2 Thess. 2:7-12
A Strong Delusion . . . . . you may be programmed to believe error . . . . .
For many centuries, Christians have “believed” specific things to be facts, yet their belief in some of them is unfounded by Scripture. Reality can be masked, or “misdirected”, by the skilled suggestion of magicians, hypnotists, and other deceivers. The “power of suggestion” and the “placebo effect” were both popularized by the research of Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). Dr. Mesmer studied the power of suggestion; he didn't discover it - it's been around since the Fall of mankind. Hypnosis was developed from his research on psychological suggestion. When people are exposed to errors mixed together with the truth, they can become “mesmerized”, moving the line between what is real and what is not real in their belief system based upon opinions - subtly suggested/taught by trusted “teachers” they have made themselves subordinate to. To misdirect is to delude. Certain beliefs are the direct result of the power of suggestion. We can be naturally fascinated by a teacher, and develop the response of aligning our beliefs to his repeated suggestions. The deceived deceivers bring up specific passages of Scripture, then “misdirect” (divert) your thought process to make you think of something other than what the text is actually saying. This is one example of “mesmerization”.
A Diversion tactic: ACTS 20 "They" want you to notice one thing; the phrase "first day of the week", then hope you go numb to following the rest of the chapter. Acts 20:7-38 begins by describing a "gathering" of believers (Natsarim) in a home, an upper room, where they listened to Paul (Shaul) until midnight, since Paul was departing the following morning. This was at Troas, where they had arrived after "the days of unleavened bread" (7 days following Passover). Have you been taught about "Unleavened Bread" or "Passover" as being a part of your annual observances? Also, notice "there were many lamps in the upper room" - this is because it was after dark. At the start of this gathering in the lamp-filled upper room, Sabbath had just ended, and a few of the Natsarim had come together in this home, and had a bite together (breaking bread). It was after sunset, the resting was over. It was officially the "first day of the week" when Sabbath ended at sunset. There was nothing going on here like a "Mass", or a "communion service". In fact, no one was "worshipping". The believers simply wanted to hear Paul (Shaul) before he left town. Next, they sailed on to Miletos, and called the ELDERS of Ephesos there, to hear an important matter. This whole section needs to be carefully studied, because WHAT SHAUL TAUGHT them is over-looked because of the distraction to make you think about how it was "the first day of the week", stated earlier in the chapter. Get past that, study this chapter closely, and READ THE WARNING Shaul gave to the elders he had called for. It will shake you to your roots, and probably wake-up many of you from a life-long slumber. You should be able to see the "diversion tactic" that has been used to block many people from seeing what Shaul wanted to warn us of. Another diversion tactic is used at 2 Pet. 3:14-18. They try to make you think about Shaul's letters being "Scriptures", to distract you from what is being said -- it's another warning to us. Our main job is to overcome the errors, so we can be effective in our service and reach the LOST with the Truth, the Word, the Torah of the Maker of Heaven and Earth. Our message to them is "Repent, for the reign of YHWH draws near." Repentance means return to the Torah (Ten Words, the Covenant) -- but it has been turned into a misunderstanding, where "grace" and "being under law" are considered to be in conflict with each other. To partake of the New Covenant (Jer. 31, Heb. 8), we must receive a love for the Torah, allowing Yahushua to circumcise our hearts with a love for it.
"Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you." Mt. 28:19. How much of what He had commanded were they to teach "all the nations"? ". . . all that I have commanded you." Surely, the 10 Commandments are involved in "all that I have commanded you" -- don't you imagine? This is the work we all do, not just the "leaders" of our assemblies. Really, Yahushua is the only "leader" we have, and "pastors" are simply organizers. And not all pastors do things in the same way, nor is all pastoring the same. There are a variety of functions and members in Yahushua's Body, His living Temple. Our ministry (work) is different from most others, but no more or less vital to the health of the overall Body.
The answer to the delusion is in Genesis, or what is called “Bereshith” in the original Hebrew, all the way through to Revelation; that we are to rest from all our work as YHWH did on the seventh day of every week. It’s given clearly as a directive in the book of Exodus, the 4th of the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath is spoken of 9 times in the book of Acts. It is called “a sign” (oth) between YHWH and Israel, the only sign of the “everlasting Covenant” (Ex. 31:13-17, Ez. 20:12-20, directly referred to at Heb. 4). At Hebrews 4, we are told specifically that the "rest" involves the 7th day of the week, and that for the "people of Elohim" there remains a Sabbath-keeping. How could they get around that? Simple; by misdirecting the meaning, and deluding the listeners. They have even "suggested" picking a day out of every 7 to rest -- but when you pick the correct one, you're "legalistic". Well, that's better than being "illegalistic" I'd say. If the Covenant is everlasting, its sign is also: the weekly Sabbath. Our Messiah, Rabbi Yahushua, made the heavens and the Earth, and called them as witnesses to this Covenant, and as long as they endure, the Ten Commandments will stand, not just 9 of them. Not one letter can be altered. The Sabbath He kept is not the one Christianity recognizes, simply because Christianity is a religion ABOUT Him, and is not the same religion He teaches and adheres to Himself. Constantine changed the day of rest to his “SUN-day”. Setting aside the Commandments of YHWH in order to adhere to human traditions is very dangerous, as is worship in a way that is humanly invented. You must think outside of the box to get past some strong deceptions.
