Friday, January 29, 2010

That They Should Believe A Lie

"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

When I saw the above ad for Chris Angels' new "show", I was immediately struck by the name of his new offering, and how the three middle letters were purposely highlighted. I had never seen any of Chris Angel's programs - I had only heard of him. So, after I saw the ad, I went to You Tube and punched in his name. I ended up watching two videos - one of him walking on water, and one of him walking through a window pane! How interesting that Yeshua both walked on water, and after His resurrection could just appear in a room with a locked door.

I cannot judge a man that I know very little about, and while it is tempting to ascribe "demonic power" to the source of Chris' "stunts", the truth is that I just don't know whether his "tricks" truly are just "smoke and mirrors", or if there really is something more sinister involved (as some claim). Either way, it's not really important for the sake of this post. What is germane to what I would like to address is the interesting correlation between the name of his show that is being advertised: "Believe." Notice that in his ad, the "L" "I" "E" in the word "believe" are in bold, so as to stand out. This made me immediately think of the verse that I highlighted above, namely, that those who refuse a love of the truth (Yeshua said "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." - John 14:6; He also said "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." - John 17:17, quoting Psalm 119:142 - "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.) would "believe the lie." Notice the word "believe" and "lie" in that verse.

When I watched the You Tube videos, I asked the LORD "what is this?!" Immediately my thoughts were taken back to the Torah portion just two weeks ago, where Pharaoh's magicians mimicked with their "enchantments" the first few miracles that Moses performed by the hand of YHVH.

After Chris walked on the water, the reaction of the crowd was, of course, amazement. One woman in particular just kept saying "Chris is the MAN!"

When someone does something great (at least, "great" in the eyes of some), they are usually given immediate respect and honor. If someone were to perform a "miracle", most people would automatically begin listening to, and believing whatever they say. This is precisely the opposite of what the bible would teach us to do: We should pay attention to a persons words, AND ACTIONS - as in their lifestyle - in order to determine whether they are someone to be listened to or not. Biblically, a person can perform great miracles and signs, but be a false prophet (cf. Deut. 13 for example) actually allowed (and dare I say, sent?) by God, to further deceive the deceived, and to test His people.

Whether Chris' "magic" are simply clever "tricks", or whether there is something more involved is not the issue. What does Chris say? How does he live? What if he, in the future, began platforming some of his religious and political thoughts? How many people would listen to him solely because of the "amazing" things he performs? How about if someone in the future were to perform even greater "tricks" (say, like calling fire down from heaven perhaps? - Revelation 13:11-14 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.)? How many people would listen to and believe a person who could do such things (Hint: We have the answer already. he will deceive "...them that dwell on earth by the means of those miracles....")?

I am convinced that the spirit of Antichrist has been at work for Millenia. I am even more convinced that he is stepping things up in these last days. And remember that John told us (in 1 John 2:18) that though there is/will be THE Antichrist, there are also "many" Antichrists already! I believe the spirit of Antichrist is becoming more brazen and bold as the days pass on, and the time of the "end" draws near (not "end" as in ceasing to exist, but "end", as in end of this "age"/"era").

Chris Angels' new "show" is just one more warning sign (I.M.H.O.) of the times we are heading into. The title of his new "show" is very revealing, I "believe" (yes, pun intended).

Read your bible daily (B.T.W. - when I say "bible", I don't mean the Quran, or the Bhagavad Gita, or the Tao, et al - I mean the "Bible", as in Genesis to Revelation!). I will say it again - READ YOUR BIBLE DAILY. Get to know the mind of God via His word (again, Yeshua said "Thy word is truth"), seeking His Holy (set apart) Spirit to teach you all things (cf. 1 John 2:27), and obey what you read, for He is able to guide you into ALL truth! In doing so you will gain maturity, and in maturity wisdom, understanding, and discernment, all of which will be, and already are, desperately needed in the days in which we live.

Chen v'shalom (grace and peace) in Yeshua our Messiah.

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