The   coming   of   the   lawless   one   is   according   to   the   working   of   Satan,   with   all   power,   signs,   and   lying   wonder s,   and   with all   unrighteous   deception    among   those   who   perish,   because   they   did   not   receive   the   love   of   the   truth,   that   they   might be   saved.     And   for   this   reason   God   will   send   them   strong   delusion ,   that   they   should   believe   the   lie,   that   they   all   may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Lying   is   defined   as   making   an   untrue   statement   with   the   intent   to   deceive,   has   existed   throughout   time,   and   was   initially used to deceive Adam and Eve.  Here are some interesting concepts to consider. 1 . Humans   are   the   only   living   organisms   on   earth   that   has   the   capacity   to   lie—which   is   a   component   of   our   sinful nature.      As   such,   every   person   (but   one)   has   lied   during   their   lives—some   with   good   intentions,   others   with   an intent   to   harm.      For   example,   telling   someone   their   new   hair   style   looks   nice   (when   it’s   not)   may   be   considered   a “good intention” lie.  Whereas, a lie that’s intended to swindle money from someone is a harmful lie.  2 . Humans   are   the   only   living   organisms   on   earth   that   have   the   capacity   to   believe—including   lies.      A   belief   is defined as having confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something (without absolute proof). 3 . When someone believes a harmful lie, both the believer and the liar are deceived. The   intent   of   this   lesson   is   not   to   discuss   the   morals   and   ethics   of   lies.      But   rather,   the   purpose   is   to   gain   a   better understanding   of   how   lies   can   harm   persons,   a   country   and   nations.      The   reason   why   this   topic   is   important   is   when   a harmful   lie   is   spoken   by   a   powerful   influential   person—and   it   is   believed   by   the   masses—numerous   devastating consequences may occur. Jesus Warned About Deception During the Last Days The   disciples   asked   Jesus   about   the   last   days.      What’s   revealing,   His   first   response   was   a   warning   about   deception.     “Now   as   He   sat   on   the   Mount   of   Olives,   the   disciples   came   to   Him   privately,   saying,   ‘Tell   us,   when   will   these   things   be?     And   what   will   be   the   sign   of   Your   coming,   and   of   the   end   of   the   age?’      And   Jesus   answered   and   said   to   them:    ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.’” Matthew 24:3-4 The   reason   for   His   warning   is   because   during   the   last   days   God   will   increasingly   allow   Satan   (via   the   Beast)   to   deceive those who do not believe in His Son, and who prefer pleasure in unrighteousness. To   gain   a   broader   spiritual   understanding   of   lies,   it   is   best   to   begin   with   the   source   of   lies:   Satan.      Lying   is   Satan’s strength;   primary   method   of   operation;   and   he   is   more   skilled   at   lying   than   any   other   created   being.      Jesus   said regarding   Satan   “He   was   a   murderer   from   the   beginning,   not   holding   to   the   truth,   for   there   is   no   truth   in   him.      When   he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is ‘a liar’ and ‘the father of lies.’”  John 8:44 To   gain   a   greater   insight   into   the   influence   of   Satan’s   lies,   take   a   moment   and   think   about   the   following   statement.     Every    war,    every    battle,    every    skirmish,    every    murder,    every    argument,    every    sin,    and    every    caustic    word spoken—began   as   a   lie   and   culminated   in   spiritual   death   (separation   from   God)   and/or   physical   death—because   this   is the intent of Satan’s lies. Now   consider   recent   the   changes   that   have   been   occurring   in   our   “global   neighborhood”   as   it   has   become   increasingly difficult   to   separate   what   is   true   and   what   is   not;   determine   what   should   be   believed   and   what   should   be   avoided;   and what is from God and what is from Satan.  Meanwhile, lies are spreading like wildfire, as: Degrees of uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety are experienced by many. Lies are propagated by news organizations, communicated over the Internet and social media. Lies provide a means to justify attacking others (verbally and physically).  A   deeper   division   (and   additional   consequences)   are   occurring   between   those   who   believe   the   lies   and   those   who do not.   As division increases, both sides of the lies are more likely to: o Experience increasing degrees of anger and hatred towards one another. o Use caustic words (demeaning, divisive, condescending, harsh and cynical). o Experience astonishment and bewilderment towards the other side. o Perceive the other side as having a delusional state of mind. The unifying “foundations” within a society significantly decline as division increases. For   those   who   are   able   to   spiritually   see,   what   we   are   witnessing   in   the   world   today   are   the   consequences   of lies—which   are   propagated   by   Satan   and   his   minions   (fallen   angels   and   demons).      However,   what   we   are   witnessing   is only   a   prelude   and   a   “taste”   of   the   lying   deception   that   will   occur   in   the   future.     This   is   when   strong   delusion   will   occur   as the   lawless   one   (the   beast   who   will   be   a   manifestation   of   Satan)   will   use   lying   wonders   and   unrighteous   deception   to condemn those who prefer unrighteousness over truth. Meanwhile,   in   the   midst   of   all   of   the   lies   and   deception,   it   becomes   clearer   why   Jesus   declared    “I   am   the   way,   the   truth , and the life.  John 14:6 Why and How Satan Lies The   darkened   desire   of   Satan   and   his   minions   is   to   cause   spiritual   death   (separation   from   God)   and/or   physical   death.     To accomplish this task he transforms his deceptive lies into something that is pleasing and desired.  This   transformation   was   first   demonstrated   by   Satan   in   the   Garden   of   Eden   when   he   masterfully   combined   absolute   lies with some truth to reposition the mandate from God, and deceived Eve into sin. God   said   to Adam   “Of   every   tree   of   the   garden   you   may   freely   eat;   but   of   the   tree   of   the   knowledge   of   good   and   evil   you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.”  Genesis 2:16-17 Satan   said   to   Eve   “You   will   not   surely   die.   For   God   knows   that   in   the   day   you   eat   of   it   your   eyes   will   be   opened,   and   you will be like God knowing good and evil.”  