THIS WEEKS MESSAGE
26 April 1998
THE POWER OF DECEPTION
to you by Pastor
John S. Torell
Your responses and comments are always welcome.
This message will shake you to the inner-most part of your being. We are living in the end times and we need to cling to Jesus with everything that is within us.
Let us pray. Our heavenly, Father, we thank you that we are able to worship You in spirit and in truth. Lord, we may not have the most beautiful voices in the world and we may be small in number and Lord, but our singing came from our heart. We thank You for building a throne of praise within the midst of us. Open the word to us Lord. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen!
Turn to John, chapter 8 verse 44. "You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
I will lay a foundation as we start. Some of us think that since God created the devil or Lucifer, He must have also created evil. Listen closely. God, did not create evil. God did not create the devil. God created Lucifer a beautiful angel. He was a being that was in charge of worship. He was a cherub. Evil was created when Lucifer, who had a free will just like all the other angels had. One day inequity was found in his heart. This happened when he said, "I will rebel. I no longer will obey. I want to be like the most high." That is when the devil or evil was created. Every time you sin you create evil. The Bible says in John chapter 1, that God is light and there is no darkness in God. Deception is what Lucifer is living on. He has deceived himself. He is constantly deceiving others. He is the father of all lies.
Last week I gave you a spiritual mathematical formula. Lies + Deception Soaked in Flattery = Confusion.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 13 verse 4. [This is where we talk about lies.] "And they [the people] worshipped the dragon [the Devil] which gave power unto the beast [the anti-christ]: and they worshipped to the beast [the anti-christ], saying, who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."
These are lies the will one day come out very powerful and very strong with this charismatic world leader. At this particular time he will be ruling the earth. If you want an example of how these lies will work, just take a look at the White House. The other day we finally had someone in Congress who spoke out and used the right words to describe the man setting in the Oval Office. This is a quote, he called him a scum-bag. Finally someone in authority said what needed to be said. We have a person here who has no moral character, no shame. It doesn't matter how much dirt comes up through the media. He always looks good. He has a smile. He is able to charm all the women, no matter what age. His ratings are very high. He has no shame. He is a prototype, to the man that will one day be called the anti-christ. He will come with lies. People will believe this man so much that if you say anything contrary about him they will kill you. Deception will be soaked in flattery.
Verse 11, "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." [This man is going to look like a lamb. He's going to look like a Christian. He will speak as a devil.] "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." The Roman Catholic church is going to be the centerpiece in this coalition. I was told the other day that this current Pope who is everything to everyone. It was not long ago that he was in Europe where he met with Buddhists, Muslims, Satanists, atheists, and Jewish Rabbi's. These people were together for seven days. The Catholic Pope said, "I have never had a week with such revelation and worship, where we each prayed in our own way, to our own God."
He looks like a lamb, but he speaks like a devil. There's going to be deception. It will be unbelievable deception.
Not long ago in a village in Italy, the Pope set up a cult. God, most have had enough, because it wasn't long after that He sent an earthquake and almost destroyed that place. Lies and Deception soaked in flattery equals Confusion.
Verse 16, "And he [the false prophet who's going to run this] causeth all, both small and great, rich and Poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six."
If you think we have confusion now. There is going to be confusion in the coming days that will amaze us. I believe that most believers, most Christians, including most pastors, will have on their premises stations where people in church can receive the mark of the beast. They will say, "Don't take the Bible literally. The book of Revelation is just symbolic. Just because they put a little microchip under your skin, it is only so that we can function properly. You do not have to take an oath. Just take the mark. We're going to take the mark. I am the pastor. I will be the first in line to take the mark." I heard them speak. I've heard them prepare the congregations. The power of deception.
King Solomon is a prime example of a man who was snared by the devil.
Turn to Exodus, chapter 20 verse 1. " And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee graven images, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me;" [This is the first commandment that God gives us. Of the ten commandments this is No. 1. You shall have no other gods before me.]
