Part IV: The Strong Delusion To Believe Lies
People don't purposely believe lies. Our text here is describing how people will be deceived in the Tribulation, they will believe a lie. God is going to send them a strong delusion. Someone say’s, If I’m not saved and the rapture happens, I will recognize it and get saved. Sorry, but that’s not going to happen. What will happen is, God will send a strong delusion to the earth and you will believe the lie of the Anti-Christ. Even though this is a tribulation sign, we see it escalating here in the last days. All you have to do is look at the democrats. I’m not trying to be funny, I’m serious. I don’t believe any politician but I sure don’t believe a thing that comes from the democrat platform. But guess what? Their followers do! Obama and Clinton are two of the biggest liars of the century and all their followers believe them.
This is what you would hear if you listened to a group of liberals including religious liberals talk about the state of our nation. They would say everything was great and we are progressing out of old ideology into a new enlightened era. They would argue the freedom from the tyranny of narrow minded, bigoted, religious zealots who are deceived by myths and unenlightened belief systems. They believe in the cause of total freedom to pursue what makes the individual happy. They believe their doctrine wholeheartedly and are prepared to battle any oppressor of their freedoms in the name of righteousness. They have swallowed the lie line, hook and sinker!
Just because you believe something doesn't mean it is the truth. All you have to do is look at Washington spinning the "truth" daily about the economy, unemployment, etc. But, is it the truth? It is clear that the Bible teaches that people will believe a lie rather than the truth in the last days. There was a time in this nation and the world where right and wrong was easy to understand. Today people discard God's truth as irrelevant or oppressive.
You must realize who is behind all these lies. The Bible is clear that Satan was a liar from the beginning and he is still doing a good job of it. He lied to Adam and Eve who were much smarter than we are so that makes him a pretty good liar. The attitude is the same, people want to be their own god. Satan has done a masterful job of preaching his doctrine of freedom to be like God. Satan believes his doctrine and so do his followers. As Satan deceived one third of the angelic host, he deceives our world to believe his lies about life, God, and the true meaning of freedom. I’ve heard someone ask, “how can so many people believe Hillary’s lies?” Satan!
God's heart was to give His creation the power to be free from evil, not to be free to indulge in evil. In my younger years, I pursued selfish pleasures and they led to some bad things. As a result, my life was being destroyed. Was I free, or was I deceived? I was in bondage, but was convinced I was free. This is truly strong delusion. Now, I am free from the power of that darkness and my life has meaning and purpose. With the push that legalized drugs and gay marriage, there was and is a lot of strong delusion that lies against the truth. But notice James’s words, “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic" James 3:14-15. You heard it right, demonic!
My good friend Dr. Tonti will agree with me when it comes to science. The god of science has been the most unique deception in our age. Science promises the answer to all things and yet it cannot answer the most basic questions about life. It claims evolution is the answer, yet the six million species have none of the billions of changes called links in the fossil record. It is the same enticement that Satan had in the beginning and that the tree of knowledge represents. Knowledge is beautiful to look upon and is very enticing, but there is no life in it.
The answer has never been in knowledge and it is not the ultimate truth. The fruit of the tree of knowledge does not answer the deeper questions of life. Science will never uncover the mystery of life. Life did not come from knowledge but rather came from the spirit of love.
The last days are upon us, but we should be hopeful in spite of the times. If we keep proclaiming truth and stand for righteousness, perhaps God will stay His hand from the destruction and experience an end time REVIVAL. I think it really depends on us. Hope you have learned from these four last day sign and have been strengthened by God’s Word. God Bless!