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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 254

December 16, 2005

AN EXPOSITION OF II THESSALONIANS 2:1-12!

Part 5 (Same First Page on Each New Part)


II Thessalonians 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.

I long ago lost count of the number of requests I have received about the identity of the “he’s” referred to by Paul in II Thessalonians 2:7. I did not reveal what I believed on the “he’s” for some time, and did not start to say what I believed about it until I made a trip to Kenya in 1999. Joel Cobb asked me what I thought about the he’s while I was lecturing in the Seminary there. As I had done so often in the past, I turned the question back on the asker, asking him to first tell me what he believed about it. Before that, when the asking person had told me what he or she believed, I would quickly say – well, that is what everyone else that asked me the question believes, so you are on solid ground. And, indeed, those who had asked me previously, all thought it referred to the Holy Spirit being taken out when the rapture came at the first of the week. But, much to my surprise, I was shocked to find that Joel Cobb believed what I believed about the Scripture and, as far as I know, still does. So, at age 73, knowing my time on this planet is limited, in this series I intend to offer my case as to who I believe the “he’s” represent in II Thessalonians 2:7. The reason I believe so many have asked me who it represents is this – down deep inside some, who have been taught the “he” is the Holy Spirit, there has been a suspicion it could be someone else.

I intend to exposit line by line from II Thessalonians 2:1 to 12 in order to make my case, and this will be the beginning sheet on each new Series Part issued.

Please review Parts 1 to 4 before reading this continuing exposition of II Thessalonians 2:1-12.

II Thessalonians 2:6,7 – 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.

The he in verse 6 is the flesh and blood antichrist, whose spirit has been held back from revealing itself in the flesh since the time of the writing of the New Testament, as was elaborated in Part 4.

I John 4:3 – And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The two he’s in verse 7 do not represent the Holy Spirit. It is difficult to accept a higher power than the Holy Spirit taking him “out of the way.” And it is also very difficult to understand how such an omnipresent Spirit could be taken out of the way if his very character is to be present everywhere on earth. A major purpose the Devil has in raising up his own antichrist is destruction of God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel, and those who have believed in the seed of the woman, Jesus the Messiah. After the Devil has been cast out of his spirit abode in heaven, he will indwell the antichrist, who will be Satan incarnate in human flesh. At that time he will persecute both the woman Israel, and those who believe in the Seed Jesus, the remnant that came out of her.

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The chief antagonist of the archangel Satan has always been the archangel Michael, who is the Prince of God’s people, the nation of Israel. He has been holding back the power of the spirit of antichrist from coming forth, as the spirit of Satan in a flesh and blood body, before the appointed time. A battle has raged between them since the fall of Satan.

Michael is identified in the spiritual kingdom as one of the chief princes, and is also designated as the spiritual prince and protector of Israel by an angel sent to Daniel. He is the most powerful of all the angels created by God and, apparently, the only one capable of ending the career of Satan as an accuser of the brethren, and finishing off his puppet, the antichrist. (Revelation 12:7-10 and Daniel 12:1). Michael’s power over the angels in the spiritual kingdom that surrounds us on this earth is presented in Daniel 10 and 12.

Daniel 10:13,14 – But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. [14] Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

Daniel 10:21 – But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

II Thessalonians 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.

Michael, the spiritual archangel prince of Israel, has let the status quo continue, holding off the antichrist from being manifested, unveiled, revealed in human flesh, until the time God has chosen for him to do so. But it is a part of God’s plan for Michael to step out of the way “in the latter days,” and allow antichrist to come on the world stage, revealed in human flesh, to go unchecked against Israel for a period of three and one-half years. However, toward the end of that period, at the sounding of the seventh trump, Michael will again stand up for Israel, and play a leading role in delivering them from the antichrist. No one will be able to deliver antichrist from his fate when Michael stands up to defend Israel. After the antichrist has driven south to push Israel into the wilderness of the Negev while by-passing Jordan (Daniel 11:41 & Revelation 12:6), then conquered Egypt and driven to the borders of Libya and Sudan (Daniel 11:42,43), he will return to Jerusalem and establish a fortress headquarters on the Jerusalem Temple Mount, where he will be surrounded by the millions of tents of the great army he has called to the final great battle of Armageddon (Daniel 11:45). He will them stand boldly on the temple mount and claim to be the god of all gods (II Thessalonians 2:4), preparing to do what he came to do, destroy the nation of Israel, the children of God. Up until this time Michael has been the he who was taken temporarily out of the way by God, in order to let the antichrist make Satan’s final attempt to destroy God’s plan of salvation, which was extended through Israel, the man Jacob, to all men. But when Armageddon is about to be launched, Michael again stands up as the prince of Israel, the antichrist is soundly defeated, and the false prophet and the antichrist end up in a lake of fire.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 –And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Revelation 19:19-21 – 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. [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. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

