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The Bible tells us that in the “last days” Christian will deliver up Christian, thinking they are doing God a favor. What is the nature of a deception that would lead to such a betrayal? How could people from the same background suddenly turn on one another? What catalyst or issue could cause such a separation between believers who once stood for the same thing, possibly attended the same church, prayed in the same homes, shared potlucks and lives? What would cause “good” people to deliver up a fellow Christian, a father, mother, son or daughter to death?
The Bible is also clear that in the last days, most Christians will be deceived. You may ask yourself, how could this possibly be? How could Christians turn on one another? How could they support the Antichrist? I am going to give you three good reasons and then discuss each in depth...
It would be more accurate to say that the attacks produced a dangerous change in the thinking of some of our leaders, who began to see our republic as a genuine empire, a new Rome, the greatest colossus in history, no longer bound by international law, the concern of allies, or any constraints on its use of military force…since 9/11 our country has undergone a transformation from republic to empire that may well prove irreversible.
It is understandable why the typical American Christian would be upset by the thought that we may not be the good guys we were cracked up to be. No one wants to think ill of their home country. In our mind, we are standing against godless Islam by fighting “terrorism” in Afghanistan and Iraq. The fact that a million civilians have died in those two countries escapes us (even though this would normally be considered genocide by us and the rest of the world given different circumstances). We are bringing truth, justice and the American way, democracy and self-determination to these poor radical dictatorships. The collateral damage and all the nuclear waste from our hardened artillery and bombs causing hundreds of thousands of deaths are acceptable losses compared to the good we are bringing. The media constantly launders our brains to think America is doing the world such a great service to the world.
America is schizophrenic where half take pride in being liberal and open, while the other half feel that they have been robbed of their core values by secular culture. Yet, America holds the most conservative religious beliefs in the Western world and is closer to Turkey or Mexico than any western country. The culture conflict between the secular and religious elements is well known but both rally equally when it comes to making a buck or fighting an enemy...
What would so enrage Christians against their fellow brothers and sisters more than seeing them as traitors to their own beloved country?
Surely this is a sign that we are a chosen and blessed nation because of our support. The only people that will say much in opposition (other than those liberals supporting the Palestinians) will be those few Christians who understand the prophecy. Anyone who dares to oppose this wonderful treaty is nothing more than a traitor and sympathizer with the enemy! This will surely lead to prison or worse for any dissenters...
So what does that have to do with being prone to deception? If we don’t maintain that relationship with God, we revert to our old ways, our old life and become miserable, hypocritical actors!
It’s pretty simple if you think about it. We have too much to lose! We are the wealthiest people to ever live on the face of the earth. Maybe if we lived in a mud hut in Haiti, China or Africa, and owned the clothes on our back, a spoon, a bowl, a blanket, had no shoes and got one meal a day, we might have different priorities...
Go to the local mega church and you will never be offended as the church helps you navigate through all the important things of your purpose driven life. You will never hear a thing about prophecy (way too negative, as in “Despise Not Prophecies”). You will likely be reassured about the imminent rapture...
Let me tell you, people raised in this safe atmosphere will never think outside the box and will do whatever is necessary to protect and defend what is theirs. These Christians basically view themselves as having dual citizenship. They have their life insurance policy to go to heaven, but this is where their life is – job, car, family, home and church. They need to vote, do jury duty, participate in the PTA – after all Satan will take over if “good men do nothing.” They are more at war with the culture and the secular society that is drawing their kids away, subverting their morals and spawning rebellion. They are determined to take the country back...
If end times’ Christians refuse to read and understand the very prophecy that was written for them because it is too hard or confusing, they will be deceived...
And finally, if they think they can’t be deceived, they surely will be!
When "Christians" stop being Christians and start being Human "beings", the ability to discern truth from deception will manifest itself.
"Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Do not follow them.
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
See, I have told you beforehand" (Mt. 24:5, 24; Mrk. 13:6).
The book of Revelation describes some of the striking miracles of the last and ultimate false prophet and promoter of the Antichrist.
The Apostle Paul explains to the Thessalonians that these will be not actual miracles but mere illusions and deceptions of the evil spirits (Rev. 13:13-15, 2 Thes. 2:9).