Interesting, the meaning of the biblical term “deluding influence”. It means: “an activity of error”.
“God [b is sending] will send
[c an activity of error]
a deluding influence….”
– 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
Have you been misled into “an activity of error” recently?… by your pastor at your church, or online, or by your political leanings?
Just as God Himself sent the evil Babylonians (Jeremiah 28:14; 29:4, 21; Ezekiel 26:7; Matthew 1:17) upon the disobedient children of Israel to conquer and enslave them, God indeed “is sending” even now in these perilous times – “an activity of error” – to conquer and enslave the peoples of the world. It is not just one thing.
It will be many things. Many errors. And it will be bad, really really bad: “a time of tribulation as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will again.”
Scripture even warns us that the deceptions are aimed at true believers: “in order to mislead, if possible, the elect“:
Matthew 24:23-25 NASB 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [a]Christ,’ or ‘He is over here,’ do not believe him. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and will provide great [b]signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the [c]elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance.
Mark 13:19-23 19 For those days will be such a time of tribulation as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will again. 20 And if the Lord had not shortened those days, no [n]life would have been saved; but for the sake of the [o]elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the [p]Christ’; or, ‘Look, there He is’; do not believe it;
22 for false christs and false prophets will arise, and will provide signs and wonders, in order to mislead, if possible, the elect. 23 But beware; I have told you everything in advance.
Evil deception at work
[←PIC: False teachers: Bethel worship leader, Johnson’s son, 2nd in charge, and (upper right corner) Bethel Pastor Bill Johnson.]
It appears that there are two types of evil deception at work – both during the Great Tribulation and also right now in these “perilous days”, the end times that I believe we are already in today:
(1) False teachers – in churches, online, and sent out as missionaries even; and
(2) Choreographers of evil – actual evil people in the world about us. 1
It really is right now upon us, before our very eyes, in the news, to the pews, worldwide and coming just around the corner. World events are being choreographed by evil people (led by Satanic influences) to “plan and control” for Satan’s purposes. God is allowing things to be accomplished – but only as He sees fit. The Holy Spirit is “restraining” evil – until such time as He deems to allow evil to flourish more – and lead us into The Great Tribulation.
IT’s here now, a horrible deluding influence, and The Great Reset for the Beast is just around the corner. Almost half of the USA population has fallen for the delusion already. I wonder: What’s the other half going to do? Which half are you in?
We are pressured in every way – but not crushed. Praise the Lord for that.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the normal Christian life is full of uncomfortableness. Every day modernity seeks evasive Garden of Eden lifestyles of bliss. Heaven will be that good! But here — not so much. Sin has destroyed the Garden for us, for now. We should not be surprised by pain and sorrows. Read: 1 Timothy 1:19
This deluding influence is not some dark force, not a cloud of evil descending over a population – like some horror movie would depict it. The deluding influence predicted is “an activity of error” which is choreographed by actual evil people.
These choreographers of evil could be your pastor, or your political party, or influential figures – heads of movements, drivers of philosophies influencing the world.
The numbers are growing, but currently close to 50% of those around you are under the influence. They are not just living as dead men walking (because “the body is dead because of sin” – Romans 8:10), but they also have bought-into the delusions.
Though still alive physically, they are the walking dead spiritually, and they have become deluded.
1 Timothy 5:6
Whereas she who
is spiritually dead
even while she still lives.
8 Then that lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will eliminate with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His [a]coming; 9 that is, the one whose [b]coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and false [c]signs and wonders, 10 and with [d]all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved.
11 For this reason God [e]will send upon them [f]a deluding influence so that they will believe [g]what is false, 12 in order that they all may be [h]judged who did not believe the truth, but [i]took pleasure in wickedness.
– 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
Why Folks are Deluded
The delusion spoken of is upon the folks around you “For this reason…”:
“because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” (v10)
It is sooooo important, if you are not born again and not following Jesus closely — that you get it together spiritually, now. The time is coming when most people will become so very much deluded by “the delusion”, that they will be effectively unable to respond to the convicting power of the Spirit of God.
If He resides inside you, you are guided by Him. If you are not guided by the Holy Spirit, then you are susceptible to the delusion.
– 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
10 and with [a every deception] all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God [b is sending]will send upon them [c an activity of error]a deluding influence so that they will believe [d the lie]what is false, 12 in order that they all may be [e condemned] judged who did not believe the truth, but [f approved] took pleasure in wickedness.
The deception of wickedness
It is all being generated by, and fueled by “the activity of Satan”:
“the activity of Satan, with all power and false [k]signs and wonders, 10 and with [l]all the deception of wickedness for those who perish” (v9,10)
Satan can mimic God’s wonders and persuade folk into deceptive teachings and practices. We must not blindly accept “power… signs and wonders” and “all the deception of wickedness”. Consider the source to know they are deluded, from Satan – not from God.
2 Timothy 4:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold…
Isaiah 29:13-16 World English Bible (WEB)
15 Woe to those who deeply hide their counsel from Yahweh, and whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” 16 You turn things upside down! Should the potter be thought to be like clay; that the thing made should say about him who made it, “He didn’t make me;” or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding?”