Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
The wicked put up a bold front,
but the upright give thought to their ways.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the Lord.
- Proverbs 21:29-31
“As the 2020 elections approach and the arguments become loud, long and more divisive, many desire voices of reason, people who can see the reality of a situation, know how to deal with it, and be able to communicate to both sides of a controversy.
“In the apostles’ times, Gamaliel was one such voice. When Peter and others preached the gospel, the Sadducees had them arrested and imprisoned, but an angel freed them. When someone found the men teaching in the court, the captain and officers brought them before the council. They wanted to kill the apostles, however Gamaliel stepped in and gave the examples of Theudas and Judas who each led men astray, were killed, and their causes came to nothing (Acts 5:7-37). In conclusion, he said, ‘So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!’ (Acts 5: 38-39). The religious leaders listened and set the apostles free.
“In another case, when a riot erupted in Ephesus, the town clerk reasoned with the crowd saying there was ‘no cause that we can give to justify this commotion,’ and simply dismissed them (Acts 19:21-41). Pray for wisdom to stand for what is right with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
Oh, how I hate the political season. Too many lies. Not enough truth.
The other day, my wife and I went to a fast food place for a breakfast sandwich prior to dual doctor visits. There was a gathering of old friends who retired near the same time. Everything that they vehemently argued as truth was the exact opposite of what had happened. It became obvious that they would go into the voting booth with the same values that I had and vote the opposite way, because they believed the lies.
Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” (John 18:38)
It seems that truth has been in short supply for thousands of years. Some establish their version of ‘truth’ with weapons of war. Recently, our history has been rewritten and taught to our children with a stroke of the pen. Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase that the pen was mightier than the sword nearly 200 years ago and we, if we care to notice, are experiencing it today.
What we need is a Champion for Truth, but the Apostle Paul, in the Scripture above, warns us that someone will come and deceive us, sitting on a throne in the temple, pretending to be God. In Revelation 20:7-8, the Apostle John writes that after the millennium reign of Jesus, Satan will be released and will deceive many. Wait! These people had just walked the earth with Jesus for 1000 years and yet Satan’s lies will be more appealing?
Maybe we are all fools and deserve what we get.
If we met the antichrist or the beast, would we recognize them as such or would we follow them? Will they win the election of their day because they seem to be the lesser of two evils? That has gotten so many elected in the past.
But it is not all gloom and doom. Jesus is coming soon.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.