We see a huge escalation of what can only be labeled as “strong delusion.” For example, some scholars are saying hell is a pagan religious concept that Christians have stolen as a doctrine.
Another group of so-called “biblical scholars” presented “the covert Messiah” conference to advertise their “new discovery” about Jesus. They suggest that Christianity is actually an invention of Roman aristocrats created as “psychological warfare” to control the Jews. You can believe that if you want, but the consequences eternally will be severe.
Some professing Christians are saying, “Islam is good and peaceful,” even though they know what the Islamic religion does to women and so-called “infidels.”
Others assert that guns are the problem, and they recommend making guns illegal, even for good citizens. Some political candidates have asserted that climate change is more dangerous than apocalyptic jihadists.
Delusion is deepening as we approach the coming of Christ—and this is a major sign of the times.
The Apostle Paul grieved over those who placed pleasure and self-will over God’s truth. In Second Thessalonians, he issued the terrible truth of what will happen to those who reject the Truth of God’s Word.
First, they will come under a strong delusion and believe the lie of the coming world leader—the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
Second, they will be condemned to face the world’s greatest hour of agony—the “Final Shabua” or what Jesus called the “Great Tribulation” (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6-19).
Third, they will have no hope of escaping the horrors of the place prepared for Satan and his followers called “hell” or the garbage dump of all creation. (Matthew 23:33; Matthew 25:41; Luke 16:23; 2 Peter 2:1-10; Revelation 19:20; 20:10).
But Paul rejoices and thanks God for those who believe the truth and have been called by the Spirit of God to salvation and sanctification.
Christianity is exclusive.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
The apostle Peter warned, “There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
And Paul wrote of a God “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all” (1Timothy 2:4-6).
Deception, fake news, and delusions are striking from every angle today. Stay close to God, put your faith in Jesus Christ, and read your Bible. You’ll develop the discernment necessary to survive and thrive in these last days.