Strong Delusion or Self-deception
As Russia boasts about nuclear missiles the United States cannot stop, the U. S. insists they possess atomic weapons Russia cannot see coming, similar to the stealth missile recently struck in Syria.
The Russian Federation along with The United States of America both seem to have two leaders who are willing to bring the world into a thermonuclear wasteland.
The old prophecy of Zechariah foretold of an event when men’s flesh will decompose while they are still standing.
The Old Testament scribes didn’t have the vocabulary to help make sense of what the plagues of Zechariah 14:12 are, all we know is that a plague of some type will cause human flesh to dissolve instantaneously on the bodies of those who attack Jerusalem.
12 ADONAI will strike all the peoples who made war against Yerushalayim with a plague in which their flesh rots away while they are standing on their feet, their eyes rot away in their sockets, and their tongues rot away in their mouths. 13 When that day comes, there will be among them great panic, sent by ADONAI, so that everyone lays hands on his neighbor, who in turn attacks him.
(Complete Jewish Bible)
Even worse than the weapon of the superpowers, the advanced weapons of Russia and the United States are puny against the weapon the God of Israel uses against His enemies. That weapon is a “Strong Delusion,”(Isaiah 66:4).
When Israel went about to worship the LORD, even though they sacrificed a lamb unto the LORD, their sacrifice was rejected because of their sinful nature.
The Word of God said: “The LORD saw it as if he cut off a dog’s neck and poured swine blood on the altar.” But, one could argue, they were praising God. Yes, honoring God in a celebration is part of worship, however, disobeying HIS word is a type of a divine delusion.
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
The dilemma here is when Israel went to worship, in their minds they were thinking that by just going to worship and partake in a good devotional ceremony was enough when a change of direction and a truly broken heart over their sins was necessary.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
12 Don’t imagine yourself to be quite presentable when you haven’t had a bath in weeks.
Doctrine of Devils
What does a blog about war in the Middle East or God sending delusions have to do with anything and why is it important?
It is significant because in the last days there will be those who are spiritually lukewarm and they will bring the pollution of the world into God’s presence. Their contamination could infect those who are honestly seeking God and cause the fall of other believers in the faith.
Some may assume Holy God loves the disobedient children so much that He ignores their rebellious nature and reward them with free tickets into Heaven. No, the Bible teaches that we can resist God for so long, then there are severe consequences.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11 Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
12 In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
NOTE: Today, believers all around the world will join with Israel’s 70th year celebration of becoming a nation.
Threat of War
At the same time, Jerusalem Post stated that the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is believed to be planning an attack in retaliation for the alleged Israeli strike on “T4” airbase in Syria last week.
Hezbollah’s war of words telegraphs Iran’s message to Jerusalem.
What does it all mean? It could be the beginning of World War Three and God’s removal of believers before a terrible global nuclear disaster.
We know that in the last days some will rise up and promote perverted doctrines to the people of God and many will fall for it. As Christ came to demonstrate the Word of God before mankind, not all those who heard the Gospel responded to God’s offer.
The cares of this world blinded some. Fame and fortune blinded others. Sadly, some were blinded when they rejected His instructions for eternal life.
The Greek word Demagogism is a term in reference to creating delusions through lies or becoming self-delusional. Demagogism is also Greek for, the art and practice of gaining power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
12 “They’ve spread lies about God.
They’ve said, ‘There’s nothing to him.
Nothing bad will happen to us,
neither famine nor war will come our way.
13 The prophets are all windbags.
They speak nothing but nonsense.'”
14 Therefore, this is what God said to me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Because they have talked this way,
they are going to eat those words.
Watch now! I’m putting my words
as fire in your mouth.
And the people are a pile of kindling ready to go up in flames.
15 “Attention! I’m bringing a far-off nation
against you, O house of Israel.”
God’s Decree. (MSG)
. . . Absalom 2Sa 15:2-6
. . . Pilate Mt 27:17-26; Mr 15:15; Lu 23:13-24; Joh 18:38-40; 19:6-13. . . Felix Ac 24:27. . . Herod (Agrippa I) Ac 12:3
(Naves Topical Bible Index)
18 Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].
19 In their spiritual apathy, they have become callous, and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].
20 But you did not so learn Christ!
21 Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],
22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The time will come, when a siren warning is the announcement of something much more terrifying than a thunderstorm or a tornado – if you get the warning at all.
I plead with the reader of this blog, find someone; (even if you may not like them) but if you see someone who is professing to have a committed Christian life working within them, and is still struggling with sin, tell them about your own personal story of eternal salvation, before it is too late.
Spiritual blindness is the curse of the millions who will say, “I waited too long, and I waited too late.”