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(2 Pet 2:1-9) But there were false prophets [leading government officials sustained (championed, like Goliath) by the false news media] also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers [a superabundance of liars] among you, who privily shall bring in [Gk: introduce surreptitiously] [syn: sneakily, covertly, clandestinely, stealthily, underhandedly] damnable heresies [venomous attacks against the standard measuring rod of Christian doctrine], even denying the Lord [Jesus Christ] that bought them [with His blood], and bring upon themselves swift destruction [Gk: G684; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): damnation, destruction, waste /// to destroy fully]. And many shall follow their pernicious ways [Gk: G684]; by reason of whom the way of truth [John 14:6] shall be evil spoken of [(very true, emphatically so for the subset of evangelical Christians)]. And through covetousness [Gk: fraud, extortion: greediness] shall they with feigned [Gk: molded, fictitious (false) /// fabricated] words make merchandise [Gk: (something) to buy and sell] of you [making you into the currency of submissive slaves under their control; i.e., you don’t like it, but you do obey]: whose judgment [God’s judgment of them] now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned [Gen 6:1,2], but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world [people], but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom [false doctrines] and Gomorrha [false works] into ashes condemned [Gk: judged against, sentenced: damned] them with an overthrow [Gk: an overturn (catastrophe), demolition], making them an ensample [Gk: an exhibit for warning: example, pattern] unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just [Gk: innocent, holy: righteous] Lot [Heb: a veil: covering], vexed [Gk: labored down, wear with toil, fig. harassed] [i.e., the antichrist(s) “shall wear out the saints of the most High” Dan 7:25] with the filthy conversation [Gk: behavior] of the wicked [Gk: lawless, criminal]: (For that righteous man [a type and shadow of you and me] dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing [the ungodly lies and misinformation (propaganda)], [that] vexed [Gk: tortured: tormented] his righteous soul [Gk: spirit] from day to day with [the provocations of] their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver [Gk: rescue] [rapture: 1 Thes 4:16,17] the godly out of temptations [Gk: testings], and to reserve the unjust [Gk: wicked: unrighteous] unto the day of judgment to be punished [eternally, “from the presence of the LORD” Gen 3:8]: 

1.    Commentary: The ideal Christian response to the immense weight of evil that has completely encompassed us with crushing pressure (great tribulation), relentlessly compressing, forcefully squeezing (diminishing) us down, thoroughly reshaping our lives, should be to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes 5:17) in attainable practice as best we can… while patiently waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to return in great glory, and straighten this crooked mess out. 😊



For our God is a consuming fire[Heb 12:29 & Deut 4:24; 9:3]

(1 Cor 3:10-15) According to the grace of God [Gk: the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life] which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder [Gk: a chief constructor, architect], I [the Apostle Paul] have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed [Gk: beware (be careful)] how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ [Gk: the anointed]. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones [non-burnable (eternal) doctrines], wood, hay, stubble [burnable (natural) doctrines]Every man's work shall be made manifest [Gk: shining, apparent; public]: for the day [of the Lord] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed [Gk: to take the cover off: disclosed] by fire; and the [consuming] fire shall try [Gk: test] every man's work of what sort it is [either of God or of Satan]. If any man's work abide [Gk: remains] which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a rewardIf any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved [Gk: delivered: healed, preserved, made whole]; yet so as by [consuming] fire