2nd Thessalonians 2 assures us that the Day of the Lord would not come until “the rebellion” occurs and the coming world leader is exposed. This chapter also informs us that “the secret power of lawlessness” is already at work.
We know that great deception is coming on the Earth (and by great I mean worse than it already is). So great that it would deceive even God’s elect, if that were possible (Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22). In fact, those who refuse to love the truth will be handed over by God Himself to powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie (2 Thess> 2:11). What lie? The lie sold by the signs and wonders served up by the future world dictator, called in the Bible (among many other titles) the man of lawlessness, the son of perdition and the beast.
I try to avoid using the most popular euphemism for this individual (‘the antichrist”) because the term implies that it’s obvious he is against the Messiah. That is the truth, but it will be far from obvious. The enemy has never been honest or transparent (though his servants sometimes promise as much). In the minds of most people he will be the Messiah.
The majority of people who comprise the Church in our generation are vulnerable to the coming deception.
It’s alarming to observe how congregations all over the world are setting themselves up to be deceived by the coming lie. The rebellion is happening right before our eyes but, just like the powers behind it, it has been so subtle most of us haven’t even noticed. And I’m not just talking about the liturgical denominations, so fixated on superficial fetishes, so spiritually dead, and so hostile to Biblical principles that a smooth-talking genius with demonstrable supernatural power is going to blow their minds and easily turn them against the truth they never loved in the first place.
I mean evangelicals are set up to fall for this lie, too. They are being set up from the pulpit, and don’t have the Biblical antibodies to know better.
In fact, growing numbers of them don’t even trust in the Bible.
One component of this heretical deception is dominion theology. Instead of Jesus literally returning to defeat Satan and establish God’s kingdom here on Earth, dominionists believe that the Church will conquer the world, defeat Satan, and then the Messiah will establish His kingdom.
I should attack this and other heresies that are part of the deception in detail in future posts. But for the Biblically literate, it is obvious just from that short summary that to believe dominion theology, you either have to dismiss a huge percentage of the Bible out of hand, pervert what it says, or allegorize it to meaninglessness. These are consistent tactics for selling a false gospel, and will also be addressed.
Also from this short summary it should be evident that these people who think they can make the world a utopia by their own strength (or with the help of a spirit they will call holy) and through political efforts will fall right into the hands of a powerful leader armed with lying wonders who has the ability (via the ruler of this age) to make them “overcomers” and “more than conquerors” in this life. Of course they will have to be seduced further and further away from the truth…but that process has already begun.
Dominion theology has many variations and draws on different heretical doctrines. I’ll try to bring light on some of them in blog posts to come.