It is expected that by this time (i.e. during the Hour of Trial) that the great signs and miraculous wonders first begun in the Church of England (the two horned beast which came up out of the earth, Rev 13:11, 13) would have spread throughout all of Christendom and that the False Prophet would be the chief or prominent figure in the propagation and operation of these deceiving wonders.
Now understand this false prophet is known only as such by the True church, (even as the true identity of the antichrist has always been known by the true church yet unbeknownst to the majority of the professing church), to the nominal church this prophet is none other than the new and invigorated (by means of satanic operation) World Council of Churches.
In essence a new entity which was created by means of the merging of the Church of England with the protestant sects, the bringing life to the image of the beast.
All who bare the mark of the beast (Catholicism, whether upon the forehead or upon the hands), and all who worship his image (who pay homage to the World Council of Churches, Protestants) will be deceived by the lying deceptions propagated by this entity (See Rev 19:20).
What types of deceptions will these consist of, well as we had previously stated in an earlier post such things as?
Miraculous healings, cures from disease and sickness, possibly even fringed resurrections, (remember when the spirits in chains are released they will once again be able to materialize into fleshly bodies thus deceiving many into believing that the resurrection is already taking place, but of course those properly informed of God’s plan, i.e. “the times and the seasons”, will not be deceived by these things.
Now keep in mind what we have learned thus far, Satan’s primary purpose is to stumble the faith of the elect, the fully consecrated and to a limited extent he will prove SUCCESSFUL in this endeavor, that is in respects to the Great Company Class, however failing to stumble the Very Elect he will attempt by every means available to him to destroy the Church, and what better way to accomplish this goal than to turn professed (or nominal) brother against (consecrated or true) brother.
“Then will THEY (the nominally professing believers) deliver you up to tribulation (bringing trouble upon you), and kill you (some of us possibly literally), and you will be hated by all nations (people) for my names sake.” Matt 24:9
Because you refused to believe the lies, the deceptions then taking place and instead of attributing them to the Lord like everyone else does you kept insisting that they were in reality of the devil.
Understand it will not be they themselves personally who will extinguish the flame of the true people of God (except in those rare cases where some of the more fundamental and radical elements of the professing church are involved), but rather as Jezebel delivered up the prophets of God to Ahab so too will the professing church deliver up the true saints of God to the government for judgment and prosecution, deeming them a threat to society and to the stability (i.e. the preservation) of the present order of things.
THE CHARIOT, THE FIRE, AND THE WHIRLWIND
"We believe that the chariot of fire in antitype signifies a division between the little flock and the great company... soon to come, however we are not to judge one another... ‘The Lord knows them that are his.’ "When the Lord’s time comes for separating his little flock class, he will make no mistake. It will be the little flock that will go in the chariot, and no others. Let us, therefore, keep ourselves in the love of God. Never mind what anyone else thinks... Some of the brethren may misunderstand us. But trust it all in the Lord’s hands. He will take care of the entire matter... St. Paul says, ‘Judge nothing before the time’ (1 Cor 4:5). All will soon be manifested.
"Fire typically represents trouble, judgment, destruction, and a chariot of fire would seem to signify some very trying experience (or catalyst) which will separate the Elijah class from the Elisha class, and bring the deliverance of the Elijah class.
"When Elijah’s chariot came, it was in a whirlwind that he was carried into the heavens, into the atmosphere, beyond earthly vision ... The Lord pictures the great time of anarchy that is coming as a great storm or whirlwind. He says, ‘Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; they shall not be lamented, neither gathered nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground’ - Jer 25:30- 33; 30:23, 24.
"To our understanding the Elijah class will be amongst the first to be affected by the great whirlwind of anarchy. We believe it signifies that many of the Lord’s people - all of the faithful at that time - will be taken from the present life in some sort of anarchistic movement... We think that our final experiences will be during some kind of anarchistic uprising.” (R 5845)
THREE IMPORTANT POINTS
"But here is the way the Lord pictures the matter: First, there will be the chariot of fire... We understand that some fiery experience will cause a separation between the two classes of the Lord’s people. Then will develop the whirlwind of anarchy... We are to be just as wise, kind, meek, gentle and as faithful to the Lord as we know how to be, and then have our minds perfectly calm and restful. When the Lord’s time for us comes, all will be right. Let us rest in his love and wisdom and care. What he provides for his children will be the very best thing for us, and we shall be glad to have it.
"... This matter of Elijah’s rolling his mantle together and smiting the waters of Jordan seems to mean something, and also the crossing of the river. This picture is not given for nothing. ‘What does it mean?’ you ask. Ah, we know that most prophecies are understood only after they are fulfilled... In Bible language, water represents truth, and it also represents peoples. Both of these are given in Scripture as being symbolized by water (Rev 17:1 Jer 51:12, 13 Rev 17:15 22:1, 2 Ezek 47:1-12 Eph 5:26). Furthermore, Jordan means testing, or judging down. Now who or what would be judged in the antitype?
Continued with next post.
Welcome to Christian Forums, a Christian Forum that recognizes that all Christians are a work in progress.
You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.
We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!