Preamble

I think that, in the near future, the intensification of AI technology in the hands of individual people will lead to mass confusion, as we transition away from social rules as a moral compass.

Trusting the Holy Spirit is more important now than ever for making decisions that will impact the future.

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The Holy Spirit
    Given to us so as to teach and show us all
    the things necessary for life and
    godliness. He particularly fits in this
    role because He is the One who inspired
    the Word of God. He is also the one who
    illuminates our hearts with the truth. He
    is the mind and the wisdom of God in the
    life of the believer

Summary

In recent times I have been confronted with a bit of an ontological crisis.

Normal life and social rules cease to delude me now with its doctrine of right and wrong and cease to have an oppressing hold on my life.

However, through new eyes, and being somebody who interprets and seeks meaning, and to derive meaning in the things that I do, I now have to ascribe events, circumstances and incongruencies with explanation.

Lies that are prevalent may oppress and prevent a person from glorifying and honoring God. Because God created us with a telos; a purpose. A seed grows into a flower, but for what purpose? What is the purpose of a person? Certainly not to hide within their shell, unable to bravely confront what they believe is true and imprint that truth upon the world.

For instance, God created us with unique gifts and purposes but there is a thick veil of lies (mainly intellectual) that a person has to fight through, and until then believes about themselves. Those lies will actually prevent them from performing even the smallest of steps towards freedom, and will twist good things into bad things.

Near the beginning of 2021 I have encountered my greatest fear. Against everybody around me – not a single soul would encourage me. I’ve continued on that path. I could only do it with a strong belief in God’s validation. There was a single moment and afterwards, my heart went from twisted and in pain to a feeling of being at least twice the size and utterly rushing with the feeling of being loved, and my life from stagnant an inhibited to a feeling of endless freedom and exploration of things beyond this fictional and invisible wall.

Lies oppress and control, they destroy and lead to death; spiritual, mental and physical.

This is what Billy Graham is talking about in the video when he says:

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"He promises freedom liberty and life but he
produces only sorrow, slavery and death. He's
a deceiver."

Transcribing from Billy Graham

The following is the transcript from Billy Graham’s sermon on Spiritual Warfare, including an explanation of the Armour of God.

A warning against witchcraft

California schoolteacher the mother of six children was kidnapped sometime ago by five drug addicts; she was stabbed twenty times in the back. Her captors told the police that they were warlocks (i.e., male witches) that they worship the devil.

In Montana some time ago, a 22-year-old social worker picked up a hitchhiker near Yellowstone National Park, and the hitchhiker then shot his victim in the head and brutally attacked the dead body, telling the police that he worshipped the devil.

In Miami Beach a 69-year-old retired woman is viciously attacked by a young woman who later tells reporters very happily that for the last five years she has been worshiping Satan and this is her sacrifice to the devil

Story after story after story like that could be told tonight if we only had time to tell it. The scripture has a great deal to say about the evil and demons, in fact, the whole Bible is the story of a conflict between the forces of God and the forces of the devil. The scripture I would like for you to turn to is Deuteronomy 18:10–11.

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There shall not be found among you anyone who
makes his son or his daughter pass through the
fire, one who uses divination, one who
practices witchcraft, or one who interprets
omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a
spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who
calls up the dead.

You remember the story of Saul, who broke the law of God; he had lost contact with God. God had left no more blessings upon Saul, the great king of Israel, and so he decided that he was going to consult a medium and try to get a message from Samuel. He consulted the medium and he was successful in talking briefly with Samuel but he was killed shortly thereafter as the judgment of God fell upon Saul and his family.

Now Americans at this hour are vacillating, according to the latest polls. Some deny the existence of the devil altogether, but others have an unnatural fascination with the devil and with demons and with exorcism and other things in the occult, and because of the success of the Exorcist in many new films being made on the subject of the devil and evil right now, a pastor who saw one of these films said recently, “It was obnoxious, repulsive, and disgusting. Pornographic and obscene.”

I myself have not seen any of these films. I don’t intend to expose myself to this type of thing, but a Jesuit priest who saw one of these films said in his survey among university students that most students that have seen the films wish they had never seen them.

