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2 Thes.2:10-12, Those Left Behind
2 Thes. 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)
This is referring to those left behind at the Rapture. The world at that time will be ruled by the Antichrist. WHY will these people perish? Verse 10 very clearly states this. Because they received not the love of the truth. The Truth being Jesus and the Holy Word of God. These people are well on their way to perishing this very day, BEFORE the Rapture.
God is allowing the world to believe a lie. Why does He do that? Isn’t that unfair? No, just as God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so too He is allowing people today to make choices. God simply forced Pharaoh into a situation which revealed what was already in his heart.
Millions of people pussy-foot around today. They refuse to take a stand for God. They refuse to listen to the Gospel. Their hearts and minds are closed! God graciously offers them His Word, but they will NOT accept it.
Even after they have heard the Word of God (rare in today’s pulpits, 2 Tim.4:3-4) they refuse to accept it. After the Rapture, and these souls are left behind, God will send them “strong delusion” (fraudulence; straying from God, deception, error). Apostate Christianity! WHY will God do this??? Because they reject and will NOT receive the Truth. Because of this, they are wide open to believe the lie of the devil!
Millions of people have stopped going to churches where they heard the Gospel, the Truth. They go to these modern ‘emergent’ churches, ‘seeker friendly’ churches, where the damnable ‘word-faith’ heresies are taught instead of the Biblical doctrines. They are easy prey for the devil’s cults and the “isms” of our day.
It is absolutely amazing how intelligent people who have sat in church, heard the Gospel, the Truth, and rejected it, and then turned to the wildest cult imaginable. They will follow some one who is an absolutely phony, and who NEVER gives out the Word of God. Why do they do this? Because God said they would! When people reject the Truth, they will believe the lie.
God our Shepherd is busy separating the sheep from the goats. If people will not receive His love, God sends them a “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
What is the “lie”? The lie of Antichrist is that Jesus Christ is not the Lord, that Jesus is not who He says He is. He will tell people that they are really smart in not becoming religious nuts who believe in Jesus; and that Jesus certainly is not the only way to Heaven. And he will have a good explanation for what happened to the saints who disappeared from the Earth at the Rapture, and will congratulate the people on having waited to build a kingdom on Earth with him. Since Antichrist will bring peace to Israel, the people will believe him and will believe that Antichrist will bring them the Millennium. They will NOT realize that they are entering into the Great Tribulation, NOT the Millennium! That is the lie, and people will believe it because they did NOT believe the Truth of God’s Holy Word.
Millions of people world wide refuse to accept Jesus, the ONLY One who can save them. No matter what you think, Jesus is the ONLY Way to Heaven! . . . Truth is truth whether you believe it or not.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV)
2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
They refuse to believe what God so plainly states about His only begotten Son.
1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)
The Gospel in a nutshell!
John 3:14-18 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
You do NOT want to be “damned” by God!
2 Thes.2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
God shall judge ALL those who have rejected the Truth, who have refused to believe Him. If you read what I write here, backed by the Bible, and continue to reject Jesus Christ, you are wide open for anything that the devil will say or do to delude and deceive you. You will NEVER be able to go into the Presence of God and say, “I didn’t understand, I never heard the Gospel.” If you turn your back on the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are wide open for delusion and you shall stand before the Great White Throne for severe and certain judgment (Rev.20:11-15). I am putting you out on a limb, because you cannot now say you have never heard the Gospel. You have heard it. Please do NOT reject Jesus Christ. I am a savour of life to those that are saved and a savor of death to those that perish (2 Cor. 2:15–16).
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. Delusion = deception, falsehood. Because people refuse to believe the Truth, God will allow them to believe the lie that Antichrist is the Messiah, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. “Damned” is a very strong word! It means ALL who refuse to believe the Truth will be condemned to an eternal and agonizing
Hell! God NEVER tries to hide anything from us. He tells us how to avoid this, and that is simply to believe Him and accept what He states as Truth!