Genesis 3:4-5 Satan’s   words   mixed   truth   with   a   lie.      Adam   and   Eve   did   not   physically   die   after   eating   from   the   forbidden   tree.   However,   death   occurred   as   God   had   promised.      Adam   and   Eve   died   spiritually   (they   were   separated   from   their relationship   with   God)   because   of   their   sin.      This   same   process   of   spiritual   death   occurs   today—by   all   of   us—when   we listen to the lies of sin. Propagating   (spreading,   broadcasting,   circulating)   lies   is   how   Satan   facilitates   spiritual   and   physical   death.      In   addition, it   is   important   to   understand   Satan   is   a   masterful   liar—for   there   is   no   entity   (human   or   spirit)   that   compares   to   his darkened   skills   in   lying.      For   example,   an   absolute   lie   is   easy   to   identify   and   argue   against.      However,   a   lie   that   is   mixed with   some   truth   is   more   difficult   to   overcome.      As   such,   there   are   different   techniques   used   by   Satan   and   his   minions (fallen angels and demons) to “package” their lies to make them more believable.  For example, they will: 1 . Mix some truth with the lie. 2 . Twist the truth into a different meaning. 3 . Declare difficult to prove absolutes that support the lie. The First Three steps of a Lie: Distraction, Deception and Delusion Three   things   must   occur   for   a   lie   to   influence   a   person:   distraction,   deception   and   delusion.      It   is   important   to   note   that when   someone   knows   the   truth,   it   will   usually   cause   a   “red   flag   of   concern   and   caution”   during   distraction,   and   will circumvent attempts of deception and delusion.  However, those who do not know the truth may easily succumb to lies. Distraction: Having one’s thoughts or attention drawn away. To divert or redirect one’s mental focus. Occurs when some aspect of what’s communicated aligns with a person’s interests or desires. Deception: The act of causing someone to accept as true or valid, when it is false or invalid. Lying, misleading, or otherwise hiding or distorting the truth. A   deceitful   act   or   statement   which   misleads   and   hides   the   truth;   or   promotes   a   belief,   concept   or   idea   that   is   not true. Occurs when factual truth is not known, and the lie makes logical sense and it is believable. Delusion: A persistent belief in the lie is maintained despite evidence to the contrary. Unable or unwilling to let go of convictions that support the lie. Occurs when the lie defines reality. “Six   Stages   of   Temptation”   provides   a   more   detailed   overview   of   the   different   means   Satan   uses   to direct    us    down    a    path    to    sin.        This    lesson    is    available    for    free    and    may    be    downloaded    on wwwUniqueBibleStudies.com. Consequences are Indicators of a Lie The   consequences   of   a   lie   are   excellent   indicators   of   the   influence   of   lie   (and   Satan’s   work).      For   example,   lies   will usually   cause   division—from   a   polarizing   force   within   our   heart   and   soul,   to   divisions   within   our   country   and   between nations.     Additional   consequences   may   include   destruction   and   devastation.         Plus,   spiritual   darkness   will   usually   follow as desolation and death occurs. Division   is   a   separation   of   something   into   parts.      It   occurs   when   there   is   a   disagreement   between   those   who believe in the lie and those who believe in the truth, often producing tension or hostility. Destruction is an action or process of causing damage or destroying something. Devastation is defined as so much damage that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists. Darkness conveys a condition of no light and inability to see. Desolation is a state of anguish, emptiness, hopelessness, abandoned and forsaken. Death encompasses both the spiritual separation from God because of sin and/or the end of physical life. And   yes,   there’s   a   lot   of   “D”   words…but   they   accurately   depict   the   consequences   of   a   lie.      What’s   more,   each   “D” becomes progressively worse as you move from the initial “D” of distraction, to the last “D” of death. Behavioral Characteristics of Those Who Believe in Lies Those who believe in a lie: Will   often   seek   sources   of   lie   reinforcement   from   like-minded   persons   and   sources   that   propagate   the   deceptional lies. Are usually not inclined to consider alternative views. May   become   defensive,   argumentative,   and/or   may   use   deflection   because   they   view   any   attempt   to   discuss   the truth as a personal attack. May use caustic words as a means to attack others who do not agree/comply with the lie. Will sometimes distort the truth to reinforce their belief in the lie. Will often create an internal barrier (mental and emotional) to circumvent the influence of truth. Will   likely   have   anger   and   hatred   in   their   heart   towards   anyone   and   anything   that   conflicts   with   their   perception   of reality. Are usually unwilling to accept the truth, even when there is indisputable evidence of the truth. Often replicates the lies (sometimes verbatim). Have a propensity to “see” the world through the distorted reality of the lie. May become consumed by the lies—indicated by socially unacceptable / inappropriate behavior. Satan Satan   was   an   anointed   cherub   angel   created   by   God,   was   given   much   more   than   other   angels,   and   may   be   considered one   of   the   highest   angels   in   heaven   serving   God   directly.      Satan   had   a   perfect   existence   in   the   presence   of   God.      But evil,   darkness,   a   delusional   perception   of   reality,   and   violence   developed   within   the   core   of   his   being—because   he wanted   to   become   God   and   worshiped   as   God.      To   accomplish   this   task   he   knew   he   would   have   to   go   to   battle.      It   is safe   to   assume   Satan   spoke   lies   to   convince   other   angels   to   join   him   in   a   rebellion   against   God—because   if   truth   was spoken,   they   would   have   realized   the   absolute   foolishness   of   attempting   such   an   act   against   God.      But   God   designed angels with a free will, and they sinned, and they received their just and eternal punishment. You   were   the   seal   of   perfection,   full   of   wisdom   and   perfect   in   beauty.      You   were   in   Eden,   the   garden   of   God;   every precious   stone   was   your   covering:   the   sardius,   topaz,   and   diamond,   Beryl,   onyx,   and   jasper,   Sapphire,   turquoise,   and emerald   with   gold.      The   workmanship   of   your   timbrels   and   pipes   was   prepared   for   you   on   the   day   you   were   created.     