Would you believe if there seem to be some kind of a strong delusion happening even inside the Philadelphia Church of God? The answer was written in Jeremiah 4:10 and prophesied to happen in our time right now: “Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely THOU HAST GREATLY DECEIVED this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.” Lange’s Commentary has this to say about the verse:
“And I said: Ah Lord Jehovah, Surely thou hast prepared deception for this people and Jerusalem, Saying : ye shall have peace, And yet the sword reacheth even to the soul…” The prophet here declares what impression was made by the denunciatory prophecy upon himself …This denunciatory prophecy does not at all harmonize with that earlier and exceedingly glorious one in chapter 3:12-25 …(V)ery many commentators refer PREPARED DECEPTION to the false prophets …But is it conceivable that a true prophet like Jeremiah would have traced back false prophecy so directly to the Lord? Comparison with 1 Peter 1:11 renders it conceivable that Jeremiah may himself have been deceived as to the difference of the times.
The prophet Jeremiah received a “denunciatory prophecy upon himself” (denunciatory means a rebuke, a condemnation) and he later found out that God has sent a “strong delusion” (just like in 2 Thessalonians 2:11). This is what the JFB Commentary wrote regarding the subject:
“thou hast … deceived — God, having even the false prophets in His hands, is here said to do that which for inscrutable purposes He permits them to do (Exo. 9:12; 2 Thes. 2:11; compare Jer. 8:15; which passage shows that the dupes of error were self-prepared for it, and that God’s predestination did not destroy their moral freedom as voluntary agents). The false prophets foretold “peace,” and the Jews believed them; God overruled this to His purposes (Jer. 5:12; Jer. 14:13; Ezek.14:9).”
Even Jeremiah himself at some point in time thought that he has been deceived by God; “O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.” (Jer. 20:7)
What could be the reason God uses another strong delusion in this last end? Let us find the answer in Mr. Flurry’s book, Malachi’s Message:
GOD SENDS “STRONG DELUSION”
Many of God’s people will be captured by Satan’s deceit, if they don’t wake up! God is allowing and sending ‘the full force of evil’s delusion’ (2 Thessalonians 2:11, Phillips) and “powerful heresies among them” (Norlie) …God is sending “strong delusion” to people who have the truth! His very own people! And most of them are perishing spiritually. Why? Because they don’t love God’s truth! It’s God’s way of testing how much we love His truth. Soon, many will understand that the Laodicean leaders are going in the wrong direction …God says He will send ‘strong delusion’ to test His people. God wants to know if they love Him and His truth more than a man, a church, or even their own lives (Luke14:26). That is what 2 Thessalonians 2 is all about! (pp. 88-90)
At the conclusion of the last end, this “strong delusion” could most likely involve the search for the Ark of the Covenant (in chapter 3:16) in Ireland (Dan, chapter 4:15). God has allowed this strong delusion which is probably brought about by an end-time type of Amaziah, a chief priest in God’s house – through his paying attention to fables and endless genealogies (1 Timothy 1:3-4) – in which Ireland itself is so full of. One example is a reference to the “Annals of the Four Masters” even during the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles. Is this not the same as preaching another Jesus?
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (2 Cor. 11:2-4)
Let’s see HOW the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1). Notice carefully that Satan beguiled Eve through a seemingly minor QUESTION: “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Is this the very same strategy that Satan is doing or has already done to beguile spiritual Eve (God’s Church)? (This was the same strategy that was used in introducing the Jeremiah 4:15 thought to Mr. Flurry regarding Ireland – through a seemingly minor QUESTION)
Could it also be that the serpent (Satan) once again beguiled Eve (God’s Church) through his subtlety by substituting God’s word (Jesus Christ in print) with fables and endless genealogies (Annals of the Four Masters)? Is it just a coincidence that even the place where the next planned archaeological dig would be in Ireland, which is actually the tribe of Dan and is symbolized as a SERPENT?
It is also interesting to note that the tribe of Dan is not even mentioned among the 144,000 in Revelation 7:4-8. The big question is, WHY?
Let’s have a little background on the tribe of Dan: (From the PCG’s Personal Correspondence Department)
Thank you for your recent inquiry. You asked why the tribe of Dan is not mentioned in the 144,000 described in Revelation 7.
