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A Son Gone Wrong

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In this study I want to compare three individuals. Sons that went wrong. Absalom, a son of King David, the parable of the prodigal son given by Jesus, and Satan, a son of God. First let's investigate the prodigal son. Someone a lot like some of us. We make decisions to go in the wrong direction, realize our mistakes, and then return to the right path.

The prodigal, (or exceedingly wasteful), son

A parable given by Jesus. The very first verse gives the entire meaning of the parable.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

Luke 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living[1].

1 "LIVING": 979. bios, bee'-os; a prim. word; life, i.e. (lit.) the present state of existence; by impl. the means of livelihood:--good, life, living.

Luke 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want[1].

1 "WANT": 5302. hustereo, hoos-ter-eh'-o; from G5306; to be later, i.e. (by impl.) to be inferior; gen. to fall short (be deficient):--come behind (short), be destitute, fall, lack, suffer need, (be in) want, be the worse.

Luke 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

Luke 15:16 And he would fain[1] have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

1 "FAIN": 1937. epithumeo, ep-ee-thoo-meh'-o; from G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise):--covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Came to his senses.

Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luke 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Luke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Luke 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luke 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

Luke 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

Luke 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated[1] him.

1 "ENTREATED": 3870. parakaleo, par-ak-al-eh'-o; from G3844 and G2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):--beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

Luke 15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

Luke 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Luke 15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever[1] with me, and all that I have is thine.

1 "EVER": 3842. pantote, pan'-tot-eh; from G3956 and G3753; every when, i.e. at all times:--always (-s), ever (-more).

Luke 15:32 It was meet[1] that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

1 "MEET": 1163. dei, die; third pers. sing. act. pres. of G1210; also deon, deh-on'; neut. act. part. of the same; both used impers.; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding):--behoved, be meet, must (needs), (be) need (-ful), ought, should.

A few verses from Proverbs about sons. For a good understanding of what a son should be, look up these verses and read the story about each. I'm sure you'll find them very rewarding.

Prov 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Prov 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Prov 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

Prov 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Prov 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear[1] of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

1 "FEAR": 3374. yir'ah, yir-aw'; fem. of H3373; fear (also used as infin.); mor. reverence:-- X dreadful, X exceedingly, fear (-fulness).

Prov 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Prov 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

Prov 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Prov 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

Prov 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Prov 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

Prov 6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

Prov 6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Prov 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

Prov 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Prov 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Prov 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Prov 23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

Prov 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Prov 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Now for the other two sons. Absalom and Satan. I've thought of just how I should lay out this study because I feel that Absalom is a type that can be compared to Satan. Of course Absalom was in the flesh and Satan has never been, nor will he ever be. I think God gives us examples of what we can be on the lookout for in the end times. I think I'll give the story of Absalom, then Satan, with some scriptures of similarities together.

Absalom:
First I want to show that God had told before the fact, the things that Absalom will do. King David had taken another man's wife, gotten her pregnant, and had him killed. Read the entire story in II Samuel chapter 11.

2 Sam 3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

2 Sam 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third,
Absalom[1] the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

I think it's good to note the meaning of Absalom's name.
[1] ABSALOM:
53. 'Abiyshalowm, ab-ee-shaw-lome'; or (short.) Abshalowm, ab-shaw-lome'; from H1 and H7965; father of peace (i.e. friendly); Abshalom, a son of David; also (the fuller form) a later Isr.:--Abishalom, Absalom.

2 Sam 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

2 Sam 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

King David is given the judgment of God by Nathan the prophet.

2 Sam 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

2 Sam 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

2 Sam 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

2 Sam 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

2 Sam 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Here, God has this quickly forgiven David, but note he still has to pay for his wrong doing.

2 Sam 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

Now more of Absalom:

2 Sam 13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.

David was their father, but they had different mothers.

2 Sam 13:2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.

2 Sam 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

2 Sam 13:4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.

2 Sam 13:5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.

2 Sam 13:6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.

2 Sam 13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house, and dress him meat.

2 Sam 13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.

2 Sam 13:9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.

2 Sam 13:10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.

2 Sam 13:11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.

2 Sam 13:12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.

2 Sam 13:13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.

2 Sam 13:14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

2 Sam 13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

2 Sam 13:16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.

2 Sam 13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

2 Sam 13:18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

2 Sam 13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.

2 Sam 13:20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate[1] in her brother Absalom's house.

1 "DESOLATE": 8076. shamem, shaw-mame'; from H8074; ruined:--desolate.
8074. shamem, shaw-mame'; a prim. root; to stun (or intrans. grow numb), i.e. devastate or (fig.) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):--make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.

The poor girl was devastated.

2 Sam 13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.

2 Sam 13:22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

2 Sam 13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

Absalom is very patient. Took lots of time to plan his action.

