Powerful last days deceptions—even causing the elect to be at risk
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
2015 proved to be full of signs of the times as the end-of-this-age continues to race towards its finality. We see the continued building up of lies over truth in America, where multitudes of lost souls and Christians alike embrace distortions of truth and outright lies. All because people prefer what they are told, even if it is a lie. This is part of the activity of Satan in preparing the world and a multitude of Christians to whole heartily receive the anti-Christ, (the lawless one).
The Mystery of Lawlessness
In politics, street protests, in education, in the corporate world—all across society a mysterious ground swell of illegal and immoral behavior grows. The ever increasing hatred of righteous grows as evil is called good, and good is called evil—and the righteous-moral seem totally impotent in stopping this tide of lawlessness. Now few dare to speak out lest they become targets from the enraged-deceived crowds and from the immoral who are in political power who exercise a strong public voice.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians also explained how the mystery of lawlessness was already at work in his day, yet restrained from full manifestation until the appointed time. And we are racing towards that appointed time where the lawless one will be revealed. Unfortunately, because the increasing lawlessness has been subtle and slow in development (a deceitful work of the devil that has taken centuries to perfect), few believers see how the stage is almost completely set for the anti-Christ to step out in world view and bring forth the Great Lie.
The deception is growing captivating the masses including foolish Christians looking for anointed leaders who prophesy only good is coming and promise to straighten things out. In the end will these popular prophets and teachers will have only been used by Satan to groom many of God’s people to embrace the anti-Christ. Christ said of the coming deception, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).
Indeed, the coming deception will be a spellbinding mystery as a multitude of on fire Christians as well as lukewarm believers, and especially apostate Christians become swept up with the false. Across all denominations and fellowships, Christians are becoming all the more charmed by false prophets who perform GREAT signs and wonders.
God is Testing His People
Enthralled with signs and wonders performed by special leaders, Christians everywhere ignore the word of God and pursue wolves in sheep clothing as intermediaries between them and Christ. Much like the Pope being elevated to the grand potentate go-between for Catholics and God.
Few Christians are taught to test the operating spirit over these idolized leaders who walk in great spiritual power. In the Old Testament, God warned his people thus:
“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4).
Few are Taught to Fear God, Hear and Obey His Voice, and Hold Fast and Serve Christ Only
From the Baby Boomer Christian to the Millennial Christian, over the last forty years most have embraced (in a subtle progression) false teachings. Sound doctrine on being personally trained and disciplined by Christ himself has all but died out. False prophets and dreamers of false visions have taken God’s people into gross darkness where spiritual mysticism and magic thinking has become the modern Christ. Most Christians today are following a false Jesus created by false prophets and lying teachers who manufacture and sell a different Gospel than that of Scripture.
Few see the coming powerful deception that will come through manifest signs and wonders performed by the devil disguised as the power of God. The gradual obsession with the thrill of spiritual manifestations has led to the idolatry of signs and wonders as the lust for higher doses of sensuous spiritual experiences ever grows.
Even Greater False Spiritual Manifestations Are Coming in 2016
False manifestations with mind numbing and emotion suppressant powers will be delivered by new false prophets in the next wave of sensuous spiritualism. This next false awakening will be allowed by God to pull in and seal the fate of weak and false Christians who refuse to embrace the truth—believers who prefer the emotional pleasures of false spiritualism.
God is allowing a strong delusion to come upon spiritually-sensuous Christians who are addicted to happy feelings and the pleasures of the carnal life. Few Christians have given up love for this world and learned to walk in the joy of the Lord abiding in the unseen kingdom of God.
And now Satan is about to be allowed to present the biggest counterfeit movement to date—to fall upon a multitude of Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal Christians. All this because God’s people refuse to embrace the Spirit of Truth and grow up into the true Christ. This next false wave will be in direct conflict with God’s final call upon a sleeping end-time church. This counterfeit movement will try to overshadow and drown out the coming true and final move of God—the soon to come midnight cry awakening.
God will not Force Feed Truth Upon His People
God’s people the Jews wanted proof concerning the Lordship of Christ before they believed, and they continually looked for a sign on the spectacular level to test Christ. Jesus sighed deeply in his spirit and refused their demands saying, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation” (Mark 8:12).
On the same vein, God’s people today are looking for signs and wonders before they believe. And God is allowing this last generation of Christians to get what they are lusting after. Another wave of false prophets is coming to mislead more carnal and false believers by performing signs and wonders that come to pass on an artificial level. The false are glorified while servants of Christ who bring true but hard messages and warnings are ignored and even demonized. A battle between the true and the false is coming, much like the war of signs and wonders between the Pharaoh’s court magicians and Moses.
No clear sign from heaven will be given to dispel unbelief for an evil and adulterous last days generation. Rather, God is sending a strong delusion, “so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Yet, true servants of God are coming with the message of the coming bridegroom—they will have signs follow them, but only promote the coming Christ and how to endure the coming Great Tribulation.
For the sincere believer who desires to embrace the true Christ as an obedient servant, these words of Christ will be honored, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).
The Only Way to Discern the Last Days Great Lie by the Activity of Satan
Indeed, if the sincere asks, seeks, and knocks for personal revelation of the true Christ and the true Holy Spirit—that encounter with the living God will surely come to pass. For Christ says to us all, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me” (John 14:23-24).
And God himself will deliver his own out of the hands of the evil one and protect them during the coming terrible-horrific times leading to Christ’s appearance.
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