“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth”
CLINGING TO NORMALITY
Most people cling to what is familiar. It doesn’t matter how much warning they have received or how clear the signs are that their life is about to change.
This strong desire to cling to that which seems familiar DESPITE CLEAR SIGNS THAT IT WILL SOON PASS AWAY is a deception: a denial.
Call it a love; perhaps even a worship of the routine. This extreme devotion of one’s daily life occurred once before: in the time before the flood. The wicked people of that generation were BLINDED to their peril by their slavish concentration on daily, routine tasks.
“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”
This condition of denial will once again be prevalent and take hold of the generation preceding the return of Jesus Christ.
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”
The world and those of the world are fond of shouting “Wake up! Wake up! Why won’t people wake up?”
But there is no self-awakening from a spiritual deception. There is only the doom that falls, seemingly without warning, to those who insist on ignoring the truth.
The world even has a word for sticking one’s head in the sand and pretending something isn’t happening.
Even though many can see that the world is changing, most would rather pretend it is not. This is especially true if one is generally comfortable in one’s situation.
In this way, a person will seek to avoid ANY changes to his routine. This strong desire to remain in a time and/or place which exists NOWHERE except in the mind of the deceived is a type of delusion.
It’s a form of being in “denial.”
This refusing to acknowledge reality is a form of self-deception.
And the end times are certainly a time of great deception.
History is a record of civilizations and societies which have changed very quickly. Sometimes this is due to war, weather or other “acts of God.”
The end times are one sustained act of God.
Jesus Christ will return and His kingdom with Him.
Whether the world desires or believes it or not.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
This will in NO WAY be a normal time.
Is the reader prepared?
Or is the reader denying reality?
“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 originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 24 2015.]
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