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We are living in a decaying and dying world, a world where disease and poverty is ravishing the people. Wars and rumors of war are the news of the day. We are living at the end of the age. This is the day God is revealing His Word to His people. This is also the Day of Overcoming and coming again into the image and likeness of our Creator.
After God created the earth and everything on the earth, He created man last as His ultimate and grandest creation. God created man to know only good, but man chose not to listen to God alone. They chose to also listen to the voice of the serpent. The serpent promised Eve if she would eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil she would be as God, knowing good and evil. Neither Eve nor Adam understood that they were already in the image and likeness of God. If they did not know evil they would not have to deal with evil. After they partook of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, God spoke:
"And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Genesis 3:22-23
Because man had obtained the mixed fruit of good and evil, he was put forth from the Garden of Eden. The word Eden means "pleasure". Because of his disobedience and rebellion to God's Word, man could no longer dwell in God's presence or pleasure. Because man had obtained the knowledge of good and evil, he not only lost his place in God, he also lost his eternal life.
Ever since the garden, man has had to learn the difference between good and evil. Man was no longer singular in his thinking. There was a constant battle going on between man's conscience and his soul. God has access to man through the conscience. Satan has access to man through the soul. When man is not obedient to his conscience, he does what the soul dictates. This is when sin is present in his life.
When man understands his predicament, then he can choose to deal with the evil and do the good. If he chooses the evil he continues his downward path until he is consumed in his lust, greed, and pride of life. The apostle James described those who refuse to deal with evil:
"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:8
Double minded men are unstable in all their ways. They are unstable in their physical walk because they are never satisfied with what they have, or what they have obtained. They are unstable in their Spiritual walk, never coming close to God or understanding His Word, His voice, or His direction.
We are given an example of this double mindedness in the Bible. Double mindedness is described as two nations. Isaac's wife Rebekah was going to give birth to twins. The twins were struggling together in her womb. When Rebekah inquired the meaning of this struggling, the Lord replied:
"...Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." Genesis 25:23
The womb represents the mind. The womb is where new life springs forth. God told Rebekah the twins represented two manners of people. We know Esau was born first, then Jacob. God informed Rebekah, the elder would serve the younger. Jacob represents the Godly man, and Esau represents the man of sin. Esau had no respect for his birthright in God. He sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. Therefore it was impossible for him to receive his father's blessings.
When Esau sold his birthright, his name was changed to Edom. The name Edom means "red". It has the same meaning as the word Adam which means "red earth". Edom had become as the apostle James described: earthly, sensual, and devilish, James 3:15.
Jacob was born second. Jacob's name was also changed. Jacob wrestled with God and would not let Him go until He blessed him. At daybreak, or when the light of God came, Jacob's name was changed to Israel which means "ruler with God". God told Jacob as a prince (the son of the King), "Thou hast power with God and with men, and hast prevailed (overcome)," Genesis 32:28.
God has given us insight into the two nations warring in the womb of our mind for the control of our life. This battle rages between the man of sin, the old, Adam nature, and the man of God, the new creation man who is struggling to come forth. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica about our struggle with the man of sin.
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him," II Thessalonians 2:1
The time period Paul is speaking of is the coming of the Lord, and our gathering together unto Him. This time period lies directly ahead of us. Then Paul continues:
"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." II Thessalonians 2:2
The phrase shaken in mind means "to be disturbed". We are not to be troubled.
Paul declared to the Thessalonians the day of Christ was not at hand when he sent this letter. We are living in the day when the day of Christ is at hand. Paul continues his revelation of the day of Christ:
"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;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." II Thessalonians 2:3-4
Paul proclaimed before the day of Christ comes, a great apostasy would come whereby many would fall away from the ways and things of God. The day of Christ is when the man of sin would be revealed in His people. It would be a time when the whole world would seem to fall away from the faith proclaimed by our fathers. It would be the time when religion will rule the church instead of the Spirit of God. It would be a day when God would bring forth His true church, not in the public meeting houses, but in the wilderness. This will be a people who only hear God's voice. We need to know the day Paul spoke of is NOW! It is TODAY!
God is revealing the man of sin which is resident in each of us. If we are to deal with the man of sin, we must first recognize who he is. The first question most will ask is, "Isn't the man of sin antichrist?" The answer is, Absolutely. The man of sin is certainly antichrist. The word anti means "against". The man of sin which dwells in each of us is against any changes Christ desires to bring in our life.
