The need to ensure we are not allowing ourselves to be ignorantly mislead, is to be prudent when it comes to proving what is truth... As Dr. Paul Craig Roberts declares within the latter portion of his article, "Truth telling has been shoved off into the alternative Internet media where I would wager the government runs sites that proclaim wild conspiracies, the purpose of which is to discredit all skeptics."...
Conspiracies have existed since the beginning of mankind's existence... Satan was the original liar, and our Creator God has given as one of his many titles that describe the character of this fallen one, "the father of lies." as declared in the gospel of John 8:44...
Waging the dog has been going on for centuries, and the devil has lead the way in being crafty, and deceptive... Being a master of the craft, Lucifer has used technology in an evil age to influence, and form the opinions of many via the media in it various forms...
Those who are defined be wicked behavior, such as the priests who opposed the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry during the 1st century AD, try in various ways to discredit their enemies... Especially when their schemes are being exposed... Even though Christ Jesus had to be crucified to save a mankind that would be eternally doomed had HIS death not occurred, our Savior brought out the worst in those who claimed to be representing God, yet were children of the devil... They tried vainly to discredit our Savior in various ways, and failed while doing so... Their own traps ensnared them, and eventually it lead to them plotting HIS prophesied death... Not understanding what they were "allowed" to do was granting them an opportunity to actually be forgiven for their ungodly spiritual state upon repentance through the very ONE they vehemently hated...
The scripture are replete with what transpires when those trying to maintain spiritually purity before their Creator, exist with those who are defined by the father of lies... Persecution, and death in many instances show that good, and evil was not meant to co-exist... Which is why God instructed our original parents to not be taken in by the tree of knowledge or good, and evil...
Once the LORD JESUS CHRIST returns to save humanity from total annihilation, the Truth, which HE represents in every way, will expose the works of darkness... It is a spiritual war, and one that has to recognized as such... Searching for the truth in all matters does indeed take one who is willing to take criticism, be mocked, and even be treated unjustly despite exposing that which is not fabricated for a particular agenda...
For as Jack Nicholson said in the film "A Few Good Men," most cannot handle the Truth... The bible declares that many chose to be "willingly ignorant" (2 Peter 3:5)... Denying the truth about their Creator... Traditions, and not wanting one's world to be shaken by TRUTH as it concerns both physical, and spiritual matters within our world is nothing new... It can prove to be unsettling, and give one a feeling of hopelessness when that individual comes to the realization that their control is limited...
Which is why Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 6 that it is not a physical war, but a spiritual one... Those who are being lead by the Spirit of the Living God should be focused upon this spiritual warfare against the forces that represent evil... Realizing this will help one to focus their attention on their Savior, and God for strength, insight, and the ability to endure even in the most perilous of circumstances...
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So much of Satan's influence depends upon the continued practice, and embracing of what God considers abominable behavior through sin... The mystery of lawlessness leads to oppression by the Mother of harlots who is nothing more, symbolically speaking, than Satan himself... May our hope, and spiritual house be built upon the ROCK of our salvation during these most deceptive times... Placing our trust in God, and not mankind is vital to one seeing through the lies that permeate this fallen world... May we not be taken in to the state of this world to the point of compromising the will of our Father in heaven by forsaking the very Word His Son represents... God makes clear in Jeremiah chapter 17 the following:
"5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
who rely on human strength
and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
in an uninhabited salty land.
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”
The whole world is Satan's as God has allowed because of His Word being forsaken... This state of confusion continues to grow exceedingly worse because of the people's of the nations drinking of the wine of the harlot's cup of fornications, and abominations... To poison the spiritual mindset of people in order to control has been the serpent of old's modus operandi since the beginning... Usurping God's influence via religion, economically, and politically with distractions that deter one from what is the only solution... Which is spiritual in nature, and the only WAY by which humanity can be saved... The whore of Babylon sits upon many waters as Revelation chapter 17 declares... This is symbolic of Satan influencing the nations through sin, and therefore, as Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 4 making the devil, "the god of this world."...
"17 One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters. 2 The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.”
3 So the angel took me in the Spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, and blasphemies against God were written all over it. 4 The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls. In her hand she held a gold goblet full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality. 5 A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.” 6 I could see that she was drunk—drunk with the blood of God’s holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. I stared at her in complete amazement." (New Living Translation)
God is the only ONE holding back the forces of darkness by not allowing them to FULLY implement their plot, and schemes... But in time, and as sin escalates in practice, this will not be the case, and due to the love for lawlessness, and the mystery thereof, peril will increase so dramatically... As God allows for humanity to experience just how much the spiritual forces that represent darkness hate mankind, and especially those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ...
God is going to destroy Babylon by utilizing the beast, and the 10 kings who will be given authority by this final anti-Christ because of the authority Satan will give the man of sin over every tribe, nation, and tongue... These 10 kings will rule over 10 regions that make up this final 7th kingdom, or 7th head of the beast given to them initially by Satan in accordance to God's Word... As Revelation chapter 17 declares:
"15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters where the prostitute is ruling represent masses of people of every nation and language. 16 The scarlet beast and his ten horns all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her remains with fire. 17 For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the world.” (New Living Translation)
So as we read the above passages we realize that because of Satan's influence over the nations as "god of this current fallen world," on a spiritual level, all the world is in a confused state, and therefore represents Babylon... Remember the riots in American during the summer of 2020... Now imagine that on a worldwide scale when the above passages of God's Word are fulfilled... This will be why all of the merchants of the world will mourn when they see their cities in absolute turmoil... This transition will also lead to a new world economic system where the beast will be worshiped, and in order to buy, or sell, one must have the mark that represents who this fallen entity is as Revelation chapter 13 reminds us:
"13 He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching.14 And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. 15 He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.
16 He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. 17 And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.18Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.His number is 666. (New Living Translation)