Many deceptive ideas and customs have been “hidden” in plain sight, openly practiced for all to see. Yet all the while those who promote these ideas have to constantly provide an explanation for them, like a “booster shot”, to keep the masses under the spell of their “vaccination” against the real truth. Being under the spell of their excuses makes the listener “drunk”, and numb to the truth when it does come along. The fact is, those who are “deluded” don’t know they are. If they knew, they would not allow the delusion to continue. The truth comes with a price tag: giving up the comfort of feeling secure in one’s beliefs about reality at any cost in order to attain the truth. It means we have to be prepared to “wake up” and become aware of our previous and/or existing delusions. The movie Matrix comes to mind immediately, since it portrays these circumstances clearly. Some of us are completely "awake", but walking around in a world with the majority of people "dreaming" a reality that's not really there at all. We want to share the truth with you, but you don't even realize that you're "dreaming" or living in a constructed matrix someone designed for you to remain deluded in.
2 Thess 2:7-12 is critical to understand that there is delusion, the working of error:
“7 For the mystery of lawlessness (the secret of “Torahlessness”, living without law) is already at work; only he who now restrains (controls) will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason (Elohim) will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
The word “delusion” used here is translated from the Greek word, PLANOS, #4106 — and means a wrong opinion, errors in morals, a leading astray, a working of error.
How can we tell if we are under a spell or hypnotic trance? Is it possible to test for such a condition in ourselves? The only sure test to find out if we are deluded is to do a personal topical study of Scripture, and compare what we learn from this study with our “reality” as we have perceived it to be. We must be careful to let Scripture speak alone, without our bringing any former beliefs to the study we are undertaking. This will be very sobering to everyone who takes time to test themselves in this way.
If you are like 99% of sincere Christians, you honestly believe that “Sun-Day” is the “Christian Sabbath”. At the same time, you may have been told that “Jewish” believers in the same Messiah may observe the usual “7th day” of the week Sabbath, because they were “BORN” as Jewish-folk. So, we immediately have re-built a dividing wall that had been removed by Messiah’s death and resurrection (Eph. 2:14). Instead of ONE body, we have TWO bodies of Messiah, based on the distinction of being BORN as a Jewish person, or as a Gentile person. This surely cannot be -- it turns out to only be one of many "human traditions", brought about by a working of error (a delusion!).
As you slowly read the book of Acts, you will discover the truth of the matter - never has the 4th Commandment (the Sabbath) been “changed” by any doctrine originating in Scripture. The first chapter of Acts will reveal this to you. A delusion (working of error) has hypnotically entranced most of the world in a deception practiced openly. Oh, but there’s much, much more to be revealed. Are you prepared to fully awaken? The next level will cause you great pain, yet you will be so grateful for reaching it. You will meet with your pastor after you awaken, and he will show you a side of himself you never knew to exist. He will seem to be “asleep” to you.
Topics that you should personally study to test yourself for being deluded:
The Sabbath - has anyone changed which day is the Sabbath mentioned in the 10 Commandments? Sure they have - it was imposed by Roman emperor Constantine I. But can the change be found in Scripture? Well, yes; but it's a bad thing -- read Daniel 7:25. It may be that it is linked to the "mark of the beast" (Rev. 13) since "buying and selling" is NOT allowed to be done on the Sabbath Day. Those having the beast's mark (Sun-Day?) are allowed to buy and sell, but those having YHWH's mark (the Sabbath) are not permitted to buy and sell -- but this is self imposed on these obedient folks, only pertaining to the day of rest. Scripture refers to those who disobey the Covenant (Torah) as dogs and beasts. The Commandments -- and those obedient to them out of love -- reveal who is of YHWH and who is a servant of the deceiver of this world. (And this article is about delusion, deception, and error).
The Personal Name of our Creator - has it been intentionally concealed and removed from the common translations, according to their own admission in the preface? Have you ever looked up the word "GOD" in a good encyclopedia to learn the origins of the word?
Messiah's real Name - Is there only one (Acts 4:12), and is it Yahushua or Jesus?
The re-newed, or "New Covenant" - What is it? Can we find it in the Scriptures? (see Jer. 31, Ez. 36, Heb. 8).