Jesus likened our relationship to Him and to the Father as a marriage. What couple, that is contemplating marriage would allow the husband to say, "We are going to have a prenuptial agreement about finances. Plus I'm going to reserve the right to have some adultery from time to time, when I become bored. My wife is going to be mature enough to understand, that how can a man live with one woman for 50 years or longer and not have some variety. We are modern people. You can also have your freedom." I know couples that take separate vacations. He travels one direction and she travels another. They meet other people, men and women. They say that is refreshing because when we come back we have had a variety and we can enjoy ourselves again. How many of you would like to share your spouse with someone else? Here's what we do in marriage. We say, "If I am going to marry you we have to forsake all others. We have to have only each other." Why, should we give less to God? Why should we have other gods. We say, "Yes, God we're married to you. We love you. You are our heavenly Father, but God you must understand that there are a few demons hanging out here and there. We have altars mixed with yours but you must understand we have our tradition. It cannot be anymore clear. God said, "You shall have no other gods before Me."
Turn to Leviticus, chapter 19 verse 1. [These scriptures were available to Solomon as a boy. As a young man, as a King, he knew these scriptures.] "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, You shall be holy [that means, set apart]: for I the Lord your God am holy. You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. Turn you not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God." [To me that is very clear. He simply says this. Do not make any images. Do not sacrifice to anyone else. Honor your father and your mother. Keep My sabbaths. I am your Lord. It is simple! Very, very simple!]
Turn to Leviticus, chapter 26 verse 1. "You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image [When was the last time you were in a Catholic Church, Russian Orthodox church, a Lutheran Church, you'll see all kinds of statues and pictures.], neither shall you set up any image of stone in your land, [Have you seen the monument in Washington D.C. the Ablest, it is a free Masonic sign of a male sexual organ. The Washington monument. Have you been to New York Harbor to see the statue of Liberty, which is the goddess Diana. It was given to us by the French.], to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall their fruit." [To me this is very clear. It is very clear. King Solomon knew this.]
This week I had to make a visit to the state prison. When you go into a state prison you lose all your rights, even as a visitor. As I walked in I had to submit to these people. They gave me some rules and regulations. They said you obey these rules if you want to visit. I wore a suit, but in order to go in I had to take off my jacket and shoes and leave them with a guard. I even had to leave my glasses with them. Why did I obey? If I had not, I would not have been able to visit. Once I was inside I wanted to make sure that I was able to get out. I did not want to spend anymore time then was allocated with this person. I said, "Yes, sir, no sir." I did all that was expected of me because I did not want the consequences of disobeying. Solomon knew this. What happened to him?
Turn to Ecclesiastes, chapter 12 verse 13. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Understand this to the best of your ability. He knew the word of God. He confirmed what he had to do in order to please God. Yet, he totally flipped out.
This is the centerpiece of the Law of God: YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER gods! God has stated, OBEY ME, and all these blessings shall be yours.
Turn to Leviticus, chapter 26 verse 3. "If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach into the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. [God is saying here, if you do all these things I will bless you.] And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And you shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright." This is very clear. If you obey the Lord He will give you all these blessings. He will bless you abundantly.
Then God said this. If you do not obey Me you shall be punished. This is nasty stuff. Most people do not like to read it.
Verse 14. "But if you will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if you shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that you will not do all my commandments, but that you break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it." There are many more horrible things that God has said in that chapter. This is a very, very strong punishment.
If there is no repentance after the first set of corrections, there will be a seven times worse punishment.
Verse 21. "And if you walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins." [I surely do not want seven times more put upon me. Do you? People today have been deceived.]