As Paul revealed, "The man of sin opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshiped as God". The word worshiped means "that which is religiously honored". Whatever we honour has taken preeminence in our life, and has become our God. We either honour the dictates of the man of sin, the old Adam nature, or we honour the desires and directions of the Holy Spirit anointing. As Paul proclaimed to the church at Rome:
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16
Paul makes it very clear, if we serve the man of sin in our life we can expect death, or we can be obedient to the Spirit of Christ and live. Paul continues his declaration:
"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 6:18
When we become free from sin, and have dealt with the old sin nature (the man of sin), we become servants of righteousness. Those who are servants of righteousness no longer serve the old, Adam nature.
Paul related, "The man of sin sitteth in the temple of God. . .". The word sitteth means "to have fixed one's abode". As long as we allow the man of sin to sit in our temple he has a fixed abode there. God has only one temple He honors today, and that is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Paul related to the church at Corinth:
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Corinthians 3:16
Paul stated, "Know ye not. . . ?" All who call themselves by God's holy name should know they are the temple of the living God. Most declare this, and yet they do as they please in God's temple, and with God's temple. Paul continued his revelation to the church at Corinth:
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" I Corinthians 6:19
Again Paul states something all believers should know. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, and yet many today are still looking for a grandiose temple to be built in what is called the Holy Land. We need to Spiritually discern that God's people are His temple, and the Holy Land is where His true worshipers dwell.
Paul declared, "The man of sin sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God. . ." II Thessalonians 2:4. Until this man of sin is dealt with, he will continue sitting in God's temple, and declaring he is the god of that temple. As Jacob, we must wrestle with God until He changes our name to Israel, and we become one of those who have power with God and man. We too must prevail and overcome the man of sin.
The man of sin is called the son of perdition. The word perdition means "destruction, waste, and to perish". If we do not deal with the man of sin sitting in God's temple, he will bring destruction, waste, and we will suffer the loss of eternal life. Peter used this same Greek word APOLEIA (translated perdition) to warn God's people to change their direction:
"And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." II Peter 2:2
The word pernicious is the same Greek word as perdition (APOLEIA). Peter declared that many shall follow their destructive and wasteful ways. These will speak evil of the way of truth.
Those who have not dealt with the man of sin will justify their unjust ways. When confronted with the truth, they simply shrug it off by saying, "God knows I am but flesh, and He accepts the things I do and the way I think". God knew His creation was flesh. This is why He sent Jesus as our example to show us His overcoming ways. Jesus had the same desires in the flesh as we have, yet He sinned not. Why? Because He overcame every temptation of the flesh. He gives us this same power to overcome the flesh and our fleshly desires. God gives us His promise:
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13
We can act upon God's promise and escape the temptation, or we can choose to submit to the man of sin and justify our actions by saying these temptations are common to man and everyone is doing it.
God revealed that the man of sin will bring forth death. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22
If we remain in Adam, or the old Adam nature, obeying the man of sin, we will die. Perhaps not physically, but Spiritually. Only in Christ can we be made alive . As long as we allow the man of sin to sit in the temple of God, he will oppose and exalt himself against everything God is trying to do in our life.
Is not God more powerful than this man of sin? Absolutely! But as long as we yield ourselves to the dictates of the man of sin, we render God helpless in our lives. It is only when we yield to the power God has given us to overcome, that the Holy Spirit can begin to change us. As long as we yield to the man of sin he is sitting on the throne in our temple. Two kings cannot occupy the same throne. As Jesus declared:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24
We cannot serve two masters. We must choose the master we are going to serve. If we do not hate the man of sin in our life, then we will serve him. If our love for God is not the controlling factor in our life, then we will serve mammon, the things, and riches of this life.
When the two nations were struggling in Rebekah's womb, God's word to her was, "The elder shall serve the younger". The elder man in our life is the man of sin. We were born with him. The man who was to come forth in our life afterwards was Jesus. And it was Jesus who, through total obedience, brought forth Christ Jesus who is the anointing in our life. The man of sin must be brought under total subjection of the Holy Spirit anointing. The Holy Spirit will bring forth the new man who has won the struggle with the man of sin. Paul revealed this new man:
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:" Colossians 3:10
This new man God is bringing forth in the earth will be renewed in the knowledge of God. When our knowledge of God is renewed we will come again into the image of God our Creator. Paul also revealed this new man to the church at Ephesus:
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24
This new man God is creating will be created in righteousness and true holiness. The old Adam nature, the man of sin must be brought under subjection to this new created man. The elder must serve the younger.
