A very great delusion has entered the Christian churches. This is related to the teaching that the saved born again believers will be “raptured” from Earth and taken to heaven before the rise of the AntiChrist and the global beast system develops. They teach that believers will avoid any widespread persecution, tribulation, or afflictions.
I do believe that the Lord will return for the believers but in the Day of the Lord, at the end when Christ returns to judge the living and the dead. What I am talking about here is the timing of the “rapture” of the church, which will not be secret, but “every eye” shall see Christ’s coming. (Revelation 1:7)
The false concept of the secret rapture came from a Jesuit priest and later from John Nelson Darby and it forms part of the eschatological scheme known as futurism. Read Futurism: Jesuit deception of the church, Preterist, Futurist or Historical view of Bible prophecy and At the resurrection who is left behind?
Recently a brother in Christ told me about his pastor preaching a sermon where the pastor claimed those who teach that the church will go through tribulation are ‘doomsy’ preachers. I never had heard that word before. From numerous scriptures and from church history it is plain to see that the believers have suffered enormously under persecution. Hebrews chapter 11 alone teaches us that.
Then there is 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to Him, 2 That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
From these verses it is clear that there is only one return of Christ and at that time all the saved are gathered up to Christ, meeting the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) The day of Christ is the day of the Lord. This is the same event we read at the end of time when God holds court and judges all both good and bad (Revelation 20:11-15). In all the parables Jesus taught the message was clear, when judgment came the righteous (good) are saved and the wicked are sent to hell. At the same event, not multiple events. There is only one return of Jesus Christ and it is coming soon.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [Greek: ἀποστασία apostasia] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
The meaning of the Greek word apostasia is ‘defection from truth’. From this word we derive our English word “apostasy”. In that same sermon, when the pastor preached against ‘doomsy’ people, he claimed that this word (falling away) in the scripture here was evidence of the rapture of the church. I don’t know how apostasy can ever mean rapture. It just can’t.
The verse tells us that apostasy in the church shall precede the end-time arrival of the one-world dictator who we call the AntiChrist. He is the man of sin, Satan possessed and son of perdition, son of Hell.
Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only He [the Holy Spirit] who now lets [restrains] will let [restrain], until He [the Holy Spirit] be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that wicked one [Satan] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: 9 Even him [the AntiChrist], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,2 Thessalonians 2:5-9
Now we get into the main point of this discussion.
10 And with all deceivableness [delusion] of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.2 Thessalonians 2:10-11
Here is strong delusion. The false teachers teach that the church will not suffer any tribulation or afflictions. They say the believers will escape. They cannot see any ‘beast’ system nor the implementation of the mark of the beast, which is designed to imprison us all in a digital prison of man’s own making.
What is this strong delusion?
It is as if a veil is covering the eyes of most of the world, and especially seems to be true among many in the church. Leaders of churches either promote the deadly experimental death shots or they are neutral, promoting free choice but not warning their members of the dangers of the shots and the concomitant global tyranny developing with the vaxxine rollout.
Why is that?
It would seem it is because God has sent strong delusion that they should believe a lie. Yes, this is from God! The devil might bring it but it is God’s work. Because of their unrepentant sin God has sent strong delusion. And as a result they continue their lives as if nothing unusual is going on.
This reminds me of the scene in the movie the Matrix. Morpheus offers to Neo a choice between a red pill and a blue pill.
Take the blue pill and continue in the ‘nice’ delusion of the fake world of the Matrix. Those who do take it are those who do not love the truth.
Take the red pill and wake up to the real world and become a soldier for Jesus Christ battling against Satan and evil that we see all around us now. You are a revolutionary at heart for truth and freedom in the Spirit. (RevolutionforJesus.com)
Choosing the red pill means you want the truth and it is the Holy Spirit that brings us into all truth. (John 16:13) Thus you have the Holy Spirit. God also gives truth to some of the unsaved which He has chosen. Why is that? Perhaps they are given a chance to choose Christ.
I choose the red pill!
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
God chose you. He also is the one who made it so you can see clearly. You are not under any delusion because you have a love of the truth. Rejoice and give all the glory to God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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