You   were   the   anointed   cherub   who   covers;   I   established   you;   You   were   on   the   holy   mountain   of   God;   You   walked   back and   forth   in   the   midst   of   fiery   stones.      You   were   perfect   in   your   ways   from   the   day   you   were   created,   till   iniquity   was found   in   you.      By   the   abundance   of   your   trading   you   became   filled   with   violence   within,   and   you   sinned. Therefore,   I   cast you   as   a   profane   thing   out   of   the   mountain   of   God;   and   I   destroyed   you,   o   covering   cherub,   from   the   midst   of   the   fiery stones.      Your   heart   was   lifted   up   because   of   your   beauty;   you   corrupted   your   wisdom   for   the   sake   of   your   splendor;   I cast you to the ground.”  Ezekiel 28:12-17. “And   war   broke   out   in   heaven:   Michael   and   his   angels   fought   with   the   dragon;   and   the   dragon   and   his   angels   fought,   but they   did   not   prevail,   nor   was   a   place   found   for   them   in   heaven   any   longer.      So   the   great   dragon   was   cast   out,   that serpent   of   old,   called   the   Devil   and   Satan,   who   deceives   the   whole   world;   he   was   cast   to   the   earth,   and   his   angels   were cast out with him.”  Revelation 12:7-9 “How   you   are   fallen   from   heaven,   O   Lucifer,   son   of   the   morning!      How   you   are   cut   down   to   the   ground,   You   who weakened   the   nations!      For   you   have   said   in   your   heart:   ‘I   will   ascend   into   heaven,   I   will   exalt   my   throne   above   the   stars of   God;   I   will   also   sit   on   the   mount   of   the   congregation   on   the   farthest   sides   of   the   north;   I   will   ascend   above   the   heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”  Isaiah 14:12-14 Take   a   moment   and   consider   the   lie   that   developed   within   Satan.      Consider   his   motivations   and   mindset   as   he   planned to   unseat   God.      Consider   the   self-centered   perception   he   had   of   himself   (his   beauty,   he   is   special,   and   he   is   unique).     Consider   his   self-centered   pride.      Consider   his   fantasies   of   power.      Consider   his   driving   need   to   be   worshiped.   Consider   his   willingness   to   violate   and   attack   God’s   “law”   and   rule.      Consider   his   complete   disregard   for   what   is   right versus   wrong.      Consider   the   types   of   lies   he   would   need   to   communicate   that   would   deceive   and   manipulate   angels   to join   him.      Consider   the   disregard   and   lack   of   empathy   as   he   manipulated   the   angels   to   join   him   in   an   insurrection.     Consider   the   division   caused   by   the   lie.      Consider   the   consequential   destruction,   desolation   and   spiritual   death   that occurred   because   of   the   lie.      Now   consider   the   darkness   that   is   upon   this   earth   because   of   his   self-centered   delusional lie. “Be   sober,   be   vigilant;   because   your   adversary   the   devil   walks   about   like   a   roaring   lion,   seeking   whom   he   may   devour.” (1   Peter   1:8)      “For   we   do   not   wrestle   against   flesh   and   blood,   but   against   principalities,   against   powers,   against   the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). Cult of Personality (an Angel of Light) The   term   of   “cult”   is   usually   associated   with   a   religion   that   is   regarded   as   unorthodox   or   false.      Whereas,   cult   of personality   is   defined   as   when   a   public   figure   (such   as   a   political   leader)   is   deliberately   presented   to   the   populace   of   a country   as   a   great   person   who   should   be   admired   and   loved—and   is   strategically   used   by   an   autocrat   to   facilitate authoritarian rule. Sources: Encyclopedia.com  and Wikipedia  (click on each to launch the link) An   autocrat   is   one   who   considers   themselves   as   an   absolute   ruler   who   holds   and   exercises   the   powers   of   government by   inherent   right,   and   is   not   subject   to   restrictions.      Synonyms   for   autocrat   include   dictator,   despot,   tyrant,   and   so   forth.     What’s   more,   this   type   of   ruler   often   perceives   their   powers   as   divinely   appointed   by   God,   or   they   perceive   they   are   a god—which is a delusional state of mind that is controlled by Satan. Satan   and   his   minions   exist   within   the   spiritual   realm.      Spiritual   entities   have   spiritual   “voices”   that   are   communicated within   the   spiritual   realm.      However,   they   do   not   have   audible   voices   that   can   be   heard   within   the   physical   realm.     Therefore,   to   have   an   influence   upon   earth,   they   need   to   inhabit   the   darkened   and   delusional   mind   of   someone   who   can speak their lies and to do their bidding. Paul   the Apostle   declared   “Satan   himself   transforms   himself   into   an   angel   of   light.”   (2   Corinthians   11:14)       This   transition occurs   via   a   manifestation   of   himself   through   willing   persons   who   do   not   know   and   do   not   seek   truth   in   Jesus   Christ.      In this   manner   Satan   is   able   to   portray   himself   as   an   angel   of   light,   while   hiding   his   true   nature   and   intent.      In   addition,   his control   over   someone   provides   clandestine   access   to   additional   persons   who   are   also   spiritually   unaware,   living   in darkness and are willing to submit to (and worship) the authoritarian rule and manipulative directions of the autocrat. One   of   the   best   examples   of   Satan’s   transition   into   an   angel   of   light   is   when   one   man—Adolph   Hitler—quickly   gained power,   took   control   over   Germany,   caused   world-wide   devastation   and   millions   of   deaths.     The   documented   evidence   of this   inhumane   human   is   rife   with   falsifications,   deceptions   and   horrific   consequences   that   are   far   beyond   any   other person who has ever lived. However,   it   is   important   to   note   that   Hitler   was   only   a   prelude,   a   “taste   of”   and   a   “weakling”   compared   to   the   Beast during   the   last   days—who   is   referred   to   in   the   Bible   as   the   abomination   of   desolation   (Matthew   24:15   and   Daniel   9:27).      