Posts Tagged ‘Last Days’

Over the past few months I have noticed how many people have been taking to social media to voice their displeasure with the recent presidential campaign and the ultimate election of Donald Trump.

The most disheartening aspect of this has been the hateful language from professing Christians from both sides and their slanderous postings. (Many from fake news sights)

The Bible makes it clear that followers of Christ should not be involved in this type of thing:

Exodus 23:1You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Psalm 34:13Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Proverbs 20:19Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

Proverbs 26:20For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

When we repeat such reports from one to another (whether true or false) they provoke us to mutual anger, enmity, and contention; but where there is no whispering of rumors and slander, the quarreling ceases. Animosity, hatred, and quarrels will die away—Just as burning coals eventually die out and are no more than cold ashes under our feet.

But at the same time, dead coals laid on burning coals, or wood on fire, increases the heat and flames of contention. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. And pride can often lead to unkind tempers and provoking words that produce quarrels and enmities, which destroys all peace and embroil people in endless hostilities against one another.

This should not be happening within the body of Christ.

I realize that this election has left many with great fear—fear of the unknown, fear of what will transpire in the next four years and beyond, and fear that our greatest fear will come upon us. (Job 3:25) But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

In Isaiah 41:10 God reassures us to, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

As I was writing this, a heavy wind storm caused some things to crash around outside. When I went out to survey the damage, I discovered that it was just a ladder that had fallen onto my deck. But I was suddenly amazed that my next door neighbors’ trees were being violently tossed to and fro in the wind, but the tree in my back yard was completely still, unaffected by the wind in my neighbor’s yard! Standing there I was reminded of  the verse in Ecclesiastes 11:5 that says, “Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.”

Wherever we are, whatever is happening in our lives, we can always trust that God is in control—if we choose to do it. But if we magnify every little difficulty and start objections and quarrels, we will never be able to fully trust God. Winds and clouds of tribulation are in God’s hands, designed to test us. And God’s work will always agree with his word, whether we see it or not. So we need to trust God to provide for us and protect us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. For in due season, in God’s time, you shall reap—if you do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Sadly, American Christians have become fat and soft over the years. We have become more dependent on our own strengths and on our political system than we are on God and his system of government.

We claim that our religious rights are being attacked because of some states’ decision to remove monuments of the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds, or schools disallowing religious displays, or praying at public meetings, or changing the greeting of “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays”.

But right now, Christians and religious minorities around the world are literally facing death, simply for maintaining their faith.

In Northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has waged a years-long campaign of violence, mass abductions, rapes and village raids against local communities. In many cases, they’ve targeted Christians, as well as more moderate Muslims. Schoolgirls who have been captured have been forced to convert to Islam before being made to become child brides and even suicide bombers. Videos of public executions of Christians have been posted on the Internet to strike fear in the hearts of other believers. There have been reports of Christian aid workers being publicly beaten and even made to watch their own children being tortured in an effort to get them to renounce their faith, before being publicly crucified.

Do you think that our Christian brothers and sisters in these countries argue amongst each other about their political choices?

Our world is changing. What we see happening in other countries will eventually happen here as well. The apostle Paul writing to Timothy said, “In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

He related his own persecutions and said, “What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (See 2 Timothy 3:1-16)

Even Jesus himself said: “…They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16:1-3)

So instead of fighting amongst ourselves, we should be strengthening each other and preparing ourselves spiritually for what is to come.

Because, “If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses? If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5) In other words, if issues like the banning of public prayer and  Christmas greetings weary you, what will you do when real persecution comes?

As a child of God, we no longer have to fear…Anything!

Lately it seems that people in the world have lost all common sense. From the common people to police departments and judges, from lawmakers to leaders in congress, and all the way up to the president! What in the world has happened to us? It’s as if everyone has been stricken with stupidity! Is it possible that God has sent us a spirit of confusion that is spoken of in scriptures?

