THE RISE OF ANTICHRIST IN AN AGE OF DECEPTION

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 13:1-3

 

We are in the age of deception.

Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus sat down with his disciples, they were eager to hear Jesus shed more light into their lives and were anxious for his truth, not to mention a few others, stragglers, who desired to hear him speak as well, stood nearby anxiously awaiting the Christ speak. Jesus began to speak, astounding the small gathered crowd with his insight into spiritual matters, when suddenly a disciple spoke up, interrupting the son of man with a question – “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

What followed was the most profound, prophetic glimpse into our future that is now only truly coming to pass. Within the past 14 years (2000-present) the church has seen a significant increase in many things relating to the end time prophecies Christ spoke in Matthew 24, from wars to earthquakes to famine to disease to violence, prophecy after prophecy are being fulfilled and its for one reason – we are nearing the end of the age.

Yet there are many more prophetic chapters that have yet to be revealed and fulfilled, the re-building of the temple, the arrival of a false prophet, a world currency, the establishment of a world Government and finally, a world dictator, but not just a dictator, but the dictator,  the man of sin – the Antichrist.

One of the most significant signs that reveal we are in the last days is found in both Jesus’ words as well as the apostle Paul, both gave us a clear sign of the future when they wrote of deception which would come on the land just prior to the arrival of the antichrist. Jesus said “Let no man deceive you”, Jesus emphasized three times not to be deceived. The apostle Paul stated it like this, “while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13). It is clear that deception is the end game just before the arrival of the false prophet and ultimately the man of sin himself – the antichrist.

We can see this deception already sweeping across the world, including the church and it seems to only get worse as time goes by. From social issues that were once considered taboo, such as homosexuality and same sex marriage, to false religions becoming openly embraced to the extent that even Christians are beginning to sway to a more tolerable acceptance of false spirituality, even believers are succumbing (out of political correctness) to the spirit of antichrist.

Recently, Charismatic pastor Kenneth Copeland received a message from Pope Francis from Tony Palmer, (a former associate of Copeland who then became Catholic) and in that message, which came in the form of a video, Pope Francis called for unity between the two establishments, to which Copeland responded in full support. The barrier had been finally been broken. But why? Why would Kenneth Copeland, an evangelical pastor, whose theology is completely foreign to the false theology of the Catholic Church suddenly become a supporter of the Pope and his call for spiritual unity, even though scripture forbids such a union? (Ephesians 5:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14) The reason is Kenneth Copeland, like so many others, have become seduced by the spirit of the age.

The church itself has become inundated with so much false theology teaching that it’s becoming more and more tiresome to deal with, but if we are to scripturally maintain order in the body of Christ, we must, at all cost, examine everything which comes into the body and judge it by the word itself, not opinion, not by committee, but by the word. (1 John 4:1)

Recently the tension within the body of Christ came full circle when two popular film producers, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, developed, produced and then released the film, Son of God, to fanfare within the body of Christ. The reception to the movie was greatly anticipated and ultimately well received, grossing nearly 30 million in its first weekend run. But was it genuine?

By the large mass of Christians who flocked to the movie, the overall opinion was – yes, they did believe the movie, even though the film itself departed scripture, even though the movie depicted a human, law violator, a sinner called Jesus. Yes, you read my words right, the movie depicted Jesus not fully God, who knew no sin, but a God who willfully violated the law. So why would the makers of this film do so? Because their heart is not truly in the cross, but far from it.

It must be understood by all that when someone has been influenced by certain teachings, they in turn will begin to influence others with their version of “truth”. If it’s left unchallenged, unfettered by pastors or believers, then those individuals will be free to reign and spread their false doctrine throughout the world. This is the spirit of antichrist.

We have often wondered how believers could be deceived, while many claim they could never become deceived. But Jesus warned us three times that a great deception would come upon the earth and that many would be deceived – even the very elect if it were possible (Matthew 24:24).

We live in a world where biblical illiteracy is at an all time high. Less than 30% of those who call themselves “Christians” read their Bibles. Even less find time to pray or even have a prayer life. Yet the church is full of believers swarming mystic churches where signs and wonders are running rampant, where self appointed prophets are deceiving multitudes with their false prophecies, teachers desiring to teach things they ought not, are filling stadiums at the same time lining their pockets of earnest believers of their hard earned income. Snake handlers are resurging within many churches, even a reality show recently depicted the life of snake handling in the rural Appalachia. Deception seems to be flooding the church world and by all accounts, it’s not stopping.

