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“…a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” Judas Iscariot was the first to prove the truth of this word of the Lord when he fulfilled the role he was picked for and went to the chief priests and asked “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over. See the premeditated effort that Judas put into the betraying: He watched for the opportunity.

The reasons why Judas did what he did are simple: He was chosen beforehand because he had the propensity to do it and God foreknew it even if Judas did not. You see… nothing escapes our God’s foreknowledge; it just depends whether God permits it or not according to His perfect will. The trigger for the betrayal was the rebuke Jesus gave Judas and the others who complained about the waste of the precious nard by Mary when she anointed Jesus… as John recorded in his gospel: He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

You see, Judas was a thief, and as Jesus said earlier, “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.” It is the man who is a thief. But regarding Satan the devil, Jesus said of him, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

However, when Judas realised what he had done, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” Throwing the money away, Judas then went away and hanged himself. In one version however, it is written that Judas repented as well. As maligned as Judas has been through the centuries for being the betrayer of Christ, know and understand that he was chosen by Jesus because he had the capability and was given the opportunity to be all that he could be, as Jesus said, “Have I not chosen you the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”

However, in fairness to Judas, he was only a disciple who had yet to witness and understand the full power of Christ in His resurrection. He was basing his actions and motives on what he knew, and he knew Jesus had taught the eating and drinking of blood, he knew that for some reason the pharisees did not like Jesus, he knew Jesus had power like the prophets of old… however, he had also suffered humiliation before the others when he rebuked Mary for the waste of the nard. The desire in him to betray Jesus is understandable if you consider it from the perspective of a Jew and a disciple… so that when Jesus did offer them the bread and wine as His body and blood to eat and drink, it congealed his schemes to action and he went off to tell the chief priests where Jesus would be. Yet, when he did realise what he had done, he was filled with remorse.

The lawless one who is to come is far worse than Judas, for like Judas, he is a disciple, but a disciple of the post resurrection era, a disciple of the end times… one who has received the power to do the things Jesus has been doing and greater things as well as part of the Holy Spirit’s preparation of the Earth for the arrival of Jesus Christ. He knows what Judas did and he knows the consequence of his actions for things are clearly written in Revelation 19. Judas betrayed Jesus believing he might be doing the right thing for his religion as well as to enrich himself… but had enough conscience left to show remorse and throw away the money. The lawless one – the false prophet – will do what he is about to do knowing the consequences, without ever showing any remorse. Judas recognised he had betrayed an innocent Man in the end, but the false prophet knows he intends to murder and kill his King when He arrives. He has no remorse, he has no regrets… he has chosen his course of action to enrich himself once and for all to become ‘God’ on Earth.

In order to achieve his own private ambition, he will trade his power with Satan for his authority and raise up the beast’s image for political convenience, using the beast as his puppet to gather the armies of the Earth to fight Jesus on His arrival. The false prophet needs Satan for his authority over the Kingdom of Darkness because he was one of us who suddenly turned. The demons will not obey him or follow him just because he has the power to do signs and wonders. No, he needs Satan’s authority as much as Satan needs his powers, the gifts of miraculous power that he had received from the Holy Spirit. So understand and know… we will be dealing with one who can back up his false message with real miracles, not with tricks and illusions. What is false about the miracles and signs of the false prophet is that they are real miracles used to confirm a false message, not false signs and miracles used to confirm a false message.

He, the false prophet, is not one of those who would prophesy something that does not come to pass of Deuteronomy 18.22. Moses just said, “Do not be afraid of him.” However, he is the type that Moses warned of in Deuteronomy 13: If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods and let us worship them” except he is far worse

For it is he who uses the power he has been given to breathe life into the image of the first beast who had suffered a fatal wound but was healed. He will raise up to life an image of the first beast and will perform miracles and signs and wonders on behalf of the first beast whose authority he, the false prophet, will also exercise. Whereas the prophets of Deuteronomy 13.1 used the signs and wonders to entice Israel after other gods… the false prophet will use the power of signs, wonders and miracles to convince and confirm his message and claim, “I am the Christ,” as Paul wrote to warn us: He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or worshipped so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Now understand this… the temple of God Paul was speaking of is not the temple of Jerusalem but the church, which is the body of Christ… the true temple of God. So this character – the false prophet, the lawless one, the second beast of Revelation 13.11, the one who looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon (i.e. he lies) – will use the power, the gift of miraculous power that was given him by the Holy Spirit, to do the signs and wonders that Jesus had done and even greater ones to deceive people to confirm his message so that he sets himself up as ‘Christ’ in the place of Jesus. That is how deadly he is… he is not leading the people to worship other gods… no, he is leading the people of God to worship him. He is truly the thief out to steal the whole flock for himself.

