HAZE OF DECEPTION
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Just when one thinks the deception in the world couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does. Each and every day brings word that the world that’s pulled over one’s eyes is only getting worse.
This suffocating deception is the one sign of the end times about which Jesus warned three times.
It is also the one sign both believers and the mystery of iniquity know to be true.
The masses of the lost seem oblivious, but even they are becoming more aware of the totality of the lies. As they become engulfed by deception, even the blind multitudes know something is not right. Even if they do not know exactly what.
Believers are aware of this great deception.
So too are the ones who toil night and day to prepare these all-encompassing lies: in their ceaseless labors, they may forget the ubiquitous nature of their deception, but they know it is there; they know they have had their portion in bringing it to pass.
The falsehoods pour forth from the media; from school teachers, textbooks and professors; from the culture; from popular entertainments; from the churches and from the governments; and, from the leaders.
In short: deception is entering the world’s consciousness as never before.
Perhaps the workers of iniquity know this deception is everywhere just a bit better than believers do: after all, the deceitful workers have had a hand in it.
The only thing the workers of iniquity DO NOT KNOW is that the deception runs even deeper than they are aware.
Which is why the Bible calls them “deceiving and deceived”: yes, they deceive the masses, but they themselves are victims of additional deception of which they are not aware.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
–2 Timothy 3:13
MOST will remain unaware until it is too late.
A very few, however, will save themselves.
Knowing that they traffic in lies and deception, a very few will make the decision to know the truth.
Which is the reason believers are to pray for the lost–including the workers of iniquity (who, for the most part, are likable people).
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”
—1 Corinthians 3:19
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“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: January 6, 2016.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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