These are indeed interesting times in which to live. For 35 years, I have been studying God’s word. For 35 years, I’ve been looking for the Lord Jesus to return for His church. During all that time, I’ve studied in great detail the things concerning the “Latter Days.” Watching detail after detail being prophetically aligned for His return… just as we are told it would in God’s word.
One of the things that has always been of interest to me is the words that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, who thought that the rapture of the church had taken place and they were left behind… to them Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:3… Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction…
So, there will be an apostasy that will occur before the rapture of the church and the revealing of the Antichrist- the man of lawlessness. Apostasy means a falling away from the truth- the church is going to fall away from the truth that it has followed for centuries… and that is concerning to me. I’ve prayed often, “Lord, don’t allow me to be deceived.”
Interestingly, when the disciples of Jesus asked Him concerning the sign of His coming… the first thing He replies to them in Matthew 24:4 is… And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.” (NKJV)
There are a couple of terms that are used today, that weren’t around when I was a boy. The first is: Gaslighting, it is a phrase taken from a 1940’s movie and it is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity (that is the plot of the movie).
The second is Deepfake, this is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. The phrase “deepfake” was coined in 2017.
Gaslighting and Deepfake are methods that media, politicians and governments are employing to deceive the public… to get them to believe something that is not true. I believe that it is literally happening all around us… we are being fed lies for truth.
The Apostle Paul and the Lord Jesus warned us not to be deceived. So, how do we avoid being deceived? By trusting and staying in God’s word, that’s how. It is the only way.
Jesus, when praying for the disciples (as well as for you and I) just before His crucifixion prayed in John 17:17… Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
And we know in Psalm 119:89 that it is said… Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
And Paul famously told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17… All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Saints! Don’t be Gaslighted or Deepfaked! Jesus is coming! Stay true to His word, it is all we need!