Pilate spoke those immortal words in John 18:38: “What is truth?”.
This question is one that many of us ask ourselves every day as we watch the various media channels, where there is an abundance of fake news and deliberate misinformation. People are often referring to “their truth” not absolute truth.
In the bible, we read, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
In Matthew, when Jesus was asked about the end times, he said, “Take heed that no man deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)
Deception is a hallmark of the end times.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, it says, “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.”
The point here is that they didn’t love the truth and because they didn’t love the truth, they were sent strong deception.
This is what we see happening today. Those who hold to biblical values are called bigots or hypocrites. Then there are those, as the bible says in Philippians 3:19, “Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”
The devil is at work with greater urgency than ever before. In Revelation, we read, “For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)
So, what is the Devils plan? How do we know he’s at work?
- Division. When was the first division? In Heaven! The Devil caused the first division in the universe. That is why God cannot bless division – it tore Heaven apart. But it is also the reason why where there is unity, he commands the blessing. When we see division on every hand, we know the Devil is at work.
- Pro EU, anti-EU
- Pro Brexit, anti-Brexit
- Climate change
- Extinction rebellion
- Pro vax, anti-vax
- Pro Israel, anti-Israel, etc.
- Deception. The Devil deceived Eve. He is a liar from the beginning and the father of all lies. We need to be very aware that he will attack our unity with deception as he did with God and Man in the garden.
3. Delusion. Eve, and then Adam, believed a lie. We must be sure that we don’t also buy the Devil’s lies. We need to do as Jesus did and confront the Devil with scripture. We have a choice to believe his lies, which is what the world says or thinks, or we can believe in the word of Jesus.
In Deuteronomy 6, we read that the Jews are instructed to bind God’s word on their forehead, between their eyes, and on their hand. This covers what they think, see or do.
In Psalm, David said, “Your word have I hidden in my heart.” (Psalm 119:11)
My message is simple. The enemy knows his time is short. He will attack us with division, deception, and delusion. We can resist all of this if we know the truth, Jesus and his word, and LOVE the truth, Jesus, and his word.