Matthew Chapter 24
VERSE 25-27 continued, “See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the bright-shiner [the Sun] cometh out of the East, but shines even unto the West, so shall the presence of the Son of Man be."
In Verse 26, what does “do not go out” mean?
DO NOT pursue either physically or mentally any deceptions of Jesus VISIBLY appearing in a geographical location or MYSTICALLY appearing in a séance or other occult setting.
DO NOT INVESTIGATE the matter when you know it is a deception of the Adversary. DO NOT GET INVOLVED. Notice: “secret chambers” (plural) and “all power and signs and lying wonders” and “all deceivableness of unrighteousness.”
It is possible that some personality will appear in the desert—a maharajah type perhaps. In the secret chambers will appear a mystical vision or apparition of some sort that talks and communicates. One would have to enter into a séance-like arrangement in order to be in a conducive climate to see this particular miraculous power demonstrated. Also, to be protected, we should keep in mind that the ones who recently sought after the vision in Detroit did not enter into a room but merely went to the place where the vision of Mary had been purported to occur. We must avoid all such investigation. Fortunately, mankind so far has been safeguarded to a certain extent because the visions have been few and far between and people soon forget, BUT in the future these great deceptions will be continuous and overpowering and will take control.
Hence the value of the Vow: “I vow to Thee that I will be on the alert to resist everything akin to Spiritism and Occultism, and, remembering that there are but the two masters, I shall resist these snares in all reasonable ways as being of the Adversary.” We are to have NOTHING to do with occult doings, not even out of curiosity.
The public has been conditioned to be ready for—and to be gullible for—“someone” to communicate with them from outer space. Any supernatural being is assumed to be wiser than a human being and more apt to bring peace. However, spirit beings can be fallen just like us. Not only is the human race composed of imperfect beings, but the spirit world has fallen spirits who are also imperfect.
Our government is constantly sending messages out into space, fully expecting, sooner or later, to get some kind of reply or communication from a more intelligent form of life elsewhere in the universe. Thus the people are primed for a deception from the fallen angels. Scientists say we are fools to think we are the only ones, the only life, in the universe. The Russians are also sending signals into outer space, trying to receive a response from afar.
It is significant that more and more women have been entering the clergy. They would be especially susceptible to occult powers and deceptions, as has been true of women ever since Eve succumbed in the Garden of Eden.
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The fact that the light shines from east to west (Verse 27) shows that it is related in some way to the sun.
The Greek word astrape translated “lightning,” means “bright shining.” Astrape is usually translated “lightning” but should not always be so rendered. See Luke 11:36, where it refers to the “bright shining” of a candle. “If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” The Greek astrape can also refer to the countenance of angels: “His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow” (Matt 28:3).
However, this is a mistranslated, for the account says the angels appeared as “young men.”
How could one look at an angel’s face and see that it was like that of a young man if the face were like lightning? The features would not be discernible because the lightning would be so overpowering. But if the thought were a “bright shining,” the features could be seen as being young. Thus, depending on the context, “lightning” may or may not be the correct thought.
To think of the physical sun as being the analogy (instead of sun-light) would nullify the previous argument where Jesus said, in regard to his Second Coming, that pointing to a specific location, vision, etc., would be a deception. He was saying, in effect: “You should not believe the cry, ‘Lo, here is Christ’ or ‘there,’ or ‘Behold, he is in the desert’ or ‘in the secret chambers’; rather, my presence will be like the sunlight, which shines from east to west.” (The Gospel of Matthew)
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