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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


 

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Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

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Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.


Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

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El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:6

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"What Withholdeth" and "He Who Now Letteth" of 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7


We read, "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth alreday work. Only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed...." (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)

First, let us remember that we should not refer to "that Wicked" as the Anti-Christ. The book of Revelation, among other biblical books dealing with end times, speaks of two beasts, not of one beast and one Anti-Christ. The two beasts are the Beast and the False Prophet who are both anti-Christ in their spirit.

Some believe that "what withholdeth" is man's government, given that government is of God. This cannot be the case, because we are told in verse eight of the same passage of 2 Thessalonians that the coming of "that Wicked" is the work of Satan. We read, "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."

No government of man can stop the working of Satan. It can curb Satan's working, but it cannot stop it. Remember that Satan is the god of this world, not man (2 Corinthians 4:4). Therefore, man's government cannot be what withholds the coming of "that Wicked."

Is The One Who "Now Letteth" The Holy Spirit?


Yes, that is what we believe Scripture tells us. But before expounding on that, let's take a very brief look at why some believe "what withholdeth" and "he who now letteth" do not refer to the Holy Spirit. "What withholdeth" refers to a thing, whereas "he who now letteth" refers to a person. "The Holy Spirit cannot be both," they argue. This sounds logical at first. However, let's see what Scripture says.

We believe "what withholdeth" refers to the great power Satan will receive in order to work the lying signs and wonders mentioned in verse nine of 2 Thessalonians, chapter six, which is in line with Revelation 13:5. We read, "And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." And Revelation 13:15 says, "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."

One would think that Satan has not yet received that great power, because he hasn't used it. Therefore, lack of that power withholds the coming of "that Wicked"...that anti-Christ beast. In other words, the lack of that power would be "what withholdeth."

We believe that "he who now letteth" refers to the Holy Spirit, because He is the One with all power and authority. He's the One who has to permit the working of Satan who will bring forth "that Wicked." In short, we believe "what withholdeth" is the inability to work lying signs and wonders right not. And we believe that "he who now letteth" is the Holy Spirit who, in due time, will give the dragon the ability to perform lying signs that will deceive all who rejected the truth.

We read, "For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

¿Will the Holy Spirit Be Taken out of The Way?


Now then, if "he who now letteth" refers to the Holy Spirit, does that mean God will take His Spirit out of the world? That cannot be the case, because Christ told us in Matthew 28:20, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." How can He be with all of us who believe in Him? Through His Holy Spirit. So, saying that God's Spirit will leave the earth goes against what Christ said. Why then do we read, "until he be taken out of the way"? Who can take God's Spirit out of the way? Doesn't using the passive voice make it sound like some force will remove the Holy Spirit? But there is no greater force than the Spirit, right? Yes, that is correct. That's why we need to remember the biblical passages that reveal something about how God "interacts" with His own Spirit. We might find this difficult to comprehend, because sometimes it makes it sound like the Holy Spirit is less independent than the other two Persons of the Trinity (the Son and the Father). But that is not the case when we consider the rest of what Scripture says. Let's look at what Scripture reveals about the presence of the Holy Spirit.

God pours out His Spirit on the flesh of His saints (Joel 2:28). Jesus baptizes His followers with the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16). The Lord can take His Spirit away from a person (Psalm 51:11). This shows that the Father and the Son can pour out, send and take away at will their Holy Spirit. So, it shouldn't strike us as strange that 2 Thessaloninas 2:7 says, "until he be taken out of the way." If you disagree with the teachings or "theories" put forth in this article, we invite you to comment and ask questions. Please support your comments with Scripture. We'd love to hear from you.

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