2 Sam 13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.

2 Sam 13:25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.

2 Sam 13:26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?

2 Sam 13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.

2 Sam 13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.

2 Sam 13:29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

2 Sam 13:30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.

Maybe that was Absalom's intention, to kill all the other sons of David.

2 Sam 13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

2 Sam 13:32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.

2 Sam 13:33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

2 Sam 13:34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.

2 Sam 13:35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant said, so it is.

2 Sam 13:36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.

2 Sam 13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

2 Sam 13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

2 Sam 13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

All this was within the same family. Brother raping sister and brother killing brother. I've wondered why David didn't handled this matter when he first heard of the rape. In verse 21 it states that he was very mad.

King David allows Absalom to return to Jerusalem but he's not allowed to see the King, (his dad).

2 Sam 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

2 Sam 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

2 Sam 14:27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

Tamar, named after his sister, no doubt.

2 Sam 14:28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face.

Absalom finally sees his dad, (King David). He then sets out to overthrow him, (his father), and take the kingdom.

2 Sam 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

Looking real important.

2 Sam 15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

2 Sam 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

2 Sam 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

2 Sam 15:5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

2 Sam 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

2 Sam 15:7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.

Forty years? Patience. Satan's been around for ages of time. He's really got patience.

2 Sam 15:8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.

2 Sam 15:9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

2 Sam 15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

2 Sam 15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.

2 Sam 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

Gaining more popularity and more followers. Satan works like this. Trying to get God's very elect.

2 Sam 15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

2 Sam 15:14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

2 Sam 16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

2 Sam 16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

2 Sam 16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Remember this? This is a demonstration that Absalom is claiming the kingdom. Remember, these are his dad's wives.
2 Sam 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
2 Sam 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

2 Sam 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

Preparing for battle:

2 Sam 17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

2 Sam 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

King David is made aware of Absalom's plans, and he prepares for battle.

2 Sam 18:1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.

2 Sam 18:2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.

2 Sam 18:3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

2 Sam 18:4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

2 Sam 18:5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.

2 Sam 18:6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

2 Sam 18:7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.

2 Sam 18:8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

2 Sam 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

Remember his hair?
2 Sam 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
2 Sam 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

2 Sam 18:10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

2 Sam 18:11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? And I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

2 Sam 18:12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.

2 Sam 18:13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.

2 Sam 18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

2 Sam 18:15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

2 Sam 18:16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.

2 Sam 18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.

Now this was the end of Absalom's earthly life.

2 Sam 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar[1], which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.

1 "PILLAR": 4678. matstsebeth, mats-tseh'-beth; from H5324; something stationary, i.e. a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree:--pillar, substance.

Absalom sure thought a lot of himself.

After the battle:

2 Sam 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward[1], and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

1 "WARD": 4931. mishmereth, mish-meh'-reth; fem. of H4929; watch, i.e. the act (custody) or (concr.) the sentry, the post; obj. preservation, or (concr.) safe; fig. observance, i.e. (abstr.) duty, or (obj.) a usage or party:--charge, keep, to be kept, office, ordinance, safeguard, ward, watch.

I guess this was because of what they did with Absalom.

2 Sam 16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Remember this was foretold by God.

Now for a son that really went wrong. Satan, that Ole Serpent, the Devil. And so you'll know that Satan is a son of God.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Just as God had foretold about Absalom, He also has foretold of Satan and some of the things he has done and shall do. Let's look at Satan's fate, (or just how he meets his end), and compare it to Absalom's.

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

This is a figure of speech meaning that Satan would be thought of as the lowest of low, in the minds of all. Isn't that how he's viewed? The old saying, (lower than a snake's belly)?

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed[1] and her seed; it shall bruise[2] thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Here's the first prophesy of Jesus Christ. How Satan would bruise his heels, (nailed on the cross), and that Jesus will bruise his head. Meaning Satan will be destroyed. Note the Hebrew meaning of the word seed. We are definitely talking about child bearing. Now what really happened between the serpent and Eve?

1 "SEED": 2233. zera', zeh'-rah; from H2232; seed; fig. fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity:-- X carnally, child, fruitful, seed (-time), sowing-time.
2 "BRUISE": 7779. shuwph, shoof; a prim. root; prop. to gape, i.e. snap at; fig. to overwhelm:--break, bruise, cover.

God pronouncing a death sentence on Satan:

Ezek 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Ezek 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Ezek 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Nearing the end for Satan:

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Sound familiar? Remember the death of Absalom?

2 Sam 18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.

Both in a pit. Unlike Absalom, God's not quite through with Satan.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Here's where Ole Pretty Boy gets his.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Let's examine some of Satan's characteristics and compare them to Absalom.

