Often times we turn to the book of Revelation for the end times and to know more about the signs of Christ’s coming. But what people don’t realize is that all throughout the Bible we also get glimpses of what will happen also. 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2, is one of those chapters. It reads, “now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye 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. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-6) So a great number of people will follow this man who has exalted himself even above God. Even so much as to blaspheme Him by sitting in the temple of God.
Paul wrote even more about the anti-christ and said, “for the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12) The wicked will be well known in these times, for they have followed after a man instead of God. Although he may do signs and wonders, they are of Satan in order to lead as many people as He can to hell. These are those that will perish after this life. They had pleasure in unrighteousness and despised the truth of God. Do not be one of those who will follow this great illusion in these last of days, but allow God to lead you safely home.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more people will not perish in unbelief in these last of days. May people who say they believe in You also build a firm foundation with You at the head of their lives. Help us all to not get caught up in politics, but in voting for the right candidates for office. As You have said in Your words, the Bible, there will be a great falling away because of a certain individual who will lift himself up to be like God. But those who have You by the hand will not be led astray by His lies and wonders upon the earth. I am made strong in You, Jesus, and not the things of this world, nor people who appear to be righteous on the surface. As people are so gullible with things that the government and people say to them, I have learned from You to judge them righteously. Surely, there has already been a great illusion of safety with masks and the coronavirus vaccination up until now, but I know that this is just the beginning. The world as we know it is changing, but I don’t have to go along with what is happening. You are my God and I will follow You no matter the costs. Keep me from harm’s way, but allow me to be persecuted as it is important for Christians to suffer for Your sake. I will not back down from the faith I have in You, even if it means losing my life. I love You, Jesus. I trust in You, God. Amen.