SATAN HAS DECEIVED A THIRD OF THE ANGELS
No, Satan did not deceive a third of the angels as traditional thinking would have it.
In REV 12:4, we see the dragon knock down to the earth with his tail a third of the stars of heaven:
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. "
This verse does not speak to Satan deceiving a third of the angels as traditional thinking would have it. This verse does not speak to Satan knocking down out of heaven to earth with his tail angels of darkness. This verse speaks to the dragon knocking a third of the stars down to the earth with his tail in an act of war in heaven against God and the hosts of heaven. The stars/angels the dragon knocks down with his tail are God’s angels, not Satan’s angels. And he not only knocks them down, he stomps on them. Regarding the little horn who waxes great in the Book of Daniel (who is the dragon/beast spoken of in REV 13), the Bible says this:
And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
So when you read REV 12:4 in conjunction with and in harmony with DAN 8:10, you see that this is an act of war by the dragon (Satan) against the angels of God, against the hosts of heaven, casting a third of them down with his tail. It even says war breaks out in heaven in REV 12:7!
To help explain what I am saying about how traditional thinking on this has been wrong, let us suppose good angels (God’s angels) wear white hats and bad angels (Satan’s angels) wear black hats. The traditional thinking and understanding of REV 12:4 is that the dragon knocked down with his tail angels wearing black hats. I am saying that the dragon knocked down with his tail angels wearing white hats. It’s right there in the Bible, in black and white, in REV 12:4 and DAN 8:10, clear as day.
THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION CHAPTER 11 WILL BE TWO PROPHETS UPON THE EARTH DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
No, the two witnesses in chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation will not be two prophets upon the earth during the tribulation period.
All the conventional thinking and understanding of the two witnesses or two olive trees in REV 11 has been wrong. For it is taught that they are two prophets upon the earth during the end times. They do so because concerning the two witnesses, it says in REV 11:8 in our modern translations of the Book of Revelation that their “dead bodies”, bodies plural, will lie in the street. But lo and behold, a curious thing about REV 11:8 in the oldest and original Greek texts A, B, and C, and in the Coptic text. Instead of saying "dead bodies" plural, they all read the singular “dead body”, or “corpse”. In the original Greek text of John the Revelators original writing, the two witnesses in REV 11:8 are considered as one.
NOTE: Even in our modern translations of REV 11:5, it says if anyone tries to harm the two witnesses, fire proceeds out of their “mouth”, not mouths plural.
So in the oldest and original manuscripts of the Book of Revelation, it speaks of a single corpse lying in the street for 3 ½ days. The two are considered as one in John the Revelator’s original writing. So when REV 11 plays out on the world stage, the two witnesses will consist of one witness upon earth, the olive tree represented by Zerubbabel, and one witness in heaven, the olive tree represented by Joshua (Jesus). That is, when REV 11 plays out on the world stage, the nations of the earth will only see one person upon earth, the olive tree represented by Zerubbabel. The two witnesses will be embodied in one person upon the earth during the end times in the 1260 days of the second WOE. Within the physical body of the olive tree represented by Zerubbabel on earth in the end times will be the olive tree represented by Joshua, who is Jesus. They are truly two who are one. Jesus dwells on the inside of the olive tree represented by Zerubbabel. But that is not unique to him. For is not the great secret of Christianity this: Jesus dwells on the inside of all who believe? Do not all true believers have the witness of Jesus within themselves? Indeed! Immanuel!
As to why would modern translators change the original Greek text in REV 11:8 to refer to two bodies or corpses instead of one body or corpse, I suppose they were relying on what made sense to them. But in so doing, they do not let the Scriptures speak for themselves and they corrupt the original writing of John the Revelator. It is similar to what happened in MATT 24:28 where the King James version says “eagles” but some modern translators opted for vultures instead of eagles because vultures makes more sense to them because of course in nature, vultures—not eagles—gather around carcasses. And so they corrupt the original meaning and intent of what Jesus said by changing eagles to vultures. A similar thing happened here in REV 11:8 (and also in the first occurrence in verse 9 though not in the second occurrence) where the translators of the Book of Revelation probably did what made sense to them but nevertheless, they have corrupted what John the Revelator originally wrote and intended to convey. The two being one meshes so seamlessly and harmoniously with the rest of the Bible that the translators should have just let the Scriptures speak for themselves and left the original words and intent intact and gone with the singular “corpse” or "body", especially given the warnings in REV 22:18-19.
THE CHURCH WILL BE RAPTURED OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE TRIBULATION PERIOD BEGINS
The Church will not be raptured out of here before the end of the age. The pre-tribulation rapture theory is a doctrine of demons and it is in Satan's interest for Christians to believe it.
