IF one has been paying attention, one has heard in these pages, the phrase, “The end times are a time of great deception.”
While that is true enough, one aspect of the end times which is not often mentioned is: “The end times are a time of PEOPLE PRETENDING TO BE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THEY ARE NOT.”
And so, the end times are a time which is FULL of great pretenders.
The afflicted pretend to be right with the world; the rich pretend to be normal; the wicked pretend to be good; the not-very-clever pretend to be all-knowing.
WHY are so many pretending to be something they clearly are not?
There are MANY answers to that question, but the crux of the matter is that most folks PRETEND because they do not want the public to see how they REALLY operate.
(This is labeled by some as ‘putting on an act.’]
The wicked almost always know that they are wicked, BUT they would like the others they come in contact with to think otherwise; i.e., they want them to believe they are ‘good people.’
Many well-known gangsters have engaged in well-publicized behavior for this very purpose.
In the days before Jesus Christ returns to earth, a great many of the wicked who pull the biggest strings pretend that they are GOOD PEOPLE; that they are motivated by the benefits they can bring to others. BUT God’s Word says that they are motivated by greed and coveting: greatly desiring worldwide rule of the planet–which they do NOT achieve in any LASTING way.
God, who created ALL and knows ALL, laughs at them–before lowering the boom.
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed [Jesus Christ], saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. “
The ones who imagine that they control the world from shadowy places IMAGINE that they are in charge of God’s creation.
They are not.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”
It is suspected that in this manner they believe they are deceiving those around them into believing they are not working together.
One of the most difficult tricks to pull off would have to be those folks who pretend that they have undergone the spiritual transformation of the new birth (‘born again.’).
They may deceive others of their type, but when they run into one who has REALLY experienced being ‘born again,’ they come up woefully short. Their machinations are easily discerned and discovered.
Here is some advice for all of those who believe they are fooling others with their great pretensions.
Do NOT pretend.
Be who you really are.
IF you want to be something or someone else, then pursue that goal in such a manner that you will change and become someone different.
Do NOT pretend.
CAN the reader think of ANY instances where pretending to be something one isn’t is NOT a form of deception?
DOES the reader believe that ANY of those who are caught up with pretending will change their ways?
It is not YET too late–although time is surely running out: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“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: September 28, 2022.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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