Paul continued his revelation to the church at Thessalonica concerning the man of sin:
"Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time." II Thessalonians 2:5-6
Paul reminded the Thessalonians he had told them how the man of sin, or the old sin nature was hindering their walk in God. Paul related, "Now ye know what withholdeth". The word withholdeth means "to hinder the course of progress". What is hindering our course of progress? It is the man of sin in our life.
Paul states, ". . .that he might be revealed in his time". Who is he that will be revealed in his time? He is the man of sin. We must recognize the man of sin in our life and allow the Holy Spirit to change our mind. When our mind changes we no longer desire the things that gratify the flesh. We desire the things pleasing to our God. Paul explained this as he continued to reveal the man of sin:
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." II Thessalonians 2:7
Paul explains, "The mystery of iniquity doth already work. . .". This statement reveals this is not some future happening. The mystery of iniquity was already at work when Paul wrote this letter. The word mystery means "to be hidden". The word iniquity means "lowliness". This man of sin is kept hidden because we believe the actions of this man of sin in our life is natural. We tend to think it is our nature and our makeup. This is why we do the things we do and think the things we think. Paul understood this because he also had problems with the old man of sin. Paul cried out in his letter to the church at Rome:
"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." Romans 7:15-17
When Paul wrote to the church at Rome, he was still struggling with the man of sin in his life. The mystery of lawlessness was still at work. Paul said even the things he would not allow himself to do, that was what he was doing. Paul even did the things he hated. Paul hated to see others doing the same things he did. Paul explained to the church at Rome it was the sin nature dwelling in him that made him do these things. The mystery of iniquity was being revealed in Paul's life.
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." Romans 7:18
Paul was struggling with these two nations in his mind. Paul knew no good thing was resident in his flesh. Paul was searching for the way of righteousness within himself. Paul knew God was trying to give him direction. He stated, "For to will is present. . .". God's will was present in Paul's life, but to perform God's will Paul said, ". . . I find not".
Many today, as Paul, desire to do God's will, but they do not know how. God's will is resident in each of us. It is called our conscience. We know to do good, but we do not know how to perform it. There are too many distractions in our life to seek God for His perfect will.
Paul continued his explanation of his dilemma:
"Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." Romans 7:20
Paul knew the man of sin was very strong in his life. He also realized he could not overcome the man of sin without the help of the Holy Spirit. When we submit to the Holy Spirit, we can overcome. It is God's desire that we do overcome, and He will be there to help us in every way.
Paul continues his declaration:
"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." Romans 7:22-23
Paul delighted in, and wanted to do the law of God, but iniquity was present in his life. The man of sin had to be overcome before Paul could overcome iniquity in his members.
Many have put off this battle with the man of sin because they are looking for the great antichrist to appear. Then they can battle him in the flesh. But our battle with the man of sin is spiritual. We must submit to the Holy Spirit and His direction if we are to be successful in this battle.
Paul cried out to God:
"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:24
The word wretched means "enduring toils and troubles". Paul was enduring God's overcoming process. Paul knew his mortal body was demanding to be served. He also knew the new man was struggling to come forth. Paul continued:
"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Romans 7:25
Paul was serving God with his mind. This was his desire. But he was still battling to bring his flesh and his desires under the control of the Holy Spirit. This battle rages in each life until the man of sin is dealt with and overcome.
Paul discloses, ". . . only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. . ." II Thessalonians 2:7. The word letteth is the same Greek word translated "withholdeth" in Thessalonians 2:6. It means "to hinder the cause of progress". The man of sin will hinder our course of progress in coming into the image and likeness of our Creator. The man of sin must be taken out of the way, removed, dealt with, put down, and overcome - - - however we choose to describe our victory.
Paul continued his explanation of the man of sin to the church at Thessalonica:
"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:" II Thessalonians 2:8
The revealing of the wicked is when our old beast nature, the man of sin, is recognized for what it is. The word wicked means "departing from the law". The word ANOMOS was only translated wicked twice. It was also translated "without law, transgressor, lawlessness, and unlawful". We must come to the realization it is the old man of sin which keeps us from doing the law of God. This lawlessness is displayed as indifference, rebellion, unbelief, and lustful desires.
