Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him… Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? …The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thes. 2:1-12)

Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. (Isaiah 9:16)

Ever since Adam’s fall into sin, confusion has ruled as king in the hearts of mankind. (As the result of the curse of the broken law) We can still see this confusion, this curse of the broken law, which Satan uses to mislead his counterfeit bride of Christ into thinking she can be washed in the blood of Christ without repentance.

The gospel of our Lord begins and ends with the word “repent!” (Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:14-15; and Luke 24:46-47) Notice how these verses clearly teach that repentance is what leads to the remission of sin. But Satan’s gospel leads his counterfeit bride of Christ to think she can be saved in her sins, instead of from her sins.

Did you ever stop to think what a mystery it is to see all the confusion there is in the world today? The more educated and learned in human wisdom we are, and the more technology advances, the more confusion we have. Why? The more that people rely upon human wisdom, the further they stray away from God. (As proof, one only has to examine the workings of our nation’s political system) This is the “mystery of iniquity” and can be traced back to mankind’s forsaking God and His revealed will. Until we understand that it is the curse of the broken law, it will remain a mystery to us.

Isaiah had warned us: “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.” (Isaiah 1:9)

What was the sin of Sodom? The usual answer is homosexuality, but that is not true. The true answer is in Ezek. 16:49: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” That is also the sin of this nation, and it has been for years: Pride, fullness of bread, haughtiness, entertainment, serving the god of the flesh, and trampling the Word of God under our feet. Why? Because we have surrounded ourselves with the abundance of idleness and have so little love for the poor and needy. We serve the god of self instead of the God of creation.

As a result of compromising the Word of God, the mystery of iniquity now works confusion in the world. Let’s ponder what Jesus taught us. Jesus spoke of the anxiety that shall dominate the world in this time of confusion: “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26) *The word ‘perplexity,’ is taken from the Greek word, ‘Aporia,’ which means, to have no way out; to be at a loss mentally; to come to a point of despair.

When those who are Christian in name only, see what is coming upon the face of the earth, they will become perplexed. They are the ones who will not allow the truth to prevail. They teach peace, peace while they still love the wages of sin. Without any repentance, their hearts will fail them for fear of the things taking place on the earth.

Scripture foretold that anxiety, perplexity, and confusion will happen in the last days. What we see in the world today is a result of unbelief and compromising the Word of God. It is the result of spiritual adultery, serving the god of self. But those who are truly Christian do not live in perplexity and anxiety, because we live by faith, not by sight.

A wise man once said, “The sin that we tolerate is the sin that we love.” This is not a call to be intolerant to the sins of others, but to the sin that resides in us! What sin do you tolerate? You must kill it! Crucify it! Bury it and walk away from its tomb!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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