Bible - is this word found in the Scriptures, or ever used by Scripture to refer to itself? Or, is it a Pagan deity's name? (investigate Biblia, Biblos). To wet your appetite for more, here's a glimpse at some TRUTH:
This is what the Encyclopedia Americana (1945 Edition) says under the topic “GOD”:
“GOD (god): Common Teutonic word for personal object of religious worship, formerly applicable to super-human beings of heathen myth; on conversion of Teutonic races to Christianity, term was applied to Supreme Being.” NO! IT CAN’T BE TRUE! But it is true.
Rabbi Yahushua haMashiach informed us that the Scriptures bear witness of Him (Jn. 5:39). He also told us He is the Master of the Sabbath (Mk 2:28), and to pray that our flight not be in winter or on a Sabbath (Mt. 24:20 - an END TIME warning). It is the sign of the everlasting Covenant (Ex. 31, Ez. 20), yet following human misdirection, we are easily deluded to believe it has been changed to Sun-Day. Human reasoning hypnotically explains our reality for us, while Scripture is completely silent about any change in Sabbath observance. Paul (or Shaul), the same fellow that most people quote to explain how they don't have to obey the Covenant (Torah), told us to "TEST" ourselves to see if we are in the true faith (2Cor. 13:5). I would ask no more of any of you. If YHWH is going to severely punish the nations that fail to observe the feast of Booths (Sukkoth) during the Millennial Reign (Zech. 14), how much will He punish those who completely ignore ALL His Sabbaths? Another question to ask yourself is, would He punish anyone who stepped out of the line of "lemmings" and actually obeyed Him by resting on the 7th day of every week? Only the other lemmings are going to get upset over it.
When sent to "basic training", young men are re-programmed to suppress their moral character, and to obey orders to KILL on demand. This "brain-washing" doesn't work on each individual, however the goal is to have enough affected that the objective is still achieved. When the principles of psychological suggestion are applied to religious control, the same effect is achieved -- repeated suggestions to suppress moral character (the conscience that warns us of being out-of-bounds) will brain-wash most of those exposed to it.
TEST EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, INCLUDING THIS ARTICLE, WITH THE WORD OF YHWH -- HE DOES NOT CHANGE. "SABBATH" UNDERSTOOD HERE IS THE ACTUAL 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK, NOT THE CATHOLIC SABBATH CALLED "SUN-DAY" (THE CHANGE ENFORCED BY CONSTANTINE, EDICT OF MILAN 321 CE). THE PROTESTANTS INHERITED THE DAY-OF-THE-SUN "SABBATH" FROM THE CATHOLICS. THOSE WHO BELIEVE SUN-DAY IS THE SABBATH MIGHT NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE USE OF THE WORD "SABBATH" IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, IF THEY'VE BEEN LED TO THINK THE APOSTLES CHANGED THE DAY OF REST. ACTS WAS WRITTEN BY LUKE ABOUT 31 YEARS AFTER THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION. ALSO, YAHUSHUA (YAHSHUA) MADE THE ESCHATOLOGICAL STATEMENT, "PRAY THAT YOUR FLIGHT WILL NOT BE IN WINTER, OR ON THE SABBATH" MT. 24:20 -- THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO MENTION IT IF HE INTENDED TO CHANGE WHICH DAY IS THE SHABBAT, SO WE WOULD KNOW ABOUT IT NOW. TAKE NOTE: HE MENTIONED THE SABBATH IN THE CONTEXT OF DESCRIBING EVENTS IN THE END TIMES. ALSO, THE CHURCH OF ROME FREELY ADMITS THERE IS NO SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR THE CHANGE, BUT IT WAS THE CHURCH ITSELF THAT MADE THE SABBATH CHANGE (CONSTANTINE). CONSULT DANIEL 7:25 ALSO, BECAUSE IT PREDICTED THIS CHANGE OF LAW. IS SUNDAY THE SABBATH? THAT'LL BE EASY TO FIGURE OUT ONCE YOU MAKE A STUDY OF IT ON YOUR OWN.
This article needs to be read by every seminary student, teacher, theologian, truck driver, architect, electrician, accountant, salesperson, - - - every person alive. People's thoughts have been programmed to ignore YHWH's Torah through mind-control techniques. Please do all you can to get it circulated so the Truth can set them free.
There has also been a long-term conscious effort in the fields of education and media to “steer” our culture toward Humanism. The “New World Order” ultimately seeks to eliminate all religion, the family, and private property. They promote atheism, socialism, and evolution. When lies are repeated over and over, they eventually are accepted as truth. Do all you can to counter the lies with the Truth.
So, are you deluded, or have you been awakened? Test yourself, and find out.
The faith became "Hellenized" (transformed into a Pagan Greek format) over the first several centuries. Instead of Gentiles adopting the religion of the Messiah and joining Israel (Romans 11), they drew away and invented a religious system "about" the Messiah, but according to their former Pagan system and liturgical calendar.
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