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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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The Culmination of the Parallelism and Enthronization

Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

The enthronization of ‘the mystery of Godliness’ and the enthronization of ‘the mystery of iniquity’ run parallel yet are immeasurably and eternally separated.

Paul leads us up to the throne of Antichrist. He starts at the lowest stage.

‘And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.’ II Thessalonians 2:6-8.

The hindering of the developing of the Antichrist is underscored. (The word ‘let’ in Old English means ‘hinder’). Until the Emperor was removed from Rome, the Antichrist could not ascend Caesar’s throne. Caesar was Pontifex Maximus and while he claimed to be the King and High Priest of the world there was no room for another.

We have already traced how the great Empire was overturned and the throne of Caesar left vacant to be occupied by the Antichrist.

Prophecy made it clear that Christ was to occupy the throne of David and Antichrist the throne of Caesar.

It took centuries to fulfil these prophecies. The throne of David was vacant again and again that it might at last be filled by the Lion of Judah’s tribe, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The throne of the world power was overturned from Babylonian to Medo-Persian, from Medo-Persian to Grecian, and from Grecian to Roman. Then when the Roman which hindered was taken out of the way that ‘Wicked’ came to be revealed.

Both mysteries have the same culmination—an enthronization. ‘The mystery of Godliness,’ the true Christ, beginning in the crib ends with the Crown on the Throne of Heaven.

‘The mystery of iniquity,’ the false Antichrist, beginning in the silent workings of evil, ends on the throne of the earth.

Christ refused Satan’s offer, ‘All the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them will I give thee if thou fall down and worship me.’

The Antichrist accepted Satan’s offer. The bargain was struck and faithfully fulfilled on both sides.

Note the parallel:—

'Mystery of Godliness.' 'Mystery of iniquity' II Thess. 2:7.
God manifest in the flesh. Doth already work.
Justified in the spirit. Justified by Satan in signs and lying wonders.
Seen of angels. Viewed approvingly by the fallen angels with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.
Preached unto the Gentiles and believed on in the world. Published by priests, friars and monks that the Pope is Christ's Vicar on earth. Believed on in the world by all those whose names were not written in the Book of Life.
Received up into glory. Received up into the heavens of ecclesiastical dominion and imperial glory. Sitting in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.

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