26 November 2010 (Sheshi/Kippur)|
Day #255, 5934 AM
The Excuses People Will Make
The wording here is interesting, obscured somewhat in modern translations. It says: "They did not receive the love of the truth". Now you cannot receive truth if you do not first love it. This is the point of justification or condemnation. You will never receive the truth until you have a love for the principle of "truth". Yah'shua is "the" Truth, but you will never find Him, let alone receive Him, unless you respond to the inbuilt duty we have to be truth-seekers. Why is it that Elohim sends delusion and therefore destruction? It is because people refuse to be truth-seekers! Those who refuse truth ipso facto "delight in wickedness". And you cannot "delight" in unrighteousness until you have first made a conscious decision to reject truth. Those who cling to their responsibility to seek for - and therefore cleave to - truth, may struggle inside, but they are on the path that leads to eternal life. Even if they are in a non-Christian environment where there are no Bibles or true preachers, they will still be judged on the basis of their committment to search for the truth. With such the Ruach (Spirit) works, no matter who they are, or what sin or demon issues they have, for this is the criterion by which the judgment of Yahweh is based. And if their committment to truth is sincere, when they encounter Yah'shua they will recognise Him. That is my belief.
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in unrighteousness" (2 Thes.2:9-12, ISRV).
The Truth-vehicle of life is not merely in words but in Ruach (Spirit). If a person speaks truthful words but in a bad spirit, that truth will be veiled and likely unrecognised. The deliverer of the Word therefore has a responsibility: it must be delivered in Ruach - Holy Breath. 2 Thessalonians is a critical epistle - Paul says that those who refuse to obey it should be disfellowshipped (3:14).
The great question we should be asking ourselves is this: how does lawlessness present itself as good, attractive, stable, harmonious, and desirable? In what illusiory matrix does it reveal itself? Lawlessness exalts itself above Torah in the same way that the "man of lawlessness" - the son of destruction - "exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is worshipped, so that he sits as Elohim in the Dwelling Place (Temple) of Elohim, showing himself that he is Elohim" (2 Thes.2:3-4, ISRV). Any person who sets himself up as torah (law) which is supposedly above the Torah, is a son of destruction and lawlessness! He then claims to be the incarnation of Torah - he claims to be CHRIST! Therefore he is anti-christ. And the temple is the flesh - the human body.
Now we can understand how Yahweh "chose" us to be saved (2:13) because He knew who would be the truth-seekers and who would not, therefore, exalt themselves by setting themselves up as their own personal 'authority' or 'torah' and so effectively claim to be above Yahweh! Therefore we must pray, as Paul, that we be "delivered from unreasonable and wicked men" (3:2). Therefore let us be directed by the Master into the love of Elohim and into endurance for the Messiah (v.6). Finally, he says: "In the Name of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah...withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which you received from us [apostles]" (v.6). Read the rest of the chapter.
To then claim, as evangelicals and some ultra-Messianics do, that Paul was anti-Torah is nothing short of ludicrious! He knew it was the fence of our safety that would protect us against the delusion of the spirit of antichrist.
If you love truth, every passage of the Bible will become a jumping-board to more and more truth and it will all effortlessly interconnect and integrate. I don't know how many thousands of times I have tested that and found it to be so.
(From the Diary of Lev-Tsiyon, 7 October 2003, England)