Vol: 37 Issue: 27 Wednesday, October 27, 2004
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
Most of the time, when examining current events that point toward the coming fulfillment of this prophecy, the main focus falls on either the ‘strong delusion’ or THE ‘lie’.
I emphasize ‘THE Lie’ because the natural next step is to try and deduce exactly what ‘lie’ Paul is referring to. All these are specifics of the Tribulation Period. But this isn’t the Tribulation Period, so how is it relevant to current events?
Back up a bit in the verse to, “And for this cause. . .” and we are back to the headlines. In context, Paul is talking about the removal of the Restrainer (the Rapture), the revelation of ‘that Wicked’ (the antichrist) and his method of control (propaganda).
The Rapture has not yet occurred, and we don’t know who ‘that Wicked’ is, but we are already being conditioned to be receptive to propaganda.
How does one become ‘conditioned’ to propaganda?
Consider the following statement and ask yourself if you agree with it.
“All politicians lie.” Odds are that you do. And even if you don’t believe that ALL politicians lie, you must certainly believe that MOST do.
Now apply logic to the statement: “All politicians lie, therefore I accept the fact that political preference is merely being deceived by my deceiver of choice.”
That is how a nation — or a planet — is conditioned to be receptive to propaganda.
Though the Russians, French, Germans and the United Nations are up to their armpits in corruption and theft, (and stained with Iraqi blood in the process) they retain at least a semblance of their moral authority.
We have been conditioned to expect corruption in high places — so this is just business as usual. Their greatest sin was getting caught.
IAEA head Mohammed el Baradai’s effort to influence the election in Kerry’s favor by planting the al Qaqaa missing explosives story SHOULD have had the media screaming ‘foul’ — especially since it wasn’t true.
But not only did the New York Times and CBS News allow themselves to be used as political tools of foreign influence, they continue to defend their story (again) even after it was shot full of holes. But we know they are pro-Kerry propaganda rags, so the outrage is blunted by previous conditioning.
John Kerry continues to trumpet the ‘missing explosives’ story, hoping to seize on it as the ‘October Surprise’ that will influence last-minute voters. In 2000, the Bush DUI story broke on the eve of the election, causing a five point drop in his numbers that gave us Election 2000.
The difference between the two is obvious. The DUI story, while more than twenty years old, was true. And Bush admitted it was true.
The al-Qaqaa story is not true. And Kerry knows it isn’t true. But he doesn’t care — it might help him win. And neither does the media or Kerry’s supporters.
Kerry has made the alleged dishonesty of the Bush administration a centerpiece of his campaign. It was a brilliant manuever, say the pundits. In 2004, being a skillful liar with no qualms about bearing false witness is ‘political brilliance’.
Nobody seems to have noted the irony; Kerry switched tactics from his early ‘Vietnam hero’ plan to ‘Bush lied’ — because his Vietnam record proved to be a patchwork of lies, questionable documents and unprovable claims.
When it was finally proved that Kerry lied about being ‘seared — seared’ in his memory that he was in Cambodia in Christmas, 1968, the Kerry camp said that maybe it was ‘near Cambodia’ and maybe ‘it was a month or two later’. (Kerry was in Vietnam four months.)
Remember how the media handled it? ‘The Kerry campaign has sinced backed off on the Cambodia story.’
In other words, Kerry got caught in a lie, so he is gonna quit telling it, so let’s just move on. The best way to move on beyond the fact you got caught in a petty lie is to accuse somebody else of telling a great, big, fat lie.
The media has also gotten caught telling some whoppers, and its response has been to tell more. The media has been censoring anti-Kerry news by either ignoring it or under-reporting it, while it shouts anti-Bush stories from the housetops.
A new study for the non-partisan Project for Excellence in Journalism examined 817 stories produced by six major news outlets; The New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald) and the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, plus CNN and Fox News.
In the final accounting, 59% of stories that were mainly about Bush told a mainly negative story, while 25% of Kerry stories played out that way. One in three stories about Kerry were positive, one in seven for Bush.
Back to ‘this cause’ that is responsible for the strong delusion and The Lie.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10)
One of the major criticisms launched against the Bush administration is that Bush is too religious. The media takes every opportunity to lampoon Bush’s moral compass as evidence of his ‘rigid inflexibility’ — I’ve even seen him described as being blinded by a ‘messianic complex’.
Bush’s simple accounting of his faith is that he was saved by grace, is sustained by prayer and that Jesus changed his heart. To the crowned heads of Europe, the godless United Nations, and the American liberal left wing, that means, ‘not too bright’.
The white-hot hatred of the left for all things Bush is rooted in his expression of faith. It was his expression of faith that the left zeroed in on during Campaign 2000.
Bush’s DUI conviction, crowed the left, proved Bush was really a hypocrite. The only segment of the population with whom that charge didn’t take root was among genuine Christians.
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby noted that, in 22 years of following John Kerry’s career, the one thing he would never has characterized John Kerry as would be ‘religious’.
He writes; “And if at any point during all those years you had asked me whether I thought Kerry was a religious man, I would have answered without hesitation: “No, not at all.”
Jacoby was writing in the context of John Kerry’s sudden religiousity, his quoting the Bible at every opportunity, referring to himself as a former altar boy, and, Jacoby notes, putting out “on the campaign trail he wears a crucifix and carries a rosary, a prayer book, and a St. Christopher medal.
Propaganda works among those ‘who have received not the LOVE of the truth’ says the Apostle Paul. Instead, in their hearts is the ‘deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish’.
God-talk is acceptable from John Kerry BECAUSE the public knows he doesn’t really believe it. It is NOT acceptable from George Bush because they know he DOES.
It is for THIS cause that God sends them strong delusion (the removal His Restraining Spirit) that allows them to believe the lie during the Tribulation.
Because they prefer The Lie to the truth.
For those of us awaiting His return, that strong delusion won’t work. It can’t. That’s why the Church can’t be on the earth during the Tribulation. That’s why a pre-Trib Rapture isn’t a ‘Great Escape’, it is a necessary part of God’s Plan for the last days.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)