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2 Corinthians 4:4 The Message
All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.

2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
The Minds of those who are perishing have been blinded. The blindness is of a particular sort. It is a blindness to the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.
Have You ever been In a relationship and at the time you thought this was the best thing that has ever happen to you, and someone close to you that knows you well, warned you that this person isn’t who the are pretending to be but you where blinded by the lust i mean love..
But the moment you get from their web of deceit you see them for who the really are..
You loved them so much you didn’t care too notice that they weren’t a good parent to the kids they had, and you where so surprised when you had a child by them and they did the same thing..
Blind: lacking perception, awareness & perception
The Gospel is the blinding Force: To those who are perishing
1 Corinthians 1:18–29 AV
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1 Cor 1:
Luke 4:18 NLT
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,
Eph 1:13-22
Ephesians 1:13–22 NLT
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.
Oppression: prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control. abuse, maltreatment, ill-treatment, tyranny, repression, suppression, abuse, mental pressure or distress.
 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.

31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not
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30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

Turn to states: the course of this world, the Greek is: the aion of this kosmos. Satan is the prince of this cosmos, and he propagates a philosophy in the cosmos, which is the characteristic of this age.
states: the course of this world, the Greek is: the aion of this kosmos. Satan is the prince of this cosmos, and he propagates a philosophy in the cosmos, which is the characteristic of this age.
Aion means an age, not “age” in the sense of of a period of time.
k See ch. 2:15.
1 John 2:15
1 John 2:15–22 AV
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
l See .

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ* has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross*—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. 7 So we have these three witnesses*—8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.

11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

1 John 5 NLT
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. So we have these three witnesses—the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death. We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
m See .
The Age Of Anti-Christ:
n So ch. 3:14.

a: of the same kind but situated opposite, exerting energy in the opposite direction, or pursuing an opposite policy

serving to prevent, cure, or alleviate

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
We Are Living In an age where wrong is right & right is wrong Woe unto them †that call evil good, and good evil; That put darkness for light, and light for darkness; That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them †that call evil good, and good evil;
oThat put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness* is revealed—the one who brings destruction.*
1.) A falling Away: Apostasy
1 Timothy 4:1–3 GW
The Spirit says clearly that in later times some believers will desert the Christian faith. They will follow spirits that deceive, and they will believe the teachings of demons. These people will speak lies disguised as truth. Their consciences have been scarred as if branded by a red-hot iron. They will try to stop others from getting married and from eating certain foods. God created food to be received with prayers of thanks by those who believe and know the truth.
1 Timothy 4:1-
What does rebellion mean? Refusal to come under the authority of someone who is above you. In Biblical terms, it almost always refers to man rebelling against God.
What does rebellion mean? Refusal to come under the authority of someone who is above you. In Biblical terms, it almost always refers to man rebelling against God.
God HATES rebellion, and says in () it is as the sin of witchcraft.
The Bible also says these things about rebellion:
The Bible also says these things about rebellion:
() 10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: There fore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
10 But ythey rebelled, and zvexed his holy Spirit:
Therefore ahe was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
Lucifer was cast out of Heaven ( How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that idid shake kingdoms;
12 wHow art thou fallen from heaven, ||O Lucifer, xson of the morning!
How art thou ycut down to the ground, which didst zweaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, aI will ascend into heaven,
bI will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
z . So . .
I will sit also upon cthe mount of the congregation, in dthe sides of the north:
14 bI will ascend above the heights of the clouds; eI will be like the most High.
15 Yet fthou shalt be brought down to hell, to gthe sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall hnarrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying,
Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that idid shake kingdoms;
 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Satan revealed his agenda with Jesus, fall down and worship me
To be revealed/made known/bring to light
Matthew 10:26 KJV 1900
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Matthew 10:25 NLT
Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names!
Matthew 16:17 NLT
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
Matthew 16:
Our ability to discern and gain revelation knowledge in this age is major important because of the blinding forces of darkness.
Social and Political correctness
subjects that are taboo to mention or have an opinion about
The toleration of sinful behavior & the celebrity syndrome
g Cited from , .
Pressure thats placed on someone that speaks against something your for. (outcasting)
The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1–2 Thessalonians Remember Earlier Taught Truths and You Won’t Be Deceived (2:5)

Paul has repeatedly told them about the coming apostasy and antichrist: Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

The man of lawlessness/ The son of Perdition: Terms used by modern translations to describe people not restrained or controlled by law, especially God’s law. As rebellion against God, sin is lawlessness (; cp. ). Those responsible for Christ’s death are characterized as lawless () as are Gentiles in their idolatry ().
Terms used by modern translations to describe people not restrained or controlled by law, especially God’s law. As rebellion against God, sin is lawlessness (; cp. ). Those responsible for Christ’s death are characterized as lawless () as are Gentiles in their idolatry (). The leader of the eschatological (end-time) rebellion is called the man of lawlessness (; cp. 2:8). The lawless one is already at work but is presently restrained (2:6–7). The lawless one will be revealed before the return of Christ, who will destroy him with His breath (2:8).
h Cited from .
He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
i .
He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
|| Or, O day star.
4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
y ch. 22:25.
z See marg.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
a . So . . . . Comp. .
b . So . . Comp. , .
c Comp. ch. 2:2.
d .
b . So . . Comp. , .
2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness* is revealed—the one who brings destruction.* 4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
e Comp. .
f So . . .
g . Comp. ver. 19.
h . in the Heb.
i So ch. 13:13. & 23:11.
i So ch. 13:13. & 23:11.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
2 Timothy 3:1–9 KJV 1900
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1–2 Thessalonians Remember Earlier Taught Truths and You Won’t Be Deceived (2:5)

Paul has repeatedly told them about the coming apostasy and antichrist: Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
4 verse: Who opposeth/defy: to be against
2 Timothy 3:
and exalteth himself: lift, raise up over, claim a higher ranks, character or status for oneself.
The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1–2 Thessalonians Remember Earlier Taught Truths and You Won’t Be Deceived (2:5)

Paul has repeatedly told them about the coming apostasy and antichrist: Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? 6 And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? 6 And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
lets look @ 2 thess 2:6-8 verse

6 And now YE KNOW WHAT ||OWITHHOLDETH that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For pthe mystery of qiniquity doth already work: only he who now oletteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that jqWicked be revealed, r[whom the Lord] shall consume s[with the spirit of his mouth

7 For pthe mystery of qiniquity doth already work: only he who now oletteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that jqWicked be revealed, r[whom the Lord] shall consume s[with the spirit of his mouth],

Ye Know what Withholdeth that it might be revealed in his time
The mystery of iniquity doth already work
ONLY he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way
Then shall the wicked be revealed (whom the Lord) shall consume (with the spirit of his mouth)
9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.
That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.
* 2:3b Greek the son of destruction.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
o (Heb.).
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
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