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Friday, March 27, 2015

Love of the truth preparation for the last days

"The bringing forth of the “son of perdition”, “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God”, is readily staged “after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish – because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved”. The final assault on the eternal covenant of the Lord consists in a ridiculing of guilelessness and sensibility, and in a direct attack on the faithfulness of God and veracity of His word. The answer to the senseless aggression and onslaught lies with the people “created for His praise” in the demonstrating of a love for the truth and which, at the same time, is ready to give up its right to life. It is said of the Church of the last days: “They loved not their lives to the death”. Martyrdom is more than dying prematurely; it is marked by sacrificial living. The “lying wonders” of the last days attract those who define salvation in terms of pain relief and easy living. God seeks men who dare to live sacrificially – thereby speaking radically against the mystery of iniquity. 2 Thess 2:3, 2 Thess 2:9-10, Isa 43:21, Rev 12:11"       Lars Widerberg

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