The Strong Delusion

The Bible’s prophecies concerning the Last Days also introduce us to a phenomenon called the strong delusion that God allows because people refuse to believe Him. (Isaiah 22:5, Micah 7:4, Deut. 28:20)  2 Thess. 2:10-12 states that people will be influenced by this strong delusion because they refuse to listen to the truth.  “…because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” It will be so influential that even the people of God might be fooled.

“Don’t assume self-delusion is always willful or conscious,” says David McRaney, author of ‘You Are Not So Smart’, a book about self-delusion. “We often engage in something called confabulation, which is basically making up a story we can believe in to explain away behavior we don’t understand. We are very good at pattern recognition, and whether or not we have the story correct as to what is causing the pattern, we naturally learn to associate cause and effect.”

In other words, if the button says it will close the elevator doors, and the elevator doors don’t close until we’ve been pushing it for 20 seconds, we still manage to convince ourselves that our actions brought about the outcome. It’s just like the guy who takes the sugar pill labeled “Advil” — when the headache goes away on its own after a couple of hours, he convinces himself that it was the pill that did the trick. “The close buttons don’t close the elevator doors in most elevators built in the United States since the Americans with Disabilities Act,” explains McRaney. “The button is there for workers and emergency personnel to use, and it only works with a key.”

Many cities and towns have buttons at crosswalks that allow a pedestrian to speed up the arrival of a walk signal. And in many places, they do exactly what they promise to do; but not everywhere. The City of New York admitted several years ago that most of the “push button, wait for walk signal” buttons were no longer active, having long ago been replaced by automated systems that keep all the lights on a set timer. Just as with the elevators, it would be expensive to replace or remove all of the non-functioning buttons or to inform the public through some sort of media campaign. That makes them placebo buttons just like the close door buttons on an elevator. (Information from Mainstreet.com)

http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/5-things-you-think-work-actually-don-t

Many religious and political leaders have been deluded into thinking that because of their high position they will never be found out or held accountable for their sin. This is the devil’s best tactic.  He is an expert in the art of delusion. When Yeshua was in the desert the devil tempted him with the delusion that he would give him power over all the kingdoms of the world if he would only bow down in worship to him. (Luke 4:5-6) As we enter the Last Days, these delusions will become even stronger and those who refuse God’s truth will not only continue to be deceived but will deceive others as well. (2 Timothy 3:13)

We are Legion

Mobs like ‘Occupy Wall Street’ are simply people deluded by Satan; and are used only for destruction and chaos. I think it is interesting that members of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ are using the term “We are legion” in their posts and videos.

In Mark 5:2-9 we read of Jesus healing a demonic. When Jesus spoke to the demons he asked, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” (Mark 5:-9)

Ann Coulter, author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America,” while being interviewed on Fox News said, “And now you have this video on behalf of occupy Wall Street with them saying, ‘The voice of the people is the voice of anonymous, for we are legion.’ They are just openly embracing their demonic aspects and, of course, you see the results of that in the arrests, the defecating on police cars, blocking traffic, blocking pedestrians. You can tell it’s just on the edge of violence. That is exactly an aspect of a mob, it is without cause.” Coulter said. “It is as Jesus said, ‘They hated me without cause.’”

In the Last Days many will be deceived by signs and false wonders. Truth cannot be tested by signs. Truth is not your opinion. Truth is the written word of God. Because people will not love the truth of the written word, but will judge truthfulness by power and by displays of miracles, God will send people a spirit of delusion and confusion. That’s why it is so important for us to understand what is truth and what God requires. The best test of truth is the instruction given by God Himself – the Holy Scriptures.

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, ‘Let us follow other gods’ (gods you have not known) ‘and let us worship them,’ you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. (Deuteronomy 13: 1-4 NIV)

New truths cannot contradict the old. Tradition and the interpretation of our leaders cannot contradict the Bible. In fact, the truth will always glorify the God and His written word.

