It is written,
“Little children, it is the last hour: and as ye heard that antichrist cometh, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour.”
1 John 2:8
I have been thinking lately that, like Alice, I have fallen down a rabbit hole. Just like Neo, in the motion picture “The Matrix” I have woken up to the fact that the world which I see, the world I think I know, is all an illusion.
The more that the Spirit of God opens my eyes the more I see that the spirit of antichrist is all around us. This spirit permeates all we say and all we do on a daily basis. We hear it on the TV, we download it on the internet, and we feel it everywhere for it is all encompassing. We are fast approaching a night, as Jesus said, where no man can work.
My guess is that movements like “Anonymous” and “Occupy Wall Street,” misguided though they may be, are in fact motivated by a deep seated, almost unconscious realization that something is desperately wrong.
People might say, where is this spirit you speak of? Show it to me and I will believe. No, the vast majority of people who ever read this will never believe anything that is written because they are in the grips of strong delusion. Lacking the honestly, humility, and desire to break through this deception they will not and therefor cannot receive the truth even if it is presented to them plainly.
Right now, for instance, the spirit of antichrist is manifesting itself strongly through politics. Most politicians are firmly in the grip of this evil spirit and they know it not. They are worshipers of their ungodly ideals and they do not care if what they believe and promote is against common decency, basic morality, and even God Himself. You can see this spirit at work in how blindly leaders in all parties follow after our current president no matter what he says or does.
It is almost like the people who are against God are giddy with excitement over the world they believe they are about to create. A new world order without God in which they are the masters of their own destiny. They believe they have transcended mere moral ethics and are about to usher in a brave new world in which they finally wrest control from, in their view, the antiquated and destructive notion that there is a God. These people are pro-choice, pro same-sex-marriage, pro women’s-lib, but in the end they are simply pro antichrist.
I often find that I stand on the opposite side of what is commonly understood to be “the truth.” I have thought about why this is so. All I can conclude is that the world view of most people is authored by this spirit of antichrist and they and I do not see eye to eye because they are against, to varying degree, what is of the Holy Spirit. Simply to be pro-life, pro-marriage, and to believe in the natural order of men and women as God created them, is to be against the growing consensus of this age.
It is written,
“And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:“
There is a time when those who sigh and cry for the abominations that are committed around them are marked out. Like Rahab, they are marked out to be spared from the calamity to come. To be sure, simply being in Jericho during its divine destruction was awful enough, but at least she and her family escaped with their lives.
Likewise, all that any of us are taking from this Earth is eternal life. Everything else we have, like Jericho, will be destroyed and burnt by fire. Yet, through he midst of it all we will emerge, like the three Hebrew children, unscathed by the flame because we trusted in God and put our lives in His hands.
Knowing even part of the truth costs a lot. I cannot accept those who declare peace and safety for I know it is not true. I cannot believe in politicians to pronounce great things because I know their words are false. I cannot even, these days, believe that most ministers are following God because I understand that is not the case. So what, then are we to do?
As ever, I come back to this one simple truth, “listen, hear, and obey on time.” Right now I am putting my future in the hands of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I simply endeavor to listen to Him to the exclusion of almost anyone else. He alone is a light that I can trust in this gathering darkness. He is the rock upon which I stand.
I counsel those who have ears to hear to do the same. Everything else is mere shifting sand that, while apparently solid now, will melt away at the worst possible moment during the storm to come. Learn now to know the voice of your Lord and Savior for yourself. Practice trusting Him now so that when times are tough listening to Him will be habit. In so doing, in the coming days as, you too will be marked out and spared from the coming destruction of all that is against God.