By Patrick Hawthorne
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13 NIV)
A storm is on the horizon. Can you feel it? I can. It is the feeling of an all-consuming evil, thick and vile, slowly consuming every inch of this world like a heavy black ooze. It is a sense of lawlessness; a “Me and Mine” mentality.
I don’t like this message. It is not pleasant. Nevertheless, it is one of importance.
We try to denounce this evil. We cry out against it in public, from our church buildings, from our work places, from our writings; yet not many seem to hear – not many seem to care. Why? Has the world gone mad? Has the world lost its mind? The truth is so obvious, yet so many seem to have blinders fixed over their eyes. Common sense is not common anymore. What is going on?
Could it be that the stage is being set for the final act before the revealing of the man of lawlessness spoken of in the Word? Are the main actors taking their position before the final raising of the curtain?
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 2:9-12).
The truth is that some people just do not want to be saved. Many have chosen to become worthless in their thinking. With pointless reasoning and silly speculation, they have allowed their hearts to become hardened and darkened. Claiming to be wise, they have become as fools. (Based off Romans 1:21-22.) They are their own gods. Having hardened their hearts to the Living God and His righteousness in lieu of unrighteous deception, they – like pigs – are allowed to roll in the muck of their own folly.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…”
Now, more than ever, I understand the words of Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:6, “And now you know what is restraining…” It is you. It is me. The body of Jesus Christ is the restrainer who is holding back the man of lawlessness from coming into full power. How are we doing this? By standing…And when we have done all, we stand even the more. Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith. Do not fear. Jesus said these things must happen before His glorious return. Trust in the One who is able to keep you safe from stumbling, and cause you to stand in the presence of His glory free from blemish and full of exultant joy. (Jude 1:24.)
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up – stand tall upon your feet – and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28 NKJV.)
Can you feel it? I can. Jesus is coming back soon. Be blessed.