Who of us need to be told that Satan's greatest desire is to be worshiped? The worship he salivates most for, is the worship of Yhwh's Nation (1Pet.2:9,10; Luke22:31; 1Pet.5:8; 2Cor.2:11; 11:3,14; Rev.12:17). Satan's vicious appetite craves them, especially (Eph.6:12; 2Cor.10:3,4,5; Rev.12:15; 16:13,14,15; 17:14; 19:11,14,8; 6:9,11; 12:10,11).
How might the King of Deception strategize to accomplish his goal of stealing the worship due Yhwh, and sifting / sorting (tribulating) the Chosen Ones? The following illustration may help.
In order to control the beliefs and actions of the Chosen, Satan would need to use all his worldly authority and power (1John5:19) to deceive these ones into worshiping him. These would not do so intentionally, so they must be deceived into believing that they were worshiping God himself.
This would require Satan to fabricate a counterfeit kingdom, with counterfeit representatives of that kingdom (Matt.7:15; 24:24,25).
In order to be convincing, that counterfeit kingdom would need to appear to have all it's structure and followers seeming to be worshiping God according to the requirement of "spirit and truth" (John4:24). It would need to appear that Christ were heading it (Eph.5:23,26; 1:21,22,23; 1Cor.12:27,28; Col.1:18). For, those anointed with holy spirit, would accept nothing less. Yet, it can happen (Col.2:19; John15:4,6; 2Cor.11:3,4,12,13,20; Rev.2:20,5).
Satan would need to set up a fresh religion...."new and improved" in comparison to his legacy of brutality and persecution. That past spirit of dominance would need convincing camouflage. In order to be convincing, he would not only need a convincing counterfeit...he would also need to establish a sort of "whipping boy", to fulfill the prophecies about the Bible's foretold counterfeits, so that familiarity with those prophesies, would already seem fulfilled in some other way. Yes, a counterfeit to fulfill the foretold counterfeits. Otherwise the counterfeit of the genuine would remain suspect.
Yes, Satan would need to create a religion which is set apart from previous inferior "Christianities", in order to present it as fulfilling the prophecies which genuinely pertain to the genuine arrival of God's Kingdom.
Please consider this illustration...
Imagine that Satan wishes to steer the obedience and worship of the Chosen, to him. After gaining their trust and a degree of control, he wants to drown the Chosen in deep waters far from shore (Heb.2:1). First he must convince them to get on to a "ship" of faith, which he will later sink in a sea of lies. The ship must appear solid, safe, and unsinkable. History contains the reality of such an illustration.
The massive crowd of people claiming to be genuine worshipers of Yhwh around the world, can be compared to the Titanic. Deceived into boarding this ship, the majority of Chosen ones today are found within that Organization. It is a huge ship, which takes time to turn or hault. In order to change it's heading, it must make turns gradually. It must have a captain and crew under Satanic influence. Satan knows that turning the worship of God's people away from God, and toward him, will need to be done gradually in order not to provoke awareness of the changed direction, or to cause alarm. This stealthy tactic will aid in a smooth transition which few can discern. Once the gradual turn is made and the heading changed, such a huge momentum would be difficult and timely to halt.
Very gradually over the years; The Watchtower has been gradually turning the worship of "Jehovah's Witnesses", away from Yhwh.
(by means of "froglike" expressions
see LINK )
By gradually turning the Flock's obedience toward it's leaders and congregational representatives, and away from scripture. Should God's named people obey the doctrine's and directions of men, as equal to inspired scripture...or as greater than the authority of God's Word?
Should they trust without testing and, if necessary, defend scriptural directives?
If they do that, then Satan will have accomplished the prize he seeks.
This occurs when people stop testing what they are being offered (1John4:1; 1Thess.5:21), because they make assumptions about the source (Matt.24:4,5,24,25; 7:15; Luke12:42). Jesus told us to test out the source of what we are offered (Matt.7:20). If we don't, we will be mislead.
