The Daily Word of Righteousness

Fifty-two Kingdom Concepts, #65

The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed." (Daniel 12:7—NIV)

Shattering the Power of the Saints

Twice in Daniel and twice in the Book of Revelation we are told that God will permit the saints to be overcome, that the power of the saints will be shattered. This shattering will take place under Divine supervision in order that Antichrist may be revealed fully.

The Book of Romans informs us that there is no power that can separate a saint from God's love. We understand this. Nevertheless the Bible is clear that after the great latter-rain revival, God will permit the saints to be overcome by Antichrist; this is to say, they will not be able to bear witness in the major cities of the earth.

The saints will be overcome by three powers, sometimes working in their own lives to cause them to fall from their position in Christ, and sometimes working in other Christians or in the secular population resulting in vicious persecution.

The three powers are described symbolically in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation as Sodom, Egypt, and Jerusalem.

Sodom represents the lusts of the flesh.

Egypt symbolizes the love of the world system.

Jerusalem portrays self-will, self-seeking.

The spirit of Antichrist has been in the world since the first century, according to the Apostle John. But after the great end-time revival, God will withdraw the power of the testimony so Antichrist can be revealed fully.

This indeed will be a dark hour, the hour in which no man can work. However, a remnant of anointed believers will remain on the earth, although hidden away according to my understanding. In this remnant will be the power of deliverance, the means of salvation for those who come to them. But it will not be possible in the cities of the earth to be saved or receive the Holy Spirit, even though there will be numerous theologically correct churches, subsidized by the government, preaching and teaching from the Bible. The "dead bodies" of God's witnesses, the Christian churches, will not be destroyed. But the Spirit of God will not be in them.

Satan will be given enormous authority in those days, being able to reach up to the heavenly host and tear some of them down to the ground that he may trample on them. We see this taking place today as prominent Christian ministers, who at one time had been positioned through Christ at the right hand of God, are deceived and torn down until they are wallowing in the lusts of the flesh.

Satan will be able to prevent the prayers of people in the cities from reaching through to God so great will be the spiritual oppression, as I understand the scenario. The reason for the shaking of the earth and the heaven is so all that is not of Christ may be removed from every place of authority.

At the same time, as I understand it, the Throne of God will be passing from the Temple in Heaven into the hearts of the saints.

To be continued.