Normally I try to keep the pacing light-hearted in this blog. After all, Vicky and I are walking into our newly married lives together with our heads held high and our pockets overflowing-ish.
Today I want to make a break from character and address a very real and very pressing reality that every Christian in the West needs to hear.
There are many lies out there, and the most convincing lies are chock-full of bold truths. To create a lie that people will believe you need to make it look as close to truth as possible.
For funsies, Vicky and I decided to Google “What is the meaning of life?” One of the first results was from a group called the World Transformation Movement.
The group is a particularly irrelevant group that came out of Australia in the 60’s and 70’s with the goal of bringing about a rather vague message of “bettering humanity through vague stuff” as shown below:
The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM) is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming the individual, the human race and thus our world through bringing psychologically relieving biological understanding to the underlying problem in all human affairs of the human condition.
The basic gist of their message is “people are inherently good, but they do bad things because they are victims of the human condition, which is inherently good but doesn’t know it”. It doesn’t take an expert logician to note that there’s a slightly circular logic to it. If you do choose to read their documentation about it, good luck trying to follow the string of thought:
With an appreciation now of what the human condition is, we can explain and thus understand what happened to Saul [from the Bible]. The human condition is a terrifyingly confronting subject and, to cope with that terror, all that the upset human race has been able to do is live in denial of it, try to block out the whole issue of the imperfection in our lives. We attacked, denied and attempted to prove wrong any exposing criticism of our corrupted state. This response relieved our condition but there was, of course, a significant downside—a loathsome life of extreme anger, alienation and egocentricity.
It should be worth noting that there are other very, very astute speakers with a truly inspirational verbiage that have come before this:
From the bright light of dawn, from the ray of sun which has risen after a long absence, from its horizon, from the lids of the eyes which were wounded by heavy tears for people, dear for all of us, who can no more be seen, but who can become visible with the new sun, and from the horizon which God has ordained to be vast, with a new birth and life in whose skies exist green birds and a strong newborn which God has decided to be faithful to its nation, from all this your glorious Revolution and march, a new [nation], was born.
If that sounds familiar, that’s the eloquence of our most famous President of the 21st century, Saddam Hussein.
What I mean is this: Throughout thousands of years the conviction grew up and prevailed, not so much in the [nation’s] mind as in the minds of the contemporary world, that bloodshed and the extermination of those hitherto in power–together with the destruction of public and private institutions and property–were essential characteristics of every true revolution. Mankind in general has grown accustomed to accept revolutions with all these consequences somehow or other as if they were legal happenings. I do not mean that people endorse all this tumultuous destruction of life and property; but they certainly accept it as the necessary accompaniment of events which, because of this very reason, are called revolutions.
That is from our old pal across the sea, the world-famous Party member Adolf Hitler.
One common component of all of these is that there is a profound elegance to the speech. In fact, when I was reading the Hitler speech, I was trepidated in awe at how brilliantly put-together the chain of reasoning and speaking was.
The reality is that this beauty has a signature appearance to it that is unmistakable once you get conditioned to seeing it.
If you are a Christian, then you believe in Satan. I’m not a Bible scholar, but it’s pretty clear he has it out for us. If you take his famed deceptiveness at face value, it’s obvious that he is a master wordsmith.
Also, if you believe Revelation to be a prophetic book of the Bible (and I’m curious about why you wouldn’t) then it only logically stands that Satan has a plan for world domination. Technically, to believe the Bible in its entirety is to be a conspiracy theorist.
The purpose of this message is not to freak you out. There are tons of sites that will go on ad nauseum about how the Bible prophecy of so-and-so was attempted in 2005 with the such-and-such group, and they nearly won, and they’re still out there, like in 2008, etc. etc. etc.
Those people only have a portion of the story. The reality is that this realization of God’s plan coming to fruition through the supposed triumph of evil is a cause for celebration! Even in the darkest and most grim times that will come, we can rely on the Creator of Friggin’ Everything Ever to protect us and prepare our souls for our eternal home!
If you’re a Christian, this planet is your temporary residence. You’re supposed to be in it, but you’re just passing through.
With that mentality in mind, here are a few details to watch for when you see future deceptions that are part of Satan’s creative endeavors:
1. Pay attention to the “one world” talk
This viewpoint is gaining traction, especially among climate-change-ologists (people who believe humanity is Earth’s tumor) and futurists (people who make technology their Jesus).
Though it is a comforting idea to be unified in one world without borders or national distinctions, that lie is fundamentally contradictory to Scripture. Wars and rumors of wars will happen up until the end of days. It is our inherent sin nature that divides us, and the only true unity historically that will ever and has ever happened is under a deity, so take your pick.
2. Watch for florid verbiage
If someone isn’t delivering the truth straight to you in the beginning of the message, they have to massage your feelings first. This happens in infomercials all the time, but many people don’t realize that it’s the politician’s playbook. Dramatic pauses to let the words sink in between phrases aren’t uncommon, and it usually will break up the phrases so much that half the audience forgets the start of a sentence by the time it gets to the end!
Fanciful words are nice, but make sure you understand what they’re saying before you start cheering.
3. Watch out for transhumanism
We have some pretty advanced technology these days! You can hook up electrodes to your brain and control a computer, they have artificial limbs that move like real ones, and they’re working on replacing almost every organ with a fake one.
Once we start talking about brain/head transplants (which incidentally could bring beheading back into vogue), implants to create permanent augmented reality, and “evolving to the next level” with some sort of technology, you know you have arrived…at the end times. Walk with caution. It’s very possible the Mark of the Beast could rewire a person’s neurology!
4. Get ready to be the “bad guy”
If you’re a practicing Christian, you will have to come to an ultimatum soon enough. You will be told that you are holding up progress and working against what science, nature, history, popular opinion, the law and your friends know to be right. You’ll be the villain for choosing Christ over the world, and the world will hate you for that unwillingness to adapt.
The times are coming, and the clock is ticking. There’s probably something you should be doing, isn’t there?