Paul reveals, ". . .the Lord will consume the old man with the spirit of His mouth." The word mouth means "the edge of His sword", or the Lord will consume the man of sin by the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. We must use this sword if we are to overcome the man of sin. The only way possible to know how God wants us to live and progress in His kingdom is by reading, studying, and then acting upon His Word. Paul gave Timothy these overcoming instructions:
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15
We need to study God's Word to show ourselves approved and usefull workmen unto God. We are laborers in the field. We do not need to be ashamed if we are living our life by the book of directions God has given us to live by. When we live by God's Word we will not only be an example to others, we will be acceptable in the eyes of our Creator.
We are to rightly divide the Word of truth. The word divide means "to cut straight and to proceed on a straight path". This means we must allow the Spirit of truth to be our guide through God's Word. We are not to try to line up His Word with the precepts and doctrines of men. Many try to understand God's Word through commentaries. We must remember the writers of commentaries only walked in the light God had given them at that point in history.
God is shining His glorious light on His Word today as never before. We need to walk in the light He is giving us today. We cannot survive, walking in someone else's light or revelation. We need to seek God for His revelation in our life. If we do this, the imparted Word will bring new light and life in our being, and the old man of sin will no longer have a place to hide. He will be exposed, and as Paul related the man of sin will be destroyed by the brightness of the coming of God's revealed truths in our life.
There are decisions we all must make in our walk. We will either walk in the righteousness of God or we will yield to the desires of the flesh. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield your-selves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:13
As Paul proclaims, if we yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness, then we are walking in sin, or giving in to the man of sin. Paul promises if we yield ourselves to God, we will be those who are alive from the dead. The original text reads, ". . . those that are alive from among the dead". [see Berry's Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, p. 13]
Those who have dealt with the man of sin and walk in righteousness are those Paul spoke of as being risen from among the dead. Jesus revealed this as the first resurrection to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
The second death has no power on those who have dealt with the man of sin. They will be priests of God who will rule and reign with Him one thousand years. Paul also spoke of those who have risen from among the dead:
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14
When we arise from among the dead we will walk in the light of Christ. Once we allow the new creation man to come forth, we will no longer dwell in death, but will walk in newness of life. The dead around us are those who refuse to deal with the man of sin. Paul further revealed to the church at Ephesus:
"Even when we were dead in our sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:5-6
When we have dealt with the man of sin we are quickened (made alive) with Christ. We are no longer dwelling in death. We have God's promise He will raise us up and we will sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. It is God's determination to have a people who will walk in His will and His way. These will be a mighty people who will rule and reign with Him in His Spiritual realm.
Paul continued his revelation of the man of sin to the church at Thessalonians:
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." II Thessalonians 2:10
Those who will not receive the truth and recognize the man of sin as their old, lustful nature will perish. Those who lust after everything they see and the things that satisfy their fleshly desires will perish. Many also lust after their own accomplishments. As the beloved John wrote:
". . . the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:16
As long as we lust after the things of the flesh and this world, we are not pleasing in the eyes of the Father.
Paul also declared, ". . . they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved." Today many are proclaiming to be saved. They believe they are saved because they repeat a few words after the preacher. When these few words are repeated the announcement is made, "YOU ARE SAVED!"
The word saved is the Greek word SOZO and is used 111 times in the New Testament, 94 times as save or saved, 9 times it is translated to make whole, 3 times to heal, and 2 times to be whole. The meaning of the word SOZO is "to save, to keep safe and sound, to rescue from dangers or destruction, to save a suffering one, to heal one suffering from a disease, to restore to health, and to preserve one who is in danger of destruction". The word saved does not mean we have come all the way and have entered into God's perfect grace. Being saved means we have entered into God's protection where the healing and restoring process begins. Being saved does not mean we have arrived. It means we have only begun God's restoration process. Being saved is the beginning of God's plan of salvation. [see "Three Fold Salvation" by G. Kirkpatrick]
God's salvation plan is a progressive plan. One of the first steps in God's progressive plan is recognizing the man of sin, and begin to deal with him so we can be restored to our rightful place in Christ. Everyone going into the Kingdom must deal with the man of sin if they are to be raised from their death state and be renewed into the image and likeness of the Creator.
Paul continued his warning to the Thessalonians:
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" II Thessalonians 2:11
God will send among those who obey not the truth strong delusion, and the people will believe a lie. The word strong means "working". Those who believe the lies coming forth from the church system have delusions working in their lives.
