Discerning Evil’s Treachery in these Last Days September 2, 2014
We have repeatedly warned of a coming upheaval in society where hidden evil would surface and wreak havoc. Certainly, every area of the American society and of our once honorable institutions has taken hits in morality, integrity, and accountability. Evil now is predominately glorified and good is vilified.
I want to warn of another wave of wickedness that is now surfacing, where the devil is focusing on relationships—within families, in fellowships, in business, with peers at work, and even between seemly sound marriages.
This next wave will hit fellowships, families, marriages, and friendships—where certain close relationships with family and friends, (who seemed on the up-and-up,) will turn weird and treacherous.
The devil now has at his disposal a ripe arsenal—a multitude of people, having evil hearts that are disguised by friendly smiles who speak smooth words. They will be used of Satan to snare the undiscerning believer—the word I have been given from the Lord is: believe them not!
Just as the prophet Jeremiah was warned by the Lord, so is the same warning for us today:
“For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; believe them not, though they speak fair words to you.” (Jeremiah 1:6 RSV).
Control, possessiveness, compulsions, gossip, meddling, and secret sins will begin to grow and lead to betrayal, releasing the dark issues of the heart once concealed. Bitterness, jealousy, and secret demented lifestyles will emerge spewing chaos and poisoning relationships.
Satan is going to use his “evil-weed implants” to hit every sincere saint with lies, immoral choices, and soul vexing temptations. The devil is about raise his spiritual influence in order to sift the lukewarm and naïve Christian to near insanity. This next round of satanic influences will cause many to fall away. It will be in a similar manner the devil used in his attempt to destroy Peter’s faith.
The devil will use family and friends who have gone over to the dark side and try to drag the weak and unprepared saint down into the abyss by way of wrong relationship ties. This is a softening strategy leading to the coming great persecution and falling away—a precursor move to destroy the weak-faith Christian, so when in the valley of decision they will crumble.
We are entering into a time to learn to take note of those who we are in relationship with. Using the Apostle Paul’s admonishment, we are to:
“Watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve” (Romans 16:17-18 ESV).
In addition, I want to remind us all of what the Apostle Paul also prophesied—how the last day’s culture would turn treacherous and ugly. Pay attention to how accurate the following prophesy is in describing our current culture:
“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV). Ώ
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