“It is interesting to note that Dan is also left out of the genealogies of I Chronicles 1-9. This historical point of interest helps explain why Dan was not mentioned in Revelation 7:5-8.
The tribe of Dan as a whole was guilty of IDOLATRY — even to the point of stealing the idols they used to practice their religion (Judges 18:14-31). Theirs was the first organized idolatry in ancient Israel, and the longest in duration. It continued “until the day of the captivity of the land,” nearly 500 years later (Judges 18:30). Jewish tradition says that Dan was the first tribe to follow Jeroboam into his sin of idolatry. In their literature, the term ‘Dan’ is often used to represent idolatry.
From this summarized history of the tribe of Dan, it becomes obvious why Dan would not be among the 144,000 ‘servants of God’ described in Revelation 7:1-4. Dan thoroughly rejected God’s true religion for thousands of years, substituting a continuous tradition of idolatry. The descendants of Dan say, “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord” (Gen. 49:1, 18). The vast majority of Danites must wait for salvation until AFTER the sealing of the 144,000.
It is reassuring to know that Dan and all the other tribes of ancient Israel WILL be saved. In fact, Dan is mentioned FIRST in the apportionments of land in the soon-coming Millennium (Ezek. 48:1). The Bible records, “ALL Israel shall be saved” (Rom. 11:26). The 144,000 are only a very small portion of the people of all nations who will eventually be saved.
Now let’s consider for a moment Jacob’s prophecy for his son Dan (which is Denmark and Ireland) in Genesis 49:17 -“Dan shall be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider falls backward.” (RSV) From Clarke’s Commentary we read concerning Genesis 49:17:
Dan shall be a serpent – The original word is nachash, and we have seen on Genesis 3 that this has a great variety of significations. It is probable that a serpent is here intended, but of what kind we know not; yet as the principal reference in the text is to guile, cunning, etc., the same creature may be intended as in Genesis 3.
Indeed it is intended as in Genesis 3:1-7 and the one being discussed by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2-4! And when we speak of serpents, in the Bible they are connected to Satan, sin, and judgment. Here is what the JFB Commentary further wrote regarding the subject:
a serpent … an adder– A serpent, an adder, implies subtlety and stratagem
Below are the meanings of those words according to the dictionary:
subtlety – the quality or state of being subtle
stratagem – an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy
To further define the word subtlety, we go to its root word, subtle:
subtle – operating in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious (awaiting a chance to entrap)
And from the Strong’s Concordance we find the word “adder” in the original Hebrew word:
shephiyphon, shef-ee-fone’; from an unused root mean. the same as H7779; a kind of serpent (as snapping), prob. the cerastes or horned adder:–adder.
Looking at the words that were defined, we can see that it describes a snare or a trap that was set-up by the great serpent Satan the devil which would snap out of our faces! The serpent is once again beguiling Eve! And God is allowing it to happen!
The end-time type of Amaziah most likely gave a friendly counsel or advise to That Prophet: “O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there.” And it could be to this effect: “O That Prophet, go back to where the prophet Jeremiah has transplanted a descendant of Judah there in Ireland and do a work there say, an archeological dig perhaps to get the ark of the covenant, but before that, establish first an office in Bricket Wood, England where a nearby Jew is sitting on King David’s throne; have a feast site there in Ireland, and might as well prophesy of that. You don’t have to worry a bit; anyway, it’s all about the LAND of Judah, right?”
Look at the great deception there, this end-time type of Amaziah pretends to give a FRIENDLY COUNSEL concerning the land of Judah which he may have included Ireland and England referring to Jeremiah 4:15, when in real fact, it was only done to mislead That Prophet from his original commission. We must always REMEMBER what Mr. Armstrong wrote:
Do you think that same wily Satan could not deceive people in God’s Church today? Of all the people on earth, WE are the very ones he wants most to deceive. He has the rest of the world deceived already. And remember a deceived person does not know he is deceived – else he would not BE deceived! (The Worldwide News, Nov. 16, 1981)
Could God allow the whole Church be deceived again, even the Philadelphia Church of God, as what the end-time Elijah has also gone through in the 1970’s?
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