The End Time Visitation of Jesus Christ:
The Mystery of Iniquity: Apprehending Antichrist within the Presence
Jn. 17:12 While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
II Th. 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the Day of the Lord] will not come unless … the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,...7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work…;
I Jn. 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
No understanding of the parallel dynamic surrounding Christ’s visitations past and present is complete without a grasp of the mystery of lawlessness (alias mystery of iniquity) and the man of lawlessness (alias son of perdition, son of destruction, antichrist) attending that dynamic. The idea of the mystery and the man are one, occurring inside the immediate perimeter and purview of Christ’s visitation. It flows directly from the paradox of the carnal adulation of Christ by the outer masses just studied. Superseding that paradox, this mystery commands our greatest attention, demanding deepest insight in order to escape both the false rejecting and false receiving of our Lord within His Presence.
During the original visitation, the mystery of iniquity was birthed from within the heart of Judas—one of Jesus’ twelve handpicked inner followers—in conjunction with the earthly agenda all Israel sought in the Messiah, climaxing as we saw with the triumphal entry. The mystery acts as an invasive extension of fleshly human agenda directly inside the circle of God’s own Life and power command central. It is distinguished from general popular carnality by the way satan directly interposes himself into the genetic “DNA” of divine purpose within the very Presence of Christ—thereby to co-opt divine eternal purpose unto carnal ends, yielding betrayal of and departure from the divine purpose.
The two elements necessary for producing this mystery, satan’s own presence and the lusty ambition of the flesh, were present from the very beginning of Jesus’ visitation coming off His empowering baptism. Satan was first present to offer Jesus the world’s kingdoms in exchange for worship. And the populace was pre-possessed of the lust that would seek such a ruler.
From that point forward, despite Jesus’ rejection of the temptation, satan strategized the angling of his two elements together, squeezing the outer popular pressure upon Jesus together with his inner enticement of those closest to Jesus whom satan himself might succeed to inhabit, thereby to become clothed in Christ’s own Presence and thus usurp God’s kingdom out from underneath Jesus. This is the sum of the mystery as it pertains to the kingdom power struggle between Christ and Lucifer.
We should be clear: all twelve disciples were candidates for hosting satan’s inner habitation necessary to conceiving and birthing the mystery of iniquity. All twelve began with the same expectations and ambitions as the general populace. Once they were brought into Jesus’ inner confidence, entrusted with the kingdom’s secrets and delegated actual spiritual kingdom power, all twelve made satan’s “most wanted list” for possession in order to effect this kingdom DNA invasion and corruptive conversion of Jesus’ own visitation. To appreciate this, a brief look at the mystery’s effect on Peter is in order:
- Simon Peter: Prime Target of the Mystery
Lk. 22:31“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat…
While Judas turned out to be the one successful kingdom betrayer to host satan, we have evidence that Peter was just as much satan’s target. He may have even been satan’s first target because Peter most forthrightly displayed the attributes of vocal ambition, determination and self-confident impetuosity so well suited to corruptible human leadership. (It also remains that Peter’s apostolic identity has since been hijacked to become the claimed source authority of the end times’ foremost antichrist organization. Let the reader understand.) Regardless, the one small story says it all:
Mt. 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
See in this testy face-off how Jesus recognizes the mystery of iniquity at work in Peter. Jesus directly attributes Peter’s speech to satan, and He identifies Peter’s interest as that of the carnal populace. The two mystery elements are sprouting in Peter’s heart, seeking to co-opt the spiritual kingdom plan.
- Peter and Judas: Comparison and Contrast
A brief comparison and contrast of Peter and Judas is further in order to help us grasp the pervasiveness of the mystery’s attempts to rewrite the DNA of Christ’s visitation from within.
