2Thessalonians -- He will make our name great

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Isaiah 53:1Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

In Ephesians we see that one of the blessings with which the church has been blessed is that the Lord will make our name great. He makes your name great by having you slay giants. The church is now in a battle with the Tech Giants who want to bring us into bondage, stamp out our liberty which we have in Christ. So let's look closer at this book.

2Thess 1:1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,

We need to remain in the fellowship of the apostles. It is a sure word. It has stood the test of time. The arm of the Lord has been revealed to them and they will help us to also to see. Isaiah 53:2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostles had the vision that the church, this tender shoot would grow up into the fullness of God. Think about what the church was at the time of Paul and what it has grown into today, that will strengthen your faith. At the time of Paul it might seem absurd to think that the church would become so mighty that the gates of Hades could not prevail against it, but look at how much it has grown. Paul had this faith because the arm of the Lord had been revealed to Him. and like a root out of dry ground. Isaiah also gives us this vision. The church has been wandering in the desert for the last 2,000 years just as the children of Israel did when they had an exodus from Egypt. The first step in bringing these tech giants down is to boycott them. Yes, it will be like going into the desert, having to fend for ourselves. But this is the path that Gandhi took and the path that Martin Luther King Jr. took. This kind will only come out by prayer and fasting, and fasting is to boycott. The Birmingham Bus boycott was a fast.

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. The church has grown like a root out of dry ground. Consider the persecutions and trials we have endured these last two thousand years. The apostles are boasting about the endurance of the church. We have grown out of dry ground. But because of that our roots are deep, we can make it through intense droughts. We are equipped to endure this coming trial. The first stage of the trial is to slander, insult and ridicule you. If you have been trained in the gospel this is nothing, it is like water rolling off a duck's back. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. If this bothers you then you aren't worthy to be called the Lord's disciple.

5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

Instead of getting upset realize that this treatment is evidence that what we are doing is right. Look if it was wrong the enemy would love to let us speak, they would love to publicly humiliate us as to why we are wrong, why we are naive, why we made a mistake. The fact that they cannot address any of the claims and only mock and ridicule is evidence that we are right. When you seek His kingdom and His righteousness there is nothing to attract you. The church is composed of those despised and rejected by mankind. The church is composed of those in low esteem. God’s judgement begins with the house of God. Therefore God is right to count you worthy of the Kingdom for which you are suffering. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.

We have to have faith that God is just, that God will repay, and that God will give relief. The prosperity gospel says that our wealth and success attract people to the church, but that was not what attracted us to the Lord. We thought He was being punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. We were like Job’s friends. But when we were troubled we were able to partake of the fellowship of His sufferings, this is our daily salvation. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.

This is what we believe, He came as a peace offering for us, to heal us and save us. Those who have rejected this peace offering will be punished with an everlasting destruction. We also believe that the Lord is coming to be glorified in His holy people. We will be “to the praise of His glory”. For two thousand years we have had faith in this. We didn't preach the gospel of the law courts, or the gospel of the state legislators or the gospel of Mike Pence. No, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

Yes, this includes us. We were sheep that had gone astray and Jesus was our sin offering. He healed us, saved us, and made peace with God for us. This is not a one time occurence. We are prone to go astray. The secret is to believe the testimony, the fellowship of the apostles. Obey that fellowship and we too will “be to the praise of His glory”. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
 
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If you can cut Amazon.com’s revenues by 12% you will most likely eliminate their profit by 100%. It obviously depends on the mix, cutting revenue from 3rd party sellers would probably have much less impact on them than a decrease in their physical stores. Also ad sales are probably pure gravy for them so cutting ad sales (a direct impact of views and searches) is probably a one to one relation with a decrease in profit.