Rev. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (KJV)
The beast represents a world power (which in Daniel is represented by four). This beast (Antichrist) represents Satan.
Rev. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (KJV)
The very language here is reserved for God alone (Ex.15:11; Psalm 113:5). Worship = prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore).
Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV)
After the Rapture, all people living on Earth will worship Antichrist, EXCEPT those whose names were written in the book of life. The only way to get your name in this book, is to believe God and accept His Son to save you.
That they should believe a lie . . . the lie is Antichrist’s claim that he is God, and includes people bowing down to his image (Rev.13:14-15), and accepting his mark in their forehead or right hand (Rev.13:16-17). ANYONE who does this is forever doomed to an agonizing Hell!
Rev. 14:9-11 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (KJV)
ALL those who worship the beast, accept his mark, and operate according to his world economic system will in the end face God’s wrath and judgment. If you value worldly money, power, fame, and pleasure over God’s leadership, you are on the WRONG road! Many people disown God and violate Christian principles to store up earthly treasures (Mat.6:19-20). Anyone who does so is well on the way of believing a lie because they are not believing the Truth. They must drink of the wine of God’s wrath (Psalm 75; Isaiah 51:17). The final result of sin is eternal separation from God.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
This will be the ultimate torment and misery. Sin ALWAYS brings misery, but in this life we can choose to repent and restore our relationship with God. In eternity . . . YES!~ there is eternity, and there will be NO more opportunity for repentance there. If you choose to reject God now, in the next life you will be separated from Him forever. NO one is forced to choose eternal separation from God, and NO one suffers this fate by accident. Jesus invites ALL of us to open the door of our hearts to Him (Rev. 3:20). If we do, we will enjoy everlasting fellowship with Him, for we will go with Him to Heaven at the Rapture (John 14:1-3; 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Pet.1:4), and never have to worry about believing Antichrist ’s lie! Amen!
Passages mentioned above.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (KJV)
Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
2 Cor. 2:15-16 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? (KJV)
Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (KJV)
Psalm 113:5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, (KJV)
Revelation 13:14-15 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (KJV)
Revelation 13:16-17 And he 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. (KJV)
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)
Psalm 75:1-10 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.  When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.  The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.  I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:  Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.  But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.  All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted. (KJV)
Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. (KJV)
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (KJV)
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV)
1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, (KJV)
Difficult or Confusing Bible Verses
1 Cor.3:13-15, What Motivates Us?
1 Cor.chapter 5, Should the Church Judge?
1 John 3:9, God's Child Cannot Sin . . . ???
1 John 5:4-5, Overcoming By Faith
1 John 5:16 . . . A Sin Unto Death???
1 John 5:18-20, Those Born of God Sinneth Not
1 Thes.5:23, Man's Trinity
2 Cor.2:14-17, Savour of Death, Savour of Life?
2 Thes.2:10-12, Those Left Behind
Col.3:12-17, How Believers Are To Live
Daniel 7:13-14, Christ in His Glory
Daniel 9:24-27, Daniel's 70 Weeks
Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, NO Soul Sleep
Genesis 3:15, Seed of the Woman
Genesis 6:1-2, Sons of God
Hebrews 6:4-9, Can a TRUE Christian Fall from Grace?
Hebrews 10:26, Do NOT Reject Christ!
Isaiah 53:4-5, By His Stripes We Are Healed!
John 6:47-58, Eating the Flesh and Blood of Jesus
John 15:1-6, Unfruitful Branches Burned?
Mark 3:28-29, The Unpardonable Sin?
Matthew Chapter 13, Mystery Parables of Jesus
Matthew 16:19, Keys to Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 5:48, Being Perfect?
Matthew 7:21-23, Not Every One Goes to Heaven
Matthew 7:6, Cast Not Your Pearls before Swine!
* * * * Matthew 22:36-40, Believers' TWO Commandments * * * *
Matthew 23:13-30, Woes of Hypocrites