The Great Deception

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you (child of God) have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not now the truth, but because you know it, and that NO LIE is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

The last hour the Apostle John is referring to is the church age, or that time period from the Day of Pentecost when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit in the upper room and lasting until the last person that will be saved is saved. The end of this time period will be a time of judgment upon rebellious people and is called the Great Tribulation Period because there has never been a time like it on the earth; and as Jesus said in [Matthew chapter 24:21-22] “For then there will be great tribulation, such as had not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

If the hour started ticking when the New Testament Church was formed – how close to the midnight hour is it? The Great Tribulation Period is approaching at breakneck speed, but people still ignore the signs of the times as given to us by Jesus Himself in Matthew chapter twenty-four. The stage is set for the last antichrist and is awaiting his arrival. He is not the first antichrist to appear, but he will be the last. Jesus told us at the beginning of Matthew twenty-four, “Take heed that no one deceive you. Many (antichrist) will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ. And will deceive many.” Or, let me paraphrase the statement, saying, “I am the Christ.” Many will come in my name, saying, “I have the answer to your problems. Just follow me, and everything will be fine as long as you do things my way.” That isn’t love, that is domination and based upon fleshly works to please these pretenders. In religion, you die to please God, but in Christianity, God died to keep you from an eternal death. These pretenders associate good works with the flesh; but in Christianity good works come out of our spirit. Every piece of flesh is going to die, but the spirit within lives forever; somewhere. God sent Jesus into the world to solve man’s problems all of which are created by our sins, or, Jesus came into the world to save man from their sins, because He (as the Word of God) is the answer to the world’s problems. At the present time the world’s financial system is broke and the world’s economy bankrupt. It will take a person with special powers to straighten out the mess sin has gotten us into. I am not talking about a man anointed of God; I am talking about a person called the ‘antichrist’ who will possess a special power granted to him by the devil. This man will appear on the scene and appear to have all the answers to the world’s problems. Within a short time he will control the world’s trade systems, financial markets, media’s, military’s and church. He will declare himself to be god, in the same manner all these other antichrist claimed to be prophets who heard from God. This one will demand to be worshipped as god. This only becomes possible because God the Father has granted Satan powers to control the purse strings of the world’s economy and to deceive as many people as will be deceived.

The Apostle John said, “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.” None of the events Jesus talked about in Matthew chapter twenty-four, or John writes about in his first letter to the church are being done in secret. We read about them in the newspapers every day and view them on television and on the internet. God doesn’t hide anything from us because He wants us to know what is coming. Every miracle Jesus performed for the people; He did in the open for all to see. The people who witnessed them could not only examine them, but come to their own conclusion as to whether or not the deed done was of God. It is Satan who works behind closed doors cutting deals with others of his ilk to keep people from knowing what he is up to because he means you harm. And it will be through this same avenue that the antichrist will work to bring about a temporary peace; but it will not last because the antichrist is not in charge. As far as God and the true church of God is concerned; the antichrist, like his master Satan, are only puppets and God the Father is the Master Puppeteer. Satan who has already been judged is just waiting for the time when his punishment will be carried out. It is people who continue to believe his lies and deny the Son who paid for their freedom; who are fools. Instead of reading what God has told us is approaching, they choose to believe the lies and rumors that always precede adversity; and adversity is about to avail itself upon the souls of men in such magnitude they will cry out to die, but death will evade them for a time because they love their sin and the author of it, more than they love their creator. DThrash


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