Commentary By: Gordon King
How can we know the truth from lies? The world is full of people who are out to deceive, powerful people, regular people, people from all walks of life. If we believe everything that we hear, then what is to keep us from being deceived ourselves?
As time marches on the world will become more and more evil, more wicked, and full of more and more deception! It is up to each and every one of us to be able to discern the truth from lies, no one else will do it for us.
And if Satan and his demons can transform themselves into angels of light, then we better be darn sure that we are able to discern! We must know the truth, we must know lies when we hear them, and we must be able to sort them all out.
What we see on television and in the movies is not always the truth, and in fact I would bet that most of the time it’s not! However, this is where most people in the world get their information, and as such form their opinions about the world around them.
As the world gets darker the chaos, confusion, and deception becomes more intense. And the closer we get to the beginning of the Tribulation period the more and more this will be the case and it most certainly is.
It’s not easy living in this world, and it’s even harder for the believer. Those of the world follow world views, they go with the flow, but for the believer it’s just the opposite, or at least it should be. We not only have to contend with tribulations in this life but also with the lies and deceptions of the world! And on top of all that we have to contend with unbelievers persecutions against us as well.
This is a most vital time for believers in Jesus Christ to know without a doubt what is the truth and what is a lie. We must not just guess, we must know! The word of God is given to us so that we would know, and the Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth. Each and every believer has the Holy Spirit living within them, we can listen or we can ignore, we can follow God’s lead or we can be led by the world and we know who the ruler of the world is. The Holy Spirit is within us so that we would know the truth, so that we would be able to discern, but we also need God’s written word, it is not only informative but enlightening and powerful in the life of a believer.
If we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us then we will be able to discern, we must not grieve the Holy Spirit by disobeying God, but by following God’s ways, by knowing God’s word, and by being led by the Spirit of Truth!
Evil times are coming, they are headed our way, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out (they probably wouldn’t anyway). Holy scripture tells us that these things are coming, it tells us that things will get worse and worse leading up to the beginning of the Tribulation period, and much, much worse during the Tribulation period.
I for one do not believe that the church will be here during the Tribulation period, for we are not appointed to wrath but to salvation through Jesus Christ. We are to take comfort in knowing that we will not endure the wrath of God, but that He is coming to take us home before that time. To me this is very comforting to know, however if I believed that we must go through the Tribulation period then I find no comfort in that, in fact just the opposite!
The beginning of the Tribulation period is started by the confirming of a covenant by the Antichrist, this begins the wrath of God upon a wicked world, upon a world in rebellion against God, not upon God’s precious children. And as far as I know this has not happened yet, the rapture of the church is imminent! Nothing in this world needs to happen before the rapture of the church takes place, nothing.
With all of that being said, we will still live in a world with great deceptions, with many lies, with chaos and confusion, and all of it getting much worse until we are taken home. We must be prepared to stand firm in our faith, to take a defensive posture in fighting the enemy, to not be led astray, to contend for our faith. We must fight off the fiery darts of the enemy, and the way to do that is by putting on the whole armor of God, by praying without ceasing, by having faith in God and His promises to us, by knowing what God tells us is the truth, and the truth shall set you free!
I am not writing these things to give you fear, just the opposite, to give you encouragement, faith, and knowledge of the truth, in order to be well equipped to live in the world around you when times get dark. We are fighting against spiritual darkness, darkness which seeks to destroy what is holy and righteous. And we must always remember that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!