Constant comparison to scripture, is what guides the genuine Christian. This testing must never end, nor can one afford to grow complacent...sleepy...assuming......letting down his guard in this matter (Luke21:36,34,35; Matt.24:43; John10:10).
God's Word of light, life and truth, must be what guides the genuine Christian.
If people obey any men, even those "taking the lead", before obeying scripture; this constitutes idolatry and spiritual captivity to slavery. Whoever we obey, we are their slave (Rom.6:16). Only God is to be served and obeyed (Matt.4:10; Acts5:29; 4:19; Rom.3:4; Col.3:24).
If such men and their decrees are followed without question, the scriptures become impotent to direct God's people. Satan could then smoothly divert obedience toward him and his representatives, and away from what the scriptures actually say.
What do the scriptures actually say?
"Do not put your trust in Nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs." Psalm146:3
"There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man Christ Jesus" 1Tim2:5
"There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved." Acts 4:12
"Do you not know that if you keep presenting yourselves to anyone as slaves to obey him, your are slaves of him because you obey him" Romans 6:16
"You were bought with a price. Stop becoming slaves of men" 1Cor.7:23
"Slave for the Master, Christ" Col.3:24
Clearly, if we obey men in place of obeying Christ, we are serving the will of Satan, who wishes to turn us away from obedience due the Christ.
We cannot afford to assume which prophets are faithful. We must keep testing by God's Word. We must not be intimidated by a showy display of power or authority (1Cor.4:7,8; Rev.9:3,10), into subjecting ourselves to men...no matter what silent threat they brandish (John9:22; 12:42; 16:2; Luke21:12,13,14,15; Rev.6:9; 11:7; Matt.10:26; 2Pet.3:10).
"But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by it's cunning, your minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ." 2Cor.11:3
Brandishing power and authority, is not the way, nor the appearance, of the genuine faithful and discreet slave.
Watchtower study articles, contain such cunning. Open your eyes wide for it, and do not be "corrupted away" toward the slaving and obedience to men rather than purity for Christ, the Father, and His Word.
Was a premature arrival of God's kingdom prophesied?
Keep in mind 2Thess.2:1,2,3,4....
"Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
"the man of lawlessness...son of destruction...He lifts himself up over everyone who is a god**...an object of reverence
[Chosen Ones (Psalm82:1,6; John10:34,35;
Ex.7:1; 4:16,15; Matt.10:20)],...he sits down in the temple
of The God (Yhwh's temple priests -1Cor.3:16)...
showing himself to be a god." (Eze.28:2,9)
By being named the "son of destruction" as Judas was
(an apostle used to betray Christ
over to the religious leaders
and into his death (John 17:12),
this one would be an "inside man",
used by Satan to dominate and trample the chosen ones
in the time of the end (Acts20:30; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:14,13,15).
In Rev. chapters 8&9, it speaks of an anointed one, "a star shining as a great lamp" (Rev.1:20,16; Phil.2:15; Dan.12:3,4; Rev.1:20; Zech.4:2; Matt.5:14; Rev.1:12; 2:1), who is given the key to Satan's abyss of deception (Rev.9:1; 13:15; 19:20).
That false prophet is a fallen "star" (Rev.8:10,11; 2Pet.3:17; 1Cor.10:12; Mark13:25; Isa.34:4; Matt.24:29; Rev.6:13) (Rev.13:11,14-15; 19:20 - John20:22; Mark 13:14).
What does that fallen star empower and release against the Called Ones who are not yet sealed?
From that abyss, creatures crowned with authority come forth, possessing the sting of death to the unsealed chosen ones (Rev.9:1,2,3,5,10; 11:7; 13:1,7-8).
For a time, these agents under Satan will have success in preventing these invited from becoming sealed, just as the crew of the Titanic, lead the company under their charge, to their deaths. The final chosen will be prisoners of the abyss of deception and death, by means of it's agents...the fallen star (false prophet) and it's Gentile Beast that arises from that abyss. Those deceived by these agents of Satan's abyss, will also fall, and be trampled by those agents and their demonic expressions (Luke21:24; Rev.13:10,8; 11:2)
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Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
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