Many lies have entered into the church. These deceptive lies have become church doctrine. The word delusion means "deceit, to stray away, and to be led into error". This is what the precepts and doctrines of the religious system has done to God's people.
There are many strong delusions taught in the church today. A few of these are, "Once Saved, Always Saved; the Rapture; Ultimate Reconciliation; the Identity Movement; The Way; No Judgment; New Age; and the Prosperity Message". The apostle Peter warned against these strong delusions:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." II Peter 2:1
Peter called these purveyors of strong delusions, false prophets. Many pastors standing in the pulpit warn the people to beware of false prophets. Yet they proclaim these damnable heresies as truths. When they proclaim these damnable heresies as truths, they are denying the Lord who purchased them with His blood. When they tell the people they cannot lose their salvation, they are surrounding them with false security. When they teach a rapture, they are giving the people false hope. When they teach all will be saved, they are giving the people a false vision. When they teach the people only the Caucasian (white people) will be saved, they deny God as the Creator of all mankind. When they teach the people there will be no judgment, they are giving them an excuse not to prepare. The New Age teaches man is the center of his will, that there is no sin unless you believe it is sin. These have replaced God with self. The prosperity teaching has deluded God's people more than any false teaching. It is one of the greatest of the strong delusions. The beloved John wrote:
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." III John 1:2
Today God's people believe if they are prospering, it is a blessing from God. If they get a better job, a bigger house, a newer car, then they are being blessed by God. When in reality, many times these are the things that draw them away from God. We must realize if these are the things we desire most, God will allow us to have them. God knows our heart, and if our total desire is not toward Him, then He will allow us to have our desire. The Palmist wrote of Israel when they were in the wilderness experience:
"And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." Psalm 106:15
God may give us our request, but He will send leanness into our soul. Many times we, too, trek through our wilderness experience searching for and seeking the things of God yet desiring the things of the flesh. Too often we are willing to settle for a full wallet, a full belly, and a full tank of gas. The only problem is our soul is impoverished before God. We need to ask, "Have we chosen to believe a lie, giving the man of sin total dominion in our lives?"
God is bringing to the forefront the most important question we may have to answer, "Are we desiring the things of this life more than we are a relationship with Him?"
Paul continues his revelation to the church at Thessalonica:
"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:12
Those who do not believe the truth of the Word of God are destined to be damned. The word damned means "to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong, and to be judged". Those who denounce the truth will be judged by God's Word. Those who have pleasure in unrighteousness and fail to deal with the man of sin will suffer God's wrath. Jesus explained what would become of those who do not believe the truth of God's Word:
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11-12
It is the children of the kingdom who will be cast into outer darkness. This is not hell as many have been taught. This is the wrath of God. God's wrath will be poured out on all unrighteousness. Those who fail to deal with the man of sin are still dwelling in unrighteousness. Most of these depend on their self-righteousness to stand in the presence of God. Isaiah the prophet proclaimed our self righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God, Isaiah 64:6.
We should ask ourselves, "How did man get in this dilemma?" To understand this we must go back to the beginning. After man sinned in the garden, God's Holy Spirit covering departed from man, and they found themselves naked.
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Genesis 3:21
When the Holy Spirit left man, God clothed him with the skins of beasts, or He gave man a beast nature. Today we call this the survival of the fittest. When man sinned, his survival was no longer dependent totally upon God, but the beast man began to devise ways to protect himself. Weapons of all sorts were developed: stone clubs, later knives, bows and arrows. Then gun powder was discovered. Guns of all sizes were developed. Dynamite, TNT, and the devastating atomic and hydrogen bombs followed. Man's weapons were no longer defensive, but had become offensive weapons. In our modern day man has created biological and chemical weapons able to cause mass destruction and destroy every living creature on earth. Man has truly taken the place of God, or at least they believe they have. Truly the man of sin is sitting in the temple of God proclaiming himself to be God.
Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, revealed the lustful condition the people would be in just before God sets up His Kingdom on the earth:
"But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;" II Peter 2:10-12
Those who have not dealt with the man of sin walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. Their lives are polluted with the things of the world. Their robes of righteousness are spotted by the flesh, Jude verse 23. These despise any form of authority and refuse to submit to anyone or anything. Their motto is "If it feels good, do it!" These are presumptious and self-willed.