Judas and Peter demonstrate similar traits in succumbing to the treasonous agenda under the aura of the anointing. Both were given God’s power to heal the sick and cast out demons. Both succumbed to becoming mouthpieces for satan in the Presence of the Lord, and both ultimately betrayed the Lord—one by consummated intent, the other by internal fault weakness. Yet one was ultimately inhabited by satan while one was ultimately inhabited by the Spirit of Pentecost. One was known to have been "a devil" from the beginning, while the other was ordained to found the church.
A critical moment separating the two is realized the night of Gethsemane when Jesus tells Peter, "satan has desired to sift you." Both satan and Jesus knew that Peter had everything it took to be a second Judas. And satan really wanted that other Judas. As seen, he had already successfully spoken through Peter (Mt. 16:23) just as he had all along with Judas (Jn. 12:6).
Peter had the same carnal ambitions of kingdom rule that Judas had. If satan could just get that conclusive betrayal out of him—get him to move from fault weakness to determined intent for satisfying that carnal kingdom ambition and so fully open his heart to satan—that's all satan would need in his bid to show himself as "God" within the core body ("temple") of the Lord's discipleship—all under the purview of Christ’s empowered visitation. Yet only by God’s grace did Peter (or any of the other ten) not succumb to perpetrating this mystery.
The point of everything however is this: it is from within the center of Jesus’ visitation that the mystery of co-opted kingdom DNA ultimately forms and executes. It does not finally form from that which remains on the outside among the masses. It takes an inside satan-inhabited “son of perdition” to bring that mass outer pressure to fruition. And anyone on the inside of that visitation entrusted with real kingdom revelation and power is a candidate for that betrayal of spiritual trust.
In the same way this mystery was birthed through Judas from under the conservatorship of Christ, so it is that the man of sin is to be birthed from under the conservatorship of the Presence. But we have much more yet to detail before we get there.
- The Mystery Closer-Up: Demons Casting Out Demons?
Mt. 12:25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? ...28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Mt. 10:1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: ...4 ...and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him. ...7 "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Jn. 6:70 Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"
In Part 2, we witnessed the arousal of demonic activity that occurs just by the mere fact of Jesus’ Presence on tour. Wherever He went, Jesus not only cast out demons, but demons were involuntarily compelled to manifest themselves so as to “act out.” And so it has been throughout the modern visitation as well.
But the mystery of iniquity on the inside of Jesus’ visitation introduces a further complicated pulse involving demon eviction. The above passages illumine the highly confusing relationship between satan’s infiltration of the Lord’s Presence perimeter and the actions pertaining to satan’s own minions outside that perimeter. Please consider this with all diligence.
Pertaining to demonic activity outside His own circle (that is to say, pertaining to casting demons out of the populace), Jesus is emphatic that satan does not go around “casting out satan” of his own accord. Jesus is responding to the pharisaic charge that He Himself was casting demons out of people by satan’s own power, a charge that He equated to the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus explains that satan’s kingdom could not “stand,” that is, operably function, if this were the case. Satanic energy cannot and would not by virtue of its own dynamic apply itself against its own energy, which is what would happen if satan himself, of his own energy, were to cast out demons which operate from the same spirit-energy base.
However, an entirely different scenario occurs from with-inside the Presence perimeter of Jesus’ visitation, one which He equally explains for us. This scenario reveals the operation of the mystery of iniquity. In this scenario, satan indeed casts out satan, but not by or of his own energy capacity. He does so by the energy supply of the Holy Spirit within Christ’s visitation.
This is again revealed to us via Judas. We must steadfastly remember that Judas is the point man for the mystery of iniquity from within the power center of Jesus’ original visitation. Let us observe then how this spells out:
At a certain point, Jesus commissions all twelve disciples, including Judas, to go and cast out demons from the populace. It says He “gave them authority” to cast out the unclean spirits. Luke’s version (9:1) says He “gave them power and authority over all the demons.” Yet at the same time, Jesus refers to Judas as a devil: “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”
In other words, inside of His own visitation, Jesus gives to satan, in the form of Judas, the power of the Holy Spirit to evict demons. Again, this is a dynamic of iniquity under the visitation that requires insight. While satan cannot and does not cast out satan of his own energy, he can and does do so by means of the Holy Spirit given him according to the deluding purpose of God.