As   such,   it   is   prudent   to   understand   the   methods   used   by   Hitler   (which   were   all   based   upon   lies)   to   assist   in   identifying the beast (in whom Satan will manifest himself) when he enters onto the global stage. Adolph Hitler lied as he: Positioned   himself   as   the   “savior”   of   Germany—who   could   reclaim   the   glory   of   a   “victimized   nation”    that   had   “not”   been   defeated   in   WWI;   who   was   “imprisoned”   by   the   Versailles   Treaty;   and   who   was   “denied   the   right”    of   national self-determination. Falsely declared Jews: o Were responsible for Germany’s misfortunes in WWI. o Were responsible for their present difficulties. o Were their enemies. o Should be eliminated from the face of the earth via the “Final Solution.” o Are being “resettled” to disguise their genocidal activity. Disguised   Nazi   intentions   of   territorial   expansion   via   war,   by   portraying   Germany   as   a   peace-loving   nation   that was forced to take up arms to protect its populace and defend against Communism. Here are some additional truths regarding Hitler’s lies: Hitler   said   “If   you   tell   a   big   enough   lie   and   tell   it   frequently   enough,   it   will   be   believed.”      The   reasoning   is   because the occurrence of a big lie is so unlikely, people are more likely to believe it. A   masterful   liar   will   divert   from   the   truth   by   accusing   their   opponents   of   lies.      For   example,   to   deflect   criticism   of   its actions,   Nazi   Germany’s   leadership   deceitfully   accused   the   Allies   and   Jews   of   spreading   malicious   lies   and atrocity stories (when they were guilty of malicious lies and atrocities). A propagator of lies will often use fear to intimidate those who do not comply.  o This   fear   is   initiated   by   a   depiction   of   undesirable   changes   that   will   occur   for   non-compliance;   such   as   the threat of losing their present wellbeing (job, security, lifestyle, etc.). o In   Germany’s   case,   Hitler   reinforced   the   depth   of   fear   to   drive   compliance   via   the   potential   of   receiving   physical punishment, being thrown into prison, or being killed. The   absolute   darkness   of   this   satanically-inspired   man   is   also   evidenced   by   what   occurred   at   the   end   of   WWII.     When   the   loss   of   the   war   was   imminent,   Hitler   demanded   his   troops   to   stand   their   ground   and   defend   Germany   at all   costs   (including   death).     This   same   lie   was   drilled   into   the   mindset   of   Japanese   solders   by   Emperor   Hirohito,   as they   committed   mass   suicide   rather   than   accept   defeat.      Both   scenarios   represent   the   outcome   desired   by Satan—for he is a murderer. Satan   and   his   minions   do   not   care   about   military   victory   or   defeat.      Their   desire   is   to   create   destructive   chaos, absolute devastation, global desolation, spiritual disconnection from God, and physical death. Hitler   wrote   in   Mein   Kampf   “I   believe   that   I   am   acting   in   accordance   with   the   will   of   the   Almighty   Creator:   by defending   myself   against   the   Jew,   I   am   fighting   for   the   work   of   the   Lord.”      This   declaration   was   both   a   delusional lie   (with   regards   to   his   justification   for   murdering   millions   of   Jews),   but   yet   included   some   delusional   truth   because he was fighting for the will and work of his lord: Satan. The   following   links   provide   an   excellent   overview   of   the   lying   deceptions   employed   by   Hitler,   and   the   evil   that   resided within this single man. Holocaust Encyclopedia , Jewish Virtual Library , and Wikipedia   (click on each to launch the link) Mental and Personality Disorders There   are   two   psychological   disorders   defined   by   the   medical   community   which   correlate   to   the   behaviors   of   Satan   and autocrats throughout time: sociopath and narcissism. Sociopath   is   a   mental   disorder   marked   by   a   disregard   for   right   and   wrong,   and   ignores   the   feelings   of   others.   Sociopaths   will   manipulate   or   treat   others   harshly   or   with   callous   indifference,   and   show   no   guilt   or   remorse   for   their behavior.  In addition they will lie, will likely violate the law, and have difficulty fulfilling responsibilities. Sources: Mayo Clinic  and PSYCOM  (click on each to launch the link) Narcissism   is   a   personality   disorder   defined   as   one   who   has   a   grandiose   sense   of   self-importance,   believes   they   are more   powerful   than   they   truly   are,   and   are   obsessed   with   power.     A   narcissist   has   fantasies   of   unlimited   success,   has   a need   for   excessive   attention   and   admiration,   considers   themselves   brilliant,   believes   they   are   special   and   unique,   and lacks   empathy   for   others.      In   addition,   narcissists   are   usually   charismatic   speakers,   possess   personal   magnetism,   and can   stir   enthusiasm   among   audiences.      But   what’s   interesting,   narcissists   have   a   low   self-esteem.      As   such,   they   are vulnerable to the slightest criticism.   Sources: Mayo Clinic  and Cambridge University Press  (click each to launch the link) The   worst-case   scenario   of   a   leader   is   one   who   is   a   sociopathic   narcissist.     This   is   one   who   has   complete   disregard   and indifference   regarding   their   actions;   has   no   regard   for   others;   and   will   do   whatever   it   takes   to   gain   power.      These   are those   leaders   who   have   caused   the   greatest   division,   destruction   and   death   throughout   history.      In   addition,   these   are the behavioral characteristics of Satan—since the time of his fall—and for eternity. Here   is   an   interesting   fact   to   know.      Throughout   all   of   earthly   time,   there   will   be   only   two   periods   when   Satan   will   not   be able   to   influence   via   lies.     The   first   is   during   the   Millennium   Reign   of   Jesus   Christ;   the   second   is   when   he   is   cast   into   the lake of fire. “Then   I   saw   an   angel   coming   down   from   heaven,   having   the   key   to   the   bottomless   pit   and   a   great   chain   in   his   hand.      He laid   hold   of   the   dragon,   that   serpent   of   old,   who   is   the   Devil   and   Satan,   and   bound   him   for   a   thousand   years;   and   he cast   him   into   the   bottomless   pit,   and   shut   him   up,   and   set   a   seal   on   him,   so   that   he   should   deceive   the   nations   no   more till the thousand years were finished.”  Revelation 20:1-3 “Now   when   the   thousand   years   have   expired,   Satan   will   be   released   from   his   prison   and   will   go   out   to   deceive   the nations   which   are   in   the   four   corners   of   the   earth,   Gog   and   Magog,   to   gather   them   together   to   battle,   whose   number   is as   the   sand   of   the   sea.      They   went   up   on   the   breadth   of   the   earth   and   surrounded   the   camp   of   the   saints   and   the beloved   city.     And   fire   came   down   from   God   out   of   heaven   and   devoured   them.     