As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:21-22 NIV)
“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue will arise… He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.” (Daniel 8:23, 25)
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me… Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:9, 12-13)
Starting with “Deception Surrounding Matthew 24” this series is intended to alert God’s people to a diabolical attempt to deprive them of prophetic truth. If that scheme fails, the evil one desires to distract the elect or lull them to sleep so Jesus’ warnings go for naught (cf. Luke 21:34-36).
Most Christians assume all will be fine, so they are woefully unprepared. All will not be fine (cf. Mark 13:3-23). We have been fed a diet of fake news while being denied the truth. As a result, we have focused on clever stories taught by men (2 Peter 2:1-3). If that is not the work of the Destroyer, then what is?
For example, a recent warning by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was issued and submitted to the U.S. president. It stated that Americans need to prepare for a “profound” EMP emergency. A summary was published in The Washington Examiner in an article “Start Prepping Electric Grid Prime Target.” So why was this very real emergency ignored by the same media that inundates us with dire warnings about climate change and the Trump Presidency? Is there a scheme to literally keep us in the dark?
We argue irrelevancies while truth goes wanting. The fact is that we are being set up. The enemy will have many trust in a false savior (i.e. “the man of lawlessness”) by keeping us ignorant of the plain warnings of prophecy. We are being fed baby food from the pulpit while we have not had 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 “The Rebellion, the Revealing of the Antichrist and the Coming Great Delusion” faithfully explained. Why not? I smell a rat!
Scripture offers three witnesses. (See above.) Each testifies to a coming time of great distress for God’s saints and to the glorious salvation Christ brings them thereafter. Their context is identical and each passage speaks of the saints at the end of this age. Each warning is articulated by heaven’s representative, so their authority is unassailable. If we employ Rule #3 of our 5 Major Rules of Bible Interpretation, “Comparing Scripture with Scripture,” we will have confidence that our interpretation is an absolute certainty. If we apply the other four rules, it will be unshakeable.
Knowing our understanding is accurate has nothing to do with “an expert’s agreement”. Our interpretation is entirely objective. When we apply the rules and arrive at truth, we learn that so-called experts are not needed.
The truth eagerly submits to rugged examination based on the rules. On the other hand, the “inventors of clever stories” act as if the rules do not exist or they are above them. They insist we should believe their fabricated tales. It is a fallacy of logic to suggest that because much of what a teacher says is true then everything else they state is also. Comparing Scripture is an indispensable step in the process if we are to firmly grasp what will surely take place.
Next time: We examine another major deception involving Matthew 24.