There is only one power that is protecting our world from a cataclysmic upheaval. The world is on the verge of a baptism of wickedness and filth. Marriage between men and women will shortly become obsolete. Fundamental Christianity will be forbidden. Anyone claiming Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be put to death. The Sovereign power that holds all of this horror at bay is the person of the Holy Ghost. One of the offices of the Holy Ghost is “the restrainer of the Antichrist’s mastery.” When the Spirit is removed, all hell will be unfettered and loosed.
God the Father is the “mind” of this universe. God the Son is the “Word” and “Words of God” — both in person and in the spoken Word. God the Holy Ghost is the “supernatural action and right hand of power” of this awesome Trinity. From the beginning of Creation to this moment, the Holy Spirit has restrained Lucifer in his design to become “god.” A spirit of Antichrist or anti-God has battled against the Eternal Father from the moment of Satan’s fall. The office of the Holy Ghost has served to restrain the devil and he is on a leash. The Holy Ghost holds him at arm’s length.
Let’s establish this Supernatural Person in His restraining position. When the Father thought to create man and his domain called earth, all the Trinity went into action. The Father’s “mind” formed the plan, the Son spoke, “Let there be light,” and the “Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2). Darkness was put to flight and a formless expanse exploded into a “world enclosed with its own heaven.” While the Son of God spoke great creative words, the Holy Spirit gave creative powers to those words, and a beautiful world came into being. Darkness could not master these creative thoughts because the “Word” gave them wind and the “Spirit” gave them protection and action.
Time after time and experience after experience, the Holy Spirit held all resistance in defeat. Satan could never destroy anything or anyone that rested in the Spirit’s victory. Isaiah voiced the perfect picture of the actions of the Holy Spirit. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19b). When the Holy Ghost moves, the results are settled. He is infinite and omnipotent.
The Second Testament is absolutely potent with Holy Ghost powers. Jesus Christ put His Divine nature on hold and was anointed by the Holy Ghost for every act of His redeeming triumph. The only begotten Son could have acted in His Divine nature at any moment, but had no need because the Spirit was upon Him in His fullness. The Bible spoke of this anointing of Jesus Christ by the Spirit as being “without measure” (John 3:34). The church was required to wait for the Spirit’s Baptism before one sermon was preached. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:29).
Now that we understand this Divine plan of the Spirit’s empowerment and restraining activities, we can rightly understand His removal back to the throne of God. When the Restrainer is gone, Satan will have his first “free reign” on man and on this earth. For a limited time, Satan will turn this earth into a wilderness. It will be hell on earth. Everything of order and every principle of the Creator will be reversed. Satan will present himself in a “fog of divinity” and mankind will herald him to a god-like stature. It will be a wild ride to hell.
The second letter to the Thessalonians makes this prophecy come alive. First, the Apostle Paul speaks of our gathering together unto Him and then of the developing picture of the world after the Rapture of His saints. The Apostle by the Spirit warned us, “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).
This plainly speaks of a person, the Restrainer, and declares the Antichrist helpless until that Restrainer is removed. The Bible interprets the Bible and no one can change an established truth. The Restrainer has never been anyone but the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit does not cease to be the Spirit of life in this world, but He does cease temporarily to be the Restrainer of all satanic darkness. The Pentecostal era ends but His life-giving presence continues. The Sevenfold person of the third member of the Trinity is seen around the Throne with the twenty elders or the Bride of Christ (Revelation 4:5).
Satan is clearly given a short period (almost seven years) to have his last try at godhood. He will produce a false “Christ” and a false spirit, and his unholy trinity will spring into action. The false church from Rome, America, and the religious centers of every apostate organization will unite with a false prophet to give wind to the new godhood. A revival of false signs, wonders, and incredible miracles will occur. It will be a religious revival that cannot be discerned except by a Bible believing fundamentalist.
There will be an identification plan to give continuity to this “One World Church.” A new baptism will be required and a “Mark” of pride in this conversion will be applied to everyone. Tattoos for religious identification are already exploding and it will be the joy of the crowd. This financially rich religious explosion will offer discounts and instant acceptance to everyone bearing the sign of membership. Those that reject this sign of membership and those that reject this move of “god” will not be able to buy or sell and will be put to death. It will be a free ride until the Antichrist and his government decides they do not need this religious option any longer. Rome will then be burned as the first sign that the false revival is over. “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the be ast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire” (Revelation 17:16).
There is no excuse for anyone to be here after the “Restrainer is removed.” The Blood-washed, overcoming saints, will be gone at any moment. There is still hope for you to surrender unconditionally to Jesus Christ. HE waits for the “precious fruit of the earth…” Turn wholly to Him today.