I believe the church in
I do believe these outskirt voices will be God ordained for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). God is going to back his ministers with exploits, and the power of the Holy Ghost will bear witness to confirm His word toward those who need to hear it and obey. The part of the church that complies will become purged and cleansed, probably receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost for a closer fellowship with Jesus, especially considering the hard times that lie ahead. The church that fights against this Holy Spirit move will manifest their true fruits (1 John 2:18-19, John 6:66) and will eventually persecute those who live godly lives (Luke 21:12-19). From this moment on, just like the scripture admonishes, (Revelation 13:10, 11:13), persecution will become the true church bodies cross to bear.
But a bit more regarding the initial ministering. The initial outskirt ministry will be powerfully backed by the Holy Spirit. The Gentile church that receives the purging will indeed become cleansed, a bride making herself ready (Revelation 19:7). This act of compliance by the Gentile church, to make herself ready and to suffer persecution, will further inspire the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, an outpouring which will continue until mid-tribulation (Acts 2:17-20) when angelic forces (Michael the archangel) are used to cast out the restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7, Revelation 12) thus allowing the antichrist to be revealed for who he truly is (please read Works Cited - Speck). At this point, mid-tribulation, the Gentile church will have suffered heavy persecution (Matthew 25:1-13) thus bringing about “the fulness of the Gentiles” spoken of by the apostle Paul (Romans 11:25-27). At mid-tribulation, the “fulness of the Gentiles” will be complete. Paul’s term, “the fulness of the Gentiles,” can be interpreted in one of two ways. One: either the Gentile church age will be over, meaning that no other Gentiles will be saved, or two: this “fulness” can simply be interpreted as the Gentile church reaching its full potential, matured and ripened through years of purging, that it might serve God’s purposes more fully through tribulation; which, of course means by default, a door will still remain open for more Gentile believers to be saved during the last 3˝ years of tribulation. It might also mean both.
Regardless of the exact
interpretation of Paul’s “fulness of the Gentiles,” at mid-tribulation all
evangelical ministry, except for a personal ministry in Jesus Christ
(individual communion with our Lord), will cease (John 9:4-5). At mid-tribulation, because of the successful
testimony of the two witnesses including their martyrdom (Revelation 11 – the
two witnesses are the first to become martyred by the antichrist – v. 11:7),
many Jews will be saved (Revelation 12).
These Jews will retreat to
This interpretation was written as a basic outline. This is a rough sketch… if you desire a better understanding of what was mentioned in this interpretation, please continuing reading Volume 3, but more specifically, Cancer Stricken and Whose End.
Speck, Daniel. http://freestockphotos.com/COMING1/Restrainer.htm
The Restrainer of II Thessalonians 2. July, 6th 2010.
- I am including Daniel’s interpretation of the restrainer because I believe he is correct. Daniel believes the restrainer is actually the mystery of iniquity that deceives the people and blinds them to the truth of the deception of the Antichrist. Basically Satan (the restrainer) deceives the world and blinds them (2 Corinthians 4:4) so they actually believe the Antichrist is a force of good. This is the deception which will allow the world to follow “a lie” and will set up the unbelieving to worship the antichrist. Thus, it is ignorant to believe the restrainer is God holding back the antichrist. The restrainer is an evil power that shadows or hides the antichrist from being revealed for who he truly is. The mystery of iniquity is the deceptive force (veil) that hides the Antichrist but Satan is the author. The restrainer is basically evil hiding evil but then blinding the unbelievers by telling them evil is good (a lie). The mystery of iniquity is a deceptive force that will blind all who have forsaken the truth. This is actually God’s judgment on the people who have forsaken the truth. Then… God will cast out the restrainer and the deceived will then see the lie for what it truly is, a lie. Satan’s mystery of iniquity will be successful, and the people will be left with an antichrist who means them harm, not good. The reason the restrainer protects the antichrist by blinding the people is simple. The people would never back an antichrist they believe will do them harm. They need to believe this man is good, and that this man will help them. This is “the lie” of 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 that the unbelievers believe which eventually damns them (mark of the beast). Satan is the restrainer… the mystery of iniquity is the evil veil Satan uses to con the people at large… and it is all God’s judgment simply because the people have forsaken the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Please read Cancer Stricken and you will have a much clearer meaning of why God allows these things. NOTE: Daniel Speck and I differ on both the timing and the casting out of the restrainer (Satan). He believes the restrainer will be cast out at the end of the seven year tribulation and that Jesus Christ Himself will cast out the restrainer when He returns on the clouds on the Day of the Lord (please refer to his website which is cited above)… I believe differently. I believe the restrainer will be cast out by Michael the archangel per Revelation 12:7 (at mid-tribulation), and that Satan will then attempt to persecute both the 144,000 and eventually the gentile church (Revelation 12:13-17). This turning point will begin the great tribulation (last 3 ˝ years) and will fully reveal the antichrist including his worldly reign (mark of the beast).