The Bible warns us about false prophets and an end times deliberately confused theology…faithful Christians are to be led astray, to be distracted and enthralled with false signs and wonders. Men will rise up claiming to know the future and using biblical references but actually doing the work of the enemy. Ultimately an anti Christ will arise, preaching peace and healing and appearing to be a unifier but in reality will be the most destructive force ever against God’s people. Only the return of the true Christ will see an end to the suffering, people divided, wars, upheaval, unholy alliances, natural disasters and unsettling tragedies. Only then will real peace reign.
We appear to be near the apex of man’s folly, his self-love, self-centered destructiveness that leaves no room for God and causes rancor, violence and divisiveness in its wake. Finally our self-love has grown so strong that we must silence God and satisfy all of our fleshly desires without any restriction or boundaries. So we see more and more violence, more and more strife between races, genders, age groups, political groups. With no real moral foundation, no ethics, no fear of God, we have succeeded in turning a world that was once Paradise into a place where men and women fear to walk the streets, are bombarded with violence and filth on TV, in the movies, in books and magazines, are compelled to climb over each other to accumulate more and more wealth and position, and retire each night to their homes behind locked doors and wonder why they have so many mental and physical health problems. Many of our leaders in the church are likewise selfish and self-centered and abandon all pretext of doing what is right to only do what brings wealth and power and sustains it indefinitely.
Consequently we are now seeing a rise in false prophets and false religious doctrines….a reimagining of God’ Word, reconstructed Bibles, movies and television programs that purport to tell the Gospel stories but take liberties for “entertainment.” Men and women who do not know the Bible, do not study read and meditate on God’s Word are taken in by preachers promising wealth, health and a new kingdom on earth for all who say the right words or pay the right amount or fall down on the floor laughing. Millionaire men of God preach about Jesus on Sunday and then drive home in their custom Rolls Royce automobiles to their mansions. They write books supposedly about God but their faces loom large on the cover and you are hard pressed to find biblical teaching in their “self-help” tomes.
The “warm and fuzzy Jesus” is the man sold to the masses, with no discussion about sin, repentance, fear of God. rejection of the world, conversion of sinners and end times preparedness.
Jesus warned that when he returned he would not see “the faith” among His people…instead their heads would be filled with false doctrine and false teachings. We who are steadfast must continue to study the Bible and focus on being in this world but not of it…we must hold our faith leaders accountable by comparing their teachings against the Word to identify errors. We must remain calm in the growing storm of religious bigotry which threatens Christians all over the world and will soon be on our doorstep in America. We must keep the faith so that when Christ returns there is a remnant of the faithful to greet Him.
I have no idea when Christ will come back…no man does who is honest and faithful and understands scripture, but my heart and my spirit tell me the signs are here that the ultimate struggle is nearly upon us. I am not afraid nor am I anxious. I am at peace in Christ and am in the Word and in prayer daily to assure that I am clothed with discernment, humility, obedience and steadfastness.
God bless you in your own struggle to remain in true faith and one with the true Christ.