In spite of numerous conspiracy theories, most of which have at least some basis in the truth, our understanding about who or what is in control is not easily discerned. Many Christian believers are observing with their intellects, and sensing in their spirits, that things are going terribly wrong in the world, and that whatever kingdom of God influence has existed in the world through the body of Christ is now losing ground rapidly. But our understanding in this regard is vague, and it is time for us to “see” with spiritual eyes and “hear” with spiritual ears what the Spirit of truth wants to reveal to us concerning this issue so that we will understand and respond appropriately, by faith, to the voice of the Lord during these difficult days.
Satan, the Father of Lies, has conspired against the people of God from Adam forward, and he does this through the introduction of false doctrine, and especially false doctrine concerning the time of the end, into the body of Christ by unknowing Christian leaders through the ages who have been deceived concerning all doctrine. Yet, the most dangerous false doctrines for this present generation concern the END TIMES. And according to the Lord's own prophecy a MAJORITY of His people will fall away from faith during the 4th, 5th, and 6th seal events because they were misled by popular, but false, prophecies introduced into the body of Christ by deceived men.
Any honest examination of the world economic systems, governmental systems, educational systems, environmental systems, agricultural systems, and communication systems, to name a few, will reveal that man’s “wisdom” is inadequate for delivering us from disaster. Yet, many in the church today are totally dependent on those systems for their future well-being, their fulfillment in life, and their security.
Spiritual Zionism is the belief that Israel and the Jewish people are still the primary covenant intent of God, meaning that Christianity and the church (body of Christ) are a parenthetic in which Gentiles are included in the covenant redemption intended primarily for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Zionism is also the source doctrine of “Dispensationalism,” which is the belief that God has provided salvation for mankind through various covenants, not just the New Covenant. Zionism is, then, a denial that Israel was redeemed at the first advent of Jesus Christ, and that it is the second coming of Jesus Christ through which all Israel, meaning national, ethnic Israel will be redeemed. But that is not what multiple witnesses of Israel believed as was recorded in the New Testament.
Spiritual Warfare and Deception: How to raise the shield of faith and wield the sword of the Spirit in the warfare of the beast kingdom against us
In Ephesians 6:12 Paul instructs us that our warfare is not with men but with “spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places,” whom we identify as Satan and his hierarchy of fallen angels, called demons. But, unlike the horror movies we allow our Christian children to watch, prompting their (and our) fear of the supernatural powers that demons and the men they control have in this world, the Lord instructs us in Luke 10:19 that He has ALL authority in heaven and on earth. And He has given us His authority and power (through faith) to TRAMPLE on serpents and scorpions (demons) and over ALL the power (supernatural abilities) that the enemy possesses, and nothing used by the enemy can harm us in any way IF we are walking by faith in our Lord’s authority.
The primary warning given to the church by the Lord, with special emphasis for the end times church, is DO NOT BE DECEIVED. This warning specifically relates to false Christs, false prophets, and “doctrines of demons” secretly introduced into the body of Christ through satanically inspired men masquerading as ministers of righteousness. It also relates to the authoritative presumptions of men who are disconnected from the revelation of the Spirit of truth in their painstaking intellectual examinations of biblical scripture. Our example from the OT are the Pharisees, the intellectual giants of Israel who knew by memory every prophetic reference to the first advent of the Messiah, but completely missed Him as He lived out every single prophetic detail in their very presence. This is not unlike the intellectual giants of the organized church today, with doctorates in biblical Hebrew and Greek, who are, in large part, missing the revelatory details concerning the second advent of the Messiah.