The topic of this interpretation deals with a mystery. This mystery is difficult to pin down because a lot of opinions surround this mystery. Sometimes the things God allows or wills into our lives are hidden, and it becomes our burden to search these hidden things out in order to come to a place of fruition and escape. I am going to address a mystery that is active right now and has already begun to work. My purpose is to outline this mystery and place it front and center, so we can address something we can see, rather than something we’re trying to grope for. The mystery I am going to deal with in this interpretation is God’s usage of delusions. I will further clarify how God will use delusions within His judgment process, and how delusions eventually lead mankind into a deceived state.
God has already allowed the processes of delusions to begin His judgment on the nations as well as His church. The mystery of iniquity has been ongoing for the last 2000 years (2 Thessalonians 2:7), but the specific process of God’s judgment through delusions have been working for the better part of a century. These judgments are cancerous decaying processes which eventually overtake all who have known the truth but who have chosen to ignore that truth (Romans 1, especially verse 32). A good example of people who have forsaken the truth would be people either searing their conscience, or playing games with it enough to become deceived (1 Timothy 1:19, 4:2). This delusion judgment that God is allowing right now, when viewed in its entirety outside the scope of time, becomes His foundation for judgment; for delusions become the “setting up” or the “precursors” which commence all His other judgments. The book of Revelation bears witness to this fact when we see that God’s seal judgments set up His trumpet judgments, and again God’s trumpet judgments set up His vial judgments; one judgment establishes and then becomes the foundation for the other judgments in procession. In short, God has allowed the judgment of delusions to become His foundation upon which all future and consequential judgments will be laid.
By default, since God has allowed deceptions to strike against the core of the people currently, then this action becomes God’s starting point and establishes His future judgments. Simply put, since delusions have come upon us, it is the beginning of the end.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
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.
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Romans 1:21, 24
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.
Romans 1:26, 28, 29
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature…And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Being filled with all unrighteousness…
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
These above verses are scriptural facts that point to a God who is not only going to call us on our choices, but who is going to send us that which we have lusted for, so we will become deceived by it, to the extent these delusions will become our ruin. It is kind of like that story about the father who catches his son smoking cigarettes so he locks him in a closet with a box full of cigarettes and orders him to smoke them all. If you flirt with danger long enough, and do not listen to the cautioning voices trying to persuade you toward godly escape, then these dangerous vices will eventually addict you and place you into absolute bondage. You will have become bound within the choices you have settled for.
I am going to outline God’s process of delusion leading to deception so we can discuss its latter end.
Delusion leading to Deception - a process of Decay
God is righteous, and is always going to caution us toward the path that is right and edifying, as long as we continue to seek Him. What God will do with a people or nation that has strayed long enough and hard enough is send them a delusion so they will eventually become deceived by it (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Isaiah 19:14, 29: 9-10). God gives us the desires of our heart, and if we ignore His truth and cautioning long enough… and desire for ourselves lies, ignorance, hypocrisy and evil then God will send those things into our lives like a flood (Revelation 18:2). Make no mistake about, one of the most evil things a person or nation can do is to call evil good and good, evil (Isaiah 5:20). God frowns on this… so a nation or person who chooses this path will be given over to the process of delusions to such an extent that they end up deceived and absolutely contrary.
God’s solemn purpose is to judge us in righteousness. A lot of times, God needs us to become absolutely full within our disobedience so that we are without excuse (Genesis 15:16, Matthew 23:31-32). For this reason, God will not only allow us to stray when we ignore His cautioning, but He will further send us delusions so that we can “fill up” (1 Thessalonians 2:16, Daniel 8:23) on all the things we have lusted after. This is so on the great Day of Judgment, we will be totally without excuse, and God will be able to show us, even to the utmost, how internally deceived we have allowed ourselves to become within our choices. This allows God’s judgment to be more secure within OUR hearts, the truth bearing witness that we not only gave ourselves over fully to this lustfulness, but that we also allowed ourselves to become fully consumed within it.