It would seem that when Michael is taken out of the way on earth, it is to fight a spiritual war with Satan in the heavens, which begins at the same time antichrist attacks Israel to begin the last three and one-half years of great tribulation. Michael and his angels win the war in heaven while the antichrist is winning his war on the earth. When the Devil is cast out of heaven by Michael he comes to the physical earth to indwell the body of antichrist, and the antichrist becomes Satan incarnate in human flesh.

Revelation 12:6-10 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

II Thessalonians 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:

This is when the antichrist stands on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem claiming to be God as the Wicked Satan, revealing himself incarnate in human flesh. It will be when Michael stands up to defend Israel as her Prince, just before the vials of God’s wrath begin to be poured out on the earth. But it will be the Lord Messiah, Jesus Christ, who delivers his people at his coming, and who destroys the spiritual power of the Devil forever.

Matthew 24:30 – And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Malachi 4:2 – But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

 
   

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 255

December 22, 2005

AN EXPOSITION OF II THESSALONIANS 2:1-12!

Part 6 (Same First Page on Each New Part)


II Thessalonians 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.

I long ago lost count of the number of requests I have received about the identity of the “he’s” referred to by Paul in II Thessalonians 2:7. I did not reveal what I believed on the “he’s” for some time, and did not start to say what I believed about it until I made a trip to Kenya in 1999. Joel Cobb asked me what I thought about the he’s while I was lecturing in the Seminary there. As I had done so often in the past, I turned the question back on the asker, asking him to first tell me what he believed about it. Before that, when the asking person had told me what he or she believed, I would quickly say – well, that is what everyone else that asked me the question believes, so you are on solid ground. And, indeed, those who had asked me previously, all thought it referred to the Holy Spirit being taken out when the rapture came at the first of the week. But, much to my surprise, I was shocked to find that Joel Cobb believed what I believed about the Scripture and, as far as I know, still does. So, at age 73, knowing my time on this planet is limited, in this series I intend to offer my case as to who I believe the “he’s” represent in II Thessalonians 2:7. The reason I believe so many have asked me who it represents is this – down deep inside some, who have been taught the “he” is the Holy Spirit, there has been a suspicion it could be someone else.

I intend to exposit line by line from II Thessalonians 2:1 to 12 in order to make my case, and this will be the beginning sheet on each new Series Part issued.

Please review Parts 1 to 5 before reading this continuing exposition of II Thessalonians 2:1-12.

II Thessalonians 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:

This is when the Wicked Satanic antichrist is finally fully revealed as being “that Wicked.” He will be part of a duo consisting of Satan, living in a temple of sinful flesh and blood, and claiming to be God, and the false prophet, swearing that his claim is the truth.

II Thessalonians 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.

This is when antichrist stands on the Jerusalem Temple Mount in a sinful temple body of flesh, and claims to be God. This is when Michael stands up against him to defend Israel as her Prince. This is when no one will be able to help him and Satan will abandon him to his fate.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

The Wicked duo will be destroyed in a lake of fire burning with brimstone by the word of his mouth when he comes at his Second Advent.

II Thessalonians 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:

Revelation 19:13-20 –And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [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. [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.

Both he and the false prophet will do signs and lying wonders.