This week a young lady pleaded guilty to murder on the East Coast. She was engaged to be married and had sex outside marriage. She came from a nice middle-class family. She got pregnant. She talked it over with her fiancée and they decided not to have an abortion. They decided they were not going to keep the baby either. The plan was, that when the baby was born they were going to kill it. So they killed the baby. They were accused of murder. The young man confessed and would testify against his common-law wife. She realized that she had to plead guilty. Here's a young couple who are 18 or 19 years old that killed their only son. Think about what they did. Mothers, could you ever conceive of the idea of ever killing your child after you carried it for nine months? She felt it moving within her. She could feel its heartbeat. After all that, the only thing that is on your mind is that once it is borne you're going to kill it. Could you do that? Someone has been deceived and a mind has become reprobate.
There is also a father who has been accused of deliberately infecting his child with the AIDS virus so that he would not have to pay child support. He worked in a hospital and had access to AIDS infected blood. He took a syringe and injected his son who was only a year old, to make sure that his boy would die. Listen to what is being said here. This is an example of the people that are running our hospitals, police officers, prison guards. There is a tremendous evil coming upon this world. There will be no mercy given out in this world. We need Jesus more than ever before.
This last week two highway patrol men were arrested in San Diego. They are accused of ill-treating an older man that had no protection. DECEPTION!
If there is no repentance after the first set of corrections, there will be a seven times worse punishment and if there's still no repentance, there will be another seven times increase of punishment. Seven times seven is 49. That is a lot of punishment.
Verse 23. "And if you will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary to me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when you are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and you shall eat, and not be satisfied. And if you will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall you eat."
Look upon the Jewish people. This was spoken over 3000 years ago. The Jewish people, the nation of Israel, have rejected God over and over again. History tells us they were besieged and they did eat their sons and their daughters. They were scattered among all the nations. They have been persecuted. God has walked contrary to that nation. Yet, in their rebellion they are still not receiving Jesus as the Messiah.
What I'm about to tell you is going to be very bad. I will tell you in such a way that you will be able to bear it. But I hope that it will cut to your heart. My wife and I have experienced probably the worst possible emotions this last week. I have never experienced anything like this before. I hope I never will again. We have been praying for a Jewish family for quite some time. Our praying was for the wife to be healed. My wife and I made two visits to their home. This couple is in their late '40s or early '50s. They are wealthy. They have children in college. Their children are brilliant. The family lives in one of the most upscale areas in which you could live in. They have everything that this world can give.
The man is Jewish but does not believe in God. He is a typical Jew. He is a cultural Jew. He does not believe that God exists. He is a total atheist. His wife does not believe that God exists either. We ministered to this woman as she lay there in bed. She was wasting away. She had two things to contend with, cancer and mental illness. She was bed ridden. She would not shake hands with us because she said that we could be contaminated. She wanted us to pray for her, so I asked if I could lay my hands on her feet. She said, "Yes." That is how we prayed for her. This woman was in her late '40s and very ill. The first time I talked with her on the phone, she said, she was going to finish her life and do herself in. She said that she would wait until we saw her. We took the scriptures to her. She said that she would try anything to get well. She had prayed the sinners prayer with someone over the phone. We ask her this. "Did you mean it?" She said, "No, I have a problem with Jesus." She asked if I could heal her. I said, "No." I said, "I represent Jesus Christ. I will give you the best possible counsel. I represent the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He is the Messiah." We prayed. We spent a few hours with her. In the meantime she contacted an Indian Shaman. This man came in and said, "I'm going to put bird feathers all around your bed. I'm going to say a few things then I am going to get up and I'm going to spit in your face." She said, "Go ahead." When we saw her the second time after the Indian was there, she was worse. I noticed her husband would not go into her room. We pleaded with her. We read scriptures to her. I said this to her, "Will you ask God to reveal to you that Jesus is the Messiah?" She said, that she would. We never went to see her again because of her unbelief. Here is an example of a reprobate mind. The husband bought her a small hand gun. He went into her room and taught her how to put the gun to her head and pull the trigger. He did this time and time again. He said this to her, "We are sick and tired of having you sick. Get it over with." Her oldest son said, "Mom, you are wasting our time, your time and everyone else's, just kill yourself." Here's a person in her late '40s who is trying to reach out. Her husband places the final straw that breaks the camels back. He refuses to talk to her or see her. He wants to make life so miserable for her that she will have no other option but to pull the trigger. He is waiting everyday to hear a shot ring out. You and I know that hell is real. We know that eternity in the Lake of Fire is real. Can you imagine someone being so cruel when you are ill that they would not even give you a cup of water or place a cold cloth on your forehead? This man made life so miserable and intolerable. She needed someone just to be near her and hold her hand, to let her know that she was loved. This was deprived from her because they wanted to speed up her exit from this world.