The   devil,   who   deceived   them,   was   cast into   the   lake   of   fire   and   brimstone   where   the   beast   and   the   false   prophet   are.     And   they   will   be   tormented   day   and   night forever and ever.  Revelation 20:7-10 Sociopathic Narcissist Checklist The   following   table   is   designed   to   provide   insight   into   someone’s   sociopathic   and/or   narcissistic   behavior.      Simply   put   a check   mark   next   to   each   demonstrated   behavior.      This   table   may   facilitate   identification   of   the   beast   as   we   decline   into the las t days—because the beast will be the physical manifestation of Satan. Additional Indicators Adolf   Hitler   used   the   following   techniques   to   rise   into   power   and   decimate   the   world.      Therefore,   using   history   as   a reference,   it   is   prudent   to   look   for   the   following   indicators   of   a   Satan-inspired   person   who   enters   onto   the   global   stage.     For this person will likely: Declare: o What is wrong. o Who is responsible. o How things can be improved. o No one else can fix the problem. Convey some form of a religious / Christian affiliation. Have a charismatic speaking style that causes many to believe what is said is true. Be worshipped by those who believe his lies. Hide his true intentions, as his actions cause: o Division. o Destruction. o Devastation. o Darkness. o Desolation. o Death. What is Truth? The only truth that exists on earth is from God, in His Son, in His word, and is revealed by His Holy Spirit. Truth   will   not   be   found   in   drugs,   sex,   wealth,   power,   fame,   or   in   politics—because   this   is   where   Satan   expertly manipulates   his   lies;   this   is   where   he   blinds   the   eyes   of   his   victims;   this   where   darkness   resides;   this   is   where   we   sin; and this is where spiritual death occurs. When   you   think   about   life   from   a   spiritual   perspective,   we   are   all   sinners   who   attempt   to   find   life   in   areas   that   facilitate the deceptional influence by a lying thief; and we experience the devastating consequences. “As   it   is   written:   ‘There   is   none   righteous,   no,   not   one;   there   is   none   who   understands;   there   is   none   who   seeks   after God.      They   have   all   turned   aside;   they   have   together   become   unprofitable;   there   is   none   who   does   good,   no,   not   one.     Their   throat   is   an   open   tomb;   with   their   tongues   they   have   practiced   deceit;   the   poison   of   asps   is   under   their   lips;   whose mouth   is   full   of   cursing   and   bitterness.      Their   feet   are   swift   to   shed   blood;   destruction   and   misery   are   in   their   ways;   and the way of peace they have not known.  There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:10-18 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23 Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.”  John 8:34 A   common   definition   of   a   slave   is   one   who   is   owned   by   (and   subservient   to)   another.      However,   Jesus   spoke   of   spiritual slavery and servitude to sin. Paul   reinforced   the   truth   of   spiritual   slavery.      “Do   you   not   know   that   to   whom   you   present   yourselves   slaves   to   obey,   you are   that   one’s   slaves   whom   you   obey,   whether   of   sin   leading   to   death,   or   of   obedience   leading   to   righteousness?”     Romans 6:16 Bob Dylan wrote a song, “Gotta Serve Somebody,” (© 1979, Special Rider Music) with the refrain: But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed. You’re gonna have to serve somebody, It may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have to serve somebody. In   simple   truth…every   person   is   either   a   servant   of   Jesus   or   Satan.      It’s   one   or   the   other.      However,   those   who   decide   to serve   God—know   who   they   are   serving.      Whereas,   those   who   decide   not   to   serve   God—do   not   know   who   they   are serving—for they are held in darkness by their master. Jesus   said   “I   am   the   light   of   the   world.      He   who   follows   Me   shall   not   walk   in   darkness,   but   have   the   light   of   life.”      John 8:12 Jesus   said   “If   you   abide   in   My   word,   you   are   My   disciples   indeed.     And   you   shall   know   the   truth,   and   the   truth   shall   make you free.”  John 8:31-32 Jesus   said   “If   God   were   your   Father,   you   would   love   Me,   for   I   proceeded   forth   and   came   from   God;   nor   have   I   come   of Myself,   but   He   sent   Me.      Why   do   you   not   understand   My   speech?      Because   you   are   not   able   to   listen   to   My   word.      You are   of   your   father   the   devil,   and   the   desires   of   your   father   you   want   to   do.      He   was   a   murderer   from   the   beginning,   and does   not   stand   in   the   truth,   because   there   is   no   truth   in   him.      When   he   speaks   a   lie,   he   speaks   from   his   own   resources, for   he   is   a   liar   and   the   father   of   it.      But   because   I   tell   the   truth,   you   do   not   believe   Me.      Which   of   you   convicts   Me   of   sin?     And   if   I   tell   the   truth,   why   do   you   not   believe   Me?      He   who   is   of   God   hears   God’s   words;   therefore   you   do   not   hear, because you are not of God.’”  John 8:42-47 Those   who   seek   His   truth   will   know   and   hear   His   voice.      Jesus   said   “My   sheep   hear   My   voice,   and   I   know   them,   and they   follow   Me.      And   I   give   them   eternal   life,   and   they   shall   never   perish;   neither   shall   anyone   snatch   them   out   of   My hand.      My   Father,   who   has   given   them   to   Me,   is   greater   than   all;   and   no   one   is   able   to   snatch   them   out   of   My   Father’s hand.”  John 10:27-29 Jesus   said   “The   thief   does   not   come   except   to   steal,   and   to   kill,   and   to   destroy.      I   have   come   that   they   may   have   life, and   that   they   may   have   it   more   abundantly.      I   am   the   good   shepherd.   The   good   shepherd   gives   His   life   for   the   sheep.     But   a   hireling,   he   who   is   not   the   shepherd,   one   who   does   not   own   the   sheep,   sees   the   wolf   coming   and   leaves   the sheep   and   flees;   and   the   wolf   catches   the   sheep   and   scatters   them.      The   hireling   flees   because   he   is   a   hireling   and does   not   care   about   the   sheep.      I   am   the   good   shepherd;   and   I   know   My   sheep,   and   am   known   by   My   own.      As   the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.  