Ezek 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

You'll see in verse 14 that this entity is much more than the king of Tyrus. Remember Absalom's good looks?

2 Sam 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
2 Sam 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

Two sons. Both quite handsome. Both gone wrong.

Ezek 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Note, he wasn't born. He was created. The garden of God? The garden of Eden? Yeah, that Ole Serpent.

Ezek 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth[1]; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

1 "COVERETH": 5526. cakak, saw-kak'; or sakak (Exod. 33:22), saw-kak'; a prim. root; prop. to entwine as a screen; by impl. to fence in, cover over, (fig.) protect:--cover, defence, defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up.

Ezek 28:15 Thou wast perfect[1] in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

1 "PERFECT": 8549. tamiym, taw-meem'; from H8552; entire (lit., fig. or mor.); also (as noun) integrity, truth:--without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.

At one time the Ole Devil must've been well thought of by God.

Ezek 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness[1]: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

1 "BRIGHTNESS": 3314. yiph'ah, yif-aw'; from H3313; splendor or (fig.) beauty:--brightness.

Remember Absalom's beauty?

Well, just what did this Ole Handsome Silver Tongued Devil do in the garden of God?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch[3] it, lest ye die.

3 "TOUCH": 5060. naga', naw-gah'; a prim. root; prop. to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphem., to lie with a woman); by impl. to reach (fig. to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.):--beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Ole Satan contradicting God's Word. Trying to deceive Eve.

Just what does Satan really want?

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Ever wonder where the sides of the north are?

Psa 48:1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psa 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

What will he want if he should obtain that position? The next two verses is Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness.

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and
worship me.

That's what he wants. To be worshipped.

I believe the next two verses make reference to Satan.

Judg 9:14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

Judg 9:15 And the bramble[1] said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

1 "BRAMBLE": 329. 'atad, aw-tawd'; from an unused root prob. mean. to pierce or make fast; a thorn-tree (espec. the buckthorn):--Atad, bramble, thorn.

Jesus had a crown of thorns. Put there by none other than the Bramble, (Ole Satan). He really wants to be in charge. Be the King. Be God. Remember Absalom?

2 Sam 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Sam 15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

2 Sam 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

2 Sam 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

2 Sam 15:5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

2 Sam 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Just as Absalom wanted to rule, So does Satan.

Just when and where did all this start? At Satan's rebellion. A long long time ago.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

The dragon is one of Satan's names. To me his tail would be better described as a tale. A tale so convincing that one third of God's children followed him. Does this remind you a little bit of Absalom?

Ole Satan must've stolen the hearts of one third of God's children. Any more hearts gonna be stolen by Satan?

Jesus give the parable of the ten virgins.

Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil[1] with them:

1 "OIL": 1637. elaion, el'-ah-yon; neut. of the same as G1636; olive oil:--oil.

I think the oil is pertaining to the knowledge of God's word. Some will not have enough at this time to withstand the fiery darts of Satan.

Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

At this time, only those who have the mark of the beast, may buy or sell.

Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Just like Absalom took his father's, (king David's), wives, Satan, (the antichrist), will try to take the bride of Jesus. Five of the ten virgins will lose their spiritual virginity to Satan when he shows up. Oh, and he's going to show up. And who will he be after?

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

If you have the testimony of Jesus Christ, he's after you. That silver tongued devil is gonna try to convert you. Satan's angels are coming with him. Does the Bible warn the women of this?

1 Cor 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

Because of the angels? What angels? Satan's angels. The ones God told us about in Genesis 6:1 thru 6:4.

Remember Absalom's episode with his dad's, (the king's) wives?

2 Sam 16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

2 Sam 16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Remember what happened to those ten wives of King David's?

2 Sam 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward[1], and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

1 "WARD": 4931. mishmereth, mish-meh'-reth; fem. of H4929; watch, i.e. the act (custody) or (concr.) the sentry, the post; obj. preservation, or (concr.) safe; fig. observance, i.e. (abstr.) duty, or (obj.) a usage or party:--charge, keep, to be kept, office, ordinance, safeguard, ward, watch.

Ten women? Ten wives? Women of the end times, be on guard for Satan and his angels, when they show up. Remember that silver tongued handsome devil wants to be God.

Absalom had ordinary weapons to fight with. Satan will have miracles.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

2 Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2 Th 2:8 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:

2 Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image[1] to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

1 "IMAGE": 1504. eikon, i-kone'; from G1503; a likeness, i.e. (lit.) statute, profile, or (fig.) representation, resemblance:--image.

Remember Absalom?

2 Sam 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar[1], which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.

1 "PILLAR": 4678. matstsebeth, mats-tseh'-beth; from H5324; something stationary, i.e. a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree:--pillar, substance.

Absalom sure thought a lot of himself. Satan does also.

