highlighted verses: 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The elect know their first priority is to love God and His Word, i.e. seek first the kingdom of God.
But John has a purpose for telling us this and he now defines "all that is the world".
 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
You see, John is about to tell us in verse 18 something God's elect already know, like from Mat. 24:24 and 2 Thes. 2:3 for instance, that THE antichrist is coming to town and even now there are many antichrists.
God's elect also know that Satan will come and try seduce the virgins (Christians) who are waiting to marry the true Bridegroom.
But do you know how he will do that?
Yes, God's elect know he will claim to be Jesus Christ, but is that it?
No, I'm afraid not which is why we have this wonderful epistle of John to wake us up and get our attention.
There is nothing new under the sun and those who know how it was in the beginning know that is also how it will be in the end.
Furthermore, Satan knew Jesus Christ knew who he (Satan) was, but that did not stop him from trying to tempt Him with "all that is in the world", those things that John just defined for us.
Now let's think for a moment: If Satan went after Christ who knew who he was, what makes us think he won't come after us?
That's a no-brainer... he will... so we best pay attention to what John has to say in this epistle.
It is written that antichrist will see to it that many of God's elect are persecuted and hated because they are uncompromising Christians. But "hang in there" and stand firm with the Gospel Armor on (Eph. 6) for your crown awaits you. It will take a little endurance to make it to the end, but endure we must and we shall! And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Again, John want us to be aware of the MO (Methods of Operation) of Satan, THE false-christ, because it is the same MO his children use to tempt God's children now as it was in the beginning. Remember, even in the garden of Eden Satan twisted God's Word when he said to Eve "Hath God said" and then he tempted her with "all that is in the world", all the bad fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, i.e. all that Satan could dish out.Matthew 10:22
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Yep, Eve took the bait. She was subtly seduced by the Slick Wiley Serpent!Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (the lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired (the pride of life) to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Knowing this is how it was from the beginning, the apostle Paul was also concerned about the "seduction" in these last days.
Again, Satan the serpent, "is more subtil than any living human being" (Gen 3:1). He is slicker than the slickmeister himself.2 Cor. 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
AND NOW BOYS AND GIRLS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? IT'S HOWDY DOODY TIME!
1 John 2:18
It is the last time and Clarabell is about blow his horn for the 6th time. Yes, we know that it is the last time, don't we? And John knows that we know it. These epistles of the apostle John are written by him specifically for "the last time". He wrote them to God's elect concerning the seduction of Satan, the father of lies, and Satan's own children, those "liars" who are not of us, not of the tribes of Israel nor of Judah even though they claim to be "God's chosen people".Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Even from the beginning, the very first child of the Devil himself, Kayin in Hebrew (Cain), the father of the Kenites, went out from us. Cain was not of us for he was of his father the Devil just as his offspring were at the time of Christ and just as they are today.1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Note: The "explanation" of the Parable of the Tares in Matthew 13 documents the "seed of the serpent" as being the children of Satan. It was between his seed (Cain) and the woman's seed (Abel, then Seth) that the controversy began in this earth age and enmity was placed between those two seed lines. That is why you will not find Cain listed in Adam's genealogy in chapter 5 of Genesis, for Cain was not Adam's son. Cain's genealogy is listed in chapter 4 of Genesis.
This same apostle John who wrote this epistle also wrote in his Gospel concerning those kenites, the sons of Cain. You will find in chapter 8 that Jesus Christ confronted the kenites "head on" after they claimed to be of Judah, i.e. of Abraham's seed. Here is what He said to the kenites, those scribes and Pharisees who claim their father is the same Father as yours:
I believe John covered what all those lusts are, right?John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
Cain was the first murderer (as many of his children to follow would be too) and he did not "abide in God's Word", in the Truth.... He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
The kenites have their anointing, which is the spirit of lies, from their father, the "father of liars".... because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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