"Waiting on the Answer"
This Bible Study is written by Roger
Christopherson, and made available with written
permission by http://www.theseason.org
Habakkuk 2:1 "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved [concerning my complaint]."
The question asked in Habakkuk 1:17 is carried right into chapter two. Habakkuk is speaking as a watchman, standing upon his watch tower looking for the coming enemy. Habakkuk wants an answer from Almighty God, as to why He has allowed His people to be so blinded that they were taken into these Kenite "nets" [the one world system]. Habakkuk needs to know exactly what he should say to our generation, when he gives us the warning.
Habakkuk 2:2 "And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it pain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it."
Each of the minor prophets are witnesses to the answer God is giving to Habakkuk, for they all are writing to our generation, the final generation of this earth age. This is why the teachers and prophets from years ago simply could not understand these visions. The one world system never gained respect from the entire world until the 1990's. Ever since the Carter administration, all American presidents, as well as the European nations, have stood solidly behind that political system, and are devoted to "one worldism", the new world order.
Now we are to get God's response to Habakkuk's request. When you write it, God instructs him, make it big, plain, and easy to be understood. It is important for us to understand exactly what God is saying here, and it is intended for "God's people" who will live in that generation under this one world system. It is not intended for Great Grandmother, who passed away in the 30's. The "net" is set to catch you and I who are living when the system is functioning.
Habakkuk 2:3 "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
The "appointed time" of this vision is just before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the two Beasts [both political and religious] are in operation. Then and only then will these words come alive and make sense to those who will witness the events. With this knowledge, you will know as fact that God is in control of all things.
Though it be a long way off to Habakkuk's day ["it terry"], in fact almost 2,500 years from Habakkuk's time, it surely will come to pass. God keeps His word, and you can count on it. Are you on your watch tower, alert and ready to observe these events; and ready to sound the warning as these "nets" of the one world system are set in place to take our people?
Habakkuk 2:4 "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."
Today we watch both physically and spiritually; we study God's Word to know the signs of our times; then we become watchmen [watchwomen] looking for the signs to take place. Our Heavenly Father's Word, the Bible, is our only true counselor, whereby we can see and understand what is taking place, and know for sure it is the instruction from God. Form His Word we can know exactly what tomorrow will bring.
"Behold", is God's instruction telling us to pay attention to what He is about to say.
To understand what God is saying, we must go back to the subject that is being discussed from Chapter one. The subject from Habakkuk 1:4 was "rasha" [in Hebrew], "The wicked one." That wicked one is Satan, the Antichrist, who will appear on earth to lead the one world religious system. Do you know what to expect from Satan? Do you know his method of operation?
"His soul", that is Satan's soul, "is not upright", or honest within him. It is "the just shall live by faith"; those of God who are seal in their mind, have their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That faith knows his master, and cannot be deceived by anyone. If you know the events that are going to happen in our generation from His Word, and you see it taking place all around you, you have confidence to know that all of what He said is the truth. You count on it, the A, B, Cs of faith; your "Action", built on the "Belief" that is developed from His Word, and then you have the "Confidence" that will sustain you to the very end of this earth age [the sounding of the seventh trump]. Faith is what will keep you going when everything tells you to quit. That faith is what is the truths of God's Word sealed away in your mind, and Satan can not touch it.
So God is telling us to look at the lawless one, and know him and his system. Then when the Antichrist [Satan] comes, you are not taken by Satan, or his religious system. Your life will be lived by your faith in Jesus Christ and all the promises that He has given you through His Word, and you will remain pure [a virgin] in the "bride of Christ" by that faith.
Habakkuk 2:5 "Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud [a haughty] man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell [Sheol], and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:"
Because Satan is in the fallen state, and "transgresseth by wine", or is spiritually wicked, "he is a proud man". This word "man" in the Hebrew text is "geber". The name "geber" denotes man with respect of his physical strength [Genesis 6:4], and this is combined with his wicked and depraved nature. When Satan arrives on earth, at the fifth trumpet, he will possess both physical and mental powers and authority that are given to him by God. This is recorded in Revelation 9:1-10.
"Enlargeth his desire" is better translated "to enlarge his soul". The word used in the Hebrew text for "desire" is "naphesh", which is soul. There is no good in Satan, for he is already sentenced to hell, or "perdition". He is the "son of perdition", as Paul's warning referred to in II Thessalonians 2:1-3. His name is death, as Paul also stated in Hebrews 2:14, and with this identification, you cannot confuse Satan [the Antichrist] with any other person.
The sole purpose of the United Nation's agenda and the agencies of the one world system is to prepare the way for Satan's [the Antichrist's] return to earth, and play the role of Messiah. You can say and confuse the entire world with all of the many lies gone forth from the mouths of the Kenite leaders; however, God has but one purpose for this system, and that is to test the Christians; TO TEST YOU THE BELIEVER. All those taking part in that system are helping to fulfill Satan's wishes, and Satan's purpose is to "heapth together all nations and all peoples" of the world under the Antichrist's religious system.