Now there will be those who will resist him… yes, but how do you resist a miraculous man when you have no miraculous power? Though the saints may wage war against him and denounce him because they know the scriptures… they will not have the power to resist him. The lawless one will be able to use the forces of the beast to control the resistance against him, and as it is written: If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. Now, for those saints who resist him without the power… This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

In the final days, as multitudes resist the beast and the false prophet’s system, there will be many brothers and sisters of Jesus who will become naked, homeless, sick and be thrown into prison, giving those who are righteous by the law of their hearts the opportunity to feed them, clothe them and visit them as it is written in Matthew 25.34-40, and also it will reveal the hearts of others as they choose not to do so… so that when Jesus is enthroned, He can say to them, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.” Likewise, many will be put to the sword in various places and thus placed to partake in the first resurrection with the earlier martyrs… just as Jesus told us in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

This also calls for patient endurance and faithfulness as well on the part of the elect… to not interfere and to not stop him, for the least of the elect of the Holy Spirit is far more powerful than the false prophet. For after all, he is only a prophet and not an apostle. He does not have a gospel of his own given him by Jesus personally… but merely have a ministry of signs, wonders and miracles to confirm the false gospel he has concocted to proclaim himself as the Christ. And the only time he will get to see Jesus personally will be outside of Jerusalem when Jesus arrives. Neither is he a man of great perseverance… for he is a man without patience, who is in a hurry and so will betray himself to those who know their God by his lack of patience… for God is Love, and love is firstly patient.

As such, elect… know your enemy but do not fear him, for he is already doomed to destruction. Have no pity for him, for truly, Judas deserves your sympathy before the false prophet does. This man is just out to steal what belongs to God and he has no intention of allowing the image of the beast and Satan to rule with him once he disposes of Jesus; that is what is in his heart, mind and soul.

So, now that you know, let us get on with the work and you will see why the restoration of full power to the saints – the church – is of such importance, for when the power is restored, as it is written: “…many who are not sincere will join them.” Now, if you look at the full verse of Daniel 11.33-34, you see in what is written – “Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them” – that those who are not sincere will not join at the time of the sword or being burned, captured or plundered. Persecution is the best way to remove those who are not sincere… rather, those who are not sincere will join when the “little help” arrives. That little help is the restoration of miraculous power to the church… that is what will motivate those who are not sincere to join, and they are the ones who will serve with the false prophet in his church and propagate his message that “He is the Christ.” However, they will find that when the false prophet has the kings of the Earth firmly in his grip, he will dispose of those who helped him rise to power. So those who are not sincere will be betrayed as they betrayed.

So, “Have faith in God.” “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore, consider carefully how you listen.”

There are no surprises for God and neither will there be surprises for those who have trained their ears to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say, for He will make known to us what He has heard, what is yet to come and what was too much for the eleven to bear… and now, not only listen, elect, but consider carefully how you listen. Listen without fear… listen with joyful anticipation, like ones waiting for the sound of the approach of their Beloved… for the news of every disaster, every earthquake, every famine, every sign in the Heavens, every good or bad thing, is a progress report of the ever decreasing distance and time that separates us from Jesus our King.

Rejoice, I say, rejoice, because our King comes.

Let all who are not sincere take heed and be warned.

Let all who forsake the power of God be warned.

Let all who ignore the scriptures be warned.

But let the one who still plots for the death of Jesus… be damned.

Here is a true saying: “Judas Iscariot is better off that the false prophet, for he was not thrown alive into the Lake of Burning Sulphur… the false prophet will be.”

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