Satan ”delivers” that which God ”sends!” Or, if it looks like a rock, and it feels like a rock, then how can it possibly not be a rock?
The word ”delusion” appears twice in the King James Bible, once in the OT and once in the New. The word ”planet” also appears once in the OT, and maybe it too, would have appeared the once in the NT had the translators not rendered the Greek . ‘planetes’ as “wandering stars” in the Book of Jude.
The point is, that although not immediately apparent, both delusion and planet each appear twice in the Bible, and that is no coincidence! Neither is it a coincidence that delusion and planet each derive from . exactly the same Greek word.
4107 planetes. From plano V Planos 4108 a rover (“planet“), i.e. (figuratively) an erratic teacher:–wandering.
4106 Feminine of plano V planos 4108 (as abstractly); objectively, fraudulence; subjectively, a straying from orthodoxy or piety:–deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.
Although on the surface it might seem rather harsh, God will send a delusion so powerful, that figuratively speaking, it’s likely to turn the world upside down. How do I know? Because the Bible warns of a time when humanity will be faced with only two options. Receive the word of truth and adhere firmly to it, or reject the truth and fall prey to the ultimate deception. There will be nowhere else to go, no other option but the truth or the lie.
Something will occur to affect the entire world, and whether Christian or otherwise, Jesus warned us to . take heed, because even the elect would be deceived. As a Christian believer, our saving grace rests in the fact that Jesus added the clause; “If it were possible.”
Matthew 24:24. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
I’ve no wish to be an alarmist, but should the foundational teaching of Genesis come under attack, and in such a way as never before, then those left with no explanation could well become disillusioned. Whether such a scenario might result in a great falling away from the faith, who can tell? But to remain a nominal Christian could prove to be rather difficult.
Remember, the power and purpose behind every assault on the Truth is always an attempt by the enemy to undermine the faith of God’s people, to create division within the church, and to hinder all form of outreach, especially the preaching of the gospel.
As the delusion becomes more widespread and the deception grows, it will open the portal, so to speak, of the bottomless pit, and signs and wonders will emerge on a scale we can hardly begin to imagine.
With long-held beliefs and world-views challenged, the time for complacency has ended, for at this stage, to reject the truth of the gospel, will leave no alternative but to be suckered into accepting the ultimate lie as being the truth. There will be no other option available, and millions will be deceived.
Does that make God guilty of causing deception? Absolutely not, for he said not . a word about sending a strong deception, but rather that he will send a strong delusion.
2 Thessalonians 2:11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Although we tend to use the words ”deception” and ”delusion” interchangeably, they don’t mean quite the same thing. By dictionary definition, a delusion is ”an erroneous perception of reality.”
In other words, something that is very solid and very real is misconstrued, misinterpreted, or willingly ignored. On the other hand, a deception is a thing that deceives, or the act of making someone believe something that is not true.
Or, if it looks like a rock, and it feels like a rock, then regardless of what it might say in the manual, it must be a rock.
The point is that God will never send a deception to this world, or deceive a person into believing a lie, for that is the Devil’s job. However, even a lying spirit is unable to operate through a false prophet, except he be permitted by God to enter into the arena of life, and to do so.
2 Chronicles 18:21. And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
It’s not easy to understand why God should allow a lying spirit to prevail in the affairs of man, but whatever he does it will always be for a just ”cause.” In the final instance the ”cause” will be that of unbelief (a hardening of the heart toward God’s truth). And it will not be a case of they might believe the lie, but rather they SHOULD believe it.
2 Thessalonians 2:11. And for this ”cause” God shall send them strong delusion, that they ”should” believe a lie:
The truth of a matter can be an uncomfortable thing to face up to at times, but should a man reject it purely on those grounds, then what? Is God responsible for that man’s refusal to face up to the truth?
When a man’s inner conscience warns otherwise, yet he stubbornly persists, it’s either a case of fulfilling a desire regardless of consequence, or for the purpose of protecting his own opinion. Either way man will attempt to self-justify his action or reaction, and in such circumstances, that man has given God just cause to accommodate the desire of his heart.
As for the God-sent delusion, it won’t be something mystical and vague, but on the contrary, will consist of solid evidence, a witness to the true reality of something, and which is certain to catch the attention of all.
However, should the truth of what such evidence actually represents, be wrongly perceived and dismissed, Satan will have no qualms in distorting the ”reality” until it takes on the form of a lie.
A classic example of this, is the fossil and geological record here on Earth. It can rightly be said that ”the record” has been sent, or provided by God, for it’s a true and faithful witness of a former, righteous judgement of old.
First and foremost, the fossil record is a record of death and destruction of life, and on a massive scale. But by and large, the true reality has been ignored and misinterpreted, to be used instead as ”evidence” for a record of life evolving.
An erroneous perception of reality, or a delusion has taken effect, and been used with great success to support the lie of evolution,which in turn has deceived multitudes over the years.