Amazon (Revenue in 2018: $232.9 billion)
  • Amazon gets the most from its online stores (52.8%) as well as third-party seller services (18.4%)
  • Amazon’s fastest-growing segment is offline sales in physical stores
  • Offline sales generate $17.2 billion in current revenue, growing 197% year-over-year
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) is well-known for being Amazon’s most profitable segment, and it counts for 11.0% of revenue
  • Amazon’s “Other” segment is also rising fast – it mainly includes ad sales
Amazon
$232.9 billion = revenue
$10.1 billion = net revenue
4.3% = margin

In September of 2020 Amazon.com had 2 billion views, and that appears to be a reasonable average for the last year. I suppose by the end of January we will get an update on their combined views and since this attack on Parler and free speech was not known until January 9th that will still not fully reflect the impact since that date. But there will be two things to look at:

Revenue and the views. Revenue less than 17 billion will be a huge red flag for them. Views less than 1.7 billion will be a huge red flag.
 
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11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[c]

If you are worthy of His calling you will be counted worthy to suffer on behalf of His name. If you want Jesus to be glorified in you then you will need to drink the cup that He drank and take up your cross and follow Him. Our prayers are that you would be worthy of His calling. His calling includes taking up our cross and following Him. Have you gone outside the camp to embrace His disgrace? Are you turning the tables on the money changers who are trying to turn the House of God the House of prayer into a place that worships mammon?

2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Paul is referencing Dan 8:23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. This is the latter time and we have a world leader who has arisen that can be referred to as a "King" and he has "fierce features" (not clear here but in 2Thess Paul says he is lawless, he opposes everyone, and he exalts himself above everything). This "king" understands sinister schemes. Isaiah refers to this 29:15 Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” 16 You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? This was a secret plan. But how secret is this, God formed you, not the other way around. He revealed this to Daniel and to Paul. Dan 8:24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; To continue with this line, he uses the corona virus to achieve his goals even though the virus is not within his power to control. He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. So even though the destruction from this virus is fearful for example, this man is going to prosper and thrive, and he won't just trample down the poor, the immigrants, but even the mighty, the rich and powerful, and God's holy people. Right now we are watching businesses go down in flames due to the pandemic, this will impact everyone. Banks who hold the mortgages, real estate magnets, etc. However, some companies are thriving: Google, Facebook and Amazon.com. The attack is not just against businesses, banks and real estate companies, but also against the church. Maybe just shut down worship worldwide. 25 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; Essentially what Paul said about him being lawless, opposing everyone and exalting himself above everything. Right now we are seeing deceit to prosper, this riot at the Capital building is an example of deceit prospering. It was a cunning attack and was instantly used to push for greater power, greater control and greater deceit. But he shall be broken without human means. So just like Jehoshaphat went out to war with the singers and worshippers the defeat of the antichrist will be by God's spirit. All of the prophecies point to this defeat, but not by judges, legislators or Mike Pence. It will be of God, not man. Some say that God is in control, this is true. But let me ask you a question, when the Lord is victorious do you want to be there on the battlefield with him? Are you content to simply be a spectator or even worse someone hiding at home? Those who are ashamed to proclaim Him among men He also will be ashamed of to proclaim their names. 26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.” The vision is “sealed up”. Until we saw the corona virus we could never understand how “his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power”. How could they cause the entire oil market to totally crash eliminating the support for the Palestinians? That is mighty, it was due to this corona virus, and that was not by his own power.

Daniel 9:25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. These 70 weeks referred to by Daniel refer to the “rebuilding of Jerusalem” which is the return of Jerusalem to the sovereignty of the Jews. That is what the current peace treaty proposed by Washington does. You should not think the 70th week began in 1948 or 1967 because up to this day the world (other than the US) has not recognized that Israel is sovereign over Jerusalem. The last week begins the peace treaty is made with the many, but the 70 weeks began on January 23, 1950 when Israel made Jerusalem their capital. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. It is generally understood that this refers to the crucifixion of Jesus and Titus coming to destroy Jerusalem. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him”. “He will confirm the covenant” is understood that Antichrist confirms that the Jews have the liberty to worship God according to their covenant. This confirming is “for one seven” or for seven years. That is not the confirming of the New Testament covenant, that is forever. This includes sovereignty over Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. This is precisely what the secret peace treaty that the Whitehouse just made public the second week of May says. As a result of the covenant being confirmed Israel begins the sacrifices and offerings in their covenant. This gets reneged on after three and a half years, again suggesting that it was Antichrist who did the confirming, not Jesus or the Messiah or God. God is faithful and would not break a covenant. He will confirm the covenant “with the many”. Right now this peace treaty must be confirmed “with the many”, that is with the UN.

