“that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:”
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
The Bible uses many words to describe the last days.
However, perhaps the most often-used word is deception.
Most people associate the word “lies” with deception. And they would not be wrong. But one other word comes to mind when discussing deception in our modern world.
Propaganda attempts to short-circuit the reader’s/listener’s reason and logic by appealing directly to the emotions or feelings. American advertising is ground zero for propaganda in our times.
American political advertising is propaganda squared.
One reason Americans have such a hard time recognizing propaganda is because Americans have been taught that propaganda is clumsy and easy to recognize.
And to prove it, many Americans associate propaganda with the Soviets, the Nazis or the North Koreans.
All clumsy and all so easy to spot that a child could do it.
But almost all advertising is propaganda–and America is the capital of advertising, ad agencies and propaganda.
Just to make sure Americans don’t forget what propaganda really is, Satan’s Mouthpiece (the Corporate Media) features (on a regular basis) stories of ‘escapees’ from totalitarian regimes telling horror stories of what life is like on “the other side.”
Many of these stories feature clumsy propaganda that the other side uses.
When she was allowed to attend school, Yeonmi was taught to hate Americans. “We have to call all Americans ‘bastards.’ My math problem was, ‘You had four American bastards and you could choke two, how many American bastards are left to kill’? North Korea educates people that our suffering is because of these bad American bastards. Because of them, we are starving.”
The Media regularly featured these types of stories during the Cold War, always involving people who had ‘escaped’ from Communist countries.
One purpose of these types of stories is to convince Americans that they live in a paradise. Maybe not a perfect country, but much better than any other country.
“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
So, the Bible wasn’t the only place that was sounding the alarm.
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution”
—Aldous Huxley, 1962
(Huxley’s full remarks on The Final Revolution: governments plans to control men’s minds.)
[Again, the Bible wasn’t the only place the alarm was sounded. However, the Bible was far the most authoritative source for the warnings.
AND, the Bible warned that there was a spiritual dimension to the deception that Hitler, Huxley and others laboring for the mystery of iniquity conveniently left out.
The Bible also warned that the deception was part of a larger end times plan which the mystery of iniquity does its best to conceal.]
So propaganda was used to convince Americans the world was their oyster–and certainly better than the Communist countries.
This is not to say that Communist countries didn’t have their bad points: they did.
But so did America–and, not surprisingly, the Communist media was full of stories of Americans dying from crime, disease and stupidity.
But what Americans were shown of the other side’s propaganda was easy to see through. What Americans couldn’t figure out was how the people living in those other countries couldn’t recognize the lies their leaders were telling them.
But the best Grade A propaganda was always reserved for ‘savvy’ Americans. So America became ground zero for lies and deception via our ever-present advertising (paid propaganda) and “entertainment” programs beamed into almost every home through television.
Christians were warned by Jesus to beware of deception in the end times.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Propaganda (lies) is alive and well in the USA. No opportunity is missed to deceive Americans: media, education, churches, entertainment, advertising, whatever.
In fact, the USA is home to the world’s largest and most sophisticated propaganda machine.
And it is used exclusively to deceive: whether it’s persuading someone to buy a new car or to buy the latest antichrist narrative the media/government/entertainment/science/Christian mass media is selling.
Interestingly enough, the word “propaganda” itself was coined by the Catholic Church.
As bad as it is now, the Bible declares it will get worse.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Do not be deceived.
Make your calling and election sure.
Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 13, 2015.]
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–with Mondo Frazier
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