I’m currently studying the book of Revelation which many of my readers will know is the description of prophetic visions given to the apostle John that will happen before and when Jesus returns to earth to begin his reign. One major theme of the events of this time period is that people who are not believers in Jesus will be completely fooled, deceived, by Satan, who will use a false prophet and a false messiah to perform amazing signs and even appear to be resurrected. They will be a false trinity , imitating the true trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit/Ghost. Don’t be afraid to study Revelation, but I would suggest having a good Bible study class or book to help you make sense of it. It can only be understood if you know and believe the rest of the Bible.
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:1-3
Due to their lack of knowledge and faith in the real God and Jesus, the unbelievers will worship the false messiah, or beast, and if they refuse they will be killed. God will send plagues and all kinds of disasters, similar to what happened when he saved the Israelites from Egypt, but the world will not repent and they will curse God instead.
We can see this happening already on a much smaller scale, but a sign of things to come. No matter what happens, people refuse to repent of their sins, instead they blame White people, males, Christians, capitalists, anyone that does not fit their idea of what is right. Their hearts are getting hard against truth. Try to speak logically to them and you get attacked. Try to preach to them and you risk your job, reputation and even life. Attacks of various kinds on Christians who try to live according to their beliefs are becoming more common. But where are they getting their ideas? From Satan’s pawns in the media, politicians, professors, false prophets in false churches, unbelieving friends and family, books, movies, and websites.
The cause of this hate is lies, and the cause of the lies is hate. Satan is the father of lies. Un-believers are deceived by lies when they are enraged, self-righteous, self-justifying, and full of hate at anyone who tries to speak truth. This is going to get worse. Stand up for Jesus and the Bible and see what happens. Read the news and see what happens to Christians who don’t back down when pressured to conform to the world’s ‘morals’. Satan has been patiently and systematically corrupting the world by spreading lies of moral relativism, universal salvation, anything goes sexuality, as well as literally inciting bizarre violent behavior.
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24
The internet, photo shop and fake news has made it nearly impossible to tell what is real and what is fabricated. Careful examination and research and logic is necessary in some cases to root out the truth. We are starting to see confusing news stories that make us question everything. Satan’s plan is to deceive and draw people to his side in every possible way. Lies are everywhere but who can tell them from the truth? God’s people will be able to discern the truth if they are living in Him. We must be reading the word, praying, and uniting with other believers and helping each other in this age of deception and attack on true Christianity. Compare everything to what you KNOW is true. Don’t be swept up in the mob. Don’t let your faith waver. Don’t be part of Satan’s team, helping destroy other Christians.