SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Scripture: Matthew 24:10-24
Matthew 24:10-24 talks about a great thread of deception that is almost supernatural in its scope – one that drastically impacts a large number of people. We have to wonder if that level of deception was not present during the last two elections for president? How many God-fearing church people ended up voting for the most antichrist president in the history of the nation? Deceived Christians elected a president who is responsible for the greatest advance of evil in the history of the nation. Even Russia rebuked America’s promotion of perversion. During Obama’s first election, intense personal admiration crossed into worship for many and the result has been an avalanche of evil. This president’s policies have done more to advance Islam than almost anyone in history. A few years ago, anyone who postulated that America would have gone downhill at the rate we have witnessed, would have been laughed at and scorned. Yet, we have a generation who have lived it. Suddenly we can see how even the elect can be deceived. Suddenly it is much easier to understand how a Hitler could take over even America. Jesus made it very clear that while deception and lawlessness would explode in the end-times, there would be those who would endure to the end. And that only those that endured would be saved. He also made it clear that the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations before the end comes. Somehow there is a tremendous witness that has to rise to the nations in the conflict between the Christ and the antichrist. And the conflict between the true representatives of Christ and those who represent the counterfeit christ. The true prophets and the false prophets. A competition of signs and wonders where the outcome will be possible to deceive even the elect. Are we gearing up for this dimension of spiritual warfare? Or do we believe we will escape it?