To the law and to the testimony if they do not speak according to this word it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8: 20)

Truth will always glorify Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). It will explain Yeshua from the Torah and will show the future. However, when He, the Spirit of truth is come He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of Himself; but whatever He hears that shall He speak; and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me. For He shall receive of mine and show it to you. (John 16: 13-14)

It is significant that so many are waiting for a global sign that will catapult a leader into the position of the undisputed leader of the world. The Church has already conditioned its members to believe that tradition, and this interpretation seems to take precedence over the Bible. False messiahs will fool even the saints if they are not grounded in the truth of God’s word.    For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. “Look, I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, “Look, He is in the wilderness,” do not go out, or, “Look, He is in the inner rooms,” do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24: 24-27)

The Second Coming will be one global event, not many local events. But how do you know that this spectacular local appearance is not a global one? – Because scripture tells us that Messiah will be come on the clouds. He will appear in the sky; not on the ground. Unfortunately, when the false Messiah appears many will immediately begin the process of the resurrection and the rapture in their deluded minds. There will not be a theological press briefing. There will be no sermon, argument or debate. – Because they will be deceived into thinking this event to be a rescue operation.

Satan is the ultimate false messiah. Under his influence, the appearance of the “man of sin” will eclipse all others. This false messiah will misquote, twist, and distort the words of the Bible in an attempt to get people to worship him. His coming is described in several prophecies. He is the scapegoat who will appear at Yom Kippur so that we can choose him or the true Messiah. He is the angel of light who preaches a different gospel. He is the beast whose philosophies corrupt the world before his appearing.

Our Response to the Delusion

All religious traditions have a belief system that will rationalize away the true Messiah and the Second Coming. The pride in those traditions is what will cause them to be deceived. (Jeremiah 49:16, Obadiah 1:3) The scriptures warn us time and time again to NOT be deceived! Events occurring today should be of particular concern to each of us. And we should be even more diligent to study the truth of God’s word.

I believe that the Church will eventually be given a new set of laws that coincides with all of the religious traditions and the world will be told to disregard the written instructions of their sacred writings. These will be replaced with “more accurate” instructions. Because these new instructions will go to many parts of the world, and many people will accept these new laws as a truth and the real Coming of Messiah will be ignored. (Matthew 24: 24-27, 31)

The Coming Persecution

For those who refuse these new truths there will be a real threat for disobedience. The false messiah will need the whole world to agree with him and worship him as the true Messiah. But remember that majority belief is not an argument for truth. Only eight were saved in Noah’s ark. Only three were saved from Sodom and Gomorrah. The success of this global delusion depends on people abandoning the Bible. So it is alarming that many Christian groups are doing that now for the sake of ecumenism or to conform to the moral demands of a decadent society.

Today some Christians believe that God has established two sets of legal systems, one for Jews and another for Gentiles. Deceived by this, the two-stage coming of Messiah becomes another trap. If Messiah comes invisibly for only the Christian saints in a secret rapture, and then He comes again later with the saints to set up a kingdom on earth to teach people, when the false coming occurs, people may tend to believe that it is the second stage of the coming when God comes to the earth to teach sinners. If no one relies on the written instructions in TORAH, God will test His people to see whether or not they obey His written word or if they will resort to mob rule imposed by lying spirits.  No doubt, Satan and his angels will disguise themselves as great evangelists from the past.

Understand that those controlled by Satan and the other lying spirits can quote scripture and appeal to tradition in order to verify themselves. The coming of the false messiah might even be preceded by the appearance of other supernatural beings claiming to be dead prophets and kings and disciples who are preparing the way for his coming. This is how he can use biblical texts to confuse you that they are these dead patriarchs come back to life and that his mission is to go to war against the disobedient and establish peace. This might be our time of testing when the miraculous powers of God no longer works for us. The false messiah will have all the glory and supernatural powers. You have nothing but your faith, hope and love. (1 Corinthians 13)

“Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:8, 34-36)