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Today's Christian thought: Tuesday October 28th, 2003

Deceit, deceived.

I would like you to think about something for a moment. There are around 325 million people in the USA. If the Lord were to rapture His church right this minute, how many of those 325 million do you think would be raptured? My guess, and don't let this influence your guess, would be in the neighborhood of a million, maybe less.

When you think back in US history to the 1600's, a time when the majority of the people were either of Pilgrim or Puritan stock, a time when close to 80 percent or more were professing Bible believing Christians, you have to wonder what happened. How has it come about that we have become so secular? How is that the God of Creation has been banned from the lives of our country, that it is actually illegal to display the Ten Commandments in a publicly owned building?

So what has happened to us? What has happened to the Christian community in the USA? Our mainstream denominational churches have so watered down the Gospels and the word of God that they are becoming unrecognizable to those of us who read and study God's word. We have become a nation flooded with the cults of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Episcopalian, UCC, Bahai, etc. We have huge Buddhist and Hindu communities, communities of witches, and earth worshipers, and a President that while professing to be Born Again, attends churches where women preach and Islam and abortion are embraced.

What happened? Or a better question would be, what is happening?

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"

And the woman said unto the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."

And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:1-6)

And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:11)

What happened 6,400 years ago was that satan deceived Eve. Now, let's look at a prophecy of end times.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

From such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:1-13)

Through the ages satan has used deceit and persecution against the people of God. He started with deceit, by deceiving Eve, then he went to severe persecution. What if what satan has in store for the USA is not persecution, but deceit? What if the reason our churches have become nothing more than whited sepulchres is because satan has so deceived much of the clergy that they are preaching into his hands and deceiving the people of the USA to such an extent that less than 1 out or 325 are Born Again Christians?

What if instead of using persecution against the Christians in the USA satan is content to use deceit? For after all it was his use of deceit that started the fall of mankind, so why not use deceit as his last tool as well. Through the use of deceit, satan has, through his pawns in our governments, just about destroyed our moral compass in this country. We as a nation embrace abortion, homosexuality, promiscuous sex, and adultery. He has convinced us that there are no absolute truths and that we, as humans, are no better than any other life on earth. I am becoming more and more convinced that for the USA, satan is content to use deceit.

If that is right, then I was wrong in saying that the tribulation will not begin until persecution has come to Christians in the USA. Do you understand what I am saying? Do you understand that if satan is willing to rely only upon deceit in the USA and not persecution, then the time is even shorter than we before believed.

It means we had best redouble our evangelical works, for the Lord could rapture His church, come for His bride, at any moment.

Lord, please help me to understand, give me the Bread of Thy word, give me knowledge, wisdom and understanding of Thy word. Amen.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.

The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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