:)
Matthew 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.
Matthew 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.
2 Corinthians 13:1 ¶This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
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