Now this is not a phenomenon just in the United States; it’s also in Germany, where there are thousands of witches; it’s also in the UK, where the other day our British bishop said that Great Britain is turning to black magic as their interest in Christianity declines; I believe that one of the problems in the world today that isn’t recognized is the great intensification and acceleration of evil in the world at this moment because the devil knows his time is short; the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ may be drawing near, and the Scripture teaches that as the coming of the Lord draws near the activity of the devil will intensify.

The kidnapping, violence, and terror all over the world, I believe, is a part of demonic activity. One authority says that witchcraft is growing faster than any other religion in the Western world, and one reason I think that young people get involved is because it does get them involved. It’s a return to nature, in a sense, of worship of the natural gods, finding some power within themselves or broadening their minds.

Some of them through drugs and some without drugs, but thousands of young and old alike are dabbling in their cult at this moment. Shops in our cities are selling all types of things that go along with their cult; one university professor said some time ago that there were dozens of covens on their campus. Now, a coven as you know is a circle of witches and warlocks and warlocks on male witches numbering 13; they always number 13 and they have their rights and their rituals and their literature and their witchcraft.

The father of fakery (the deceiver)

Now what is right and what is wrong? What is false and what is true? The Bible has a lot to say about it, and I’m going to cover a big subject in a very few minutes.

First, the Bible teaches that there is a devil.

We meet him in the third chapter of Genesis, and we don’t get rid of him till the end of the book of Revelation.

He’s all the way through the Bible, and in the Bible we find that he’s a person.

He walks, he talks. He tempts, he lies. He flatters. He kills. He works miracles. He counterfeits. He oppresses. He afflicts. He influences. He destroys. He quotes and misquotes scripture. He possesses. He inflicts bodily injury. He sells discord in the church. He spreads false doctrine.

Those are the things that this personality in the Bible called the devil does according to the scriptures.

Now in the Bible he is called Satan, he is called the Devil, he is called the fallen angel, he is called a roaring lion, he is called the prince of demons, he is called a wolf a prowler, Beelzebub, the dragon, the serpent, Lucifer, a great light, a star, a betrayer, an adversary, a wonder worker, a liar, the father of lies, the god of this world, the prince of this world, and the prince of the power of the air.

It is described in the Bible as:

  • the kingdom of darkness,
  • the kingdom of evil,
  • the kingdom of unrighteousness,
  • the kingdom of hatred,
  • sin, death, hell, and the grave.

He produces false miracles, spiritual experiences, tongues, and, as the Bible says about the devil, he has a false church, a false gospel, a false plan of salvation, a false trinity, false preachers, false prophets.

That’s what the Bible says about the devil.

The word “Lucifer” means “light-bearer” or “light-bringer.” It is a deceptive light because it is not the true light.

It is a deceptive light. It is not the true light.

  • He promises:

    • freedom,
    • life, and
    • liberty, but
  • he produces only:

    • sorrow,
    • slavery, and
    • death.

He’s a deceiver and he is trying to deceive thousands of you young people tonight by promising you that if you’ll only follow him and serve him and bow down to him and live for him that he will give you freedom, life, and liberty.

But actually, he gives you sorrow, slavery, and eternal death in hell.

Now the devil is resisted in the Bible by the characters of the Bible that God honored and blessed and loved.

  • He was resisted by Job.
  • He was resisted by Jesus.
  • He was resisted by the disciples.

He was cast out of heaven and the Bible says he will eventually and ultimately be cast into hell, the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels.

Now you say how did the devil originate? Why did God allow the devil? Well, there’s a lot of uncertainty about that.

The apostle Paul calls evil the mystery of iniquity. There are just some things we don’t know. God did not reveal it to us, and if God did not reveal it to us, we shouldn’t be delving into speculation, but there are some hints in the Bible about where the devil originated: in Isaiah the 14th chapter.

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How you have fallen from heaven, O morning
star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down
to the earth, you who once laid low the
nations!

And then it says five times he will put his will against God’s will:

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You said in your heart, "I will ascend to
heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars
of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of
assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred
mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the
clouds; I will make myself like the Most
High."

