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2Thessalonians 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: 9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 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. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Since one quarter of mankind follows a violent, imperialistic, murderous, truth censoring, counter-Gospel, antichrist, anti-religion, with a scripture-contrary, history-devoid, archaeology-bankrupt, reality-rejecting, geographically-impossible so-called "tradition" - that masquerades as thousands of years of pre-Muhammad history that was all created and put to the pen in the 7th to 10th centuries AD without reference to any actual historical record that preceded the 6th century AD - it certainly qualifies as being a "strong delusion" as described in the above verses. Indeed right down to the specifics of Muhammad's followers "denying the Lord that bought them" and the price He paid through His precious shed blood:
2 Peter 2:1 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.
Let alone that they blaspheme the Son of God and His crucifixion and shed blood, and reject God's gift of grace, as articles of their faith in the false prophet Muhammad alone.
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Believing themselves to be saved by their own works rather than by the grace of God.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Islam is a stand-alone antichrist cult, founded on the 23 year record of the recitations of unwitnessed "revelations", of a seventh century SW Arabian desert dwelling illiterate "messenger", who commanded his followers to fight and subjugate Christians and Jews, while proclaiming God's people to be the ones that are deluded from the truth:
Surah 9.29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. 30 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the Son of God. That is a saying from their mouth; (In this) they but imitate what the Unbelievers of old used to say. God's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
Quran Surah 19:88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!" 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
2John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
With one quarter of mankind following the false prophet Muhammad, who was as opposite to Jesus Christ, as Islam is to the Gospel - indeed as the negative is to a photograph - that through the traditional historicist approach one has to wonder if Muhammad might not be the:
9. [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
While the bracketed "even him" is added as a translation helper word, and doesn't occur in the Koine Greek, the verse works just as well for Muhammad's followers and his Islamic kingdom "beast" as being the "whose" coming is after the working of Satan", "whose" "messenger" commanded them to conquer all kingdoms and subjugate all people in the world, to denying the Son of God and DISbelieving His crucifixion thereby rejecting His shed blood.
Check Strong's for the Greek term "se-meion" translated as "signs" in that verse:
1. a sign, mark, token
A. that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known
Who could deny that Muhammad is known for his Quran and has been distinguished from others by it for 1400 years?! For heaven's sake, for a Muslim to confess that Jesus is the Son of God, or even to pray in Jesus' name constitutes the single most "heinous" and only unforgivable sin ("shirk") in Islam, as opposed to child rape or cold-blooded mass-murder for example, which may be forgiven. For more on shirk in Muhammad's followers own words please click here.
There are only two sides. Good and evil. Right and wrong. God's side and Satan's side.
Could this passage be applicable to more? (URL)
Does this passage apply only to Muhammad and his follower's strong delusion, or could the subject be broader? What happens prior to "And then....." of verse 2:8 which would seem to segregate that as a separate subject within the same period? Before the "wicked" of Islam was revealed as the Islamic kingdom "beast" was healed by western wealth transferred, an apostasy was prophesied with "that man of sin" being revealed. Rather than repeating content covered on other sites links to this site and companion sites are installed within the text:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, 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. 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; 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. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.
While it is a horrifying thought, could "strong delusion" perhaps apply in part to the institutional "church"? Even as 1/4 of mankind in the world today is filled with complete resolve to DISbelieve the whole subject of the Gospel and blaspheme the Son of God as articles of faith in the false prophet Muhammad, the church stubbornly continues on in the pop-approaches to prophecy of futurism and preterism, both of which necessarily preclude even considering that Muhammad could be the false prophet of Revelation 13.
How friendly is Jesus toward religious pluralism and ecumenism in the "church", and playing fast and loose with Islam including in a declaration by the Vatican Council, which would only encourage those poor deluded followers of Muhammad to remain on the antichrist path the false prophet Muhammad has them on?
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, The Second Vatican Council, Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI, October 28, 1965:
"3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself, merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth (5), who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees...."
What?!! Islam is perfectly and directly opposed to the Gospel. Please visit FalseProphetMuhammad.com to explore this transparently preposterous suggestion in more detail. The declaration is broken down line by line on the prior page. Following is a picture of the pope kissing a Quran, the book that denies the crucifixion of Christ and blasphemes the Son of God.
What about the part of the church that is anti-Zionist, which also generally happens to be the liberal part of the church that has ignored church ordinances for a half century or so, and is usually also partial preterist and supersessionist? Does anybody really imagine that it took 1950 years for the "church" to somehow get "smart" enough to ordain women and homosexuals? Took 1950 years for women to become holy enough to cast aside their head coverings? There is a free online book "Demons in the Church" by Ellis Skolfield available at this link regarding church ordinances and the possible result of the modern "church" having abandoned them.
In what seems to be a separate part of this passage in Thessalonians, explored on the prior page, where does that "man of sin" "sitteth"? He sitteth in the "temple of God". Could the church have been so blinded by the eschatologies of preterism and futurism, that began to come into vogue in the 19th century, that it can't even see to look, for that "man of sin" to perhaps to be seated among us? Right there within the body of Christ - the temple of God?
What kind of company has anti-Zionism joined that portion of the church with?
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