II Thessalonians 2:9 – Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

The second beast in the duo will, like the first beast, work signs and lying wonders. This practice by false prophets is a very old one, being practiced in the days of Moses.

Deuteronomy 12:32 to 13:1 – What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. [1] If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, [2] And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; [3] Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [4] Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. [5] And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

The false prophet’s characteristics and activities are described in Revelation 13:11-13.

Revelation 13:11 – And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This is the second beast, the false prophet of Satan, who is cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone, along with the first beast, the antichrist, at the end of the battle of Armageddon. Their souls do not go to hell to await the final great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11, they go body and soul into a lake of fire, and are joined by Satan a thousand years later before the final judgment.

Revelation 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 20:10,11 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. [11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

This second beast, the false prophet, comes up out of the earth, unlike the first beast, that came up out of the sea. He comes up with a doctrine of hell from the interior of the earth (See Birth Pang Numbers 8 and 17 in our Archives). Outwardly he gives the appearance of a little white male lamb in that he will seem to have dedicated his life as a living sacrifice to God. He will be one who is looked upon as the holiest man on earth appointed by God. His outward appearance as a lamb will be enhanced by his holy robes and dress, which will falsely associate him with the true Lamb of God. But what is inside this whitened tomb of spiritual death betrays who is really is, for his inner being is shown to speak with the power and voice of Satan. And out of his mouth will issue forth edits of the guile of holiness by human endeavor. I am convinced he will be the Pope of Rome – Not the present Pope, but he may well be the one that follows him.

Revelation 13:12 – And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

This false prophet of Rome represents the unholy spirit of the Satanic trinity: Satan the father, antichrist the son, and the false prophet as the unholy spirit. He is one of the unclean spirits of Revelation 16:13.

Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

In order for any occurrence to be officially identified as being a miracle, it must be confirmed as such by the Pope. He will confirm the resurrection of the first beast from a deadly wound as valid, and cause the known world of John’s day to worship him as being sent by God (See Prophecy Update Number 82, Part 3, in our Archives). For an exposition of “them that dwell on the earth,” see Prophecy Updates 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C).

Revelation 13:13 – And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

He has the same power as the first beast, being energized by the same Satanic Dragon. He is able to do what the priests of Baal could not do before Elijah – He causes fire to come down out of the first heaven, the earth’s atmosphere, and to strike the earth.

I Kings 18:36-40 – And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. [37] Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. [38] Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. [39] And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. [40] And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

II Kings 1:10 – And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

Please note that in both these cases it identified the one asking and receiving as being a man of God sent by God. The miracles and fire from heaven will convince both Catholic and Muslims that the false prophet is absolutely from God and has the power of God.

The false prophet will identify himself as the Elijah from God, and he will proclaim the apparent return to life from the dead by the first beast to be genuine, and will identify him as being sent by God. But why would God allow the false prophet to delude billions of people into believing that the Wicked one was from Him?

II Thessalonians 2:8-11 – 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:

This power of the wicked duo will be counterbalanced by the two witnesses of God.

Revelation 11:6 –These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.


Special Prophecy Update Number 255A

December 24, 2005

God’s Greatest Gift – The Kaphar Manger Child of Bethlehem

Two Coverings for Sin – O.T. Temporary – N.T. Eternal


II Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

HE ALONE IS THE COMPLETE “KAPHAR” COVERING FOR ALL SIN FOR ALL WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN HIS SACRIFICE AS THE FULL AND FINAL SACRIFICE FOR THEIR SINS.

The Old Testament word for atonement is the Hebrew word “kaphar,” which simply means, “to cover.” It is constantly and consistently used in reference to covering sin before God so that man may fellowship with him.

When man broke spiritual fellowship with God in Eden, his first action was to attempt to provide a “covering” to hide what he had done before God’s presence. This is the first Biblical example of man’s attempt to save himself from God’s condemnation by his own works.

Genesis 3:7 – And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

But only God can restore man to fellowship with him, and it must be totally by God’s grace, and not by works of man. So God instituted his plan of salvation by grace by promising a Seed, a Messiah, who would be born of a woman to save man by God’s grace.

Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

And then God provided man a picture of what he would provide as a temporary cover (kaphar) for the sins of those who believed his promise of a seed, until the Seed came and performed the act that would eternally provide a permanent covering (kaphar) for the sins of all those who believed in all the ages before, during, and after his coming. God’s salvation has always been by his grace to all men who would believe the Seed would come to save them by deliverance from God’s condemnation for sin.

Genesis 3:21 - Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

None of the animal blood sacrifices from the first one by Abel to the last one God accepted before Christ declared the Temple Mount to be spiritually desolate, ever took away any sins. The ones who brought them, that had faith in God to send a Savior to deliver them from condemnation for their sins, were saved by grace. Those who brought them in the belief the sacrifice in itself would save them did not have their faith in God’s promise, but in their own ability to reconcile themselves to God.

Hebrews 10:4 – For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

The picture in Genesis of the shedding of innocent blood of animals to provide a covering (kaphar) for man’s sins, had no power of its own, but the one who was coming in a body made by his Father in Mary’s womb, did have the power to provide a permanent covering for all sin.

Hebrews 10:5-10 – Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: [6] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. [7] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. [8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; [9] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. [10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

When Messiah the Seed’s blood was offered it took away forever the sins of all believers from Genesis to the end of the Millennium. It is a once for all covering (kaphar).


        

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 256

December 30, 2005

AN EXPOSITION OF II THESSALONIANS 2:1-13!

Part 7 (Same First Page on Each New Part)


II Thessalonians 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.

I long ago lost count of the number of requests I have received about the identity of the “he’s” referred to by Paul in II Thessalonians 2:7. I did not reveal what I believed on the “he’s” for some time, and did not start to say what I believed about it until I made a trip to Kenya in 1999. Joel Cobb asked me what I thought about the he’s while I was lecturing in the Seminary there. As I had done so often in the past, I turned the question back on the asker, asking him to first tell me what he believed about it. Before that, when the asking person had told me what he or she believed, I would quickly say – well, that is what everyone else that asked me the question believes, so you are on solid ground. And, indeed, those who had asked me previously, all thought it referred to the Holy Spirit being taken out when the rapture came at the first of the week. But, much to my surprise, I was shocked to find that Joel Cobb believed what I believed about the Scripture and, as far as I know, still does. So, at age 73, knowing my time on this planet is limited, in this series I intend to offer my case as to who I believe the “he’s” represent in II Thessalonians 2:7. The reason I believe so many have asked me who it represents is this – down deep inside some, who have been taught the “he” is the Holy Spirit, there has been a suspicion it could be someone else.

I intend to exposit line by line from II Thessalonians 2:1 to 12 in order to make my case, and this will be the beginning sheet on each new Series Part issued.

Please review Parts 1 to 6 before reading this continuing exposition of II Thessalonians 2:1-13.

II Thessalonians 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.

At this stage of the antichrist’s earthly mission, the entire Islamic world will follow him as the incarnate Allah of the Prophet Muhammad. They would not put their faith in he testimony of the Prophet Jesus, who was God incarnate in sinless human flesh. Because they did not put their faith in the words of the Son of God, who was the promised Seed of Abraham through Israel, it will be required of the followers of Muhammad, and they will be cast into hell.

Deuteronomy 18:18,19 – I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. [19] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

John 12:48,49 – He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

They received not the love of the truth in Christ Jesus, but rather put their faith in the word of the false prophet Muhammad. So God allowed them to believe a strong delusion, and they believed Muhammad’s lies.

II Thessalonians 2:11 – And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie:

They had no pleasure in receiving the righteousness of Christ, but had pleasure in the unrighteousness of a lie. And, as a result of it, they remained condemned to the damnation of hell.

II Thessalonians 2:12 – That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

John 3:18 – He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

It was God’s plan before the foundation of the world to save anyone by instantaneous spiritual sanctification of their spirit, and the eternal setting apart of their souls by the sealing of his Spirit. It was all to be done by God in response to their faith in the ability of a risen Christ to perform it.

II Thessalonians 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:

Ephesians 1:4-6 – According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.