In other words, there came a time somewhere back in eternity when Lucifer, the highest and the greatest of all the created beings, led a rebellion against God and it seems that about a third of the angels joined him in the rebellion. They were cast out of heaven. They landed on this earth. And the devil and these fallen angels who have now become demons are active on this planet. They’re under judgment. They’ve been defeated by the cross and the resurrection. They are ultimately going to be cast into hell, but in the meantime, they are active and increasing their activity.

Now the sin of Lucifer was pride. He wanted to be like god. He wanted to be above God. He wanted to be the greatest being in all the universe. So he led the rebellion. You say, “Where did he get this idea?” We don’t know. We don’t know how the sin entered his heart. We don’t know why God allowed it. We don’t know. This is wrapped up in the mystery of God. It’s wrapped up in the mystery of iniquity.

It’s something we don’t understand, and it will never be resolved until the battle of Armageddon, when our Lord Jesus Christ is going to come back, followed by thousands of the armies of heaven, and He’s going to destroy forever the devil and his angels, and we’ll be rid on this planet of the greatest plague in the greatest thing that has ever happened to any planet anywhere in the universe.

Vexation by demons

Now the second thing about demons the New Testament makes one thing clear, there is one evil there are many demons.

You remember the story in the fifth chapter of Mark? The man of the gathering? This man was possessed of a devil many demons and it had affected his mental, emotional, and physical faculties and he and Jesus held conversation not with the man but with the demons.

Jesus never talked to the man at all.

He talked to the demons, and there are several things about that man that interest me today and are irrelevant at this hour in America.

He was naked. He was a streaker. He was violent, and look at the violence in the country.

He wanted the demons to be cast or the demons wanted to be cast into the swine, into the pigs you see the combination you have here? You have violence, nakedness, self- destruction, and pigs.

What do some of the people call the police today? (Some of the more violent people) Pigs.

Is there a connection? I don’t know, but it’s quite interesting that this demon-possessed man that Jesus encountered would have all of those things that we’re wrestling with today.

Now the origin of demons as I said a moment ago is unclear.

Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

The Bible says in Revelation 12:

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7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and
his angels fought against the dragon, and the
dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he
was not strong enough, and they lost their
place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled
down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or
Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He
was hurled to the earth, and his angels with
him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens
    and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
    because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
    because he knows that his time is short.”

You say, “What about exorcism?” Well, do you know what the word “exorcism” actually means? It means “expelling spirits by a religious act or religious service.” That’s how it works, expelling an evil spirit.

Jesus of course was the greatest of all exorcists.

He commanded the demons and the forces of evil to come out of people, and that man that I was telling about a moment ago, he commanded this legion of demons to leave, and they left, and went into the swine, and the swine went hurtling into the sea, and destroyed themselves.

Now the fact of exorcism is a reality but it is misunderstood.

Modern interpretations originated actually in pagan practices, magic formulas, and rituals to expel evil spirits, have been practiced for centuries in primitive societies, usually accompanied by violence and infliction of pain.

There is one tribe in India that I read about where they take a cotton wick soaked in oil and they light it and they stuff it up the nostrils of the person who is supposed to be possessed of demons, and the cruelty of professional exorcists in many parts of the world is beyond our comprehension and understanding.

Now Matthew the eighth chapter tells us that when the disciples brought to Jesus many who were possessed with demons, he cast out the spirits not by means of a long ceremony, as we are being told today, but by a word.

And his disciples cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ.

How in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ are those that have believed in my name, they shall cast out demons.

There are some things, however, that you should be aware of.

You should not go around claiming to cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ if you are not sure that it is all right to do so.

You must be filled with the Holy Spirit, and you must be walking in the Spirit, and you must know that the one you are casting out is a demon.

And you must know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have the authority of God’s Word behind you. Behind the name of Jesus stands the power of almighty God.

The hold of sin

Now how do you keep from being possessed or harassed and vexed by demons? You see demons have power only that is as far as a Christian is concerned.

Only when you are walking in some sin if you allow a besides besetting sin to get a grip on you you’ve opened the way for the demons in your life.

As we walk with Christ if you’re a Christian and you’re walking in the spirit and God is with you and all known sin has been confessed and you’re in fellowship with Christ then you can walk in the middle of the most dangerous spiritual situations and be protected by God.

