Tuesday, November 25, 2014

God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie ( see 2 Thess 2:9-12)

"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess 2:9-12)

This prophetic passage refers to the emergence of a future prominent powerful political figure who will draw many followers through his supernatural powers. Powers which will not come from God. The Bible has much to say about this character but our interest here is not on his exploits. We also learn something about God. He influences the hearts of those who reject the truth and take pleasure in unrighteousness. He moves them to follow a false leader. He sends “strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” The passage highlights some points that are worth considering: (1) Miracles
are not always from God. (2) God allows the use of miracles to deceive those who reject the truth (3) God seals the fate of those intent on following a lie (4) There is condemnation.

Some will find this message objectionable. Some may say, “How could God do such a thing” or “my God would never lead any to believe a lie and certainly not “send strong delusion,” heresy! heresy!” But there is a problem isn’t there?  How can something that is clearly stated in the Bible be heresy? Is it not far more important to know who God really is than to think we know and be very wrong!  This passage may offend but wouldn’t you prefer to know the truth? The most important revelation in the Bible concerns who God really is.  

Yes, there are difficult passages in the Bible and some do confront us. Some things are hard to understand but much is straightforward and easily grasped.  Yet, it is from God and it does concern you. It is the Truth.   

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