As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. . . .
“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.
“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man,” (Matthew 24:3-27, emphasis mine).
Jesus is talking about the End Times. Mark chapter 13 contains the same discussion, but adds: “You must be on your guard,” (verse 9). And: “Be on guard! Be alert!” (verse 33) and again: “What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (verse 37).
Jesus is warning His disciples (which includes us) as sternly as possible to be ready because there is a Great Deception coming. And since it will be backed up by great signs and wonders, many people will be fooled. There is a danger that even believers might be fooled.
So what is this Great Deception? I believe it has to do with the Rapture. I’ve written before that there is going to be such great chaos in the wake of the Rapture that people will be struggling just to survive (see The Rapture and the World Left Behind).
The Ferguson rioting and the protests and riots that spread across the US this past fall is just a glimpse of how violent things will become in the immediate aftermath of the Rapture, when all the world’s electronics are rendered useless. When I heard the verdict on the Ferguson case, I turned to Mom and said, “They’re going to use this as an excuse to loot stores.” And they did. I don’t believe that it was 100 percent honest protest, though there was that. Some people goad the protesting crowd into a riot just for the opportunity it gives them to get away with robbery.
The lawlessness will be even worse than that in the immediate aftermath of the Rapture because the Rapture will remove the presence of the Holy Spirit by removing us out of the world. In that moment, all the anger, fear, bitterness, rage, frustration, hatred, shame, and fury will suddenly have free reign. People will act on those negative emotions with violence. There will be untold numbers of assaults, rapes, and murders in broad daylight in the streets. People you know, people you like, people you trust, some of them will be taken over by an insane murderous rage.
Some people you look to for protection will be the very people who turn into killing machines. Police officers (not all of them) will shoot to kill innocent men, women, and children. Some firefighters will start fires, targeting banks, government buildings, and infrastructure like bus and train stations, airports, power stations, and water treatment facilities. Many in the armed forces will go on killing rampages.
I don’t know how long the electric power will be out, but it could be months. Likewise, I don’t know if the fried electronics of battery-powered devices will be disabled temporarily or permanently, but it could be permanently.
This will be the antichrist’s opportunity to unite the world under his power because he will restore order in a world gone violently and psychotically mad. He will take power and will probably use supernatural powers to stop the violence by suddenly ending the lives of the people who had turned into psychotic killers. He will then enforce martial law. And people will be grateful for it. Yes, after the murder, mayhem, and real anarchy they’ve seen, people will be grateful for martial law. They will happily give up all their ideas about democracy to this man because he will appear to be the savior of mankind.
And this will lead to the Great Deception because the Rapture will actually tear the veil that currently separates the spirit world from earth. The specific part of the spirit world that will be revealed is the second heaven, where the enemy currently dwells (the first heaven is our sky). He is called the prince of the power of the air because he lives above the earth. He is able to come down to earth briefly, but after the Rapture, he will have free access.
Although the second heaven is in the upper atmosphere around earth, it is physically part of a fifth dimension (Einstein stated that time is the fourth dimension of our physical reality). There are dimensions beyond the fifth, and that is where Heaven and God’s Throne is. When evil was found in the enemy and he mounted a rebellion against God, he fell from those higher dimensions into the fifth dimension. As it would be easy for a four dimensional creature (i.e. a human being) to look down upon a creature of three dimensions (a flat creature), so it is easy for the enemy to look down upon our world without being seen.
What will it look like when the veil separating us from the second heaven rips? The world is already being prepared for that day, and we haven’t even known it. Here’s how we’re being prepared:
- Movies like ET, Avatar, Star Wars, Alien, X-Men, Batman, Species, Spiderman, My Stepmother is an Alien, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, just to name a few.
- Television shows like X-Files, Dr. Who, Stargate, Alien Nation, The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Star Trek.
- Music like E.T. (follow the link and check out the lyrics to that song), Starman, I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper, Extraterrestrial Lover, and Alien Lover.
- Video games like Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, Alien Abduction, and Planetary Conquest.
- Books (and book series) like Ender’s Game, Dune, and Twilight. Thanks to that last one, there is now a whole genre called Sci-fi Romance.
A lot of people have seen UFO’s, some have seen aliens, and there are many cases of alien abductions. I believe that these are real. The reason that there doesn’t seem to be much credible evidence is because of the extradimensional place where these things are coming from: the second heaven.
Consider this: a magician convinces people that they have seen “magic” by doing two things simultaneously. While one hand is busy hiding the object, the other is distracting the audience’s eyes so that they don’t see what that first hand is doing.
Forewarned is forearmed. Be ready for these lies and you will not fall prey to them or to the one who spews those lies. Most of all, keep a repentant heart and be ready for the Rapture. Any day, any time now, Jesus will come to Rapture His Bride away. But we’ve got to be ready (see the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13). The Spirit and the Bride say: “Come!” (Revelation 22:17). God is good!