Sometimes we understand that we don’t reach out for help until we have hit “rock bottom.” A lot of times God will allow us to hit rock bottom so we will see we are totally helpless and that we need intervention. Notice God does not simply allow us to flirt with the dangers and then judge us. He allows us to become totally consumed by these dangers, so we learn exactly how sinful we are (we’ll be without excuse) and so we learn exactly how low we were willing to go to justify our means. Many times, this process is allowed to show us our true sinfulness in full measure. How many times have you heard an alcoholic or drug addict say that until they hit “rock bottom,” they just couldn’t see they needed help. But as soon as they hit “rock bottom,” they came to the realization they were helpless and they needed to change. This is God’s wisdom within the process of delusions. If a people or nation do not hit rock bottom within their choices for evil and debauchery then when the judgment comes, the people will feel entitled and justified… and will probably say, “Well, we were bad and we wanted the lies but things never got really bad. If things had gotten bad enough then we would have woken up and would have mended our ways.” You see, God bi-passes our justification by sending us a delusion leading to deception so things WILL (Genesis 15:16, Daniel 8:23) get that bad and so people will have the utmost opportunity to either repent (giving God the glory) or continue their downward spiral leading to destruction. That way, on the Day of Judgment, none can justify they would have woken up had they hit “rock bottom.” God allows “rock bottom” to happen, so, if no repentance occurs… God is justified and the people are condemned because in this “rock bottom” place the people chose not to repent but chose to take pleasure in unrighteousness.
Another reason the Lord allows the process of delusion to flood into our very lives is so when He judges us within our deceitful actions, He also judges the spirits and the individuals that have fully empowered us to yield toward our deceitful actions (Genesis 3:1-19). God is spiritually able to kill two or even three birds with one stone through this judgment process. Go ask any police officer if they seek to catch one criminal, or if they seek to catch the conspiracy within its entirety. If God judges us prematurely within our actions, then the conspiracy has not been able to come to its fruitfulness. This is why the police often catch one person and then “turn” that person to get as many others as they can. If they decide to build a case against that one individual, they will probably be successful, but they end up losing all the others they could have taken down with that individuals help. God utilizes the same concept within His judgment process. He allows our disobedience to become absolutely full (Daniel 8:23) so He not only has an individual hook line and sinker, but He also has the conspiracy in its entirety… the principalities, the powers, those who have influenced us as well as those we have influenced (Matthew 18:6-7). It is not wise for God to judge prematurely, this allows a lot to fall through the cracks. God allows a fullness to come so when He judges, He simply judges within that fullness (Daniel 8:23). It would be ignorant to impose a full judgment where only parts exist.
Delusions leading to deception is a process of decay which will tarnish the soul (calling good evil and evil good). So, for these reasons, God allows delusions to come upon us so our choices we reveal our true heart (whether we want to escape or become deceived). Those who repent and embrace the truth and fight to understand the truth will become shielded from these deceptions (John 10:27). God is going to personally minister to them to ensure they stay on the narrow pathway (as opposed to the broad) and continue to receive the Lord in all His fullness. God will absolutely protect those who cleave onto Him for His truth and for His direction… although in the end times the deception will become so strong that even the Lord continuously cautions that we must remain aware (Matthew 24:24).
For those who have taken pleasure in unrighteousness and who have mocked God by not repenting and by ignoring His cautioning and His truth… these strong delusions serve for one purpose and for one purpose only. To gather the rebellious together for the Great Day of Judgment (Revelation 16:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). God will grow weary with ministering to our lies and our deluded state and will fully give us over to what we want… our lies. He will give us over to delusions for us to fully trust in them, and His purpose is to righteously judge us as we stand in those lies.
Delusion as a Cancer
Just like cancer, a delusion can go unnoticed and undetected until such a time as it envelopes you (God mercifully placing you where you belong… in jail, the hospital or in some other agony so you will repent) or until such a time a skilled physician (holy minister) can diagnose it, offering you wisdom (enlightened help so you will see it and repent). Delusion leading to deception is without a doubt a cancer. It is a cancer that usually, but not always, goes unnoticed and works within itself to bring you to absolute destruction.
