The Epidemic of Deception :: By Jonathan Brentner

The Epidemic of Deception :: By Jonathan Brentner

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As the spirit of the antichrist gains more strength in our world each and every day, it helps to remember what Jesus said about the one behind it, the devil himself.

In John 8:44, Jesus characterized Satan as “a murderer from the beginning” and “a liar and the father of lies.” The news headlines of our day bear witness to the truth of Jesus’ words. The killing of innocents and deceitfulness go hand in hand.

When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the end of the age and of His coming, the first words were, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). A little later in the same discourse, the Lord spoke of the great deception that will happen during the Tribulation period (Matthew 24:24):

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

The Apostle Paul, when he began to speak of the appearance of the antichrist in the last days, echoed the words of Jesus in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no one deceive you in any way.” A little later in the same chapter, He said this about the coming “man of lawlessness”:

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2:9-10).

In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul warned of “deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” that would appear in the last days.

Scripture is remarkably clear about this: the time leading up to the seven-year Tribulation, as well as the period itself, will be marked by overwhelming and widespread deception.

As we look around us, it’s unmistakable that this has reached epidemic levels, which signifies that we live in the shadow of the coming seven-year Tribulation.

The Duplicity of the Globalists

We witness the deceitfulness of the powerbrokers in the way they say one thing but behave in a radically different manner. Below are several examples of their duplicity.

In my post, Deadly Delusions: 5 Lies the Globalists Want you to Believe, I demonstrate that while the globalists say they want “democracy and freedom,” their goal is a Marxist Communist state that will enslave the people of the world.

The seventeen goals of the UN’s Agenda 2030 unveil their purpose to control the lives of everyone on the planet. The Great Reset of the World Economic Forum presupposes a world swallowed up in chaos and lawlessness from which they can construct a world order that will enslave humanity.

The elite repeatedly tell us that their goal is to save the planet. They would have us believe that they care deeply about the environment, and thus they instruct us to change our way of life based on this.

Do their actions match their words? No, and it’s not even close. Many of the globalists build or purchase mansions on the waterfront; they have no worries about rising sea levels. They fly everywhere in private jets consuming a great amount of fuel and emitting a lot of CO2.

I have come to the conclusion that the deep state in America is purposely attacking the environment. The train accident in East Palestine, Ohio, is just one of many incidents where trains have spilled hazardous materials into nature during the past several weeks. As I write, there’s a barge carrying methanol that’s slowly sinking into the Ohio River.

The growing number of fires at chemical plants is also alarming. The one that happened two years ago, several miles from where I live, appears to be just the beginning of a rash of such incidents around the world.

There are far too many fires and “accidents” involving hazardous substances for me to accept that they are all coincidences.

The ones crying the loudest to preserve the environment are the ones currently attacking it. (I haven’t yet mentioned the spraying of chemicals into the air to supposedly block the sun.)

After every school shooting, the left would have us believe they really care about the safety of our children and that guns are evil. However, they fiercely support the murder of children in the womb, vote against all measures protecting infants who survive abortions, and surround themselves with people carrying guns for their protection while denying that same protection for our school children.

Furthermore, how can President Biden call for limitations on guns when he left behind billions of dollars’ worth of far more deadly weapons for the murderous terrorists in Afghanistan?

(Update: The Biden administration has turned the Nashville school shooting into just the opposite of what happened. Somehow a transgender killing Christians became a message of the transgenders needing protection against those who see it as sin.)

The globalists refer to those who refuse the COVID-19 injections as “murderers” while ignoring the fact that these shots have killed and maimed a huge multitude of people. Every day, young adults and teenagers suddenly drop dead as a result of this so-called “vaccine.” Yet the media constantly lies to us by telling us they are safe and effective. They are anything but that.

The globalists in the U.S. tell us that our economy is strong while at the same time, we see banks failing, rampant inflation, and skyrocketing credit card debt as families fall behind trying to keep food on the table. The U.S. dollar faces a serious crisis as nations move away from it in their purchases of oil.

I could list several more instances regarding the duplicity of those that seek to control our lives. They clearly represent the spirit of the antichrist.

Jesus Is Coming Soon

The deception pandemic is but one of many signs pointing to Jesus’ soon appearing to take His Church up to glory. Is it not remarkable how it’s preparing the world for the arrival of the master of deceit himself, the antichrist?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8, Paul tells us that this man of lawlessness can’t appear on the world stage until the Restrainer is removed. Most prophecy writers and speakers, along with myself, believe that the Restrainer is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in New Testament saints. He will not leave the earth when Jesus comes for His Church, but His work at holding back the antichrist, and far worse trickery, will end.

World events seem ready to explode with nuclear wars, pestilences, and hyperinflation. Warnings abound of future deadly earthquakes, the volcano at Yellowstone Park that could potentially kill tens of millions, and the pole shift that could set off a series of cataclysmic events all around the globe that will shock all those not killed in the aftermath.

When will the world see the full force of such disasters? I believe the Lord is restraining the onset of these things until He removes His church and the day of His wrath begins.

I’m sure some regard me as the “boy who cried wolf.” However, the Bible says all these catastrophes, and many more, are coming to our world in the future. For now, God is warning those who will listen and providing more time for people to respond to the Gospel and miss the worst time in the history of the world.

I would rather warn people and have there be a delay than remain silent and not repeat what Scripture says about the days in which we live.

Jesus is my risen Savior; He can give you bright hope for tomorrow regardless of the threats that come our way from a fallen world. His Word, the Bible, is our source of truth in a world where deceit reigns.

If you have not yet put your trust in Jesus (or are reading this after the Rapture of the Church), please see my post, Jesus Is the Only Path to Eternal Life. In it, I explain how you can know for sure that Jesus has forgiven all your sins and that you possess eternal life.


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