2thess2:3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. The man who does this is referred to as “the man of lawlessness”. He can also be recognized because he will oppose everyone and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped.

It is amazing how little anyone pays attention to this "rebellion". According to Paul it comes first! Jesus said that we had the wheat and tares growing together then at the end of the age He would send out his angels (messengers, servants) to bundle up the weeds and cast them into the fire (first) and then gather the wheat into the barn. These tares are the rebellion. In Luke the Lord said that if we had known at what hour the thief was coming we would have protected our house. This thief coming is the rebellion. Stopping this steal is the key prophecy that comes first. The Lord said that many Christians would be asleep and if they were asleep His coming would be like a thief to them. Step 1 there will be a rebellion and God's people, his army, his camp will hear his voice and rise up to stop this rebellion, this steal, this cunning deceit. These weeds will be bundled and cast in the fire. Then Step 2 there will be a rapture of God's people. If you are a Christian and are left behind at this first rapture His coming will be like a thief.

So what exactly is this rebellion? The New Testament ministry is likened to the festival of Hanukkah where the Maccabees stood against Antiochus and attempt to wipe out the worship of God and impose the Greek culture on all people. Our ministry is the eight days of light, the oil that never runs out, the army of God defeating the giants.
 
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5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

There is a lot of discussion on what is holding him back. But Paul tells us we know what is holding him back. It is Jesus as "the Spirit" that has been breathed into the church . Right now if you open your eyes you can see a massive struggle between those who are indwelt by the Spirit and this cunning deceiver who is trying to steal, usurp and kill.

7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

What is the rapture? It is the snatching up of God's redeemed, it is a salvation as Satan tries to destroy them, it is similar to be resurrected and ascended. These are the ones who are one with the Lord to "hold back the evil one". Being "taken out of the way" is to be raptured. People cannot understand how these protestors at the Stop the Steal rallies are still continuing. They challenged the election results after Nov 3, they continued right up until the states certified each election and selected the electors and yet they still continued right up until the Federal government certified the election and yet they are still continuing. What they don't get is this is the word here, these ones will continue to do so until they are taken out of the way with the rapture. How exactly did the Lord defeat sin? He endured a joke of a trial and a horrendous prosecution to expose the corruption of the Jewish religion and the Roman government. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e]; by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Then His resurrection and ascension was God's judgement on this. In the same way we are continuing to hold back sin as the corruption gets fully revealed. Our rapture will be God's judgement on this.

8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

We are not ignorant of Satan's devices. We know he is the accuser of the brethren. We know he is a liar, thief and murderer from the beginning. There is a stark contrast between Jesus and the antichrist. Between the one who was an offering for sin and the lawless one. The one in whom the will of the Lord prospers in His hand verses the one who works rebellion, who is doomed to destruction. The righteous servant who justifies many verses the one who serves the lie and with wickedness deceives those who are perishing. A contrast between the one who bears the iniquities of many versus the one who delights in wickedness. One by one those who stand for righteousness will be removed. That is revealed at the 5th seal when we see under the altar those who were killed for the word of God and the testimony that they maintained. They were holding back the antichrist until they are taken away, fired, removed, killed, etc. At the opening of the 5th seal the Lord promises to avenge their blood “in a little while”. The full extent of the evil of the antichrist still needs to be revealed.
 
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13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

What is happening right now is that we might share in the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. One person told me "Shame on you". My response was "Shame for what? For listening, for caring, for treating the Deplorables as my neighbor? I would gladly bear that shame." Later it occurred to me that Lord said that we should rejoice when they say this because this is how they treated the prophets who came before us! Hallelujah! 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. The firstfruits are those who get a portion with the great. To divide the spoils with the strong is to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, if you suffer as a Christian do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. We were chosen and predestined for this. The truth is sanctifying us for this. So then, stand firm and hold fast to the fellowship of the apostles. So be encouraged, be strengthened, this is fellowship of His sufferings and you can't enjoy the outstanding resurrection without also enjoying the fellowship of His sufferings.

