The Bible identifies a process by which we see the deterioration of “the heart of man is evil above all things” (Jer 17:9 from a glorification of evil into a falsely divine (God-commanded) world rule. The evil person (in this case an entire religion) first deceives and then is led into delusion which makes the deception stronger. It leads to damnation according to a process one finds in 2 Thessalonians for both individuals and nations.You will recognize the passage as a King James reference to a “strong delusion.” But I found the best translation in Phillip’s online. (I checked all the other English translations at Bible Gateway and not one of them was as clear as this one.)
2 Thess 2:5-12 – I expect you remember now how I talked about this when I was with you. You will probably also remember how I used to talk about a “restraining power” which would operate until the time should come for the emergence of this man. (Modern people call this restraint the Holy Spirit.)
Evil is already insidiously at work but its activities are restricted until what I have called the “restraining power” (of God) is removed. When that happens the lawless man will be plainly seen (this is proof we are in the last days because the veil has been taken away that was covering the evil of Islam)- though the truth of the Lord Jesus spells his doom, and the radiance of the coming of the Lord Jesus will be his utter destruction. (Possibly a reference to the glory.)
“The lawless man is produced by the spirit of evil and armed with all the force, wonders and signs that falsehood can devise. To those involved in this dying world he will come with evil’s undiluted power to deceive, for they have refused to love the truth which could have saved them. God sends upon them, therefore, the full force of evil’s delusion, so that they put their faith in an utter fraud and meet the inevitable judgment of all who have refused to believe the truth and who have made evil their play-fellow.” (quoted from Booksie.com)
Before we pitch this out as so much religious hype, consider the Islamic radicals who insist that the world feed and house them in exchange for wanton sexual license, rape, murder, incest and bestiality with special attention to destroying Jews and Christians. The delusion leads to a depravity that would embarrass the animal kingdom. At least that is what is happening in Europe and soon to come to America. To the Western mind this is totally impossible.
Daniel 4:18-34 (NASB)
1. 18 This is the dream which I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, inasmuch as none of the wise men of my kingdom is able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.’
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
I include the entire passage because most readers will breeze over it as so much magic from ancient times. As we plow towards the final days of Man this phenomenon becomes a part of our rational world, the bestiality of human beings and their implacable response to reason. In the book of Daniel the King received one year’s warning and then sank into depravity until that point where he acknowledged that God, not he, is the ruler of the world. By extension we can assume that this is the penalty we should expect to see on secular humanism which makes man a god.
But you do not need to be a king to have this happen. Delusion does not always require you to eat grass, only that you consume in your mind ideas which are based solely on your own self-concept as all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control of the consequences of your acts. We have no trouble identifying leaders who are eating the grass of self-glorification, wielding power over other human beings simply because they can, always to the end of their own self-glorification.
Daniel flags a warning to us all. Yes, you can clone people and sheep; yes you can allow unlimited murder of the innocents, early death for those who demand it, unlimited drug supplies for nearly any excuse, and the financing of evil apparently without consequence. But no. There is a consequence. Nebuchadnezzar saw the light. There is, after all, no free lunch.
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