Every person living on the face of this earth will be given over, by God, to Satan except "God's Elect". They are not tempted because they know and understand what is written in God's Word, they believe it and have the confidence in their actions that sustain them. They are watchmen who know the signs of the times and live their lives in faith. They are the "just" spoken of in verse five that live by "faith".
Habakkuk 2:6 "Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay [pledges]".
Wow! Lets break this verse down.
We are talking about this one man called "geber" who is actually Satan, the Antichrist. Spiritually speaking our human bodies are called "clay". Satan and his fallen angels will try to look like they are flesh men, and act like flesh men, and that is why Jesus said in Matthew 24:37; it will be as it was in the days of Noah; "they will be giving and taking in marriage." Satan and his fallen angels will be on earth living as mankind [in the appearance of the flesh], and participating in all areas of mortal man. That includes marriage, sex, sports and any other area you can imagine. Satan will appear to most Christians as being Christ [of the flesh], yet in actuality, he is not, he will be supernatural, of that other dimension.
God has given Satan his powers of deception [Revelation 9:1-2] and the authority to do what he will do. Why? so as to separate His elect, and the 144,000 of Israel, who are sealed in their minds, from all the lazy Christians who have been deceived through false doctrine. This deception of covering their identity of being spiritual beings, and parading in the flesh, with all human attributes of the flesh, is the meaning of this; "to him that ladeth himself with thick clay". [verse six] They will be acting like men of the flesh, when in fact they are "geber" of the spirit realm. Got it?
Habakkuk 2:7 "Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?"
When this happens it will take place in an instant. This "proverb" that is going against you [from verse six], is going to be against Satan. The "proverb" is an enigma, something hidden and as stated in the Hebrew text "hidah", as written in Psalm 78:2.
"Shall bite", refers only to those who are bitten, and those doing the biting are identified in Habakkuk 1:6 as the "Chaldees". These "Chaldees" were the Kenites who have put together the one world system of the Antichrist, called "Mystery Babylon" in Revelation 17:5.
Revelation 17:5 "And upon her head was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
To correctly identify who this king of Babylon is; Habakkuk says he will stack the nations and peoples of earth, and he also will appear human, when in fact he is not. Isaiah 14:4 reads; "That thou shalt take up this proverb against the King of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!" This is the same "proverb" Habakkuk spoke of in verse six. How then will Satan's and his system be broken?
Isaiah 14:5; "The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers."
Remember, it is Satan who is the "wicked one", or "rasha" in the Hebrew. God is going to destroy Satan, and turn his soul to ashes after judgment.
Isaiah 14:6; "He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruleth the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth."
Satan is the one who will rule all nations of this earth in his wrath; and he will not let up his attack during the entire five month period [see Revelation 9:5, 10] that God has given him.
Isaiah 14:7; "The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing."
This singing will take place on the first day of the Millennium, when Christ is on earth, and setting up His kingdom.
Isaiah 14:8; "Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us."
These "cedars of Lebanon" are God's people, the "True Israel". These trees are people, and they are rejoicing because Satan is in the Pit.
Isaiah 14:9; "Hell [Sheol] from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations."
Because Satan is already judged and sentenced to death, he will not be judged at the Great white throne judgment. This is then in reference to the one world system that he has built up. This system is well formed even today. Its laws, organizations, and government is now here, and every school child is being taught to respect it, and rejoice over world unity.
Isaiah 14:10; "All they shall speak and say unto thee, art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?"
This system will not last long, for God is reminding Satan of his condition, and that his days are numbered.
Isaiah 14:11; "Thy pomp is brought down to the grave [Sheol], and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee."
This is to remind Satan and those who take part with him, what is to become of them.
Isaiah 14:12; "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [day star], son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
This is the same subject; Satan and his system ["rasha" in the Hebrew] , and God is explaining what is going to happen to him. Isaiah is a second witness to what Habakkuk said in verse 2:2. Satan will come to earth and he will destroy all nations by bringing all of them into his system.
Isaiah 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 the north"
This is the act of the "abomination of desolation", which is better translated, "The abomination by the desolator", who is Satan. The prophet Daniel spoke of it in Daniel 9:27; and Jesus warned us to watch out for it also in Mathew 24:15. The "sides of the north" in Jerusalem is where God's holy temple will be; and Satan will sit there and proclaim himself God."
Isaiah 14:14; "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
This statement is unlimited blasphemy! Satan declaring himself to be God.
Isaiah 14:15: "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell [Sheol], to the sides of the pit."