Last Tuesday she pulled the trigger. I can see her face. The terrible thing about Satan's deception is this. She may be out of pain, but when you go into eternity without Christ and we do not know whether she cried out to Christ or not. Think about this, that could have been you or I that could have been lost. Can you imagine the tragedy as we come into our last days, and losing your life, going out into eternity and realizing that Jesus was the Messiah. Finding out that there is a heaven and there is a hell and you blew it. You and I have blown many things in our lives but that is temporary. We may make mistakes that cost us money but we can repent and it can be repaired. We can do it over again. When we go into eternity we can never go back and into it over again. It is final.
As I was praying this week I said, "Father, God, I cannot pray salvation for that man. Father, God, you're going to have to work on my heart for me to do that. If a man is that callous and forced his wife into death, is it fair for you to work on his heart and soften it so that he can go to heaven?" I could not pray for that. I said, "God, I'm not even going to deal with it. I'm going to give it over to you." These people were normal, regular, Jewish Americans. They were college educated but cold as ice with no feelings and no mercy. Their reaction was, you are a spot on my shirt, get out of here. I do not want you anymore.
King Solomon knew God's word as a boy.
Turn to First Kings, chapter 3 verse 3. [You may ask, could we have done something different? We fasted and we prayed. I do not know if it would help to camp out there. We're facing people today all over the world that are facing death.] "And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the King went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon the altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on the throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like onto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days."
Solomon had an encounter with God. Solomon received wisdom. Solomon met the Lord in a powerful way. In Second Chronicles you'll read where he began to build the temple in Jerusalem.
Turn to Second Chronicles, chapter 5 verse 13. "It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and the cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priest could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God." [God answered Solomons prayer. The glory filled the temple as they sang and praised God. The glory of God came down. Solomon was blessed. If you read chapter 6, all 42 verses, you will find a prayer that he prayed. It was a beautiful prayer. Solomon prayed to the Lord. He exalted the Lord.]
Verse 42, "O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant." Solomon was anointed. Do you know that most of the people that are leaders today in the ungodly music world were believers in Christ and they were anointed at one time. Many of the writers of the music today were raised in Christian homes. Many of them were pastors children. The ones that are doing the worst today, in their youths raised their hands and worship God. They were anointed. They became deceived. Today they are leading the pact of the world into sin. There is no one as cold, terrible, or horrible as a backsliden Christian. They are more cruel then an ungodly non-believer who has never heard the name of Jesus. The reason being, the love has been replaced with hate.
Read again what Solomon said. "Turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant." What was God doing? He was please.
Chapter 7 verse 1. "Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." [This is the chapter that we use for revival.]
Verse 12. "And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from thy wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place" [It was a day of rejoicing. It was a day of revival. Solomon walked in the anointing of God. The fire of God was all over the place. God was moving mightily but it did not last. Beloved, I want to warn you today. The power of deception is coming upon this world. The spirit of offense is coming. From this glory Solomon fell.]
