2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring
in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring
upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
My highlighted verses:2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
2 Pet. 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
The angels that Peter is referring to are those of Genesis chapter 6 who left their first estate [heaven] and came to earth and took the daughters of Adam to wife.
The resulting unions of angel and flesh woman brought forth giants and caused our Father to bring about the flood of Noah to destroy them.
These "fallen angels" will soon be cast out with Satan, Apollyon, to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9) and will stand with the son of perdition, Satan, in the temple of God (2 Thes. 2), and will be destroyed at Christ's second coming (Rev. 11:13).
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
That is exactly what the phrase "Noah was perfect in his generations" means, i.e. Noah and his family had a perfect [unblemished] pedigree and had not intermarried with the angels who left heaven and came here directly without being born of woman.
So God wiped out the land of the giants with a great flood,
all but Noah and his family!
2 Pet. 2:15
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Read the story of Balaam in Numbers 22 & 23 how he
"forsook" for money.
2 Pet. 2:20
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
They spend half their airtime begging for money or selling books and trinkets.
The other half they spend on sermons about tithing.
No wonder the very first warning of Jesus Christ about our generation is: Matthew 24:4,5 "Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
Deceive just a few?
So watch out for con-artists!
To "the many" they don't appear as con-artists, do they?
They look like nice guys and gals!
Note: And by the way. If you have
accepted Jesus and not been taught the oracles of God in this generation,
then you will follow Satan, when he appears, for you will believe
he is Jesus.
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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