Faith
Wednesday January 5, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"The Hour of Temptation"

Christmas recognizes Christ coming to you the first time and The Hour of Temptation prepares you to recognize Him when He returns; Rev. 12:12 KJV from last week’s article, What Satan Is Up To, introduces this hour:

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

The wrath you face is Satan and his Fallen Angels coming here to tempt you. Matthew 4:3 KJV shows one of Satan’s names to be “Tempter” which explains how The Hour of Temptation received its name:

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Matthew 4:8-9 KJV follows with Satan tempting Christ when he offered Him the world:

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.

With Satan offering Christ the world to worship him, you can rest assured that nothing is held back when he tempts you to worship him during The Hour of Temptation:

Rev. 9:5 KJV shows Satan and his locust army tormenting (tempting) you five months:

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

The “them” in “not kill them” is you. Locust and scorpions are used to teach The Hour of Temptation to you, much in the same manner that matchsticks are used to teach your little ones to add and subtract.

Locust and scorpions are figures of speech with locust representing the Fallen Angels and the scorpion representing Satan who feeds on you. Consuming you is him coaxing you to believe in him.

With Satan being represented by the scorpion, the first thing you should consider is that a scorpion has no stomach. After paralyzing his prey with his stinger (tempting you with your importance to him), he inserts his digestive juices (lies about him being Christ).  This turns his victim’s inside to mush (conditioning you to receive him), allowing its outer body to become his stomach (you serving him).

Rev. 9:10 KJV reaffirms you being exposed to his sting five months:

 

 


 


 

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev. 9:13 KJV shows Satan recognizing that his five months have begun; he is cast here from Heaven:

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

“Woman” represents Eve and her bloodline that Israel, the man child Christ and you came through.

Rev. 12:15 KJV continues to describe the wrath of The Hour of Temptation:

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Like Noah’s flood, Satan’s flood lasts five months but unlike Noah’s flood, his is a flood of lies. What else would you expect to see coming out of his mouth? You believing that he is Christ come to rapture you away is the flood that carries you away.

Do current events reveal that The Hour of Temptation is near and do scary left behind Hollywood movies and hyped up TV rapture sermons support this reality?

Rev. 12:16 KJV shows the earth helping the woman (you) and an abundance of help is precisely what you get. Using the airways of the earth this left behind message “helps” you believe this lie.

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Opening your mouth and swallowing this lie shows that you could do with a little less help; Rev. 12:9 KJV announces just how effective Satan is at getting you to believe that he is Christ come to rapture you away:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

“Deceiveth the whole world” shows that Satan knows what he is doing but considering that God is rounding off when “whole world” is used to express Satan’s effectiveness leaves room for you to be included with those in Rev. 3:10 KJV that withstand The Hour of Temptation:

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth

You and all that dwell upon the earth will be tried by Satan who comes claiming to be Christ. James 1:12 KJV shows you rewarded for enduring this false Christ and for having patience enough to wait for Jesus, The True Christ:

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Knowing that you love Him, are you prepared for this hour?

 

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com