Verse 17. [God gave him a warning.] "And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgment; Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel. But if you turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I had given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations." [God warned him. I have been warning you. What happens is when you and I get cleaned up, we get saved, filled with the Holy Spirit. God restores our businesses, our finances and our marriages. You are in greater danger then than when you were struggling. This is when deception comes. That is when the Devils tells you that you need to handle this situation. You say, "But I have read my Bible today." He says, "Take care of this first. You'll have time later." The time will never come. I've seen it happened when people first get unfire for the Lord. They will attend every meeting of the church. They pray. They seek the Lord. God will begin to bless them. They get so many things that they began to get choked. We say, "Lord, I'm going to do it but later." Once you're on that trail it will pick up speed. We have to hang onto Jesus like we have never hung unto Him before. Deception is coming.
It was now that Satan struck, luring King Solomon to make a league with the King of Tyre, Satans own emissary.
Turn to First Kings, chapter 9 verse 10. " And it came to pass at the end of 20 years, when Solomon had built two houses, the house of the Lord, and the King's house, (Now Hiram that King of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then King Solomon gave Hiram 20 cities in the land of Galilee." Solomon had built for 20 years. He built the Temple of God. He built for himself his own homes. Satan struck! He made a league with the King of Tyre. I won't go into who the King of Tyre was. If you're a Free Mason you know that the King of Tyre represents Lucifer. It was the seat of the devil himself. Solomon made a league, a political financial league with the King of Tyre. From that moment on he descended into darkness that became greater, and greater, and greater.
Turn to Second Chronicles, chapter 9 verse 17. [Here is the throne that Solomon built.] "Moreover the King made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the setting place, and two lions standing by the stays: and twelve Lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom."
Solomon made a throne. It had six lions, six lions and six steps to get up. 666, Solomon had changed his name. He was known as 666. Also he brought in gold every year. The gold that was brought in was 666 talents, not more, not less. In the darkness of deception it took out the last light from the soul of Solomon. With a reprobate mind he began to worship demon gods.
Turn to First Kings, Chapter 11 verse 1. " But King Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughters of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, You shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turn away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father."
[You can read what he built. He sacrificed human beings. Solomon went from the man of God, to the man of Satan.]
I ask you this question. This Jewish family that I told you about earlier today. Can you imagine yourself in your kitchen and hearing your loved one in the bedroom crying out your name saying, "Will you come and talk to me for a little bit. Will you hold my hand?" Can you imagine yourself saying this? "NO! DON'T BUG ME! GET IT OVER WITH! YOU KNOW THE PLAN!" Well today you have a soft heart. The Bible says to take heed and stand that you do not fall. The deception, the power of deception that I am talking about is going to be so strong that we're going to have to literally hang onto Jesus, so that we will not lose our sanity. We cannot be sloppy. We have to be very very diligent.
The world was happy two weeks ago when Pot Pole died in Cambodia. He had given orders to murder 25 percent of their population. Here's something that most people do not think about. All the men that carried out the orders and did the executions are still alive. No one talks about them. Who killed the Cambodians? Fellow Cambodians. The neighbors, friends, were turned into murderers. As persecution comes upon America you'll find that the average American, the waitress that you see in the restaurant, the service station attendant you may see that man or woman in a uniform someday, happy to murder and slaughter with a smile on their face, because they have a reprobate mind. It'll be our own people doing it to us.
Instead of preparing Israel and the world for the Messiah, Solomon laid the foundation of the anti-Christ system, which has been developed since this time in history.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 13 verse 18. [I hope you understand now when we read this first. Does every Jew understand it?] "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." [It is the number of King Solomon. If you have been a Free Mason, you know that the Free Masons always work to restore the throne and Temple of Solomon again.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT US FROM THE FATE OF SOLOMON?
1. Grow in God's faith. Romans, chapter 10 verse 17. "So that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." [You and I need to read at least one chapter a day in the word of God. This is not a verse study, it is just to read for the word itself, so that it gets into our built-in computer. We should be constantly going through the Bible, over, and over, and over again. This is where your faith is coming from.
2. Refuse to leave the presence of Christ. John, chapter 15 verse 4. "Abide in me, and I in you. As a branch can bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me."
