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Countermeasures Against Deception - The Lord's Provision and Our Access to It
To avoid being deceived, instructions are provided in the local context and given emphasis by the thematic patterns. Clues are provided in this code that lead us to search out more remote contexts to find the more deeply hidden treasure. Some of what you'll read here was discovered very early in this adventure of discovery but validating refinement has come in the intervening years, including very recently. When I claim to know who won't be deceived and why they won't be, and that most of you won't believe it until it's too late, this is not me, making stuff up to sound dramatic. I pray we will find the Lord's grace in conviction.
I'm going to start out by giving you a simple bottom line on who won't be deceived: The Bride, with 2 witnesses and in that same season, the 144k sons of Israel. That's it, and relative to the numbers, 144k is immense! If you're identifying yourself with the Bride company without having the assurance of direct and personal revelation insight from the Bridegroom concerning your end, you've been set up. Be honest and sober. We are candidates, potential members of that company who continue to strive for qualification, to be found worthy at the end of our struggle.
Now, let's observe how the paired components of verses 1-2 and 9-12 both exhibit the same pattern, a simple alternation. They match both in being paired together as companion elements and in sharing the same structural design.
In the closing section, the first and third lines feature the deception and the second and fourth, the countermeasures. Here's the thematic equation that declares the fundamentals of the countermeasures: “because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved” matches to “12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” Most folks are content to gloss over the preachy bits, but if you have a sense of what's at stake, you won't. This revelation may seem kind of generic but there is in this the foundation for the particulars.
If you don't make the grade when “receiving the love of the truth” is the requirement of the day, or are assessed as one who does not believe the truth, you will absolutely be deceived. Some might ask, “Well then, what is the truth?” That's more than a little vague. And what exactly is meant by receiving the love of the truth? Is that what happens when we make a profession about Jesus as our savior and get baptized? If we're still relying on the same church authorities who have botched the lessons of the rest of the passage to provide these answers, well, good luck with that, as the expression goes. It's time to wake up. Hear me when I tell you that, if you don't get this right, the rest won't matter because access to the essential particulars will be denied.
The way most of us are taught to read the Bible, the good stuff applies to us, the bad stuff applies to them. We learn to think with lots of persuasion: “We're saved, we believe the truth, it's all good. No problem here.” “I once was blind but now I see,” as the song goes. We look at others and we are confident that those poor saps over there are in serious trouble and take solace in being able to perceive a difference. When our brand of salvation happens to be the standard for measurement preached by our respected and beloved teachers, we're content. The more popular church of the wider way sings a droning lullaby that continually assures us of our secure position through a twisting of the scriptures, and all the while they're impressing us with their genuine spiritual gifts and show of authority. It's a SET UP. If we've come this close, you and I, and we still miss out, shame on us! To simply say we're going to regret it is to understate the immensity of what we're going to experience and fully deserve.
I'm not going to launch into a diatribe on salvation. If you have not taken what I've written about matters of faith and obedience, like how to develop a hearing ear, the practice of headcovering and matters of gender propriety and the need to come to a place of being ready to lay down this life as a friend for a friend, you've taken a wrong approach to this work of The Open Scroll. This food service operation really isn't a buffet where you can simply get your fill at the dessert table while opting out on the bitter veggies and such, depending on the fast food joints dotting the neighborhood to round out your diet. I haven't been exposing the nature of this world by decoding Occult symbolism or examining reverse speach for its entertainment value. There's a greater purpose, which most of you reading here simply dismiss, and you know it. If this is you, what has been neglected in this lengthy season of preparation may yet be gained, which is what this season is for that we're transitioning into. Pure gold must be refined in the fire over and again until it is pure enough.
Here's a sobering observation you may have missed. If you're betting on attaining to the Wheat Harvest as a fall back plan if you should fail to qualify for the Barley, you should have a grasp of who is going to qualify for that.
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. ~ Revelation 7:13-14
Read the context. The sealing of the 144k is pretty much concurrent with the Barley Harvest. The multitude pictured with white robes came out of the great tribulation, which means they had white robes already but were passed over as the Bride because they were soiled. Those saints live through the Bride Theft, and the revealing of the lawless one, and the Black Awakening, and every other threat of the approaching season. Will you? What if you don't, then what? There's one more harvest awaiting. There you go. Imagine the forfeit. Sure, there's going to be a scale of reward involved, but think about what Paul was given to reveal about the resurrection bodies in 1 Corinthians 15. Star differs from star in glory, sure, and that's awesome! But look up. How much brighter are the moon and the sun? Consider 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 as a simple companion to chapter 13's insight into the celestial display. How badly do you want The Truth? Enough?
When I tell you how few will qualify you should let this example bear witness. It's more than a morality tale like Aesop's Fables or a nebulous warning. Example means type, “typos,” a pattern to which a thing conforms like the imprint a seal makes in wax.
1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. 6 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.” 8 Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-11
Think about the numbers. Joshua and Caleb were the only two adults who survived to enter the promised land. The others survived by the Lord's provision of mercy because He didn't hold those accountable who had been under the age of 20. Even Moses failed to enter in. So, how's your confidence level? Have I made the point? As it was with Israel in the wilderness, so it will be with the church. There's not going to a notable difference in leniency toward the saints. Unto whom much is given much more is required. I consider myself to be a hopeful candidate, daring to make no presumption about having the ability to rightly judge my own status.
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And, there's still more to follow, which will be posted soon, Lord willing.