Scripture to Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
As we finish with 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, we have seen clearly that the antichrist will pull off a massive deception on humanity. God tells us, through Paul, that the people who will be deceived by the antichrist are those who choose NOT to receive Christ’s love and be saved from their sin. God also led Paul to write this in 1 Timothy 4:1 “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” These people who refuse the love of Christ are those who will be ready for the antichrist’s deception because they want a lie and want to believe the lie. We see this even today, people living a lie that does not correspond with the Bible, God’s Truth. These people are trying to re-define what a man is and what a woman is, and therefore choosing to see God’s Truth as nothing more than a document of intolerance. God makes the promise that He will send a powerful delusion upon them so that they will believe the lie. These lost people choose to take pleasure in wickedness and lawlessness. Because they want the lie, they will readily accept the antichrist and his teachings without any question. Again, this is all because these lost people do not want to have anything to do with Christ and His abundant love, grace, and mercy. Therefore, God will judge them for not believing His Truth, but taking pleasure in their wickedness instead.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about lost people and why they will be so easily deceived?
2. Who will you share Christ with this week, knowing they could be one of the deceived if they do not surrender to Christ?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!