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Question: How will the Antichrist make his appearance, or entrance being cast from Heaven in your opinion? By what means? And what possible deceptive portrayal that is being indoctrinated today by Hollywood, television and pseudo science?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Todd. We may have touched on this in the comments section sometime ago, but let me try to address this here a bit more in-depth.
Satan is the AntiChrist and as we know, Satan and his angels are cast from Heaven to earth by Michael and his angels (Revelation 12:7-9). The specifics as to how they appear is not given to us in the scriptures, other than they will appear on earth in Jerusalem, naturally imitating Christ’s appearance. In Chapter 6 of “The Timeline of the Tribulation” we go into detail describing how the people of the earth worship Satan upon his appearance, so we know without a doubt it will be a grand appearance. One the entire world will be aware of.
Remember, Satan is coming to earth to claim to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-9). We should understand the “Anti” in “Antichrist” means “instead” (Strong’s word: 500 from the base of 473). Satan is the “Instead of Christ,” simply meaning Satan will appear in the place of Jesus Christ. So how then does our Lord and Savior appear?
27 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Everyone knows the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Christ’s appearance will be known and understood in this fashion and this is why the inhabitants of the earth will wish for the rocks and mountains to fall on them, they will realize in that moment they were deceived by the “instead of Christ,” (Revelation 6:16). We can then surmise that Satan’s appearance will also be “as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west“. This is why the entire world worships him, except for those with the Seal of God.
Now for the second part of your question.
While I know you are referencing Hollywood alien tv shows and the like from your past comments, no I do not believe Satan will appear on earth claiming to be anything other than God. Scripture documents this for us, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9 make it extremely clear, it is Satan who will appear on earth claiming to be God.
Does Satan need a means of travel? I do not think we can answer that with certainty so I would leave open the thought of him using some means of travel. With that said, I certainly believe aircraft are described in God’s Word and this is a study we will put together in the future. I am not talking about non-existent sci-fi space aliens, I am talking about aircraft from our Father’s Kingdom. His technology is far, far superior to ours. Far too often when we envision our Father’s and His Kingdom we think about puffy clouds and harps with Angels wearing white gowns. That is man’s vision, not God’s. Do you realize “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9). What a fantastic promise and it is one I think we need to be reminded of.
We are now going to turn our Bible to Ezekiel 1 where I believe Ezekiel is describing one of these aircraft. Our readers should keep in mind the book of Ezekiel was written well over 2,500 years ago and the only moveable object he had ever seen was a wagon while the only movable objects in the sky were basically birds and clouds.
4 “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.”
Now get yourself a pencil and a piece of paper and I want you to draw out what is being described to us by Ezekiel.
He sees a “whirlwind” which he described as a “cloud” and it has a fire infolding within itself. Now I do not know about you, but I have never seen a cloud that had fire. This word “colour” is Strong’s word H5869 and it does not mean color in the sense of orange and black. Rather one of the meanings is, “outward appearance“. The next word we are going to look at is “amber” which is Strong’s word H2830 and it means, “bronze or polished spectrum metal“. Metal and fire in a cloud? Not one I have ever seen.
Ezekiel has described to us a “whirlwind“, a cloud that had a fire infolding in itself which was bright and had an “outward appearance” of “polished metal“. Ezekiel goes on to describe many other elements of this object that indicate landing gear and how it can move around without looking where it goes. Think about a horse, you pull the reigns this way or that way to make the horse move either way. The aircraft Ezekiel saw “turned not when they went,” meaning it just went whichever direction it needed to go (Ezekiel 1:9).
I do not believe Ezekiel was describing a cloud to us in the least. Clouds do not have an “outward appearance” of “polished metal“, but aircraft do. Clouds do not have fire, but aircraft propulsion systems do.
On a final note, we should recall how Elijah was taken from earth to Heaven. By a “whirlwind” (Strong’s word: H5591) which means “hurricane“. The sound of the “whirlwind” probably sounded like a hurricane and was the best explanation the ancient prophets could provide us with for what they were witnessing.
Question: I am trying to find out if it is a sin, if I live with a life partner which this is a nonsexual relationship. We have separate bedrooms. It make it an easier financial situation for the two of us. I will await your advice on what the scriptures reveals for my answer. Thank you and God Bless.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Mary thank you for the question. It is not a sin for two people to live in the same house. People have been doing that for thousands of years to survive and make it financially. These are difficult times for many people, we have to do what we can to make it.
I do want to point out 1 Thessalonians 4:3 which tells us, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.”
“Fornication” is “harlotry” which is sexual immorality and we are to “abstain” from this which means “keep away” (Strong’s word: 567 from the base of 568). When a man and woman live together there is certainly the temptation for a sexual act to take place. Men have a tough time with this. Just keep this in mind in case the conditions of your living situation start to change.
