Updated: May 11, 2021
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
“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 used to wonder about these prophetic verses. Not anymore. I used to wonder why God would send a delusion (prophesied to occur during the last days) that would lead people to believe a lie. Not anymore. I understand the intent of the delusion. That intent, in part, is to expose who these people are. It is to expose and confirm those people who want the lie. Likewise, it is to expose and confirm those who reject the truth. God just makes it easier for them to believe the lie they want to believe. Ultimately, it is to expose their unrighteousness and damn them eternally.
There is no better example of this than what happened in our nation’s capital. Rather than accept the reality of an election … the truth … people were misled to commit acts of violence by the vile narcissists they choose to believe in. Truth played no part in their violence. It was all based upon a lie. God’s command to live peaceably (Micah 6:8; Romans 12:18) was rejected in as flagrant a manner as possible. Looking at what happened, it is no longer a wonder to me how the Antichrist will secure such a tremendous following. The principle is the same. It will be based on lies.
I remain, however, astounded at what people will believe or accept as truth. It is abundantly clear, to me at least, that some people will accept as truth anything from those they idolize, blindly support, look up to or, worship. And they rationalize their decision and actions by using all sorts of means at their disposal … violence, unjust laws, cries of patriotism, political preference, unsupportable hearsay, outright lies, and even the Holy Bible and some of its ministers.
Some people will believe anything simply because they want to. As Christians, we are to keep truth close to our hearts (Proverbs 11:20) … even if we don’t like it. The truth will always come to light. You cannot hide it (Luke 8:17). Truth is not flexible, nor is it subjective. Neither time nor circumstance will change it. Truth must be consistent with the objective Word of God or it is not the truth!