When Jesus Christ returns and puts Satan in the pit, then the people of the whole earth will see Satan as the man ["ish", in Hebrew] that he is. The whole world will wonder how they could have been so deceived by him and his system; and even to the point of thinking he was Jesus Christ.
We must use the entire Bible when we seek information on the events of the end times. Keep in mind as we study all the books of the "Minor prophets", that they were written for our generation, and about events that would take place after 1948 [the date of establishing the tiny nation Israel, in Palestine].
It took two generations of Godless education, and five consecutive presidents to prepare the American Christians to accept this one worldism, as being "of God". This has all been possible because most Christian pastors are ignorant of God's Word, and their inheritance. They have allowed the Kenite minds to do their thinking and interpreting for them.
Habakkuk 2:8 "Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein."
The "Remnant of the people" are God's elect; those chosen from before the foundations of this earth age. They are the ones who know the truth of the time of the Antichrist, and will stand against him. The word "men's" in "men's blood", is "Adam", another words, "flesh man's blood", which has been shed account of this one world system. This godless system has caused millions of people to be slaughtered in wars and covert actions for the sake of the United Nation's agenda. They do all their deceptions in the name of peace, democracy, and humanity to enlarge their cause.
The "land" in this verse, is the whole world, and the "city" is Babylon, "Mystery Babylon" of the final generation. In reference to "all that dwell therein", are the nations and peoples of the world that have become part of that "one world system" called the "United Nations", which exists in all of it's many agencies.
Habakkuk 2:9 "Woe to him that coveteth [getteth] an evil covetousness [gain] to [for] his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!"
God is telling us, through Habakkuk's writings; "Woe to those who bargain with Satan, or his system, to save their house, or their property." Also to those who allow their church houses to become the "synagogues of Satan." This is done by accepting the doctrines of demons, such as the "rapture" doctrine, and other traditions. These people are leaving themselves open to be deceived by the Antichrist, and worshipping the false Christ.
Habakkuk 2:10 "Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul."
Remember, the question that Habakkuk was asking God was, "How long will you let this evil go on?" [from Habakkuk 1:17] God is reminding us that Christians are seeking counsel and direction from the wrong people; and in the end, when Christ returns, your following of that bad counsel will cause you great shame. The statement, "cutting off many people", is that Jesus Christ will reject them for their whoring after, and becoming the bride of the Antichrist. When a person bows to him, or does the work of Satan and his one world system, it is your own soul that you have condemned.
Habakkuk 2:11 "For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it."
In other words, the rocks, trees, and the environment itself is crying out to witness and call for the return of the true Messiah.
Habakkuk 2:12 "Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!"
"Woe" to those who take part in the establishing of this city, "Mystery Bablyon". This mystery city is the one world system of Satan, which has started as a political governmental [beast] with a new world order, and shortly it will have it's downfall [mortal wound]. Rapidly following the end of the political system, a world wide religious order will be formed. As we have seen over the past few decades, the lies, deceptions, wars, and many other forms of iniquity that have taken place, with the sole purpose of establishing a climate necessary for the acceptance of the United Nations as the controlling governmental [the political beast] body.
Habakkuk 2:13 "Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity."
The work you perform for Satan's one world system, even though it is done in ignorance and given in service as unto the Lord, is still given to the wrong Christ. Your works and worship all becoming vanity, and are in vain.
Habakkuk 3:14 "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
This verse fourteen shall happen at the seventh and last trumpet. This is at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, when all the people on this earth, both good and bad, "shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye". [I Corinthians 15:50-51] The last day of this earth age, starts the first day of the Millennium age of Jesus Christ's kingdom on earth. We will all live and be in our incorruptible [breath of life, or soul] bodies. Satan will be in the pit, and every knee on this earth will bow to Jesus Christ.
All mankind will know Jesus is the true Messiah, and all glory will be given to Him.
Think of the shame that will come upon those pastors who lead their congregations into the hands of the wrong Christ [the Antichrist]. No wonder they will wish to be dead. It is a nightmare even to think about the shame that will be on their heads.
When you think of all those ignorant souls that sat under a false shepherds and gave praise to the wrong Christ, and did their works for the Antichrist: Then you can start to understand what Jesus Christ was thinking when He said in Luke 22:42; "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; Never the less not my will, but thine, be done."
Do you understand? Christ died so all could have eternal life, or salvation through His shed blood on the cross. God's "cup of wrath" that is to come upon the earth will be poured out when Jesus Christ returns. It is also at this time that those deceived false shepherds, and their misled flocks, will also partake of God's wrath at the same time. This will happen because we have a just God, and all those who partook in the Antichrist system will receive what God's Word has foretold.
Jesus was willing to die for your soul, yet He allows "God's cup of wrath" to be placed on that very soul; deceived even in ignorance, so that His Father's "will" shall be done.
