In Matthew chapter 24 of the bible we find a very detailed description of the last days. We can trust the one giving those details; it’s Jesus. He is of course a reliable source so let’s not debate his interpretation, let’s believe what he said. In this post I want to focus just on the beginning of Jesus’ description. Now it’s true we can speculate that the last days began when Israel became a nation or when Jerusalem came under the possession of the Jewish government. We can also speculate about the world wars and other such possibilities, but those discussions will be for another time. For this writing we will consider Matthew 24 and what Jesus said about the beginning of those days.
How do they begin?
The answer to that may surprise many.
It will not begin with a meteorite crashing through the atmosphere bringing death to untold millions, or demonic horsemen leading vast armies into battle leaving behind rivers of blood or pandemic diseases racing across the globe or Hades opening up to welcome more prisoners.
The closing act opens rather meekly.
Jesus’ description of the beginning of the end will start in a deceptive manner–literally.
It all begins with a lie.
A lie barely noticed by most but one that will enforce the change the enemy of God, Satan, will be hoping for. That lie, whatever it is, will enslave billions into a Satanic trap. That trap will probably be inescapable. Thus the opening warning from the Lord. Don’t be deceived. Jesus told the disciples to beware that no one should be deceived. If Jesus told them to beware of deception you can be certain of one thing. A lot of gullible people will believe the very thing Jesus warned the disciples about.
Believing that lie will be a fatal, eternal mistake.
Below are the opening words of the Lord as he tells his friends about what he knew would take place in the future.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Paul the Apostle gave us some more help with understanding the lie, but still coming up short of saying exactly what the lie would be.
Here’s what he said.
8 And then shall the wicked 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, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness 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.
The lie is connected to the Antichrist
This description from Paul connects the lie with the revelation of the Antichrist. In verse eight we see the Wicked One is revealed, that’s the Antichrist. He comes with power and lying wonders. Those who are destined to ‘perish’ don’t have a ‘love of the truth’ so they give in to the deception which apparently shall seal their fate.
In these times which we live today we should all be very careful about accepting ‘truth’ that isn’t found in the bible and is accepted by the masses. In the 11th verse we are told God himself will strengthen the delusion of those who are willing to believe the lie.
Willing to believe the lie
With the phrase ‘fake news’ being so popular now it should draw our attention to the fact that so many people are easily deceived.
What is the lie Paul and Jesus spoke of? I’m still working on the biblically correct answer to that but I believe I might already know what it is.
What do you think it will be?
In the mean time don’t be deceived. Jesus warned us all. The bible is the Word of God. We can trust it.