Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A Note To The Image Of God Called Woman 3
A NOTE TO THE IMAGE OF GOD CALLED WOMAN 3
By: Adom Ofori-Asenso
September 2, 2013
Woman! Know that Satan has secrets upon which his deceptions thrive but God reveals them to all those who diligently seek the Lord.
This is the last bit of introductory notes before the key issues will be addressed. Many of you are finding it hard to understand certain things because of Satan’s deceptive schemes. Satan is so daring that, even when things are clearly spelt out in black and white, he manages to deceive many who call themselves sons and daughters of God. The scripture passages for this note are 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and Revelation 2:18-29 which are detailed below for reference.
The beginning of 2 Thess 2 addresses a deceptive seed Satan had sown in the minds of some of the believers in the church of Thessalonica that the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ had already come. This is why I say, Satan is very daring. At the time when not even one-tenth of the end time prophesies had been fulfilled, he managed to plant such a lie and confusion in the minds of some believers. Paul, under the authority of the Spirit of God, straightens this confusion by making it clear in 2 Thess 2:3 that, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will be preceded by the "occurrence of rebellion" and "the revelation of the man of lawlessness" (Antichrist). But these things are being held back for the appointed time. Paul describes the lawless man as " He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God" (2 Thess 2:4). He adds on the works of the lawless man in 2 Thess 2:9-10 as "....in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.....". However, in 2 Thess 2:7, Paul writes: "For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work..."
My friends, we see iniquity mounting up quickly in this present age, but it is still the tip of the iceberg of what is yet to come after the rapture of the saints. Many are the things believers in Christ are engaged in, in this world and they think it is normal, yet it is the secret power of lawlessness at work so they are easily deceived. But it is not all believers in Christ who are deceived and Paul describes those who are deceived as "those who are perishing (2 Thess 2:10)". And he gives the reason why they are being deceived which will eventually lead to their perishing as " They perish because they refused to love the TRUTH and so be saved (2 Thess 2:10)". You have professed Christ; YES, but you can still perish and not be saved on the day of judgment because you were deceived by the secret power of lawlessness at work in this present age by rejecting the truth God grants his saints through divine revelations to expose these secret powers to save you. Proverbs 29:18;"Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish..... (Amplified Bible)".
Divine revelation from God is necessary in the body of Christ because of the secret agenda of Satan. That is why Paul in his letter to the Ephesians writes: "I KEEP ASKING that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and REVELATION, SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HIM BETTER (Ephesians 1:17)." You need this Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God better so that Satan will not outwit you with his secrets. We will not completely know God but we can know God better as He reveals himself to us through his Word.
At this point, we will break down the description of the secret power of lawlessness which is at work in this present age (2 Thess 2:4):
1. "He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped"
Woman! Grasp this satanic secret which has been revealed by God. God created you in His own image for His glory. When people see you, they are supposed to see the works of God and glorify the name of our Lord. Anytime you receive the compliment that you are beautiful, glory is given to God which is a form of worship. Here is the case, you have allowed Satan to exalt himself above the image of God through make-up, perming, fake hair, hair dyeing, jewelries etc and the queen of the coast is being worshiped instead of God. Hardly do you hear someone telling a woman in her natural image that you are beautiful. Yet, masquerading yourself in make-up and all the compliments in the world will be at your doorpost. In the worst case, women in their natural look (God given image) are mocked. You will give account of allowing Satan to use you to exalt himself above God and take the worship due God.
2. "and even sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God"
What do we see in the house of God today? Daughters of Zion, enter into the house of God with all manner of lawlessness. They appear in the image of Satan exalting himself over God and being the center of worship and proclaiming himself to be God. In addition, they break God's propriety in worship by not covering their hairs when they pray, exposing their glory (hair) in the presence of God's glory. Such lawlessness is what has allowed Satan legal right into the temple of God (setting himself up in God's temple) and proclaiming himself to be God [your make-up, fake hair, perming, etc are all Satan’s acts of recreation (correcting what God has made) and that is why he can proclaim himself to be God]. However, Satan can never be above God and that is why all these abominable acts will not enter into the kingdom of God and will perish.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
So you see the implication of what you call ORDINARY make-up, fake hair, perming, jewelries etc in the presence of God. If Satan walks to you and tells you that he wants to exalt himself above God, you would quickly cast him out and bind him. Yet, he has succeeded through his greatest weapon; DECEPTION/SECRETS. But God in His mercies has exposed these deceptions and secrets to us by His Spirit of Truth and Revelation so that you and I will be saved. Yet many are rejecting the truth in this season of grace and as a result will perish.
A more dangerous consequence of refusing the truth is "For this reason God sends a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness [unrighteousness; KJV] (2 Thess 2:11-12)". As you keep rejecting the truth, you become insensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and you give Satan the opportunity to keep you firmly grounded in his lies. And many are those who have professed Christ but are firmly rooted in the lies of Satan by their own will of rejecting the truth and their end will be in hell fire if they do not repent of their ways.
You may say that; God will never throw me into hell fire when I in indulge in all these things because I have accepted Christ.
My sister, do not be deceived. Let’s look at our second passage in Revelation 2:18-29. In the church of Thyatira, they were all Christ professing believers who were on fire for the Lord (Rev 2:19).
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
Yet Jesus sent a message to separate those who tolerate Jezebelic spirit from those who do not (Rev 2:20 "Nevertheless, I have this against you: you tolerate that woman called Jezebel...."). In Rev 2: 24, Jesus makes them aware that some of them have followed after "Satan’s so-called deep secrets". Jesus says "so-called" because from the beginning of the message to the church in Thyatira, Jesus revealed the secret power of lawlessness of Satan at work in the church to them as the influence of Jezebelic acts. Remember, Jezebel died long ago in the book of Kings; yet her name is mentioned here. Jezebel is a demonic spirit. The woman in the book of Kings was the body with which the demon called Jezebel operated through. Most children are initiated into Satan worship even before birth and are named after the demon which will take over their bodies. Hence, though the physical woman called Jezebel died, that demonic spirit still lives and operates to this day. The spirit of Jezebel is tolerated in churches as women put on make-up and wear jewelries which are idols (defiling the temple of God which is their bodies with them) including all lawlessness in dressing.
This is what Jesus said he will do to those in his church (professing Christians) who have tolerated the spirit of Jezebel: ".....and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike their children dead. Then the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and will repay each of you according to your deeds (Revelation 2:22-23)".
And this is what Jesus says to those in the church who have not tolerated Jezebel (Rev 2:24-26):
24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations
My sister, wake up to the TRUTH that will save your soul. Among the people who have professed Christ, there will be separation. Those who will enter into the kingdom of God are those who will overcome the walk on the narrow road to heaven by doing the will of Christ to the end through the sufficient grace of the Almighty God.
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations
Glory be to God. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you precious Holy Spirit.
WHILES I TELL YOU THESE THINGS, I AM KEEPING MY OWN SELF IN THE LINE THROUGH THE SUFFICIENT GRACE AND MERCY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST LEST I MYSELF MISS HEAVEN.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
New International Version (NIV)
The Man of Lawlessness
1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,
2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.
3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,
10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
New International Version (NIV)
To the Church in Thyatira
18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you,
25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[a]—just as I have received authority from my Father.
28 I will also give that one the morning star.
29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.