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Perhaps Today Devotional Critiques

February 25, 2002


The indented sentences are from the book, PERHAPS TODAY, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, NKJV"

"OUR GOD is in the business of truth. Deception can never be any part of that business. Yet this passage tells of a time when God will send "strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.. . .‘The time of that delusion will come during the Antichrist’s reign, particularly during the latter half of the Tribulation.

Obviously, God was revealing truth all through the 1,600 years that He inspired more than forty authors to write the Bible. That revelation, consisting of sixty-six books, is without doubt the most authentic ancient book ever written. So why, when God characteristically reveals truth, would He give deception to mankind?

As it is in our day, the majority who live through the Tribulation will reject that truth because they find pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:12). It is for the same reason that many people reject the truth of the gospel today. Loving their indulgence in some particular sin, they are unwilling to give up that pleasure and receive Jesus. Thus, their indulgences damn their soul for eternity. These will accept the lies of Antichrist who will take the mark on the back of the right hand and place it on their forehead. Most of these will refuse to hear the preaching of the 144,000 servants of God and the two supernatural witnesses of the Tribulation (Revelation 7 and 11). They will choose Antichrist over Christ. They will not reverse that decision, once made. God will then send them a delusion to continue believing Satan’s lies.

How wonderful that such is not the case today. I recently gave an invitation to a large audience at the end of a prophecy conference. Many received the Lord. But the best thing is that those who did not receive Him can still change their minds. This is why the Bible calls every day "the day of salvation’ (2 Corinthians 6:2)—or, as we might phrase it, a "day of decision."

Authors Changed the Meaning of "the lie" 

Why and when would God send strong delusion?  The answer is clear in the context, which the authors chose to ignore.  I am going to put the verses in question here so I refer to them: "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.  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." 1 Thess. 2:9-12

The strong delusion is clearly laid out in Scripture so that nobody can miss unless they choose to miss it and subvert others into missing it too.  God shall send them strong delusion.  Why?  Because they "received not the love of the truth that they might be saved."  God will send these people who would not be saved a strong delusion that they should believe a lie.  What lie will they be deluded by God himself into believing?  The lie that "that Wicked" wants them to believe: that "he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."  (See verse 4)  Those who were witnessed to but believed not the truth will be given over to this strong delusion by God as a judgment!  

They will not have a second chance as taught in the Left Behind series.  It is a cruel lie to teach that after that Wicked is revealed, people who have already rejected Jesus Christ will be given another chance, and that revival will break out among people who had previously scorned Jesus Christ's right to rule over their lives.  This is anti-biblical and is a satanic deception.  Those who presently rebel against Jesus Christ's right to reign over their lives have an antichrist spirit, and this spirit will not depart when the Antichrist is revealed, it will instead be solidified and reinforced through a God-sent delusion.  Those who are against Jesus Christ now will be judged (strong delusion) into accepting Antichrist in the flesh!

The Bible is clear that for this cause (receiving not the love of the truth) God shall send them strong delusion.  The Bible is clear about the when as well: people who have been previously witnessed to, and "head-knowledge" but not heart-surrendered Christians will be in grave spiritual peril when "that Wicked" shall be revealed.  They will have no second chance, and will be deluded into thinking that Antichrist is who he will claim himself to be: as God.  Why they will be deluded is clear: they believed not the truth (about the Lord Jesus Christ and his Word), but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  That is why today (while the Holy Ghost is convicting you) is the only guaranteed day of salvation.  Deliberately putting off repentance and waiting for some supernatural signs is setting oneself up to be supernaturally deluded.

"They will choose Antichrist over Christ. They will not reverse that decision, once made. God will then send  them a delusion to continue believing Satan’s lies."

Yes, whoever takes the mark of the beast will not be able to turn back, but that is not the delusion that is referred to here in 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12.  The fact that God will send strong delusion to those who have heard the gospel but refused to be saved, is being ignored here (this is being done throughout the Left Behind series) and made to refer to taking the mark of the beast and then not being able to reverse that decision.

You may think, "Well, I will just wait until people disappear and then I will know I had better make my decision before Antichrist arrives on the scene."  The Bible says that before we are gathered together unto the Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Thess. 2: 1) certain things must happen and we must let no man deceive us about this.  (See verses 2, 3):  That day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."  

First a falling away and then the son of perdition (also known as that Wicked, man of sin, and Antichrist).  If falling away means "gathering together" then we do not need to worry about being here when Antichrist is revealed, but if "falling away" means apostasy (of the church), then we need to take careful notice because we would be here when that man of sin is revealed.

"Falling away" comes from the Greek word apostsia (Strongs 646), which means departure from the truth; apostasy.  We will be gathered together unto Jesus Christ after the apostasy of the church occurs and that man of sin is revealed.  It is so important to receive the love of the truth today, and also to purpose in your heart to stay true to the Lord Jesus Christ and his word and not depart from the faith.  Every individual Christian that repents of sin and deception is doing their part to delay the falling away, which will delay that man of sin being able to be revealed.  It is not fixed when this will happen; much depends upon the church of the Lord Jesus Christ being willing to stand for truth and holiness so that "that Wicked's" revealing will be delayed.

Satan's followers (the leaders of the One World Government of Antichrist) are at work constantly and spend many millions of dollars on all kinds of campaigns (both within and without the church) to get Christians to completely fall away from the faith.  Why are they doing this?  So that they can reveal that Man of Sin!  They cannot do this until the church has fallen away to the point where God allows him to be revealed, and they certainly do not sit back passively waiting for the church to just somehow fall away on her own.  They work at it actively and put much more effort into getting the church to fall away than the church does in serving the Lord Jesus Christ who is so worthy!

It is God's decision when he will allow that "man of sin" to be revealed.  It is not Satan's decision or our decision.  However, we can have an influence upon God's decision (by our prayers and holy lives) just as Satan actively works to have an influence upon God's decision upon when he will be allowed to reveal himself in that man of sin.  If Satan can get the church to depart from the faith (apostasia) sooner rather than later, then scripture will be fulfilled for his man of sin to be revealed, and God will allow it.

It is not true that we can do nothing about the timing of these events!  I used to think that we just should just sit back and wait to be raptured, but that is what Satan wanted me to think.  He wants the church to allow herself to be given over to all-out apostasy so that he can go forward all the more quickly with his short time of glory on this earth.  The Luciferians had plans for when they wanted to go full force in bringing in the New World Order, and they have already been foiled.  Some expected the year 2000 or 2001 to be the time they would be able to take control, but that time has passed, so they undoubtedly have another date to shoot for.  This is not in their power to make happen, no matter how carefully laid their plans may be.  If the falling away (apostasy of the church) has not yet happened, they cannot go forward with revealing Antichrist.  If they think that an unexpected crisis will aid in getting the church to fall away from the faith of Jesus Christ, they will try this as well.  As a matter of fact, they do believe this and planned crises are one of the ways they hope to frighten and deceive Christians into thinking the Lord Jesus Christ has deserted them.  They are working every angle they possibly can to get the church to forsake the Lord Jesus Christ and look for another "Christ."

Yes, Satan will have his time, but God wants his people to move against and expose his workers as they seek to destroy the faith of every Christian on earth if they had their way.  We must occupy-even after that man of sin is revealed-until he comes.  We must repent of all known sin and seek to live the Christian life in obedience to Jesus Christ and overcome the world.

We must get the true gospel to the ends of the earth now, while we have time to freely travel.  The more Christians that do this, the longer Satan will be held back in his plans to bring in the New World Order, which is the Kingdom of Antichrist.  God is in control, and he is calling his church to repent.


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