By Dennis Huebshman
In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, “The coming of the lawless one (final antichrist) is by the power of satan with all power and false signs and wonders; (10) and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (lost souls), because they refused to love the Truth (Jesus), and so be saved. (11) Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion so that they may believe what is false, (12) in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (emphasis mine)
For those who are wondering why I am starting out with these verses, I witnessed something just a few days ago that stood the hair up on the back of my neck. I believe we (all believers) are not long to be here.
First and foremost, the country was founded with the right to worship, or not, in whatever manner a citizen wished to, as long as it did not cause actual harm to anyone else. Overall, the Lord God Jehovah was recognized by most as giving His blessings on this new nation, and the constitution was written by numerous righteous persons. Freedom OF Religion was established, not Freedom FROM Religion, as many atheistic and satanic groups would have us believe.
In the sinking society of today, anything that pertains to Jesus or Christianity is being challenged as somehow “unconstitutional”. For someone not to believe in the Savior, Heavenly Father or Holy Spirit, that is their right of choice. However, this does not give them a free license to attack me for my beliefs, and my right to honor and worship the Savior as the Bible instructs me to do so.
We have witnessed prayer taken out of schools, memorial crosses being challenged, nativity scenes bringing lawsuits, and Christian businesses being persecuted. Several professions have especially been targeted, such as photographers, bakers, florists along with larger Christian owned businesses such as Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby. A lot of time and money has been required to fight these issues in court, and some have even made it the U.S. Supreme Court. Even when the rulings have been in favor of the Christians, the radical left still tries to shut them down with any means possible.
What I saw the other day was something I would not have believed would happen in my lifetime. There’s a congressional hearing taking place, and the liberal chairman had a witness take an oath to tell the truth. It was very obvious at the end of the oath that the phrase, “So Help Me God” was removed. A conservative congressman objected to this and requested that the oath be re-administered, with the proper phrase included. He noted that this has been in all oaths given in congressional hearings since the formation of this country well over 200 years ago. The chairman refused, and another extremely left liberal congressman joined in stating the oath will no longer have that phrase if his party has anything to do with it. God is being deleted!
This country has been sliding downward for quite a while, but more rapidly starting with the previous presidential administration. That president went around the world apologizing for America’s so-called “improper conduct”. He actually made the declaration that this was no longer a “Christian nation”. Any celebrations at the White House during his administration notably left out anything Christian.
As a qualifier, Donald Trump is definitely no angel. However, when I look in a mirror, I can say the same about the image that is looking back at me. There was only one human that lived a perfect sinless life, and He was hung on a cross for all sinners such as me. In case there’s anyone out there who believes they are living a sinless life, I invite them to read Romans 3:23, “for ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” That’s every other human that has ever lived, or will ever live on this earth. The only exception is the Son of Man, Jesus the Christ, also the Son of God.
No, Donald Trump has not led a perfect life, and readily admits he has not been perfect. However, he is not afraid to proclaim his belief in the Savior, and has brought prayer back into the White House. Several top Christian leaders have sat down with our President, and they say he is sincere about his faith. Also, he has a Vice President and others in his administration who are not afraid to profess Jesus is Lord.
President Trump honors Israel, and has even proclaimed Jerusalem is the rightful capital of that country. Something no other president has had the courage or foresight to do. He also recognizes the Golan as part of Israel, and shows respect to the Jewish leaders. No, it’s not a perfect relationship, but far better than before. As a result, America has shown an increase in our economy, and the world has a newer respect for us. It will not last very long with all the attempts of the radical left to take our President down. Satan is going full speed to get his agenda rolling. By all standards, Donald Trump should have lost that election, but I believe the Father put him in office to give us a bit more time to come to repentance. When Trump announced he was running for the office, everyone took it as a joke – Except For God!
I believe we are seeing 2 Peter 3:9 as it was intended to be interpreted. The Father does not want anyone to fail, and is being patient with us to allow all who will to call on the Name of the Lord. (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:9-13). He will in no way force anyone to accept Him, but allows a free choice.
With all the anti-God; anti-Jesus; anti-Christian activity increasing significantly, I do not believe the Father is going to put up with much more. For the first time in my lifetime, satan is being openly worshiped, and there are Churches of Satan opening around the country. Satanic statues are being erected in some areas where local government buildings have displayed the 10 Commandments. There are no Christians protesting this that I have heard of. The world is being primed for the appearance of the final antichrist.
Jesus knew there would be a turning away from anything that pertains to Him, and it is very evident that is happening today. So-called “religious evangelicals” are accepting alternate lifestyles that have been declared an abomination by the Father. They are stating the bible has been misinterpreted all these centuries, and that in fact, God actually honors this behavior. They also proclaim all religions worship the same god. The heresy of this is unbelievable, yet is being accepted more and more by those who do not want to confront the sin in their lives. God does not change His mind. What was abominable in the beginning, is still unacceptable today.
Every day, I start out with the same short prayer before getting started. “Father, if today is the day we are called Home by our Savior, it will not be too early!” I know God wants no one to fail, and for everyone to be saved; but even Jesus knew the majority would not accept Him and would end up on that broad path that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13-14) It is evident there is a turning away, and false prophets and antichrists are abounding. Worship services in many churches are becoming stage productions with up-beat feel good music, but no real biblical substance.
I could go on and on, but in the end one thing is for certain; man can try all he wants to Delete God, but that doesn’t make the Father go away. All prophecy is just about completely fulfilled before the end of this age comes about. The world will soon go into a terrible 7-year period of time called the “Tribulation” or the “Wrath of God”. As believers, we can have the calm assurance that the Father will not put us through that wrath. We will be removed (Raptured) prior to the antichrist’s appearance. Congress can try to leave God out, but in the end, they will be the ones “evicted” – right into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Before it’s too late, call out to the Lord to be your savior. Jesus is the only way that we will be able to come to the Father (John 14:6).
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!