For you who have been misled by the pre-tribulation rapture theory, let me debunk this theory for you and correct your thinking about it lest you get trampled upon when all hell breaks loose. The pre-tribulation rapture theory states that the Church will be raptured out of here before the great tribulation period. Before going any further, let me define what the rapture is. The rapture is this specific event:
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
—1st Thessalonians 4:15-17
So being caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus when He returns is what is commonly called the rapture. So when does the rapture take place? Paul addresses when the rapture takes place in his second letter to the Thessalonians. And in the order of events presented by Paul, the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church is proven false. Here then are the key verses (with key phrases in bold):
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
—2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3
Let’s parse out these verses to show the order of events Paul presents:
· In verse 1, “our gathering together” is the antecedent of the “day of Christ” in verse 2, meaning the “gathering together”, or the rapture, is what Paul is referring when he says the “day of Christ”.
· In verse 2, the “day of Christ” is the antecedent of “that day” in verse 3, meaning the “day of Christ” is the day Paul is referring to when he says “that day”.
So putting it all together, Paul says in verse 3 to not let anyone deceive you, for “that day”—the “day of Christ”, when we are gathered together with Him in the clouds, the rapture—will not come until after the Antichrist is revealed first. So the order Paul presents is the Antichrist appears on the scene first and the rapture takes place after that. And that is the reverse order that the pre-tribulation rapture theory presents. The pre-tribulation rapture theory says the rapture comes first and then the Antichrist appears.
So the Apostle Paul and the propagators of the pre-tribulation rapture theory contradict one another with regards to the order of events. Hmmm, who should we believe then, Paul or these so-called teachers of the word? I’m going with the Apostle Paul thank you very much!
THE RESTRAINER IN 2ND THESSALONIANS IS THE HOLY SPIRIT
The one commonly known as the "restrainer" in 2nd Thessalonians is not the Holy Spirit as is commonly thought.
At the heart of Satan’s deception of a pre-tribulation rapture is the misconception that the one who is commonly referred to as the “restrainer” in verse 7 below is the Holy Spirit:
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
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
—2nd Thessalonians 2:7-8
So after the restrainer is taken out of the way, the Antichrist will be revealed. The one commonly referred to as the restrainer cannot be the Holy Spirit. Look at the language Paul uses. He says the one holding back the mystery of iniquity will continue to do so until “he be taken out of the way”. It is not a voluntary thing. The restrainer is forcibly removed, against his will. The Holy Spirit never goes against the will of God of course, so it cannot be the Holy Spirit Paul is talking about. The “restrainer” is not the Holy Spirit, it is the unholy spirit, Satan. After Satan is forcibly removed, after he is “taken out of the way” in heaven, after he is kicked out of heaven, then the Antichrist will be revealed. You’ll see that clearly shortly.
The Antichrist is Satan’s ultimate weapon you could say, against God’s creation. But right now, there is no need for Satan to use his last resort, his ultimate weapon. For Satan is, for the most part, having his way upon the earth. But an even more important factor than that as to why Satan wants to hold back using the Antichrist, or restrain from using the Antichrist, is this: Satan doesn’t want the Antichrist to come on the scene because Satan has read the script and he knows that he is done after that, his reign as the god of this age will come to an end and he will end up in the lake of fire. And so while Satan has no need right now to resort to using his best weapon against God’s creation, that is about to change when Christians unite and become the true Church. As the Church realizes its part in the end times and comes together in love and grows and matures and starts walking in the true power of Christianity—doing the things Jesus did and even greater things—then they will pull down demonic strongholds of the enemy all over the place, winning the victory over the Devil by the blood of Jesus and the word of their testimony, causing Satan to be kicked out of heaven in this war, to be “taken out of the way” in heaven, and then shall the Antichrist appear. Paul knew that there was coming a time when the Church would be victorious over Satan as described in REV 12:7-12. This onslaught against the powers and principalities of darkness will back Satan into a corner, forcing him to play his trump card so to speak, or use his ultimate weapon, his last resort. In REV 12, the Church wins the victory over Satan by the blood of Jesus and the word of their testimony and then Satan gets kicked out of heaven, he is “taken out of the way”. And then after that, after Satan is taken out of the way and kicked out of heaven down to the earth in REV 12, then shall the beast (the Antichrist) arise out of the sea at the beginning of REV 13. Again, this is the same order of events Paul presented in in 2 THESS 2:7-8.
So then, it is Satan who is the restrainer who must be taken out of the way in heaven and then the Antichrist will be revealed. Satan doesn't want the Church to know this truth because he doesn't want the Church to zero in on him, putting him in their gun sights so to speak. That is why that slippery serpent came up with the pre-tribulation rapture theory, to try and distract the Church from its glorious destiny. But lo and behold, this discourse is here to strip away from the Church this corrosive and false teaching and realign the thinking of those who have been misled by this doctrine of demons. The scenario in which the Church matures to the very stature of Christ Himself, doing the things He did and even greater things, winning the victory over Satan, causing him to be taken out of the way in heaven, can be summed up in this way: when the Church becomes one, the devil is done! This scenario is also encapsulated in MATT 24:14 when Jesus said the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness unto all the nations and then shall the end come. Presenting the gospel to all the nations of the world by the two witnesses in REV 11 is what triggers the end times. The Church's victory over the powers of darkness and Satan triggers the rise of the Antichrist for his 42 month reign.