Rapture Lie – Strong Delusion

February 16th, 2016     

The Bible speaks of a “strong delusion” in 2 Thessalonians 2.

I recently read about an alternative explanation for this delusion, which I would like to share.

Strong Delusion

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

Verse 1 clearly talks about the second coming of Jesus, and the gathering of His Children.

Verse 2 warns not to be shaken “as though the day of Christ had come” (false coming of Jesus).

The “false christ” warning is not new, and is also mentioned in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and Revelation (1st seal).

Satan will impersonate Jesus.

“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
– Matthew 24:26-27 (NKJV)

Remember that Jesus comes with the clouds, and like lightning (in the twinkling of an eye).

3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

There will be a falling away first. This is when people will open up to the Truth (during the latter rain), and will leave the Sunday churches that teach the Rapture lie. The “falling away” is sometimes also referred to as a “shaking”.

The man of sin will be exposed as a liar, accuser, and murderer.

The event where satan “sits as God in the temple of God” is also known as the abomination of desolation from the book of Daniel. It’s like a direct insult to God of the worst kind.

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

The Holy Spirit is the one doing the restraining.

7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

The battle has already been won 2,000 years ago, and at the end satan will be destroyed forever.

9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

Satan will try and deceive many by posing as a false christ who does counterfeit miracles.

10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
– John 14:6 (NKJV)

Note that having a “love of the truth” is absolutely vital. This means studying the Word of God (the Bible). If you have a love of the truth, you will be able to see through any lies that satan will throw at you.

To survive the end times you need to stay close to Jesus.

11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
– 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NKJV)

So God sends them a strong delusion, according to His own good works.

I pray that this delusion will be lifted one day soon.

Ask Jesus to open your eyes.

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