The coming of the lawless oneis according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason GOD will send them strong delusion, that they should beleive the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not beleive the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 THESSALONIANS 2: 9-12, nkjv.
Our GOD is in the business of truth. Deception can never be any part of that business. Yet this passage tells of a time when GOD will send " strong delusion, that they should believe the lie...." The time of that delusion will come during the Antichrist's reign, particularly during the latter half of the Tribulation.
All through the Bible, GOD reveala His truth. In fact, Paul said, "Long ago GOD spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son" (HEBREWS 1:1-2). Peter concurs when he said, " You must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from GOD" (2 PETER 1: 20 -21).
Obviously, GOD was revealing truth all through the 1,600 years that He inspired more than forty authors to write the Bible. That revelation, consisting of sixty-six books, is without doubt the most authentic ancient book ever written. So why, when GOD characteristically reveals the truth, would He give deception to mankind?
The time element of this deception is not hard to discern; it is after the man of sin has been revealed and just before the LORD JESUS returns to this earth to consume the Antichrist with His power. Whenever you consider this short seven year period of the wrath of GOD on earth, remember its purpose. It is designed by GOD with the precise purpose of forcing the world to make a decision to accept or reject CHRIST just prior to the Millennium.
to be continued......