Wicked Men and Impostors Will Grow Worse and Deceive Many
These were the words from Paul in his day. If he was this concerned back then, where does that leave us now? With the various translations from the original languages and with all the renditions of “simplifications” to try to make Gods word more acceptable? We have to ask ourselves, if scripture is that hard for them to understand, what makes them qualified today to modify the writings passed on from previous generations? Also if one is trying to convey something from his language to the same language in a different way, maybe thats because they had a hard time understanding it, or that they have another agenda all together.
The truth be told, they were deceivers or they were learning as they go like us. And for those of us with years of dedication with the directive of “The Revelation of —- Christ” being in the flow, it is easy to see the inconsistencies. And you may ask what are our qualifications? Well, the flow of revelation. That revelation is progressive in nature and until you have the full revelation, that scripture is progressive and builds up to a crushendow, you dont even know the progression unless you’ve made it through various plateaus.
Case and point.
What is the difference between the resurrection and the ascension. Because if you don’t know the difference between the resurrection and being raised up (the ascension), then you’ve quite likely discredited at least half of the New Testament because even the translators till now have not understood the difference. So let us answer that one as our first credential.
The Resurrection in the most basic terms
Simply put, the resurrection is only a reversal of the fall in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve fell in the spirit of their minds and needed to be raised back up. We say their minds because there were no broken bones or spilled blood just a new found emotion called fear. That is why God the Father and the Son many times said first “do not fear”. So after replacing fear with faith and a new found trust by defeating the fears of the day, this puts you where Adam and Eve left off before the apple. Yes the apple today along with other similar equipment is replete with the promulgation of fear. So if this trips you up and its beyond your comprehension, where we go next we just befuddle you more. Our point here is not that topic but just to make the point that if the “translators” did not understand this one concept, then they likely missed the mark on other key factors concerning the faith as well. And moreover those who cannot distinguish between the old and New Covenants by using the old as needing to happen again, these are in contempt of scripture because you cannot put new wine in old wine skins and vise versa. If you look to the old to project the future you are a false prophet because “all the Law and the Prophets were till John the Baptist, (that is it) now the kingdom is preached and all (who believe) are entering”. Which brings up more heresies because those who go to scripture to try and figure out the future on earth, are using scripture for their bad news when the gospel is the good news because that is what gospel means. Glad tidings of joy.
Now if this is all new to you, or at least some, we’ve proved our point because part of the problem is with the expositors and part of it is with the translators. Hence, wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived” is seen pretty clear right here.
Part of the problem with this scenario is that people just figure that if someone comes in the name of Christ with good intentions that they are okay to listen to, and not so. The point is, you have to be like the Berians who checked the scriptures regularly for themselves. And that brings us back to another lesson from the Garden of Eden.
In the beginning God had made mankind in His image and likeness. Male and female made He them. The distinguishing factor of being made in Gods likeness is to have a self sovereignty because that is what God is, and that is what we become, but only as we take the initiative to do so. God could have made robots to worship Him and to interact with Him, but you think about it. How much trust and friendship can you get from a Manichean in a store window? Well for God to be our Father, and for us to be like Him, we have to do so by acquiring our own sovereignty or we embarrass Him. So we do this through trial and error. This is why scripture says that “we as beholding His image in a mirror, are being transitioning into His self same image from the Glory to the Glory as by the spirit”. So we know where the change takes place.
So for those expecting a rapture or even to die to get your glory later, are missing out on the purpose of scripture in the here and now as we just quoted. But once again “wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived” and not the other way around. We” made this point a few times because this is the point. You, me and we have to look and pray and push and press in to lay hold of why God laid hold of us. Yes, it is a free gift, but it is given for tje taking. Think about the sripture that says that the violent take it by force. This isn’t a walk in the park sometimes.
This is why we are told to “put ye on Christ”. This is the purpose of scripture, and it is progressive, hence we are told to press in to attain, so let no one rob you of your reward. That the Kingdom is preached and the aggressive take it by force” knowing that since God gave it to us don’t be meek or shy. To “run the race with endurance”, meaning don’t tire.
So having an understanding of the objective of scripture, of our own transfiguration NOW, beware because there are some passages in scripture that purposefully interject a redirect for the disingenuous seekers. Even as the parable of fishing with nets to throw the unqualified back.
You can go to scripture to try and learn to be a good person but once again, that is not the purpose for. Scripture wasn’t given to make good people for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Meaning to be good in Gods eyes and sin free is to be in Glory because anything short of the shared glory is a sub-standard lower level associated with the fall. Falling short of the Glory” defines sin as not being in glory. So as much as mans religions pushing good behavior, don’t know the purpose of scripture.
Now then, back to the multiple translations. Because wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived should because for us to believe that the earlier renditions of scripture to be more accurate. So yes there is truth in that, but we have to go further if we are to “work it out on our own”.
As we look at the development of the Bible, we have to understand the various stages it has gone through. It wasn’t until king James that a version was authorized. Then to take the supposed “authorized version and remove the center section that is now called “the Apocrypha” and said to be false teachings, you are all taking that st face value but think about it. Why was it good and why is it not good now? The unfortunate thing is that with each variation, there is at minimum a slight change in doctrine. And when you add up all the renditions and changes over time, how do you think the verse that says that “wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived”. Where do you think we are today? This is kinda scary given the fact that Christ asked if He would really find faith on earth.
So we’ve questioned personal intentions, versions and translations and the Apocrypha. We cannot stop there because what about the “canon”, being the “approved” texts. What about king James. And who is He that the Creator God would need hid authorization?
We have in the book Jude a quote from the Book of Enoch saying he prophesied of the Lord coming with thousands of His Saints to execute judgment on the ungodly and the unrighteous. If Enoch is an approved text, what about the rest of His books? And what about all of Enochs books because according to his very texts themselves, they claim that they would still be valid in the last generation.
And this is an important part of the puzzle because since “wicked, impostors… and … Is Enochs book a sanctified text for the end? Does Enoch hold clues and truths for “those on whom the ends of the age have come”? That he is sanctioned in the end?
We have to ask ourselves, what else is written by Enoch? Because if things are projected to get worse, for me, i’m going to use Enoch and the likes to correct my doctrine and understanding because that is me working off of and building up my own sovereignty to more succinctly interact with the original sovereign who made us and gave us an opportunity to retrieve a look alike of Himself for ourselves, as we read here “And to as many as received Him, to them He gave permission and power to do so along with the tuteledge of His Holy Spirit who didn’t leave us as orphans on our own. Our retrieval is our reward, and what we retrieve is Godliness.
Here are some supporting quotes from Enoch.
The (1st) Book of Enoch, chapter 1 verse 1. The blessing of Enoch with which he blessed the Elect and the Righteous who would be present on the day of tribulation, at the time of the removal of all the ungodly ones. And Enoch the blessed and righteous man of YHVH took up his parable while his eyes were open and saw, and said, “This is a holy vision from the heavens which the angels showed me: and I heard from them everything and I understood. I look not for this generation but a distant one that is coming. I speak about the Elect concerning them.”
Fifth Book of Enoch chapter 5.6
The Angel told Enoch “This place which you see here, are cast the spirits of sinners and blasphemers, and those who work wickedness, and of those who pervert everything that God has spoken through the mouths of the prophets of the things that shall be.”
The Kingdom of God is still at hand, and even more-so now with the counterfeits in such large numbers. ‘The first shall be last, and the last shall be first? That is pretty exciting!!!