When The Restrainer Is Gone 

 

 
The most heartrending idea to grip me recently has been a fresh revelation of this world completely without God. Can you imagine our present society suddenly free of all moral restraints? Everything that now represents purity and the high and holy things will be absolutely removed and non-existing, allowing unfettered evil to completely baptize the world. It will be a dark and filthy place. Satan will realize his long dream of world control and will turn this globe into hell on earth.
 
Before that can occur, God’s restraining powers must be removed. For the entire period of man’s earthly existence the Holy Spirit of God has been the "Restrainer." For some unknown reason, the church has never developed the truth of this area of Holy Ghost activity or at least I have not seen it.
 
From the very dawn of creation as God the Father acted to call forth order and creative beauty, the Holy Ghost has been the agent of restraint, The nothingness out of which God created the worlds and all matter or creatures was a chasm of emptiness. Why that was true the Bible does not explain. The first act we see of the Holy Spirit was at this moment. "And the world was without form, and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the ‘Spirit of God’ moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, Let there be light and there was light" (Genesis 1:2,3 KJV).
 
Out of nothing but a void and formless chasm, the Father called forth light and order while the Holy Spirit pushed back the darkness. The second person of the Triune Godhead was also actively present as the eternal Word of God and light of all creation. You see the Son of God in these words, "And God said," and in the glory of light that followed His speech. it was a display of God’s entire personhood and reveals that our God is beyond all human explanation. The Holy Spirit’s unique place in the Godhead is as the Father’s and the Son’s right arm of power and authority. All hell is held at bay by the Holy Spirit.
 
The Holy Ghost is The Standard Bearer

Isaiah spoke of the "Restraining" action of the Holy Ghost with this marvelous statement: "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19 KJV). The theology of this Biblical truth in incredible. The word "standard" means a force or power superior to the enemy. It suggests to "chase away," "put to flight," or to "vanish." The believer or the church that dares to depend wholly on the Holy Spirit is destined to be a great power for God. The Holy Spirit alone is God’s restraining power to "vanish" all our enemies and we certainly need no other.
 
The Holy Ghost And Pentecost.

On the Day of Pentecost something happened in God’s economy to forever change His witnesses in the world. The epicenter of the Holy Spirit’s activity had always been the throne of God or the Heavenly Sanctuary. While the Spirit is absolutely onmipresdnt (There is nowhere where He is not), the center of His presence and power was not within the First Testament church. He came upon men or women for special anointings and responsibilities. This illustration is probably crude and somewhat inadequate but let’s say it’s like being near a fire or being at a distance from a fire. You feel the heat in both cases, but there is an extreme difference. The First Testament church lived at a distance from the fire, but were certainly dependent upon its power and warmth. King David expressed that when he said. "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me" (Psalm 51:11 kjv).

On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Ghost moved His center of authority. Jesus had said, "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you" (John 16:7-14 KJV).
 
When The Restrainer Is Removed With The Bride

The picture is breathtaking. God the Father, at the request of the Son, sent the Holy Spirit to the church to choose a Bride for the Son. For 2,000 years He has wooed, convicted, and converted millions to this Brideship. Now the time has come to present that Bride to the Master’s Son. All Hell has marshalled its forces against the Bride, but the "Restrainer" has reserved Her from defilement. She is holy and undefiled, without spot or blemish, and ready for Her crowning day. At the Word of the Father, the Holy Ghost and the sound of the trumpet unleashes the most incredible power known to mankind. Resurrection life invades the graves of the dead in Christ and changes every living member of the Sanctified Bride.
 
All the Father needs to do when the Rapture occurs is to call His Spirit to the throne. The Holy Spirit cannot move His epicenter to the heaveniy sanctuary without the Bride being removed with Him. There will be no search and find effort necessary for the Holy Spirit is the life of those ready for this day of victory and triumph. The Holy Spirit cannot leave without the Bride nor can the Bride leave without the Holy Spirit. "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Romans 8:11 KJV).
 
"Now, He That Letteth Will Let"

The mystery of iniquity or the spirit of Antichrist has been at work during the duration of the church, but always limited and held at bay. This evil design has been on a leash until the Bride was secure and safe. Apostle Paul explains these facts clearly. "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" (2 Thessalonians 2:6 KJV).
 
There can be no doubt hut that Satan and all the powers of Hell are already at work. There is a growing spirit of wickedness, even a diabolical surge of an Antichrist spirit. Christianity is hated with a vengeance by an ever enlarging group of people. Satan is enlarging his kingdom and vying for the worship of the world. His present tactics are marvelously successful as men have become more humanistic and less discerning of the true realities of the spiritual world. http://www.pawcreek.org

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