The Coming Delusion…Is Here Now
Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, “Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the Day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
Paul is outlining for us, the events that lead up to Second Coming of Christ:
- apostasy occurs
- man of lawlessness is revealed (aka the son of destruction)
- he will oppose God in all forms
- he will ultimately demand to be worshiped
- he will claim to be God
Paul gives us no real time frame on these events. What I mean by that is, that we do not how long the apostasy will last before the man of lawlessness is revealed. We only know that the apostasy occurs first, as part of the order of events.
This “falling away,” “apostasy,” “rebellion,” or however your Bible version refers to it, is the real starting point in many ways, to the ramping up of the End Times. People have many different opinions as to what the deception consists of, with some believing that the apostasy incorporates numerous things.
What I think needs to be considered, is that this coming apostasy, will be of such strength and caliber, that it will be able to deceive everyone except the elect. What type of delusion could possibly deceive everyone except the elect?
Often, the ideas expressed wind up being way too narrow. For instance, the idea that the PreTrib Rapture is “part” of this deception, is really neither here nor there. The apostasy spoken of, seems to refer to a specific apostasy, made up of one thing, not multiple things.
If we consider the fact that the entire second chapter of 2 Thessalonians, essentially deals with the coming age when the man of lawlessness rises to power, we should get the sense that this will be one very powerful deception that allows this to occur.
In order for this specific apostasy to occur, it has to be something that literally prepares and paves the way for the revelation of the man of sin. This is obvious since the apostasy literally gives way to the man of sin. This, of necessity, must be an apostasy, which by its very nature, will include the entire world, not simply something that affects a specific demographic.
If one considers the fact that all religions (including New Age), are waiting for the coming “Messiah,” it makes it easier to understand that the apostasy that is in the works, is designed to look slightly different for each religion, yet has the same result.
All people – professing Christians, Islam, New Age, and all the rest – will open their arms for this coming leader, because they will see him as the returning Christ, but will in fact, be the Antichrist.
Because the world has been resolute in rejecting the one, true God, and the only salvation that has been made available to humanity, God will send the delusion that allows them to believe what they have always wanted to believe thoroughly; that all roads lead to God.
This belief will work itself out slightly differently for everyone, yet in many ways, it will be the same; God is in all, and God is all. Though this god is viewed a bit differently from one group to the next, the overall sense is that this god is all love, rejecting no one.
This coming Antichrist, will be the chameleon that the world needs. He will be immediately loved, revered, trusted, and eventually worshiped. What is building behind the scenes these days, is creating the tone and environment for when the man of lawlessness dances across the stage of humanity’s last hour.
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