We’ve often discussed the Book of Jude as having so many important components packed into such a tiny book of the Bible. One of the many verses that are profound points to the fact that we are not in the same league as the adversary on just about any level. For this reason, so many will be deceived.
He is clever beyond our comprehension and his power over this planet is extreme. In these times, which many believe are the end times, there are plenty of you out there trying to decipher the texts, read the signs, and gain an understanding of what’s to come so we can be prepared. This is, we believe, a righteous effort, but it must come with an important warning: there are layers of deception that are intended to make even the most careful students of the Bible head in the wrong direction.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.Jude 9 (KJV)The verse that should worry every believer is Jude 9. We learn that one of the most powerful beings spoken of in the Bible, the Archangel Michael, chose not to face the devil in a head-to-head battle but instead called up0n the Lord to rebuke him. In this one little verse, we learn just how powerful this creature of deception truly is. How can we hope to see through his deceptions and come to understand what is about to happen on this planet?
Just as Michael called on the Father to rebuke the devil, so too must we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern the times and find a direction for our lives. Whether in our lifetimes or for a future generation, the craziness foretold in the Bible will likely be sudden and potent. There is a line of thought that the events and disasters are gradual from our human perspective, but this is only worth mentioning for the sake of argument. It would seem that the most likely scenario is one of quick and clear tribulation brought upon the inhabitants of the earth.
Let’s examine some of the layers of deception that the devil uses against us so we may be diligent students and faithful disciples.
A False Rapture
This is one that was so compelling that we are working on a video to discuss the subject. It can be confusing to put it all into perspective in a short blog post, but let’s examine it the best we can.
The basic idea is this: the world seems to be preparing for a false rapture event that is designed to confuse and mislead. As a commenter (coincidentally named Michael) pointed out on another story, there are videos, articles, and discussions happening that surround the concept of a coming false rapture event surrounding aliens. It would seem based upon the activities in this world and the understandings that are coming from people on multiple fronts that we’re being prepared for a deception that would mask a true Rapture with a false one.
If a large number of believers are taken in the Rapture before the tribulation, then there’s a good chance that many will turn to the Bible for answers. The preparations and pre-conditioning that seems to be occurring points to contact by demons, fallen angels, and/or nephilim that claim to be aliens who are here to save us. In most of the scenarios discussed, they point to one of two reasons: war or climate change. Rather than allowing us to completely destroy ourselves, they “rapture” a large number of people who they consider to be either antagonists hurting the cause or a sampling of humanity taken to another world/dimension where they’ll be prepared for… whatever.
Many Bible believers point to this as a sign of a cover up to keep the world in the dark when the real Rapture happens. This could make a lot of sense. Then again, the deception could be a layer of a deeper deception, namely a pre-tribulation rapture. Our minds have a very difficult time imagining efforts that are so complex and that take decades, even centuries to come to play. It’s hard for us to conceive of a plan that was put in place long ago that was only intended to mislead people later, but we must remember that the adversary has had thousands of years to plan and set up his deceptions.
Some would point to fake rapture preparation as evidence of pre-tribulation rapture. Another theory, the one we hold to, is that many of these deceptions are specifically designed to mislead those who are looking into such things. In other words, the deception of a false rapture is not intended to happen but rather the preparations for the deception are intended to deceive those looking for deception. It could be a red herring.
This is probably the most difficult article I’ve ever written. Trying to put the layers of deception into words is challenging to understand let alone write about in a way that others can understand.
Tracing the Little Horn
Daniel 7 speaks of a little horn that emerges amongst the ten horns of the fourth beast. This little horn uproots three of the other horns and is a representation of the antichrist. There is no shortage of documentation that points to the Vatican, the Pope, or the Roman Catholic Church as the little horn. This may very well be true, but we’re starting to lean towards another theory.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.Daniel 7:8 (KJV)Of all of the layers of deception, this one might be the most difficult to challenge because the evidence is extremely compelling. The idea is that the fourth beast is the Roman empire, that there were ten kingdoms that rose from it, that three of those kingdoms were uprooted by the Roman Catholic Church and therefore this false church is the little horn. Those who believe it are extremely passionate about their theory and it would be nearly impossible to convince them otherwise. That’s how powerful the evidence really is.
While we’ll hold it as a possibility, another theory that has some of the same characteristics diverges from the theory in that the little horn is Islam. In that scenario, it is the rise of Islam uprooting three of the kingdoms and establishing itself as the leader in the world. One could then see Catholicism, the Vatican, or the Pope playing the role of the false prophet who promotes Islam as the way.
We are given Daniel, Revelation, and other books of the Bible to give us the ability to recognize things as they happen. However, the adversary can use this against us, particularly when we attempt to prepare. We can be pointed very clearly in one direction only to find that we were misled the whole time. The deceptions can be compelling to the point that we may feel certain we are right.
This is where we will get emails telling us that we’re the ones misleading people to not look at the Catholic Church as the antichrist. We will also get emails telling us that we’re wrongfully placing Islam into a light where it doesn’t belong. Because the plans of the adversary run so deep and have been for so long, it is impossible for us to break through the shields that many have put up. We will be the first to acknowledge that we really have no level of certainty about any of this despite hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of study on the subject. All we can do is hope that those who receive this message will understand the same – until it happens, nobody can be certain regardless of the evidence. Don’t be deceived into believing that you know for sure what role the Catholic Church, Islam, or any of the other end times components play.
Just be watchful.
The Universal God Concept
There is one God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
For a while now, there are those who are trying to distil the concept of a god into a singular overarching entity, theory, or belief system. They try to bring unity to the religions so that everything works together. They say that concepts of Allah, Buddha, and other religious entities are all the same seen from different perspectives.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,Romans 1:22There are two really big problems with this (other than the fact that it’s clearly false). The first is that it allows for influences to creep into the minds and lifestyles of true believers. It would have been utterly disgraceful not too long ago for a Christian to practice yoga or to read books like The Secret. Today, it’s not only commonplace but has been inserted into a spiritual mindset that establishes connections between the secular worldview and the Biblical worldview.
The second problem is that it misleads people to believe that there are many paths or inclusive ways to reach our Heavenly conclusion. It can be challenging to believe that our Father would allow so many billions of people to suffer eternal damnation. However, as Yeshua said in Matthew, strait is the gate and narrow is the way. The wide gate mentality is spreading and confusing people to the point that they are looking hopefully towards an inclusive end result.
There is only one way. There is only one true God. There is only one Messiah. While our human sensibilities demand for us to believe that a loving Father would never be so condemning, we must understand that it’s His Love for us that allows for salvation. Seeing the truth is easy when we are rooted in true faith through reading the Bible, constant prayer, fasting, and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the deceptions of the adversary that confuse us.
It makes me so sad to think of those who must go through eternity feeling like they were deceived without possibility of understanding. I envision the gnashing of teeth during eternity happening because people feel like they were not given a fair chance to understand, that they were allowed to suffer because God did not make it clear enough to them. It’s an overwhelming thought, but we must understand that it has never been hard. The truth has been placed on our heart and the instructions are right there for us in the Bible.
Be diligent with your studies but be even more diligent with your prayers. The faith will be shaken as events unfold. Do not let the deceptions that are so prevalent in the world today take you down a wrong path.