It is interesting that cancer has one purpose, to destroy you. It is kind of like a wrecking ball. So much steel has only one purpose, to wreck. Delusion leading to deception is sent to yield the same result. It is not there to reason with you, or to try and help you feel a certain way… it is there to expose you, and if you choose delusion it will eventually deceive you so you continually and ignorantly give yourself over to its decay… for you to basically spiritually rot from the inside out. We must understand that deception is a cancer that can go unnoticed for a long period of time. The moral of the story is anyone can be deceived and they probably wouldn’t know it. Check out this verse…
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Do you see the cancerous process, worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived? Like a dog chasing its tail… absolutely no knowledge, just ignorance and plenty of it. Deception becomes a plague or cancer that brings us to absolute destruction… usually without ever being detected. The only cure or remedy for someone caught within deception’s snare is twofold: the knowledge that brings the deception to the light, and then your acceptance of that knowledge which leads you to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Let me ask you a question. What if you take fifteen people and put them in a house? You set them to live in a house for ten years and give them the availability and freedom to do whatever they choose. Now, two of the fifteen people have secretly been given the AIDS virus. What is the likelihood that at least half of the remaining thirteen people will contract the AIDS virus? The likelihood is great. Deception works in much the same way. It’s not possible to throw a people or nation headlong into the delusion process and then, years later, have that nation come out wise… totally untainted by the deception. The only thing that will counter the delusion process is the light (truth) that manifests the delusion. Just like the knowledge that those two people were infected with the AIDS virus would have been enough workable information in order for the other thirteen to avoid them at all costs. But, if the fifteen had no knowledge, then they could not protect themselves against the dangers they could not see. This is true with deception. If we are deceived, we cannot protect ourselves from the deception that is deceiving us… from the deception that has taken away our sight. Therefore, our only plausible end when met with the process of delusions leading to deception is twofold: Godly knowledge that if received, will eventually yield repentance… or the righteous end of that deception, indeed God’s judgment.
I would like to outline
the example of Pharaoh in the Old Testament (Exodus 5-14). From the time that God sent Moses to
God has for thousands of years born witness to His Truth. He has set men to stand for righteousness and He has never left Himself without a witness (Acts 14:17). Even in our darkest hour, there have been witnesses of Gods power, His grace and His mercy. But within all of this, just like Pharaoh in the Old Testament, we have hardened our hearts and have mocked God by trusting in lies and ignorance (calling good evil and evil good). This has been going on for so long… that even God’s longsuffering has come to an end. Therefore God, in His wisdom, has decreed strong delusions so all that have partaken in wickedness should trust in a lie (deception). Just like Pharaoh in the Old Testament… God has put us mockers out to pasture. He has set our hearts on cruise control and is heading us straight toward the tribulation to become subject to the devils lying wonders. Evil has been decreed against us, for…
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God…
The Finality of the Delusion Process
Although I have outlined the spiritual process of delusions leading to deception I want to bring it closer to home. In the Bible, in the second book of Thessalonians, there are specific scriptures that outline a final delusion that will be so great, that the repercussions will change the world as we know it. This final delusion will indeed become a judgment. It will be ushered in as a result of the world ultimately and wholeheartedly ignoring God’s merciful truth. God’s merciful witness and truth has yet to be fully revealed… but when it is fully revealed, it will prompt a great falling away that will usher in God’s final delusion and judgment on a people who have mocked the truth and delighted in lies.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
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.
There is going to be a final truth preached, a final enlightenment that will reveal itself and offer all people the opportunity to delight in the truth (Jude 23). When this final truth or enlightenment is mocked at and ignored, this cataclysmic decision by the people will usher in God’s final delusion to deceive all who have ignored that truth… thus paving the way toward their destruction.
I want to digress for a moment and expound on this idea of a final enlightenment.
1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
This judgment, beginning at the house of God, has already in part begun. God, through His Spirit, is currently disciplining His true body of believers (Revelation 3:18-21). Not necessarily a church denomination or even a church at large… but His body of believers in this world (His Ekklesia… or called out ones). Through this process He is also raising up ministers who will eventually manifest His ordained wisdom toward His church and toward His world for such a time as this (Jeremiah 3:15). This ministry toward His church will be His last ditch spiritual effort to minister truth to them before they slide down that final slope of deception. This spiritual manifestation, which will first be directed toward His church, will offer truths which will provoke the great falling away spoken about in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. One of the big truths that will provoke the falling away is the truth that the Lord is going to require His church to endure the entire tribulation period, and to endure until the end (Matthew 10:22). This one truth is going to absolutely decimate the current hypocritical church climate and is going to actually bring healing to God’s true church body. After this poignant truth is preached (along with some others), many “so called” Christians will no longer follow the Lord (John 6:66), but will indeed become enemies of the cross and possibly antichrists (1 John 2:18-19, Philippians 3:18). Everybody… Christians, non Christians, antichrists, Muslims, agnostics and atheists. We are all going through the great tribulation. It is God the Fathers will that the current tribulation church (Christ’s bride) “make herself ready” (Revelation 19:7) by entering and even enduring throughout the tribulation (Psalm 34:18). It will become the church’s willingness, endurance, patience, faith and martyrdom (Revelation 14:12, 20:4, 6:9-11, 7:13-17) throughout the tribulation period that prepares the bride (church) for her groom (Jesus Christ).