John 10:10-15 For   those   who   are   living   in   darkness;   are   tired   of   being   bound   and   chained   by   delusional   lies   and   sin;   and   has   a   desire to   know   the   truth…Jesus   Christ,   God’s   Son,   laid   down   His   life   for   us   as   a   sacrifice   for   our   sins   so   that   we   could   be   set free. All it takes is a simple prayer from your heart to God declaring your present condition and desires. Heavenly   Father,   I   am   a   sinner   and   I   desire   to   know   Your   truth.      Thank   you,   Jesus,   for   dying   for   my   sins.      Holy   Spirit teach and guide me unto righteousness, and transform me into the person you want me to be. If   you   prayed   this   prayer,   there   are   two   Bible   studies   on   UniqueBibleStudies.com   that   will   assist   in   your   spiritual   growth.     The   first   is   “3   Types   of   Death   1   Source   of   Life.”      The   secon d   is   “What   is   a   Born-Again   Christian?”      Both   Bible   studies may be read from the website or downloaded for free. “Grace   to   you   and   peace   from   God   the   Father   and   our   Lord   Jesus   Christ,   who   gave   Himself   for   our   sins,   that   He   might deliver   us   from   this   present   evil   age,   according   to   the   will   of   our   God   and   Father,   to   whom   be   glory   forever   and   ever. Amen.”  Galatians 1:3-5 H arold D. Thomas Bible Study Thought-Provoking Questions The   purpose   of   the   questions   is   to   facilitate   a   deeper   understanding   of   the   Bible,   this   Bible   study   topic   and   ourselves.     The   questions   may   be   answered   by   each   reader,   or   used   by   a   Bible   study   group   leader   or   church   pastor.      The   following questions should be answered or discussed after reading “Lies.” There   are   two   types   of   questions:   lesson   and   opinion.      Lesson   questions   (preceded   by   a   number)   are   provided   an answer.      Opinion   questions   (preceded   by   an   “O”)   are   designed   to   enhance   learning   via   the   determination   of   opinions and/or discovering how the lesson content illuminates our personal lives.  As such, no answers are provided. Questions 1. What techniques will a liar use to make their lie more “palatable?” O Lesson   content   states   when   someone   believes   a   harmful   lie,   both   the   believer   and   the   liar   are   deceived.      Do   you agree or disagree?  Explain. O Lesson   content   states   every   war,   battle,   skirmish,   murder,   argument,   sin   and   caustic   word   began   as   a   lie   and culminated in spiritual death and/or physical death.  Can you identify examples? O Have you noticed a recent increase in: Lies?  If yes, can you identify examples? Difficulty in determining what is true and what is not true?  Explain. Have you seen increased division between those on “both sides” of lies?  Explain. O The content states Satan will use distraction, deception and delusion to propagate a lie. How does distraction and deception facilitate delusion? Can you think of any personal examples?  What were the consequences? O The content states there are different consequences that may occur from a lie. What are the potential consequences? Are these consequences relevant from both a personal and national perspective?  Explain. Can you identify some examples? O A list was provided that defined various behavioral characteristics of those who believe in lies. Can you identify examples that have occurred recently? Can you identify a personal example? O You were asked to consider the mindset and perception of Satan’s desire to unseat God. How many of the sociopath and narcissist checklist items correlate to Satan’s behavior? How many of the checklist items correlate to Hitler’s behavior? O Does   the   sociopathic   narcissist   checklist   and   indicators   correlate   to   any   recent   or   present-day   leaders?      If   yes, who? O The content says every person is either a servant of Jesus or Satan.  Do you agree or disagree?  Explain. O What   requirement   did   Jesus   declare   that   enables   one   to   listen   (understand   /   spiritually   hear)   God’s   word?      What did Jesus say was the reason why someone could not hear God’s word. O Have you ever been affected by a lie?  If yes, what was the lie and did you experience consequences. Answers 1. Mix truth with the lie, twist the truth into a different meaning, declare difficult to prove absolutes that support the lie. The questions and answers may be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on this button. Can you think of one or more persons who could benefit from reading this lesson?  If so, pass it on!
The words of Jesus Christ are in red text.
The   coming   of   the   lawless   one   is   according   to   the   working of   Satan,   with   all   power,   signs,   and   lying   wonder s,   and with   all   unrighteous   deception    among   those   who   perish, because   they   did   not   receive   the   love   of   the   truth,   that   they might   be   saved.      And   for   this   reason   God   will   send   them strong   delusion ,   that   they   should   believe   the   lie,   that   they all   may   be   condemned   who   did   not   believe   the   truth   but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Lying   is   defined   as   making   an   untrue   statement   with   the intent   to   deceive,   has   existed   throughout   time,   and   was initially   used   to   deceive   Adam   and   Eve.      Here   are   some interesting concepts to consider. 1 . Humans   are   the   only   living   organisms   on   earth   that has   the   capacity   to   lie—which   is   a   component   of   our sinful   nature.      As   such,   every   person   (but   one)   has lied    during    their    lives—some    with    good    intentions, others   with   an   intent   to   harm.      For   example,   telling someone   their   new   hair   style   looks   nice   (when   it’s   not) may   be   considered   a   “good   intention”   lie.      Whereas,   a lie   that’s   intended   to   swindle   money   from   someone   is a harmful lie.  2 . Humans   are   the   only   living   organisms   on   earth   that have   the   capacity   to   believe—including   lies.      A   belief is    defined    as    having    confidence    in    the    truth,    the existence,    or    the    reliability    of    something    (without absolute proof). 3 . When    someone    believes    a    harmful    lie,    both    the believer and the liar are deceived. The   intent   of   this   lesson   is   not   to   discuss   the   morals   and ethics   of   lies.      But   rather,   the   purpose   is   to   gain   a   better understanding   of   how   lies   can   harm   persons,   a   country and   nations.      The   reason   why   this   topic   is   important   is when    a    harmful    lie    is    spoken    by    a    powerful    influential person—and    it    is    believed    by    the    masses—numerous devastating consequences may occur. Jesus Warned About Deception During the Last Days The   disciples   asked   Jesus   about   the   last   days.      