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The Strong Delusion

"Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn (the Antichrist) to oppose the daily sacrifices; AND HE CAST TRUTH DOWN TO THE GROUND. He did all this and prospered." Daniel 8:12 Some of you may be here when the Antichrist arises on the scene. It will be hard to recognize him as the devil leading the world to hell, because he will be a man of charisma and the people will love him. You will need to know the Word of God, the Bible, to discern who this man is. Antichrist will be the counterfeit of Jesus Christ. For every characteristic of Christ, he will be the opposite. Jesus is "the way, the TRUTH, and the life," and Antichrist will be a liar, albeit a clever one. He will cast truth down to the ground and the multitudes will applaud him. All that is evil he will foster, and all that is good he will squelch - but in such a way that his followers will not realize this is the man of hell, and they will not recognize him as evil. They will think he's awesome. "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20 Even now the spirit of Antichrist is in the world, and by this you may recognize those under its influence: they call evil good and good evil. And they will have no regard for truth but rather foster the adage, "whatever feels good, do it." One title of the Antichrist is “the man of LAWLESSNESS” (2nd Thessalonians 2:3). They want nothing to do with the restrictions of the God of the Bible. "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 'Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.'” Psalms 2:2-3 They want to be free from all restraint, free to “do it my way.” "There is a way that SEEMS RIGHT to a man, But its end is the way of death." Proverbs 14:12 The Antichrist will carry out the last days agenda of Satan himself. And as Jesus said of Satan: "When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." John 8:44 “Through his cunning he shall cause DECEIT to prosper under his rule;" Daniel 8:25 When the followers of Jesus Christ asked him what the signs would be of his coming, the very first thing he said was to be very careful that you be not DECEIVED. "...the disciples came to him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?' And Jesus answered and said to them: 'TAKE HEED THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU.'" Matthew 24:3-4 People who are deceived do not know they are deceived. So how can one avoid deception? Only by knowing the Word of God. Those who call evil good and good evil DO NOT KNOW they are deceived, as they march on toward hell. And because they do not know the Word of God and have disdain for his Word, God sets them under a great delusion. “The coming of the lawless one (Antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, BECAUSE they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12 Pray with me: Father, deception is a scary thing because when one is deceived he does not know it. I ask you Lord, wherever I am deceived please show me the truth. I put down my pride, the pride that tells me I'm right, the pride that does not want to know the truth if it's going to cause me conflict, the pride that wants me to stay as I am. Jesus, you are "the truth," and I want to know the truth no matter what it costs me. Help me in this Lord, this is a tough one, but it's so crucial, and I want to make the right choice no matter what. Eternity is at stake. MORE: The Rapture Generation


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