So, Gods judgment on His church will be:
1. The current spiritual discipline process that sanctifies the individual Christian believer (Revelation 3:18-22).
2. The final enlightenment and representation of God’s truth that will force believers to accept His absolute will for their lives… to perhaps leave all and follow Christ directly through the tribulation period. By the way, this is no small judgment at all. This ministry judgment (Psalm 9:8) will actually provoke the great falling away.
3. The bride of Christ (His church) making herself ready (Revelation 19:7) by submitting to God the Father and remaining faithful throughout the tribulation period.
These three judgments accumulate in one heck of a judgment. What the church is going to have to endure is a lot harder then simply reading 1 Peter 4:17. God’s judgment on His church is His refining fire (Revelation 3:18-19), and this fire has already personally begun burning in the life of every believer who has unconditionally and wholeheartedly accepted God’s truth. Once the two witnesses come on the scene, a Christian’s acquiescence to the truth process will sanctify their vessels to receive the oil the two witnesses will pour out without measure (Zechariah 4:12-14, Revelation 11, Matthew 25:1-12).
If you read 2 Thessalonians closely, it emphasizes that those who are perishing are perishing because they were not willing to accept the truth, and so be saved. And this is why they are damned, because they believed not in the truth, but had pleasure (continued in) unrighteousness. This scripture also gives reference to “a lie” or possibly… “a wrong focus” that God will allow, for the wicked to eventually to trust in. I am not going to discuss what this lie might be only to say some believe it is the antichrist himself. The lie will obviously be the antichrist’s claim that he is god. I am going to emphasize it is obvious these wicked people are given over to this final lie simply because they were not willing to receive the truth. Again, I believe it will be some kind of end-time ministering event (as well as a powerful witness toward the world) which will prompt the world to alienate themselves from the truth and thus God. God is going to give the inhabitants of this land one more defining, and perhaps dire… chance… to trust in the truth and so be saved. This representation will be a powerful (even binding) representation of the truth, so the people will be without excuse. After this chance is wasted, then at this point the church will have already endured almost 2/3rds of their judgment from God and God, in His righteousness, is going to commence judging the inhabitants of this world who mocked and abandoned His effort to reveal His truth to them. He will usher in His final delusion… and the world, because they ignored His truth, will be conned into believing the delusion is a good thing, and will become utterly deceived by it. Judgment truly begins at the house of God, but then… rolls over to become the world’s judgment as well. Notice 1 Peter 4:17. The verse clearly says judgment will begin at the house of God. But then Peter uses the simple phrase… “…if it first begin at us.” It is important to understand God’s entire process (delusion leading to deception leading to God’s Judgment) happens first in the church, but then leaven’s itself throughout the world.
The Judgment Factor
I would like to emphasize how at this point, first the church, and then the world, are going to be forced to make a choice. The enlightenment period is going to bring the hearers into a closer relationship with the truth. From here on out, the hearers are either going to accept the truth and bear it, or lie to themselves regarding that truth and eventually become deceived in the process. I believe only a specific period of enlightenment from the Lord could set up His consequential judgment. In other words… people and information currently are not in a place for God to bring forth such powerful judgment. Would you judge a ten year old child harshly for not knowing how to operate a vehicle? Of course not, and there currently does not exist enough workable truths in the world right now, not to mention there does not exist enough faithful witnesses in the world right now, for the Lord to commence with such judgments. You can’t just throw a bible in the middle of the room and point to it and then have everyone choose a side. In order for God to arrive at such a place of vehement judgment, there will need to be such a witness of the truth that God has declared that the truths spoken are accurate enough that they are binding, and that His judgments could righteously follow such accurate ministering (Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15, Revelation 11:3). I believe God has and is preparing ministers He will use to shed forth these powerful truths, even comparable to the ministers He used during the book of Acts… and I humbly believe this commentary of beliefs is a foreshadowing of such a ministry.