I did want to point out the term “life partner” is typically used by the homosexual crowd to identify their partner. Because of that, I do want to point out homosexual acts are sins against our Father, they are not okay, that life style is not okay and we documented that in depth here.
Question: My question is if someone is biracial (Hispanic and white) or even multiracial can you still make a stand for God during the tribulation? Could someone be considered a king or queen of the ethnos with an interracial background? I’m not sure if there is any scripture pertaining to this situation. I have a much better understanding of Deuteronomy 23:2 now, but this question still sits heavy on my heart. Thank you so much for your time and help with this question.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Jessica. Absolutely and I believe Revelation 7:9 documents that for us.
9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”
After what? After the Tribulation of Satan John saw “a great multitude which no man could number” of all the races of the earth stand right before God. I have no doubt that some of these people from the nations also made a stand for God during the Tribulation.
In the prior verses we see there are 144,000 from the Twelve Tribes of Israel who are Sealed with our Father’s Word. Remember, the Bible is about Adam and his family and those his family encountered down through the years, so we are not given specific information about the other peoples of the earth. Nevertheless, it seems apparent to me, that some of the Ethnos will stand for God during the Tribulation in addition to the Twelve Tribes of Israel. This does not mean everyone is going to stand before Satan, not even the 144,000. There simply would not be enough time for that to happen, the delivering up will be before councils, kings and rulers in addition to Satan while some will make a stand in other fashions (Mark 13:9).
On another level, if you understand The First Earth Age then you know we all existed at that time in our true bodies which are our spiritual bodies that never get sick, old or die. The point is, God created us how He wanted us at that time and if it were not for Satan’s Rebellion we would still have that appearance and I believe He will return us to that semblance once again.
I know you said you have an understanding of Deuteronomy 23:2, but I do not know what that understanding is so we are going to cover this as well. Please turn your Bible with me to,
2 “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.”
This word “bastard” is Strong’s word H4464 and it means,
From an unused root mian. to alienate; a mongrel, that is, born of a Jewish father and a heathen mother: – bastard.
We have been given two conditions here. The word “jew” can mean someone from the blood line of the Tribe of Judah or it can simply mean a resident of Judah. Let me give you an example. I am German and English, but I was born and live in the United States so I am known as an American even though I am German by lineage. Understanding that, this is how Satan’s children call themselves “jews and are not, but do lie” as Christ told us in Revelation 2:9; 3:9 and we have a study on this titled, “The Synagogue of Satan: Those Who Claim To Be Judah But Do Lie“.
I believe the word “jewish” here is a reference to Satan’s offspring and this “bastard” would be their offspring with a “heathen mother“. A child of Satan surely is not fit to serve in the house of our Father especially with a “heathen,” that is a double whammy. God is simply saying until Satan’s blood has been washed out through several generations, they cannot serve in His House. Truth be told our Father does not want any of the races to mix with Satan’s children though they all have I am sure. I do want to add Salvation is open to everyone, even a child of Satan. Salvation is for “whomsoever will” (Revelation 22:17).
Now for the second condition. What is a “heathen”, someone of a different race? No. A “heathen” or “Gentile” is a worshiper of false gods, we are talking about a non-believer. Even if we took this word “jew” to mean someone from the True Tribe of Judah here they are not to mix with “heathens” which are non-believers. This is nothing new, please turn your Bible with me to,
1 Kings 11:2
2 “Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.”
God told the Israelites, which would include the Tribe of Judah not to mix with the sons and daughters of the other nations for what reason? “For surely they will turn away your heart after their gods“. Our Father was concerned with His People turning away from Him and accepting the “heathen’s” false gods and they certainly did that as they did not follow His Instruction. God does not damn or place individuals to a lower degree based on the color of their skin or their ethnicity. But our Father does Judge by the actions of the soul (individual) and He places them into each individual. Our Father has told us, “there is one kind of flesh of men,” (1 Corinthians 15:39). We are all one kind, though we all have different outwardly appearances. We also know our Father is “not a respecter of persons” (Romans 2:11). The point here Jessica is that it is men who look at the color of the flesh while our Father looks at our spirit.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Christ breaks down any barriers we may think exist and when we believe in Him we become grafted into that olive tree, we become grafted into Christ who is the Tree of Life.
29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
19 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Remember what we learned in Deuteronomy 23:2, about the “congregation” of the Lord? “Congregation” (Strong’s word: H6951) means His “assembly“, His House. Ephesians is documenting for us everything we stated in this QA. Those who accept Jesus Christ, no matter what race they are, bi-racial or not dwell in the very “household of God“. They are those we learned about in the first verse of this study, they are those who stand around the very Throne of God (Revelation 7:9).
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