Though that soul goes into the millennium, the "grace" offered in this earth age will not be extended to that sinning soul then. This is discussed in detail in the last chapters of Revelation.
Now with this in mind, try to understand the extreme hatred Jesus Christ will place on those False Shepherds [priests and ministers] upon His return. They have led Jesus Christ's sheep into Satan's camp to have their souls slaughter. Pastors had better weigh their words carefully as they minister in this day and age.
Habakkuk 2:15 "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!"
God is warning those who go house to house, giving the "bottle of wine", or "false teaching to his neighbor". Then as they stand by and "watch his neighbor in his nakedness"; which is guiding that neighbor to live their lives within that false doctrine. We are not talking of wine or liquor, but the bottle of lies and deceptions, brought forth by Satan and his Kenites. The "drunkenness" is the lies and deceptions converted into obedience to false doctrines that they are taught. Most Churches today try to force feed their doctrines and traditions on whom ever they can, right or wrong. If you are trying to be on the side of the majority, then you will be deceived, for very few will understand God's plan in this generation, and resist the Antichrist.
Habakkuk 2:16 "Thou are filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered [be as one uncircumcised]: the cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory."
When the Antichrist appears at the sounding of the fifth trumpet [Revelation 9:1], the glory you think you have will turn to shame. The glory of that five months period with Antichrist will end with the return of Christ. God is saying here that when you fall for the Antichrist, your no better than the "uncircumcised", or heathen. God's "cup of the right hand" is what Jesus Christ will perform for the Almighty Father, in carrying out that "cup of wrath". Read about that wrath in Revelation 19:11-21.
If anyone promotes the traditions of today such as the "rapture theory", that causes another to be drawn to Antichrist, and follows Satan himself; then this cup of wrath is directed to both of you. If you don't study God's Word, and stand as a watchman, then you no better then the heathen.
Habakkuk 2:17 "For the violence of [done to] Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of [done to] the land, of [to] the city and all that dwell therein."
Remember back in Isaiah 14:8, Where the "Cedars of Lebanon" were mentioned? The "Cedars of Lebanon" are biblically symbolic for God's people. The "violence of Lebanon" stated here then refers to the "cut down trees", or the deceiving of God's people into going over to the Antichrist. That is thinking Satan is the true Christ. This is done here because their church houses have taught them as such.
Because of the falling of all those people, and the damage done by Antichrist and all those that are part of him, God is promising Habakkuk that the land, or Satan's system, the city [mystery Babylon], and every one that dwells in that Mystery Babylon, will be cut down also. That is a promise from God to Habakkuk, and that promise is directed to all those living in this final generation. It is aimed at you and I. God is promising to avenge our adversary, and this is another witness to Romans 12:19. You can count on it.
Habakkuk 2:18 "What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?"
God is asking Habakkuk, what good is an graven image? Of course, it is lifeless and worthless. God is comparing the teacher that lies to this dumb worthless idol image. Anyone who teaches that the first Christ to come is the true Christ, is equating himself to that idol image. In fact, most of the entire world will follow after these false teachers, because they are to lazy and passive to seek the truths in God's Word.
Habakkuk 2:19 "Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it."
This is God's description of the church houses of the last generation. They look so nice, and draw many to their beauty, structure and design, that it draws reverence and attention to it, rather than to Jesus Christ. Those sitting in the pews inside are spiritually dead, and just waiting to be used by Antichrist's world system.
The "breath", or "ruach" in the Hebrew text is the Holy Spirit, and His Spirit is gone from the building, and the people.
Habakkuk 2:20 "But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him."
Friend, when you are in Jesus Christ, and have opened your heart and mind to Him, then you are Christ's holy temple.
We live in the final generation of this earth age; which was established in May 15, 1948, according to Jesus in Matthew 24:32-35. Israel nation is that shoot planted, of that parable of the fig tree. Jesus said in verse 34; "This generation [that saw this happen] shall not pass away until all these things [the seals and the trumpets of the end times] be fulfilled." This is why we must study and arm ourselves with the gospel armor of Christ.
The final battle is a spiritual battle of words from the bible, from doctrines both true and false, and mind games played to deceive us. And they will if we are not prepared. When we lose this battle, it's the loss of our very soul and salvation if we chase after the Antichrist. This is why we must build up the walls of God's holy temple, which is our body and mind, so Satan's lies cannot penetrate the stronghold of our minds.
How long will the wicked one rule? Habakkuk saw in a vision that God's people would be caught up into Satan's nets, and he pleaded with God to let us know the truth. Habakkuk wanted to be the watchman, and to get the true word out to our people. God told Habakkuk exactly what to say, and we know the time of Satan's destruction will come when Jesus Christ returns at the seventh trumpet. Can you hold out until then?
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