A Sign of the Second Coming of the LORD Jesus
and of the End of the World
Deception is a Sign of the End of the Age
"What shall be the sign of
Thy coming, and of the end of the world?"
by Tom Stewart
1. Jesus warned us not to be deceived. "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that
no man deceive you" (Matthew
2. Deception is mocking God concerning His truth. "Be not deceived;
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7).
3. Self-deception is believing a lie. Voluntarily
forgetting God's revealed truth is self-deception.
"For if any be a hearer of the Word, and
not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was" (James 1:23-24).
4. The enemies of God are deceivers.
- a. All mankind who are apart from the saving influence
of the LORD Jesus Christ are part of this cycle of deception."But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,
and being deceived" (2Timothy 3:13).
- b. Obviously, Satan and his demons are deceivers.
"And the great dragon was cast out, that
old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9).
- c. The Antichrist will
claim that he -- and NOT Jesus -- IS the Christ. "For
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:5).
- d. The Antichrist knows that whoever lays claim
to the name of Christ is actually claiming to be THE ONLY TRUE GOD. For this reason,
he will sit in the rebuilt Jewish temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, demanding all
to worship him. "Let no man deceive you
by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth
himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God"
- e. The false prophet will deceive the world by
directing the worship of Antichrist. "And
deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had
power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that
they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live" (Revelation 13:14).
5. Even the LORD God Almighty has promised to deceive
all but the elect.
- a. The deceiving and seduction of the elect (those
who are appointed to salvation) will not ultimately be possible. "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall
show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect" (Mark 13:22). God will Himself
be in the process of preparing the final judgment of those who have rejected His
Son as the Only True God and Saviour. "And
if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived
that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand upon him, and will destroy him from
the midst of My people Israel" (Ezekiel 14:9).
- b. Believing the "lying wonders" of
Satan (demons physically manifesting themselves as the stronger and smarter aliens
who have been here from the beginning and can save us from ourselves or destroy us
if we do not cooperate with the Paradigm Shift evolving all man into this higher
Christ consciousness of becoming God), causes unelect man to love not the truth of
the Gospel or believe the warnings of God's prophecy -- making them incapable of
being saved. "Even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved" (2Thessalonians 2:9-10).
- c. God's book of judgment will close with the
final purging of all the earth of those who reject the Truth and have pleasure in
unrighteousness. Yes, there is right and wrong. That is what this is all about! God's
strong delusion will cause their wickedness to be full so that their final damnation
will be complete. "And
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
that they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2Thessalonians 2:11-12).
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