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by Wayne Blank
"Truth will make you free"
Carnal-minded humans reject God's Truth and God's Law, sometimes to the extreme that they knowingly demand lies and illusions in place of the Truth, as in this example of the ancient Israelites, who were very modern in their rebellion toward God. "Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions" is as prevalent today as when Isaiah recorded this centuries ago:
"For they are a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who will not hear the instruction of The Lord; who say to the seers, "See not"; and to the Prophets, "Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more of the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 30:9-11 RSV)
Repentant people are no longer shackled by illusions. God's people have been set free.
"If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:31-32 RSV)
The carnal-minded people of the world in the time just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ (see also Could Christ Return Tonight?) are going to be deceived by many powerful illusions. On the other hand, those who read, and live by, the Word of God already know that they're going to happen and will not be fooled by them when they do. Examples of the many great Satanic deceptions that are coming:
"For False Christs and False Prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Lo, I have told you beforehand." (Matthew 24:24-25 RSV)
Fact Finder: What is going to happen to the "beast" and his "false prophet" who are going to "work the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image"?