You can claim authority over the devil and his angels.

But I’ll tell you what the devil will do, he’ll bluff as far as he can, he’ll take all the ground that you give him, give him an inch, he’ll take a foot.

A woman possessed of the spirit of divination you remember bothered Paul in Philippi, and he said to her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And the spirit came out, and she became well again.

Now I personally have had that experience a few times but very few, and I was trying to think, only once in America, I remember twice in India, I remember once in Africa, and twice in the Far East, and on each occasion, very interestingly, the person involved used the same three words: “I am free.” Christ can free you, but it’s not done with a ritual; it’s not done with the way it’s being depicted.

It’s done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and every believer, every Christian has the right to pray that prayer with a person who is in trouble.

Now a great many things that we call demon possession and not demon possession at all, for example mental problems are not caused by demons; many are not, and so you have to have discernment that only the Holy Spirit can give you as to what is demon activity and what is normal activity or the activity of nature.

You say, “Well how do we overcome demons when they bother us and harass us?” I want you to listen to this.

First of all, be sure you know Christ; I don’t believe that a true believer in Jesus Christ can be possessed by a demon.

You can be vexed by a demon; you can be harassed by a demon, but I don’t believe the Scripture teaches that you can be possessed by a demon.

There are many things that we call demon possession and not demon possession at all, for example mental problems are not caused by demons.

Many are not, and so you have to have discernment that only the Holy Spirit can give you as to what is demon activity and what is normal activity or the activity of nature.

You say, “Well how do we overcome demons when they bother us and harass us?” I want you to listen to this.

First of all, be sure you know Christ; I do not believe that a true believer in Jesus Christ can be possessed by a demon.

You can be vexed by a demon, you can be harassed by a demon, but I do not believe the Scripture teaches that you can be possessed by a demon.

The Holy Spirit

Now Satan filled Judas, Satan filled Ananias and Sapphira, who were professing believers, we’re told in scripture, but are you sure that you know Christ? Do you know that Jesus Christ lives in your heart? Have you settled it? Come to Christ tonight while you can, as Bill Cepeda said he did five years ago, as Mike said he did three years ago, come to Christ, surrender your life to him, and make sure about that.

You will have a power living in you that is greater than he that is in the world, you will have the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of God in your life, and you can resist the devil, the Bible says, and he will flee from you.

The second thing: be filled with the Holy Spirit.

The scripture says be not drunk with wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit.

I want to ask you tonight, as a believer, are you filled with the Holy Spirit? You can be filled.

Not through some emotional ecstasy, you can be filled by a simple act of faith.

How did you receive Christ? You received him simply by faith, all right? You’re filled the same way.

You can say, “I am filled by the Holy Spirit with the Holy Spirit by faith.

You see, the moment you receive Christ, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart and as you surrender everything that he points out that is wrong in your life then he fills you and you’re filled and you produce fruit.

Now, every Christian has the gifts of the Spirit.

You have a gift; I don’t care who you are and how lowly a Christian you are; you have a gift and you ought to be utilizing that gift in the body of Christ and you ought to be utilizing that gift in witnessing for Christ.

But the fruit of the Spirit is something different.

The fruit of the Spirit is different than the gifts of the Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and so forth.

That’s produced by the Holy Spirit.

Now if you’re living in the spirit producing the fruit of the spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, Satan cannot get inside of you at all, but let me tell you, sin even the slightest little sin will grieve the Holy Spirit and open the way for demonic activity.

Jesus said I will never leave you nor desert you. I will not forsake you.

The armor of God

Now the third thing, watch for the schemes of the devil.

The scripture says put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Now the devil is going to exploit your personality quirks, the lust of the flesh, the natural physical drives that you have, hunger, as he did Jesus.

He tempted Jesus when Jesus was hungry. The devil always comes to you when you’re weak to tempt you to harass you to trouble you.

Watch out for those moments when you’re weak when you’re hungry.

He also uses the sex drive, sex is a powerful drive that we all have, and the devil will use it if we give him a half an inch.