What about the big end time battle? Not Armageddon, but at the end of the one thousand year reign of Christ. Remember Absalom didn't come out of the pit, but Satan will.

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless
pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the
pit.
Isa 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isa 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, ....... or pit?

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Twenty thousand men lost their lives by following Absalom. How many billion will lose their eternal life by following Satan? God gives us types. Real life happenings in times past to indicate what we in the end times can expect. Absalom is dead and gone. We don't have to worry about him or his kind. But the other son gone wrong?

Another warning to us of the end times of just how the son gone wrong, (Satan), will act when he arrives.

Dan 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel[1], make this man to understand the vision.

1 "GABRIEL": 1403. Gabriy'el, gab-ree-ale'; from H1397 and H410; man of God; Gabriel, an archangel:--Gabriel.

Dan 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

Dan 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full,
a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Dan 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully[1], and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

1 "WONDERFULLY": 6381. pala', paw-law'; a prim. root; prop. perh. to separate, i.e. distinguish (lit. or fig.); by impl. to be (causat. make) great, difficult, wonderful:--accomplish, (arise . . . too, be too) hard, hidden, things too high, (be, do, do a, shew) marvelous (-ly, -els, things, work), miracles, perform, separate, make singular, (be, great, make) wonderful (-ers, -ly, things, works), wondrous (things, works, -ly).

Dan 8:25 And through his policy[1] also he shall cause craft[2] to prosper[3] in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart[4], and by peace[5] shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

1 "POLICY": 7922. sekel, seh'-kel; or sekel, say'-kel; from H7919; intelligence; by impl. success:--discretion, knowledge, policy, prudence, sense, understanding, wisdom, wise.

2 "CRAFT": 4820. mirmah, meer-maw'; from H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud:--craft, deceit (-ful, -fully), false, feigned, guile, subtilly, treachery.

3 "PROSPER": 6743. tsalach, tsaw-lakh'; or tsa-leach, tsaw-lay'-akh; a prim. root; to push forward, in various senses (lit. or fig., trans. or intrans.):--break out, come (mightily), go over, be good, be meet, be profitable, (cause to, effect, make to, send) prosper (-ity, -ous, -ously).

5 "PEACE": 7962. shalvah, shal-vaw'; from H7951; security
(genuine or false):--abundance, peace (-ably), prosperity, quietness.

While this is going on, what will some of the sons be doing? The sons described in Proverbs. The sons that don't go wrong.

Dan 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but
the people[1] that do know their God shall be strong[2], and do exploits.

1 "PEOPLE": 5971. 'am, am; from H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); spec. a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collect.) troops or attendants; fig. a flock:--folk, men, nation, people.

2 "STRONG": 2388. chazaq, khaw-zak'; a prim. root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (fig. courageous, causat. strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:--aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengten (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall[1] by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

1 "FALL": 3782. kashal, kaw-shal'; a prim. root; to totter or waver (through weakness of the legs, espec. the ankle); by impl. to falter, stumble, faint or fall:--bereave [from the marg.], cast down, be decayed, (cause to) fail, (cause, make to) fall (down, -ing), feeble, be (the) ruin (-ed, of), (be) overthrown, (cause to) stumble, X utterly, be weak.

Dan 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries[1].

1 "FLATTERIES": 2519. chalaqlaqqah, khal-ak-lak-kaw'; by redupl. from H2505; prop. something very smooth; i.e. a treacherous spot; fig. blandishment:--flattery, slippery.

Dan 11:35 And some of them of understanding[1] shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

1 "UNDERSTANDING": 7919. sakal, saw-kal'; a prim. root; to be (caus. make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent:--consider, expert, instruct, prosper, (deal) prudent (-ly), (give) skill (-ful), have good success, teach, (have, make to) understand (-ing), wisdom, (be, behave self, consider, make) wise (-ly), guide wittingly.

This will be a time like never before. If God doesn't shorten the time, even the very elect would fall.

Magnify himself? Flatteries? Remember Absalom?

2 Sam 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Sam 15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

2 Sam 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

2 Sam 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

2 Sam 15:5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

2 Sam 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Flattery! Magnify himself?

2 Sam 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar[1], which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.

1 "PILLAR": 4678. matstsebeth, mats-tseh'-beth; from H5324; something stationary, i.e. a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree:--pillar, substance.

I hope you see the similarities between Absalom and Satan. God Himself states that He uses similitudes.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes[1], by the ministry of the prophets.

1 "SIMILITUDES": 1819. damah, daw-maw'; a prim. root; to compare; by impl. to resemble, liken, consider:--compare, devise, (be) like (-n), mean, think, use similitudes.

Jesus describing those of understanding at the end time:

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help??? Well, here comes that little help.

Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Always Remember this verse.

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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