Since they refuse to be in subjection, they listen to no one, doing only what they desire. They care less who agrees or disagrees with them. They speak evil of dignities. The word dignities was translated 155 times as the word glory. These speak evil of God's glory. These have no respect for God, the things of God, or God's people. The old sin nature has so overtaken them, they have no fear of God. We see this in our government, our court systems, and people in general.
Peter continues, " . . . these as natural brute beasts are made to be taken and destroyed. . ." . The word destroyed means "being morally debase". Those who refuse to deal with the man of sin will perish in their corruption. There will be no eternal life for those who refuse to deal with their beast nature. Peter continues:
"And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you." II Peter 2:13
Those who refuse to recognize the man of sin will receive the reward of unrighteousness because they count it pleasure to riot in the daytime. The word riot means "to be feeble in mind and body because of indulgence". It means "softness because of luxurious living". This truly describes the majority of those who call themselves by God's name in the United States. These are spots and blemishes upon God's good name.
"Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:" II Peter 2:14
Today adultery is not mentioned in the church because they would lose much of their congregation. Those who refuse to recognize and deal with the man of sin are unstable souls who cannot cease from sin. Peter calls these cursed children. Peter continues:
"Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness:" II Peter 2:15
Peter compared those who have not dealt with the man of sin with Balaam. The Old Testament tells us Balaam was hired by Balak to curse Israel. Every time Balaam spoke, he blessed Israel. Nevertheless, because he did not stand clean before God, he caused Israel to sin. Jesus disclosed this sin to John on the Isle of Patmos. To the church at Pergomos, Jesus writes:
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols and to commit fornication." Revelation 2:14
Balac enticed Israel to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. Those who have not dealt with the man of sin love the ways of unrighteousness. The apostle Jude also spoke of those who have not dealt with the brute beast nature:
"But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." Jude verse 10
Those who are still dwelling in their old fleshly nature speak of things of which they have no knowledge. They justify themselves in the things of God by believing the lies coming forth from their denominational orders, instead of seeking God for themselves through the truth of God's Word. When they operate in the precepts and doctrines of man they corrupt themselves. Jude cries out:
"Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core." Jude verse 11
The word WOE is one of the most disturbing words in the Bible. It is an expression of grief. Jude addressed those who have gone in the way of Cain. Cain offered the works of his hands as a sacrifice before God. Today many who are called by Christ's name still believe they can please God by what they can accomplish in themselves. The works of our hands today do not satisfy the body, soul, or spirit. Those who have gone the way of Cain have sold out to simple pleasures that produce no Spiritual growth and have no lasting effect.
Jude also stated those who have the man of sin on the throne of their temple run greedily after the error of Balaam. The word greedily means "to pour out or to go all out". As stated before Balaam taught Israel to greedily partake of the things offered to idols and commit fornication.
Adultery and fornication run rampant in the church, and in its youth. They simply call it being "sexually active". Those who are sexually active are called whores and whoremongers in the Bible. Labeling this sin - - - being sexually active - - - sounds better and is more palatable then calling them fornicators. The same is true when homosexuality is glossed over by calling them "gay". Another modern phrase used for homosexuality is they are "exercising their alternate life style". That sounds better than saying they are flaunting their sin in God's face. Those who run greedily after their sexual sin will perish. God will not be mocked. His ways and His truths are the only ways acceptable in His sight.
Jude states those who run greedily after the error of Balaam do this for reward. The word reward means wages. As Paul wrote to the Romans, ". . . the wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23. The reward or wages of those who run greedily after the error of Balaam is death.
Jude also warns these will perish in the gainsaying of Core. Jude was speaking of Korah who rebelled against God's true leadership in the wilderness. The word gainsaying means "strife, opposition, and rebellion". Those who refuse to deal with the old man of sin will suffer the same fate as Korah. When Korah rebelled against Moses and Aaron. . .
". . . the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congretation." Numbers 16:31b- 33
Those who rebel against God's appointed leadership will perish as Korah. They will be swallowed up by their own earth (their flesh). Their flesh will drag them down into their pit of destruction and they will perish both physically and spiritually.
