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Friday, September 9 2016
2 Thessalonians 2: The Signature Of The Antichrist
"For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ... Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders"
The world today has many signs. Some are written in the language of the nation in which the sign is located, while others use symbolism to express the same information e.g. an arrow to notify drivers that a street is a one way street.
Signatures (notice the word "sign" in signature) are commonly used today to identify someone. Typically now, a signature is a person's name, but in earlier times a signature was a symbol that represented a specific, clearly-identified individual (the branding of cattle with the owner's sign used the same principle). It wasn't merely because most people were unable to write words or names - the significance (notice the word "sign" in significance too) of the sign was the primary reason.
For most of human history, someone's "signature" was their "sign," or how they "signed" something. The example below shows the Accord of Winchester that was "signed" in 1072 by King William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda with symbols. It was how they "made their mark."
So too was the true sign of Christ - as used by Christians in the time of the apostle Paul, when many of them had actually seen the true Cross itself. As shown in the photograph (and also in the illustration farther down), it was the Greek letter tau, that was shaped like a capital T, because they all knew that was the shape of the genuine Cross of the Messiah's Sacrifice. The typical Latin Cross and "crucifix" of today (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and the Fact Finder question below) were invented by the Romans after they devised their nationalized version of Christianity i.e. the Church of Rome.
Bible prophecy also has much to say about "signs" and "marks" (see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?) - and as such, the significance of a prophetic signature. Most-particularly will be the ultimate antichrist, "The son of perdition; 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." That man will surely be identified with the Latin cross - not the genuine Cross.
"2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2:2 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. 2:3 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; 2:4 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." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 KJV)
The ultimate antichrist (there have been many, for centuries already; see the Fact Finder question below) will have great Satan-empowered "miraculous" ability to deceive and mislead billions of people. His rampage of delusion will end, in the lake of fire, on the day of the Messiah's return (see Who Knows The Secret Of Christ's Return? and Who Will Meet The Returning Messiah In The Clouds?).
"19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:19-20 KJV)
So it was then that the apostle Paul reminded his fellow Christians of what they had already understood from their own witness (see also Apocalypse Now).
"2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 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. 2:8 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: 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:5-12 KJV)
The Truth is the Truth. Man-made religions and phony "signs" are literally a dead end for all who do not turn to the right Way when the day of their opportunity comes (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?).
"2:13 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: 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Fact Finder: Who and what is the "spirit of antichrist"? How does he mislead billions of people away from where they actually want to go?
This Day In History, September 9
9: Germanic tribes under the command of Hermann (who was known to the Romans as Arminius) annihilated three Roman legions (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), while extending across Europe from Israel to Britain, was never able to extend into Germany - which actually succeeded the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
337: Constantine's three sons, already "Caesars" (a family name that became an imperial title), each took the title of Augustus. Constantine II and Constans divided the western empire while Constantius II took control of the eastern empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1087: King William I of England died at age 60. Known as William the Conqueror, he was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death. In 1086 William began the recording of the Domesday Book, a survey that documented all of the land owners in England.
1379: The Treaty of Neuberg divided the Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III.
1493: The Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in Croatian struggle against the invasion by the Ottoman Empire. Centuries later, it was the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the British that enabled the present-day state of "Israel" to come into existence.
1513: Forces of James IV of Scotland battled English troops in Flodden near Branxton, in the English county of Northumberland.
1543: Mary, Queen of Scots, was coronated.
1585: Pope Sixtus V blocked Henry of Navarre's rights to the French crown.
1754: William Bligh was born. As the 35 year-old captain of the Bounty in 1789, some of his crew (although some regard them as "heroes" today, they were cowardly rebels who lacked the manhood to fulfill their sworn allegiance) made their infamous mutiny. Bligh and 18 loyal members of his crew were set adrift in a small lifeboat, which they amazingly managed to sail about 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) to Timor. Some of the mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island after burning the hijacked ship just offshore.
1855: During the Crimean War, the Siege of Sevastopol ended when Russian forces abandoned the city.
1867: Adolphus abdicated as duke of Nassau and was granted 8.5 million thalers (the German word from which "dollar" originated) and a few castles as compensation.
1886: The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalized.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the newly-formed "Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade" became the first fully-mechanized battle group in the British Army.
1948: After the withdrawal of Soviet forces from North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed with Pyongyang as its capital.
1965: Hurricane Betsy struck New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 people dead and $1.42 billion (in 1965 dollars, about $15 billion today) in damages. It is regarded as the first hurricane to exceed $1 billion in damages.
1971: In Attica, New York, the four-day Attica Prison riot began. It ended with 39 dead, most killed by state troopers when they stormed the prison.
1976: Mao Zedong, Chinese communist leader died. He proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Beijing.
1991: Tajikstan declare independence from the Soviet Union.
1993: The "Palestine Liberation Organization" (as the terrorist organization was first named by its founders) officially recognized Israel as a legitimate state. "Palestine" is actually just a variant English pronunciation of "Philistine" (see Where Is Palestine?).