For our struggle the scripture says is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, powers, forces of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

And the scripture says: “Therefore take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” And “the Bible outlines the full armor that we should have and I want to ask you tonight if you have yours on, have you checked it? First, check it.

The Belt of Truth

When Paul was in jail in Rome under house arrest, he had a Roman guard watching him.

Paul noticed how the belt of the guard’s uniform held together his uniform, so Paul used the belt in his illustration (belt of truth) of how Christians are to be “girded up in the truth”, i.e., have the Scriptures, the Word of God, inside their hearts.

In other words, learn the scriptures, learn the word of God.

That’s the reason when people come forward to receive the Lord’s Supper we give them a Bible study and we get them involved in the scriptures.

Reading the scriptures, memorizing the scriptures, this is how we resist the devil.

When Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil, what did he do? He didn’t argue with the devil.

He resisted the devil by quoting scripture.

That’s all he did, just quote scripture.

He said it is written, and when he was finished quoting the scripture, the devil would leave him, and angels would come and minister to him.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Paul said, “Put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Now the breastplate was made of bronze, backed with tough pieces of hide, and the breastplate of righteousness is what we get from Jesus Christ when we come to Him as our Lord and Savior, because our righteousness, our goodness, is filthy rags in the sight of God.

So you need a righteousness that has been provided for you, and it was provided for you by Jesus Christ on the cross, and we receive the breastplate of righteousness so that when the devil shoots his fiery darts, they can’t penetrate that breastplate.

Shoes with the preparation of the gospel of peace

And thirdly, he says how about your boots, having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Now that doesn’t mean to go out and just preach the gospel, it means more than that, it means that you should have the peace of God in your heart, the serenity, the joy, the happiness that Christ gives, should be in your heart, so that when troubles come, Satan will not be able to get close to you.

You see, Satan uses worry, anxiety, and tension to keep us off balance. Are you afraid? Do not fear; for I am with you; says God. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. “I will strengthen you; surely I will uphold you with my right hand”, says God in Isaiah 41.

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be
dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen
you and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.

Shield of Faith

Are you worried about inflation/Covid19? Everyone’s bills are stacking up; the pressures of business closing in; children getting out of hand.

Those are the things you’re worried about, right? The scripture says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” and then, what about the shield the Roman soldiers carried? The scripture says: in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.

Now, Roman’s shield was two feet wide and four feet long and it warded off the blows of the enemy.

He would hide behind it when arrows would come against him.

Satan is always shooting his missiles and his darts at us and we need the shield of faith; Trusting and believing in God, taking God at his word.

Helmet of Salvation

And then fifthly is the helmet, and take the helmet of salvation, the helmet is very important because it guards the brain, protects the head.

There’s a lot in the scripture to say about the mind.

Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus, that will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, intellectually.

You cannot come to Christ alone, because your mind has a veil over it put there but the devil.

But when you come to Christ, your mind is illuminated by the Holy Spirit, and the things that you didn’t understand before, you now accept by faith, and you put on the helmet, and that helmet protects you against the enemy.

The devil is going to try to cause you to doubt. He’s going to try to cause you to question.

Freedom from sin

I remember my own father.

He had been told by a preacher many years ago that he had committed the unpardonable sin and my father thought all those years that he couldn’t come to Christ.

He didn’t even know what it was and it was years later that he found the joy of his salvation again, you see Satan had sidetracked and perverted the scriptures.

And then there’s the sword and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; that’s the offensive weapon, you see.

A Roman’s blade was about 24 inches long, and he would twist and turn, keep his balance, always thrusting and the Scripture says that the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.

When Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus used the sword (the Word of God).

Persecution of the righteous

That’s the reason it’s important to study the Bible, to know the Bible, to learn the Bible and I believe this: that Christians and believers are going to go through a period of trouble and difficulty.

We may go to jail. We may be killed for our faith as many people in other parts of the world have been. We’re not going to escape it. It’s on the way.

And the way to get prepared is to learn this book so that when they do call upon you to witness, when they do call upon you, you know the scriptures and you can quote the word of God and be a witness and resist the devil.

And the scripture says, he will flee and then the seventh and the last thing is to pray.

Prayer without ceasing said Paul.

With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the spirit, praying in Bible study.