Why would satan be willing to do this? It is simply a matter of giving up a short term loss in favor of a long term gain. Satan has no love for his demons, so has no problem sacrificing a few of them in the open populace by his Enemy’s power, if by that disguise it enables him to usurp the interior power center of his Enemy’s very dominion.
The delusional aspect of the devilish Judas possessing God’s genuine inside power to cast out demons, unseemly as that is to us, should not trip us when we already understand that God gives a spirit of stupor upon the carnally deluded outside masses. All this falls under the foundational heart-proving purpose of visitation, and answers to Christ’s original warning, “Take heed how you hear.” He really means, “Take heed with what manner of heart you engage My visitation.” False engagement of heart with the living God yields spiritual delusion, whether one is on the observational outside, or, like Judas, is on the participatory inside of Christ’s ministry.
(For more study on this particular aspect of the mystery, please see the articles Judas under the Anointing and The Holy Spirit of Delusion from the treatise The Holy Spirit in the Church of Laodicea.)
- Failed Discernment: Why Nobody Could Detect Judas
Of great interest is that, throughout the first visitation, no one on the inside of Jesus’ ministry was able to discern the mystery operating in Judas until it was too late. The question becomes, why was this? Why could no one on the inside pick up on seeing Judas for who he really was?
The reason for this is the same as for why the disciples could not listen to Jesus when He told them where He was really headed and what would really happen to Him once He went to Jerusalem that final time. It is because all of them shared the same carnal ambition of Judas and of the larger populace, that’s why.
The other eleven disciples were still blinded by fleshly aspirations that Jesus’ kingdom would then and there take over the corrupt culture, remove the Roman scourge and that they would be co-rulers with Him over this new order. As late as the Last Supper, they were still debating which among them would hold the greatest prominence in that order (Lk. 22:24-27).
The real question here then is not, “Why did none of the others recognize Judas as the devil in their midst?” The real question is, “Why did none of the other eleven become devils like Judas?” The only answer is, “but for the grace of God, there go I.” The Father’s hand of redemption was upon the chosen eleven, to save them from their carnal aspirations. It was not so upon Judas.
Consequent to all the above then, Jesus’ original visitation reveals the work of the mystery and man of lawlessness from within His own kingdom power structure and action. Let us recap then what we have learned about this intertwine:
1. The mystery of lawlessness is satan’s attempt to co-opt the eternal mission of God’s kingdom unto the worship of himself by ultimately inhabiting anyone who dwells within the inner sphere of Christ’s trust and empowerment during His visitation.
2. The mystery occurs by satan’s successful extending of the convergence between himself and human ambition to anyone within the inner sphere of Jesus’ trust during His visitation. (Said differently, the mystery occurs where satan succeeds by proxy (i.e., through someone next to Jesus) what he failed to obtain directly from Jesus on the mount of temptation after Jesus’ empowerment was released.)
3. Everyone who Jesus brought into His inner circle was a target of the mystery, particularly Peter. Where satan succeeded with inhabiting Judas, he failed with Peter, though Peter fell into betrayal by fault weakness only to find redemption.
4. Everyone on the inside of Jesus’ visitation was tainted by the same carnal kingdom ambition yet was given access to the supernatural powers of the visitation, particularly the ability to cast out demons and heal the sick.
5. Though satan does not and cannot ordinarily cast out his own cohorts by his own energy, he does do so via the energy of the Spirit through any proxy within Jesus’ inner sphere. This is something he strategically accepts as short term collateral damage within his long term objective of corrupting the internal DNA of Christ’s kingdom.
6. The mystery at work through Judas inside of the visitation was undetectable by the other disciples because their hearts were all blinded by their own remaining subjection to the same carnal human ambition.
(To be continued…)
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