The Great Delusion or the Great Deception, is the reason for this blog.
The Bible tells us that such a thing is coming; both the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians, quoted above, and Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24, ESV
So it seems clear that we should expect some sort of deception and it will be great in some sense. It could be great in scope meaning that a large number of people will believe it. This seems to be what Jesus is referring to, that everyone will believe it, the only exception being the elect. The other way of looking at it, is that it could be a bold and complex lie. I think both of these aspects will be true.
It has been well demonstrated, not just through the saying "history repeats itself", but that documented history records fulfillments of biblical prophecy. That is sayings, recorded in the Bible, ahead of time, later came to pass as described. Only in some cases, some of the details did not come to pass as perfectly as prophesied, causing us to believe that these events will have a later fulfillment.
Take for example the prophecy of Jesus mentioned above that false christs and false prophets will arise. Have people arisen in history claiming to be Christ, or claiming falsely to be a prophet, and subsequently leading people astray? Yes, however, that does not mean that the antichrist and the false prophet have already lived and died. It is instead a partial fulfillment with a greater fulfillment coming in the future.
Likewise there are deceptions that are bold and complex, they have been told in the past, or are being told right now, but that does not make them the great deception.
There may be many smaller deceptions before we finally arrive at the great deception.
Similarly we will experience tribulations during our lives. This does not mean that the great tribulation has arrived.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.John 16:33b, ESV
Many great delusions could be listed here and each has, or will have in the near future, their own associated blog entries. Comment below if you can think of any worth mentioning in this list:
- COVID-19 as a naturally occurring virus
- Open and transparent 2020 US presidential elections
- Fiat currency
- Charitable foundations as purely philanthropic organizations
- Climate change
- Pharmaceuticals as the solution to modern health crises
- UFOs and Aliens
- The problem of the age of the Earth and the origins of life
- 09/11 - Why the World Trade Centers collapsed
Recently I have become increasingly aware of mass propaganda efforts to control a narrative so that the large majority of people will believe what those controlling the narrative, would have them believe.
I used to believe what the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) told me. I used to believe mass media. Sure, following 09/11 I saw some reports that it was planned. They seemed credible. By and large I was happy to go along with the reporting.
I did get concerned when I began to see reports that some reports had been completed staged using actors and sets in order to produce a compelling story and accompanying image to influence hearts and minds around particularly the war in Syria.
I used to believe what the Governments told me, and that climate change was a real threat. But then I saw reports that the data was being manipulated and scientists were being bribed or silenced. They seemed credible.
When the news about Brexit broke, then I was subjected to the propaganda about the dire consequences.
When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, then I was likewise subjected to massive amounts of propaganda about the Russian Collusion. Thankfully, this has subsequently been proven as disinformation. In 2016 the election was hacked.
In 2020 it was the most secure election ever; impossible to hack. Despite the fact that the actual sitting president of the US was censored by Twitter, and the entire big media and big tech system was working for one party and against the other party. It seems to be as though there was propaganda going on massively before the election and then following the election to affirm the results as trustworthy and accurate.
In this post I do not want to get into the COVID-19 / Coronavirus discussion because I would like to deal with that subject more systematically and not just giving a brief summary. Needless to say, a massive propaganda war has been waged in order to influence the thoughts and decisions of the World's population.