I also believe the two witnesses of the book of Revelation (chapter 11) bear witness to the necessity of a righteous witness existing prior to judgment. The book of Deuteronomy bears witness in two different places 17:6, 19:15, that judgment must not happen unless two witnesses bear witness against the accused. Is it a coincidence that right before God’s righteous end time judgment on the world that two witnesses arise and testify, through both signs and wonders, that God is righteous in His Judgment. Even God holds Himself to the truth of the scriptures (Psalms 138:2). He won’t even judge the world until two witnesses arise to testify to His righteous judgment (Revelation 11:7)!
Right now… we don’t even have signs and wonders following the truths we preach, so how do you suppose that God is going to start backing our words with incredible judgments. God doesn’t even back our words with His miracles, let alone His everlasting judgments. Wisdom teaches had God given us a clear direction in the Bible He was going to begin His Judgment with a powerful ministry of enlightenment, then we as a church over the last 2000 years would be lusting after such a time. We would not offer God faith that pleases Him, but would mark those passages in the Bible and quote them every fifteen minutes. In other words… if God is going to allow a time of enlightenment to enlighten the inhabitants of the land before His judgment, He was wise not to specify those truths in the Bible. These scriptures existing would not only take faith totally out of the equation, but would also cause many to miss quote and lust after such a period… turning the movement into an idol, rather than a faith process. If this time of enlightenment does happen, then God was righteous to shield it from us, so that our faith would search and so we would come to an understanding of this period through a diligent search, and not through some carnal apprehension.
I was led to write this interpretation because of the judgments (delusions leading to deception) that are already impacting us on a grand scale. We must always remember that Jesus’ first words regarding the end times were, “Be not deceived.” (Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5, Luke 21:8) God’s usage of delusions leading to deception is huge throughout scripture (2 Thessalonians 2:3, Job 12:16, Matthew 15:14) and becomes central to our purposes on the earth currently. I would not put 100% stock in all that I said in this interpretation. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:9 that we know in part and we prophesy in part. Whatever I do, I do in part. But deception is too real to sideline or rationalize away. We must all take heed lest we fall, and remain driven to search out the Lord in all His fullness. God is looking for such to worship Him, in spirit and in truth. We must not mock God by feeling we understand everything or that we have a comfortable lock on everything. In these last days, the Bible says that even some of the elect are going to be enticed against the truth. Remain open to the possibility that you have much to learn, and much to consider. Remain open to the possibility of God opening some doors you didn’t think would be opened. If in these last days the devil is going to have the authority do his dirty work… then don’t you think it righteous that God is going to reserve some authority of His own to raise up some sort of standard against the enemy and for the truth? Is God left without a witness, either in standard or in truth (Isaiah 59:19)?
I have no evidence that God is going to
bring a huge enlightened move to this earth, but my faith tells me it would be
unrighteous to commence judgment when most people don’t even have a witness
that the truth is indeed the truth.
Often times, you can’t require the truth from someone unless there has
been an adequate representation of the truth.
Has there been an adequate representation of the truth? Don’t we look at our neighbors and judge them
righteous when they have doubts about God, especially since they have witnessed
our hypocrisy over and over and over again?
Although I fully believe in The Spirit’s ability to save the soul (not
to mention the conscience), even separate from the church’s hypocrisy, I don’t
believe this becomes the final standard or authority God wants projected. God did not raise up a church body because He
desires to work separately from us. God
sent John the Baptist to be a forerunner to Jesus Christ for a reason. John bore witness to the truth (John
Possibly a John the Baptist ministry would greatly help at this point, to qualify us for God’s righteous judgment. Perhaps a John the Baptist ministry could be the move of enlightenment I have referred to, arriving first to the church and then rolling over toward the world… God only knows. But God, in His marvelous ways, has allowed something like this before. I firmly conclude a truth ministry toward the church (and a truth witness toward the world) is desperately needed right now… and our prayers, supplications and petitions should settle for nothing less.