Make no mistake, there is a reason why the church is facing such deception, mainly due to its resistance to preaching against sin or topics which are deemed too unpopular, but the truth is, those who have been called by God have no choice or say in what they preach, they have a call from God, and that calling determines the message. The problem is, the message has been watered down so much that even when a sermon is given, the impact has very little significant results. This is because the heart of the people have been affected by the spirit of deception in this current age. When believers cannot tell they are being deceived, we are then ripe for the man of sins arrival, and if we read the book of Daniel as well as John’s Revelation, we clearly see this imposter can do many mighty things, from calling fire down from heaven, to raising the dead. He will be a performer of miracles, yet his tongue will speak great words, enticing the world, and even the church to his open display of Messiah type imagery. Yet how many believers will fall for his lie? The word says possibly many.

This is why it’s important to know the word, inside and out, to understand the times we are living in for I can assure you, based on the deception that is already apart of our culture today, if this is all it takes for Christians to be swayed, God help us when the true man of sin comes on the scene to deceive the entire world – and make no mistake, he is coming. Bet on it.

 

Christopher

 


 

Comments
  1. a_l_henley says:

    Reblogged this on Intrepid Didymus.

  2. Bruce B says:

    I’m glad you mentioned the Pope, Copeland, and Palmer issue. I was overall disappointed at how Copeland released the message (including video, and Palmer’s address) to his ministerial conference attendees. I felt the message overall was not worthy of such exposure, however the fact that Copeland believed it was worthy was even more troubling. The Pope’s words per-se were not that bad. I think Palmer played the more sinister role, in that he attempted to heap condemnation upon anyone who did not receive the Pope’s message of unity; that of reuniting under Roman Catholicism. My overall summary of the event is this: The Pope claims the Roman Catholic church has changed their error of “saved by works”; that some christian denominations have accepted the Popes appeal already; all christians and non-catholics should reunite again under the Pope and Roman Catholicism; and that the new salvation method is “saved by works and faith”. Apparently the Roman Catholic doctrine is still wrong because they fail to see that we are actually saved by “grace, through faith”. What was not done by this Pope (and therefore left unsaid) is significant. There was no repentance for the thousand plus years of error the Roman Catholics inflicted upon humanity for the self-serving “saved by works” doctrine. Nor was there mention of the ongoing, and multiplicity of errors by the Roman Catholic church. Overall, at the core of his appeal, the Pope is attempting to establish an apostate false church umbrella organization, overseen by the Pope himself. The bible foretells it, and we must obviously avoid it. Copeland’s promotion and response to the matter is certainly worth further investigation. From Copeland’s Facebook posts, he mentioned the matter two times. The first post seemed to be an attempt at a “good testimony” concerning growing unity withing the church body. The second post was mostly damage-control, in response to the 90% of his readers who went-off and beat him up over the issue! Copeland responded that he was simply accommodating the Pope’s request for prayer; suggesting that, indeed, the Pope does need prayer. His staff is apparently now working triple-time to post positive testimonies about the Copeland Ministry “fruit”, two to three times a day; never mentioning the Pope-Palmer matter again. I am not overall judging or condemning Copeland. I believe that this same message (an actual attack, clothed in vestments, surrounded by incense) will be issued from the Pope to all of the large christian fellowships. It seems like a few of those fellowships have already swallowed that dead bait. Your fellowship may be next. Your enemy goes about as a lion roaring, seeking whom he may devour. But let us be submitted to God, resisting the devil, and therefore making the devil flee from us.

  3. ajc says:

    Kenneth Copeland is a follower of Kenneth Hagin. He is the typical prosperity teacher with all the bad things that come with that. The fake tongues, the laughing hysterically etc. But more importantly, The new testament was speaking of (and Christ) of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the old covenant. It was speaking of the rulers back then who called themselves God on earth. Do you not know church history? Listen to Jonathan Crossley’s 70 AD and Sean Finnegan’s History of the church. I understand about the end time scenario of the anti Christ thing but that take on it is only about 150 years old. Christ was warning those he was speaking to. Read it again. ajc

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