Of rumors, prophecies and politics

In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden*, there will be a lot of rumors, fake news and lies, and it won’t be coming from just the mainstream media and liberals. There are many outrageous stories circulating among conservatives weaving a little bit of truth to make a better lie, sowing false hope and confusion. There are even a number of so-called “Prophets” making claims about the inauguration. There are very many similarities between what we are facing as a nation in this specific instance and the prophecy by Christ in Matthew 24, but understand clearly that Christ was not talking about the United States, rather very specifically about the end of days.

Christ’s first warning to his disciples in verse 4 was, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He said there would be rumors and pestilences and many coming in his name and deceiving many. He spoke of people being offended, betrayed and hated. And of false prophets deceiving many. He said that because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Sounds a lot like today’s situation, especially with the pestilence of COVID; the false prophets in news and religion; the betrayal of many; the lawlessness we have seen; and the deception. Much of this has conditioned many well-intended people to advocate for precedent-setting tyrannical actions that are in themselves unlawful and unconstitutional.

There are so many conspiracy theories, false narratives, and prophecies circulating among conservatives and the Christian community that people are having a difficult time knowing what to believe and what to do. These are creating a delusional sense of denial for some, and anxiety and fear for many. This is not of the Lord. As in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 says that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. And 1 Peter 5:8 warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Among the current authors of these predictions are manipulators and usurpers representing principalities who are testing the appetite for heavy-handed and tyrannical tactics. They are riling up and instigating, mixing lies and truth, based on the very real psychological paradigm that people will believe what they want to believe. Mark these words: There is no savior apart from Christ. Thinking otherwise will lead to great disappointment and perhaps even greater calamity. Remember 1 Kings 19:12, “and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” The Lord is not likely found in all these grand rumors and quaking theories and fiery false prophecies. Listen to His still small voice and you will find Him—it is the voice of truth, peace, courage, love, and clarity.

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Bill Wilson