In fact, the lie of evolution has possibly arisen from the strongest delusion to come upon the world thus far, for not only does it deny that man is made in the image of the Creator, it’s presented the ”church” with perhaps the greatest obstacle she’s had to contend with over the last couple of centuries.
However, and once again, I’ve no wish to be an alarmist, but this time around, the delusion and the lie which will spring from it, is going to be both massive and awesome. The apostle Peter warned, that in the last days, many will remain ‘willingly ignorant’ of a former judgement. A flood of such magnitude, that the entire cosmos, or inhabitable age which existed at that time, perished.
Bearing in mind that he was inspired to do so by the Holy Spirit, for all scripture is given by inspiration of God,(2 Timothy 3:16) why should Peter bring to our attention a former judgement which was of cosmic rather than global proportion? Which although alluded to in various parts of the OT, is not specifically recorded.
Could it perhaps be because this revelation achieves two major things? 1: It explains why in Genesis, the earth was in total darkness and without form and void, and why ‘the heavens’ were a watery abyss.
2: In the last days especially, a wilful ignorance of that ancient judgement which reduced the cosmos to ruin, will have a dire consequence.
In fact, Peter considered the subject important enough to be right at the top of the list. Paraphrased, he effectively said; “listen you guys, before I mention anything else, I need you to get a grasp of something, because I’m telling you this; that in the last days, many will reject the promise of our returning king. True, they might talk the talk to a degree, you know, go on about the demise of the fathers of old, and even acknowledge the creation, but .in truth they will be scoffers.”
From 2 Peter 3. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,… 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.
“And shall I tell you why they will scoff?” Peter continues. “Because by and large, what I’m about to share with you, they will conveniently ignore and sweep it under the carpet.”
“By the Word of God,” he continues, “and back in the heavens of old, a deluge swept across the earth, which was of such magnitude, the poor old planet couldn’t make up its mind, whether it was in the water, or out of it. It completely wiped out the ancient world which existed at that time.”
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:Whereby the world [cosmos] that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
Peter goes on to explain how the present heavens and earth, as opposed to the heavens and earth of old, will remain until subjected to a future cosmic fire, and at the time when the inhabitants of the world will be judged..
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
One might say; ‘okay, that’s all very well, but why should something like this concern us?
Essentially a change in the basic assumptions or paradigms within the ruling theories of science.
Delusion. A misconception, or false concept of reality.
Deception. The act of deceiving. A lie.
Although a re-hash of ancient Eastern mysticism coupled with modern-day metaphysical thought systems, the advent of the ”New Age movement” in the 1960’s and 70’s became synonymous with the dawning of the ”Age of Aquarius.” Simply put, the adherents of this spiritual movement have long anticipated a coming paradigm shift in the human, or collective consciousness. They expect a spiritual awakening which leads to a greater perception and awareness.
Now, regardless of whether a person recognizes a Creator God, or believes in Darwinian evolution, each defines the ”model” or basis for their understanding of the origin of life.
Hypothetical perhaps, but should we ever be presented with incontrovertible evidence for former life, or maybe even a sophisticated society which once inhabited Mars, can you imagine the unease and the pandemonium which is likely to arise?
An official disclosure that fossils and signs of artificiality have been discovered elsewhere in the Solar System will come as a head on challenge for both religious and secular history alike, and therefore will affect the entire world.
Generally speaking, the three major monotheistic faiths have always maintained that there was no life here on earth before the six days of Genesis, and certainly no life elsewhere. This, coupled with the fact that millions of Christians have been taught the original creation occurred around 6,000 ago, is likely to cause many Christians to struggle to answer the inevitable questions which will arise.
On the other hand, those who hold with Darwin’s theory of evolution may well be comfortable with the idea of life having once existed on other planets, but only if it were in simple form. If it happened to be a sophisticated society, then modern-day man, the apex of evolution, has just been knocked off his pedestal. For somebody once stood there before him.
Those who’ve remained sceptical of extra-terrestrial beings, will also be forced to reconsider, because if they once existed on Mars, or visited the Moon,then where are they now? At the same time a disclosure of such nature will ”appear” to endorse the claims of those caught up by the popular “ancient alien theory.”
Can you imagine the raucous cheers rising from the new evolutionist’s camp, as he celebrates the discovery of his long-lost ‘missing link?’ Or the cheers of the multitudes who believe it will ‘prove’ that modern-day man was once seeded from Mars?
Just as the fossil record here on earth, is evidence of death, and former judgement, so too is the record elsewhere. And just as the evidence here on earth became a delusion, an erroneous perception of reality, used to support the lie of evolution, so too will the evidence elsewhere.
The theological concept that God once destroyed an entire world without saving a soul is one which many find hard to accept. Maybe they will feel more comfortable with the notion that their ancestors originated from Mars, than the thought that the ancient cosmos once perished by the word of the Creator. Because if it has happened before, then it could well happen again.
Around 6500 years ago, the earth was without form and void, according to Genesis 1:2. To get an idea of how it may well have looked, one needs to take a journey to Mars. For to all intent and purpose, it would appear that Mars is still “without form and void.”