What’s revealing,     His     first     response     was     a     warning     about deception.      “Now   as   He   sat   on   the   Mount   of   Olives,   the disciples   came   to   Him   privately,   saying,   ‘Tell   us,   when   will these   things   be?     And   what   will   be   the   sign   of Your   coming, and   of   the   end   of   the   age?’     And   Jesus   answered   and   said to   them:    ‘Take   heed   that   no   one   deceives   you.’”   Matthew 24:3-4 The   reason   for   His   warning   is   because   during   the   last   days God    will    increasingly    allow    Satan    (via    the    Beast)    to deceive   those   who   do   not   believe   in   His   Son,   and   who prefer pleasure in unrighteousness. To   gain   a   broader   spiritual   understanding   of   lies,   it   is   best to   begin   with   the   source   of   lies:   Satan.      Lying   is   Satan’s strength;   primary   method   of   operation;   and   he   is   more skilled   at   lying   than   any   other   created   being.      Jesus   said regarding   Satan   “He   was   a   murderer   from   the   beginning, not   holding   to   the   truth,   for   there   is   no   truth   in   him.      When he   lies,   he   speaks   his   native   language,   for   he   is   ‘a   liar’   and ‘the father of lies.’”  John 8:44 To   gain   a   greater   insight   into   the   influence   of   Satan’s   lies, take   a   moment   and   think   about   the   following   statement.   Every    war,    every    battle,    every    skirmish,    every    murder, every    argument,    every    sin,    and    every    caustic    word spoken—began   as   a   lie   and   culminated   in   spiritual   death (separation    from    God)    and/or    physical    death—because this is the intent of Satan’s lies. Now     consider     recent     the     changes     that     have     been occurring   in   our   “global   neighborhood”   as   it   has   become increasingly   difficult   to   separate   what   is   true   and   what   is not;   determine   what   should   be   believed   and   what   should be   avoided;   and   what   is   from   God   and   what   is   from   Satan.   Meanwhile, lies are spreading like wildfire, as: Degrees    of    uncertainty,    confusion,    and    anxiety    are experienced by many. Lies      are      propagated      by      news      organizations, communicated over the Internet and social media. Lies    provide    a    means    to    justify    attacking    others (verbally and physically).  A   deeper   division   (and   additional   consequences)   are occurring    between    those    who    believe    the    lies    and those   who   do   not.         As   division   increases,   both   sides of the lies are more likely to: o Experience   increasing   degrees   of   anger   and   hatred towards one another. o Use       caustic       words       (demeaning,       divisive, condescending, harsh and cynical). o Experience       astonishment       and       bewilderment towards the other side. o Perceive    the    other    side    as    having    a    delusional state of mind. The      unifying      “foundations”      within      a      society significantly decline as division increases. For   those   who   are   able   to   spiritually   see,   what   we   are witnessing   in   the   world   today   are   the   consequences   of lies—which    are    propagated    by    Satan    and    his    minions (fallen    angels    and    demons).        However,    what    we    are witnessing    is    only    a    prelude    and    a    “taste”    of    the    lying deception   that   will   occur   in   the   future.      This   is   when   strong delusion   will   occur   as   the   lawless   one   (the   beast   who   will be   a   manifestation   of   Satan)   will   use   lying   wonders   and unrighteous    deception    to    condemn    those    who    prefer unrighteousness over truth. Meanwhile,   in   the   midst   of   all   of   the   lies   and   deception,   it becomes   clearer   why   Jesus   declared    “I   am   the   way,   the truth , and the life.  John 14:6 Why and How Satan Lies The   darkened   desire   of   Satan   and   his   minions   is   to   cause spiritual    death    (separation    from    God)    and/or    physical death.         To     accomplish     this     task     he     transforms     his deceptive lies into something that is pleasing and desired.  This   transformation   was   first   demonstrated   by   Satan   in   the Garden   of   Eden   when   he   masterfully   combined   absolute lies   with   some   truth   to   reposition   the   mandate   from   God, and deceived Eve into sin. God   said   to   Adam   “Of   every   tree   of   the   garden   you   may freely   eat;   but   of   the   tree   of   the   knowledge   of   good   and   evil you   shall   not   eat,   for   in   the   day   you   eat   of   it   you   shall surely die.”  Genesis 2:16-17 Satan   said   to   Eve   “You   will   not   surely   die.   For   God   knows that   in   the   day   you   eat   of   it   your   eyes   will   be   opened,   and you   will   be   like   God   knowing   good   and   evil.”      Genesis   3:4- 5 Satan’s   words   mixed   truth   with   a   lie.      Adam   and   Eve   did not    physically    die    after    eating    from    the    forbidden    tree.    However,   death   occurred   as   God   had   promised.      Adam and   Eve   died   spiritually   (they   were   separated   from   their relationship   with   God)   because   of   their   sin.      This   same process     of     spiritual     death     occurs     today—by     all     of us—when we listen to the lies of sin. Propagating   (spreading,   broadcasting,   circulating)   lies   is how    Satan    facilitates    spiritual    and    physical    death.        In addition,   it   is   important   to   understand   Satan   is   a   masterful liar—for   there   is   no   entity   (human   or   spirit)   that   compares to   his   darkened   skills   in   lying.      For   example,   an   absolute lie   is   easy   to   identify   and   argue   against.      However,   a   lie that   is   mixed   with   some   truth   is   more   difficult   to   overcome.   As   such,   there   are   different   techniques   used   by   Satan   and his   minions   (fallen   angels   and   demons)   to   “package”   their lies to make them more believable.  For example, they will: 1 . Mix some truth with the lie. 2 . Twist the truth into a different meaning. 3 . Declare   difficult   to   prove   absolutes   that   support   the lie. The   First   Three   steps   of   a   Lie:   Distraction,   Deception and Delusion Three   things   must   occur   for   a   lie   to   influence   a   person: distraction,   deception   and   delusion.      It   is   important   to   note that   when   someone   knows   the   truth,   it   will   usually   cause   a “red   flag   of   concern   and   caution”   during   distraction,   and will     circumvent     attempts     of     deception     and     delusion.     