When you are sitting in front of the television and this ungodly stuff is coming at you, you cannot abide in Him. When you listen to ungodly music, you cannot abide in Him. "A branch cannot bear fruit unless it abide in the vine. No more can you, except you abide in me." NEVER LEAVE THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST! REFUSED TO LEAVE THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST!
3. Refuse pride, it is God holiness. Jude, verse 20. "But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
It is God who is keeping us. You and I cannot make a decision today and say, "Okay, I'm going to keep myself." We do not have the power. It is Him. The only thing that we can do is keep our hand up and say, "Jesus, Jesus, I need you every hour, every moment, Jesus." When temptation comes, we have to cry out to Jesus. "Jesus, help! Save me from this temptation." We cannot hold ourselves.
4. Make OBEDIENCE the centerpiece in your Christian faith. Philippians, chapter 2 verse 12. "Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." Make obedience the centerpiece in your Christian faith!
When someone asks you if you lie. You tell them, "No!" If someone asks you to cheat, you say, "No!" When someone asks you if you will go and sin with them a little bit, you say, "No, I am not going to go and sin with you!"
How many Christians have gone through the casinos in Las Vegas and Reno can say we are just going to go in and eat. You go in and eat but you say to yourself, "I'm just going to put a little money into the slot machine and try it out." You have compromised. Do not touch the stuff. Do not touch the booze. You do not touch the drugs, the gambling, the women, the men. You stay obedient. You know better!
Grow in Gods faith. Refuse to leave the presence of Christ. Refuse pride, it is God holding us. Make obedience the centerpiece in your Christian faith.
The power of deception is here. It is going to get worse. WE ARE IN FOR A WILD RIDE. The day is going to come beloved, when you are going to have Pat Robertson from CBN, the TBN network all the Christian broadcasters and Christian TV and radio networks coming together and saying, "We have now come to understand that if we love one another and do not worry about doctrine, we are just going to focus on love. We have now created the most powerful network that has ever existed. We have combined everything, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhist, Pentecostals, Baptist we are all one. They will have the miracles. You'll see the blind healed. The lame will walk. They will create miracles. They will slain people in the spirit all over the place. You will see a massive move of something spiritual that you have never seen before. They will sing their hearts out. They will worship with tears. They are going to say, "Glory to God onto the highest," but they are going to be worshipping the beast! Mark my words! That day is coming. The deception will be so strong. It will be so strong that the people will say, "Look at all the people being saved." Saved to what? That day very few are going to stand and say, "No! I am not going to buy into it."
Three hundred twenty five A.D. the politician, Constantine, in Rome was running for Emperor. He invited a thousand pastors from all over the Roman Empire. They were called bishops at that time. They came from Ephesus, Corinth, Rome, North Africa, Egypt, they came from all over. Constantine said this to them, "You have been under persecution for many years. This is the proposal that I have for you. If you make me your leader, I will unite all of you. I will make Christianity the state religion. I will outlaw all other religions. You'll be officially the Roman religion of Christianity. You'll never again have to face persecution. You'll have state salaries. We will build you marvelous buildings." Of the thousand pastors, less than five hundred said, "No thanks! They tried to walk out. The soldiers picked them up and beheaded them. The ones that agreed formed the Roman Catholic church. The great whore was put in place at that time. I wonder how those majority pastors feel as they are held in contempt by the Lord Jesus Christ?
You are going to have to make decisions today. Decisions to stay pure and clean or get swept away.
ARE YOU SAVED AND BORN AGAIN? IS THERE ANY DECEPTION IN YOUR LIFE?
Our heavenly, Father, this is not a pretty sermon that I preached today. It was heavy duty Lord. Father, we ask right now that you would work in our hearts. Father, God, we need Your grace right now. Lord, as we are living in the end times, we plead with You right now. We do not want to be deceived. We want to stand with Jesus Christ. We surrender today Lord. We surrender right now to our Lord Jesus Christ. We ask you Father, God, keep us safe in the arms of Jesus. In Jesus name Amen.
May God richly bless you is my prayer.