|2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 |
9 Even him, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all the deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie;
12 So that all those might be damned who do not believe the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.2
2 God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; so that all those might be damned who do not believe the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.
What truth do they not believe? The anonymous pleadings of the truth, (the light and word, Christ within them), to turn away from their evil ways. The light shines in the darkness of their hearts; and the darkness does not comprehend it. John 1:5. And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world [every man], but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds [sins] hates the light [so hates Christ, who is the light] and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:19-20. When they hear the true gospel in their heart, preached by the word and light of Christ within in every creature under heaven, that too they reject. Still-sinning, so-called Christians, having been incorrectly told that they are in Christ and therefore not subject to any condemnation for their sinful conduct, even reject the pleadings of God as coming from the devil; from the word of the Lord within: "Often they block me, thinking I am an evil spirit."
What lies do they believe? The lie that all your sins are forgiven: past, present, and future because you "believe in Jesus;" which lie is believed by those who love their passions, pleasures, lusts, and selfish lifestyle.
Who tells the lies? The ministers of Christendom, (or any other faith), who tell their followers that rituals, ceremonies, prayers, declarations, or works, (anything except a cleansed heart through the inward cross, repenting from their sinful ways), will cause God to ignore their sinful lives and receive them in heaven when they die. And many will follow their destructive ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. 2 Pet 2:2.
Why do people believe the lies? Because God allows the false church's antichrists to perform miracles. John told us that antichrists and false apostles were already appearing in his time, (Note! Past tense, already had happened and continues today), having gone out from among the true Christians. Isaac Penington, in his exposé of Christendom having become Babylon, explains these miracles being performed by the antichrists, particularly in the time of Babylon's beginning to displace the true church:
Now mark this: antichrist's coming, when first perceived, was very mighty, exceedingly strong. "Whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness," etc. Weigh the thing well. Satan used all his art, and all his strength, to conceive and bring forth this mystery of iniquity, so like the mystery of godliness, that it might pass for reality in the world, and he rule as God in it. With all power, etc., no lack of power to deceive; he did not spare for signs, and lying wonders. Yes, he gave power to the beast to do wonders and miracles, even to make fire come down from heaven on the earth, in the sight of men, (which through Elijah was the sign and wonder by which the God of Israel was distinguished from Baal; power to work this very sign Satan gives to the beast, with which to confirm the godhead of the dragon and antichrist). Rev 13:13-14. These are the things men look for; seeing great power, signs, miracles, they are satisfied. The whole world stands ready to be deceived with this. Yes, and if the eye is not opened in persons, which can distinguish of power, they are deceived. Signs, wonders, and miracles had their place in the first covenant, and were to that part to which the first covenant was; not to those who believe, but to those who do not believe. Now after the full demonstration of the truth by signs and miracles, the power of Satan rises up; and by lying signs, wonders, and miracles overturns the truth. Now the unbelieving part in man expects and calls for signs and miracles, and says they will determine the controversy, and settle the state of the church again; but that part is not to prescribe God his way. Yes, he will steal as a thief upon you, whose eye is abroad, and looks for demonstrations without.
Jesus speaks of miracles and wonders being performed by false Christians:
For there will arise false Christs and prophets, and will show great signs and wonders;
so much that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect. Mat 24:24
As Jesus shows below: these false Christians and false prophets think they are true prophets and in Christ.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.. Many will say to Me in that day,
‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Mat 7:21-23
Whoever commits sin practices lawlessness; for sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4
And in Revelation, we are told the spirits of demons would be working miracles. Rev 16:14; and the demons work miracles through men who put on a great show of being religious. So, the delusion in Christianity continues today with miracles being performed by people whose fruits clearly show their lack of self-control, humility, gentleness, and peace, which are the fruit of the Holy Spirit; instead their services are often characterized by revelry, raucous behavior, uncontrolled laughter, drunkenness, and foolishness, which are fruits of the flesh. The duped so-called Christians believe the lies accompanied by miracles because they don't love the truth, and they love their pleasures of sinning: lust for things, lust of the flesh, pride, pleasures, etc. This is why God allows such a strong delusion, so that all those might be damned who do not believe the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness, (which is sin). What does it mean to be dammed? It means to be left in man's fallen state, making his own decisions, speaking his own words, walking in darkness, fulfilling the desires of his carnal mind, vain imagination, and flesh. So their itching ears eagerly accept the broad easy way sold to them, which way is simply a fable invented by men.
For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [mountainous numbers] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Tim 4:3-4
For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in that way. Mat 7:13
Christendom has been deceived by a strong delusion because they showed no love for the truth and so were deceived by the Whore of Babylon, the beast with horns like a lamb, the false church, who told them they could see and they were righteous, despite being locked in their sins. And the whole world worshiped this false church of Christendom, thinking they were worshiping Christ, but worshiping the dragon (devil) instead. For this false church excuses its believers from sin, telling them they must be subject to sin until they die, telling them there is no victory over sin, telling them no one can overcome sin — clearly, this is the voice of the devil, and which totally contradicts the scriptures.
On a personal basis, beware, later as you get closer, you will be subjected to many "lying wonders;" 2 Thes 2:9. These are supernatural "signs" to deceive you to believe they are from God. This is scriptural. They are to test you to see if you are committed to the truth. Don't consider the below signs an exhaustive list:
a) expect supernatural occurrences of noises, popping sounds, visions, flashing electrical lights, etc.
(visions can be writings and pictures on the carpets, visions on a wall, they can distort your eyes to see visions in nature,
some can have visions of demons taunting you, even ridiculing your faith — if not visually, definitely by voice)
b) expect their application of bodily sensations: heat, cold, freezing, skin burning, pain, pricks, water, fire, darts, vibrations, crawlings on you, sudden ringing in the ears, heart skips, heart racing up to 200 beats per minute for days, sneezing. These can be felt on any part(s) of the body, often the private parts. "Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Ephesians 6:16
They will try to get you to do something wrong; such as something you just thought about, by giving you a "sign" at the exact same time. They want you to think it is God giving you a sign to do something wrong. Don't fall for it. Wrong is wrong and is never of God. When they give up on that, knowing that you recognize the sign to be from them, they will use the same sign to judge your every thought and condemn you every time you have a bad thought, by their signs, (usually something done to your body or popping noises). Or, they will use a 'sign' to try to inhibit you from doing something right; they lie, and switch around, just to keep you confused; so you just have to ignore them. Scripturally, this is the "accuser of the brothers." Rev. 12:10. Don't get resentful. Any anger or resentment will just slow you down.
After you identify one type of sign as evil, a new type of sign is tried to deceive you, and then another, etc. Compared to the miracles of God, these are cheap tricks. Don't fall for them. Ignore them. This is hard because you are so famished for God, and you will want so badly to believe that these "signs and wonders" come from God. He doesn't communicate that way. It is your pride that is working against you here; your pride wants to believe God has finally started doing miracles for your benefit and wants to rush to comply with the instructions, hints, or associations accompanying them.