3 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Pray that the message would be spread rapidly and be honored. The internet is an ideal medium. Also pray that we will be delivered from evil people. Enter into God’s love and perseverance. Many are praying now, make sure you are praying for this. Deliver us from wicked and evil people and pray that the message of the lord may spread rapidly.

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

Look at that! There is a command to keep away from "certain believers". They are like wolves in sheep's clothing. They infiltrate and try to lead people astray.

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

Whoa! This is getting a little political here! Is he bashing reparations and communism?

9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

This is a rule given to us from the Apostles. I don't understand how people who claim to be Christians would push political agendas that violate this rule?

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

I think this is what we also refer to as a "Troll". A troll is someone on social media who is idle and disruptive.

12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

Do not associate with them! Let's consider this censorship of the President of the US and the attempt to wipe out a platform where people can speak the gospel without censorship (Parler). If you continue to use these platforms and services (Apple, Amazon.com, and Google) you are associating with them contrary to the clear and unambiguous word of Paul. DuckDuckGo can be used instead of Google, there are many phone companies like Motorola that can be used instead of Apple, and there are plenty of places you can buy stuff rather than Amazon.com. Without a vision the people perish. We need this vision, if we have it we wouldn’t be idle. The purpose of this vision and revealing what is happening is to light a fire under us, to encourage us to fan into flames the gift of God.

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
 
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  • Twitter's stock price tumbled as much as 12% on Monday, erasing $5 billion from its market capitalization.
  • The tumble followed the social-media group's permanent suspension of President Donald Trump's account on Friday.
  • "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said.
  • Trump, who had about 88 million followers, generated enormous publicity for the platform with his controversial and incendiary tweets over the past six years.
https://markets.businessinsider.com...permanently-banned-tweeting-2021-1-1029946778

What is even more significant is that all the tweets that Trump made over the years gets deleted. Now if you are thinking about keeping a journal of all your words are you going to trust Twitter? They have permanently damaged their reputation around the world.

I am reminded of a story told in the Goodfellas movie. The criminal organization bought a restaurant drove it into the ground and then burned it to collect the insurance. It seems like the CCP is more than happy to burn Twitter and Amazon.com to the ground.
 
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Facebook sees $34 billion erased from market cap as Trump-ban fallout continues to spook tech investors

https://www.businessinsider.in/face...spook-tech-investors/articleshow/80219423.cms

The church is blessed with all spiritual blessings. One of these blessings is that God will make our name great. How? By having the church slay giants. Facebook was a tech giant, Twitter was a tech giant, these are two of the giants that we have been given to slay and as Caleb said they have been given to us, they are our food.
 
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Idaho and Texas are taking action or considering various legal actions against the tech giants. European leaders are condemning the action of these tech giants and calling for regulation. The impact on these tech giants will be worldwide and massive.
 
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Germany, France, Mexico and Uganda have all come out publicly to condemn what Twitter did. Uganda blocked Twitter in their country during an election. I suspect every country will be considering taking this action. How often do we have elections? Depends, President is every 4 years but congress is every two years. Also what would be the point if you didn't ban them for months prior to the election. Think about how useless Twitter would be if they kept getting banned worldwide for months from one country after another. Some countries like UK can have an election at almost any time. If people don't trust Twitter during the most important news cycles the value of Twitter will be nothing.
 
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"Gab had 52 million new users sign up this week" Andrew Torba speaking on Steve Bannon's War room Episode 653.

Think about that. This week -- must refer to the reaction of what they saw with Parler. These are 52 million users who are not going to use Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. The bigger they are the harder they fall. Can you imagine the ridicule the CEOs of those tech giants will endure when a month from now they are bankrupt?

I have tried twice to sign up and been timed out twice. So although 52 million have succeeded you can be sure there are still tens of millions who will make that move as well.