Jude continues his exhortation to those who have not overcome their old brute beast nature:
"These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;" Jude verse 12
These are spots in your feasts of love when they feast with you. Those who remain in their old sin nature have become comfortable in our midst. They have no fear of judgment or retribution. Jude describes these very vividly as clouds without water. Clouds represent glory. Their glory has dried up. They cannot stand in the presence of God because they are empty of God's glory. Jude discloses these are carried about these winds. Jude was declaring these are those who are carried about by every wind of doctrine. Every new teaching or idea that comes along blows them this way and that because they have no foundation in truth (the Word of God).
Jude declares these are trees whose fruit is withered - - - or bear no fruit. Jude is speaking here of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, righteousness, lowliness, and patience. These fruit are withered (dried up), no longer evident in their life.
Jude called them "twice dead". Not only are they dead, but their seed is dead because they refuse to deal with the man of sin. They pass their death onto their children. They are twice dead. Not only are they dead, but they have killed their posterity. They are plucked up by the roots. There will be no continuation of their life.
Jude concluded his warning to those who refuse to deal with the man of sin:
"Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever." Jude verse 13
These have become raging waves of the sea. The sea represents the mass of humanity. The word raging means "wild, untamed, morally debase." The word waves means "restless, unsettled, tossed to and fro." These are those James called double minded.
James gives us the solution to this problem:
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8
Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts, and you will be healed of your double mindedness.
Jude states these double minded foam out their own shame. Those who will not act upon God's Word and change their minds and ways are wondering stars. Jude states, ". . .the blackness of darkness is reserved for them."
God has made the future for those who will not deal with the man of sin plain in His Word. Do not look for the man of sin in some future time. Look inside! He is dwelling with you today.
Yes, the man of sin is the antichrist. Every thought and emotion that does not line up with the Word of God is antichrist. As John declared:
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." I John 2:18
Those who allow the man of sin to rule their lives are antichrist. These need to not only recognize the man of sin, but deal with him and allow the new creation man to come forth. This is the inner man of the heart who is controlled by God's conscience. We are in the last time. Today is the day of your salvation. God is bringing forth His new creation man. These are the overcomers. Jesus gave us insight into His plans for the overcomers:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
It is the overcomer who will inherit all things. It is the overcomer who will be His manifested sons. The overcomers are those who have made Him the God of their lives. It is God who occupies the throne of their temple. These are those who will inherit all things because they have Him as their God. God has searched for this people since the Garden of Eden, and He will bring them forth in our day. Praise God!
For Further Discussion
The Double Minded Man
The Two Nations of the Mind
Jacob and Israel
The Adam nature
The Man of Sin
The Mystery of Iniquity
The Battle Within Each of Our Lives
Instruments of Righteousness
Prosperity, Yet Leanness
The Natural Brute Beast
The Sin of Balaam
The Gainsaying of Korah
The Salvation Process
1.In Genesis 25:23 the Lord said to Rebekah, "Two nations are in thy womb". In this passage what does the womb represent? P 3
2.In Genesis 25:23 it goes on to say, "And two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." Who are these two people, and what do they represent? P 3
3.What does the name Israel mean? P 3
4.There are two nations warring in the womb of our mind for the control of our lives. What two natures are battling in our mind? P 4
5.What is being revealed that is resident in each of us? P 5
6.Christ desires to bring change in our lives. Who is against these changes in our lives that Christ desires to bring? P 5
7.Explain the answer to the following question: "Isn't the man of sin antichrist"? P 5
8.If we do not deal with the man of sin sitting in God's temple, what will this man of sin cause to happen in our lives? P 7
9.What is it that God has placed in each of us that gives us direction towards His will? P 12
10.According to Romans 7:29, if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it. What is dwelling in us that causes us to do what we don't want to do? P 12
11.How can we overcome the man of sin? P 10
12.Who will hinder our course of progress in coming into the image and likeness of our Creator? P 11
13.Who in our lives must be removed, dealt with, put down, and overcome? P 14
14.What is it that the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming? P 16
15.The word mouth means "the edge of His sword". The Lord will consume the man of sin by the sword of the Spirit. What is the sword of the Spirit? P 15
16.The only way possible to know how God wants us to live and progress in His Kingdom is to do what? P 15
17.In John 2:16, what is not of the Father, but is of the world? P 18
18.Jesus had the same desires in the flesh as we have, yet He sinned not. Why? P 8
19.The word saved does not mean we have come all the way, and have entered into God's perfect grace. Being saved means . . . P 19
20.In Philippians 1:6 we have great confidence and security in God's promises to us. Look at this Scripture in your Bible, and write out what it says.