Check that your armor is in place, one final word: the final victory, the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ, the destruction of the Devil and his works and death and hell in the grave have been nullified; they have been destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross, the victory is won; that victory is assured; till that final day there is a lot of suffering, a lot of fighting, a lot of battling; but we are on the winning side; and the scripture teaches that Jesus Christ has won the victory, and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb; by the blood of the Lamb; there is power in the blood.

YouTube vid
Spiritual Warfare by Billy Graham Crusade Phoenix, AZ 1974 - YouTube
Subtitles
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longsuffering
    Patient and persevering in the face of
    trial or provocation.

    Enduring something (such as delay or
    trouble) calmly; enduring patiently;
    tolerant; enduring.

Bible Passages

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Deuteronomy 18:10-11
New International Version

10 Let no one be found among you who
sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire,
who practices divination or sorcery,
interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or
casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist
or who consults the dead.
Billy Graham
“he oppresses he afflicts he influences he destroys he quotes and misquotes scripture he possesses he inflicts bodily injury he sells discord in the church he spreads false doctrine”
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"I believe that one of the problems in the
world today that is not recognized is the
great intensification and acceleration of evil
in the world at this moment because the devil
knows his time is short the coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ may be drawing near and the
scripture teaches that as the coming of the
Lord draws near the activity of the devil will
intensify."
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"Witchcraft is growing faster than any other
religion in the western world and one reason I
think that young people get involved is
because it does get them involved. It's a
return to nature in a sense of worship of the
natural gods finding some power within
themselves or broadening their minds."

Just a bit of speculation, but it seems to be progressing towards:

  • The father of fakery:
    • false miracles
      • Artificial intelligence and medical technology
    • false spiritual experiences
      • Drugs I guess?
      • Brain-computer interface
      • Interpretation of dreams
      • … IDK
    • false tongues
    • false church
      • Social and cultural rules taking precedence of the Holy Spirit
      • Maybe like actually worshipping the Antichrist or something
    • false gospel
    • false plan of salvation
      • Immortality through technology
    • false trinity
    • false preachers
    • false prophets

He promises freedom liberty and life but he produces only sorrow, slavery and death. He’s a deceiver.

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mystery
    The word mystery denotes something hidden
    for a time before God chooses to reveal
    it.

Mystery of iniquity
Secret power of lawlessness
    [mystery]

    (2 Thessalonians 2:)

    The working of lawlessness in the world,
    leading to a worldwide rebellion against
    God.

    It is a mystery that is being restrained
    from being revealed.

    The revelation of this lawlessness will
    coincide with the revelation of the
    Antichrist.

Antichrist
    [mystery]

    (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

Doctrine of the Gentile church
    [mystery]

    (Romans 16:25–27; Ephesians 3:4–12;
    Colossians 1:25–27)

    25 Now to him who is able to establish you
    in accordance with my gospel, the message
    I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping
    with the revelation of the mystery hidden
    for long ages past, 26 but now revealed
    and made known through the prophetic
    writings by the command of the eternal
    God, so that all the Gentiles might come
    to the obedience that comes from[a] faith—
    27 to the only wise God be glory forever
    through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Rapture
    [mystery]

    (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)

Doctrine of the Gentile church

The mystery revealed to Paul “that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel” (Ephesians 3:3-6).

That the saved Gentiles became fellowheirs with saved Jews, and were united then in Christ through the Gospel is the obvious teaching of Paul in Ephesians 3, a proposition upon which all will agree

https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/8/8-2/BETS%5F8%5F2%5F77-84%5FMare.pdf

The mystery of iniquity

It works in secret right now, but it is working.

The man of sin’s rise to power will represent a climax of lawlessness, a satanic movement against the administration of God.

This secret, behind-the-scenes movement is as yet restrained but waiting to be revealed.

The mystery of iniquity has been at work for a long time—since Paul’s day—and, when it finally erupts in all its hideousness, the world will be shaken to its core.

The Antichrist, who leads the descent into lawlessness, will set a new standard of depravity.

The enormity of the acts of moral monsters such as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Robespierre, and Caligula will pale in comparison to the evil of the Antichrist.