By N. Brad Carter, JR PE / guest columnist
The Meridian Star
The age in which we live continues to shadow the reality of life. Have you ever heard the word hypocrite, which means actor? Have you heard the word expression or description that another person is so false?
Sometimes we say that our children are playing a game of make believe. How often in real life do we find ourselves wanting to be out of a situation in which we are simply playing out a fairy tale?
As we look at the enormity of today’s real world in comparison with the sales pitch described by the media and people all around us we wonder; is this all there is in life? Do we actually know what is happening in another part of the world?
In the real world we know that if we have $100 dollars in our bank account and try to spend $200 our check will be bounced and we will be charged an extra $35 for handling charges. We send educated and highly qualified individuals to run the federal government and soon find how stupid they actually are when they cannot balance a check book as they continue to live in la la land of projected budgets and short falls.
In the second letter to Thessalonica, chapter 2, the Apostle Paul said in responding to the community, don’t become alarmed that some teach that Christ has already come. There were false claims shortly after the death of Christ that alarmed people and Paul gave some reality checks for that day and the age to come. Paul refutes this claim and lays out a number of items which say, watch out for these things that will happen.
First, he says, the day of the coming of the Lord will not come until there is a great rebellion against God. It has begun, yet it is not here. Second, the man of lawlessness has not been revealed—the one who brings destruction (the anti-Christ, the Mahdi, or Henry Kissinger’s proposal for a New World Order).
This one world leader will sit in the temple of God, but there is not a temple today. Thirdly, something is holding him back (many believe the Church) or something else must happen before the false Christ can reveal himself. Secretly, though, this lawless spirit is already at work.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 states that this man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He is still secret and not in sight. Paul continues with, He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction. The concluding thought in verse 11 reads, So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.
Israel Today has an article with lead title, “Arabs Realizing Israel Is Not the Enemy.” Do not be deceived. Saudi Arabia and the Sunnis want the U.S. and Israel to fight for them. Do Not be deceived. Muslim President Obama will never be able to divorce himself from his allegiance to Islam.
Thus, the destruction of America’s finance and military will aid in taking down America. Do not be deceived. America has lost its’ money tree and we will not be able to balance the budget again. Do not be deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13 reads, But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. In the last days there will be very difficult times, but the Apostle Paul said, the Lord rescued me from all of it. God will do the same for you.
May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing.
N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.