However,   those   who   do   not   know   the   truth   may   easily succumb to lies. Distraction: Having one’s thoughts or attention drawn away. To divert or redirect one’s mental focus. Occurs   when   some   aspect   of   what’s   communicated aligns with a person’s interests or desires. Deception: The    act    of    causing    someone    to    accept    as    true    or valid, when it is false or invalid. Lying,   misleading,   or   otherwise   hiding   or   distorting   the truth. A   deceitful   act   or   statement   which   misleads   and   hides the   truth;   or   promotes   a   belief,   concept   or   idea   that   is not true. Occurs   when   factual   truth   is   not   known,   and   the   lie makes logical sense and it is believable. Delusion: A    persistent    belief    in    the    lie    is    maintained    despite evidence to the contrary. Unable    or    unwilling    to    let    go    of    convictions    that support the lie. Occurs when the lie defines realit y. “Six    Stages    of    Temptation”    provides    a    more detailed    overview    of    the    different    means Satan   uses   to   direct   us   down   a   path   to   sin.     This   lesson   is   available   for   free   and   may   be downloaded on wwwUniqueBibleStudies.com. Consequences are Indicators of a Lie The   consequences   of   a   lie   are   excellent   indicators   of   the influence   of   lie   (and   Satan’s   work).      For   example,   lies   will usually   cause   division—from   a   polarizing   force   within   our heart   and   soul,   to   divisions   within   our   country   and   between nations.     Additional   consequences   may   include   destruction and    devastation.            Plus,    spiritual    darkness    will    usually follow as desolation and death occurs. Division   is   a   separation   of   something   into   parts.      It occurs   when   there   is   a   disagreement   between   those who   believe   in   the   lie   and   those   who   believe   in   the truth, often producing tension or hostility. Destruction    is    an    action    or    process    of    causing damage or destroying something. Devastation   is   defined   as   so   much   damage   that   it cannot be repaired or no longer exists. Darkness   conveys   a   condition   of   no   light   and   inability to see. Desolation     is     a     state     of     anguish,     emptiness, hopelessness, abandoned and forsaken. Death    encompasses    both    the    spiritual    separation from   God   because   of   sin   and/or   the   end   of   physical life. And   yes,   there’s   a   lot   of   “D”   words…but   they   accurately depict   the   consequences   of   a   lie.      What’s   more,   each   “D” becomes   progressively   worse   as   you   move   from   the   initial “D” of distraction, to the last “D” of death. Behavioral   Characteristics   of   Those   Who   Believe   in Lies Those who believe in a lie: Will   often   seek   sources   of   lie   reinforcement   from   like- minded    persons    and    sources    that    propagate    the deceptional lies. Are usually not inclined to consider alternative views. May   become   defensive,   argumentative,   and/or   may use    deflection    because    they    view    any    attempt    to discuss the truth as a personal attack. May   use   caustic   words   as   a   means   to   attack   others who do not agree/comply with the lie. Will   sometimes   distort   the   truth   to   reinforce   their   belief in the lie. Will    often    create    an    internal    barrier    (mental    and emotional) to circumvent the influence of truth. Will    likely    have    anger    and    hatred    in    their    heart towards   anyone   and   anything   that   conflicts   with   their perception of reality. Are   usually   unwilling   to   accept   the   truth,   even   when there is indisputable evidence of the truth. Often replicates the lies (sometimes verbatim). Have    a    propensity    to    “see”    the    world    through    the distorted reality of the lie. May    become    consumed    by    the    lies—indicated    by socially unacceptable / inappropriate behavior. Satan Satan   was   an   anointed   cherub   angel   created   by   God,   was given     much     more     than     other     angels,     and     may     be considered   one   of   the   highest   angels   in   heaven   serving God    directly.        Satan    had    a    perfect    existence    in    the presence    of    God.        But    evil,    darkness,    a    delusional perception   of   reality,   and   violence   developed   within   the core   of   his   being—because   he   wanted   to   become   God and   worshiped   as   God.      To   accomplish   this   task   he   knew he   would   have   to   go   to   battle.      It   is   safe   to   assume   Satan spoke    lies    to    convince    other    angels    to    join    him    in    a rebellion   against   God—because   if   truth   was   spoken,   they would   have   realized   the   absolute   foolishness   of   attempting such   an   act   against   God.      But   God   designed   angels   with   a free   will,   and   they   sinned,   and   they   received   their   just   and eternal punishment. You   were   the   seal   of   perfection,   full   of   wisdom   and   perfect in   beauty.      You   were   in   Eden,   the   garden   of   God;   every precious   stone   was   your   covering:   the   sardius,   topaz,   and diamond,   Beryl,   onyx,   and   jasper,   Sapphire,   turquoise,   and emerald   with   gold.      The   workmanship   of   your   timbrels   and pipes   was   prepared   for   you   on   the   day   you   were   created.   You   were   the   anointed   cherub   who   covers;   I   established you;   You   were   on   the   holy   mountain   of   God;   You   walked back   and   forth   in   the   midst   of   fiery   stones.      You   were perfect   in   your   ways   from   the   day   you   were   created,   till iniquity    was    found    in    you.        By    the    abundance    of    your trading   you   became   filled   with   violence   within,   and   you sinned.   Therefore,   I   cast   you   as   a   profane   thing   out   of   the mountain   of   God;   and   I   destroyed   you,   o   covering   cherub, from   the   midst   of   the   fiery   stones.      Your   heart   was   lifted   up because   of   your   beauty;   you   corrupted   your   wisdom   for the    sake    of    your    splendor;    I    cast    you    to    the    ground.”    Ezekiel 28:12-17. “And   war   broke   out   in   heaven:   Michael   and   his   angels fought   with   the   dragon;   and   the   dragon   and   his   angels fought,   but   they   did   not   prevail,   nor   was   a   place   found   for them   in   heaven   any   longer.      So   the   great   dragon   was   cast out,   that   serpent   of   old,   called   the   Devil   and   Satan,   who deceives   the   whole   world;   he   was   cast   to   the   earth,   and his angels were cast out with him.”  Revelation 12:7-9 “How   you   are   fallen   from   heaven,   O   Lucifer,   son   of   the morning!      How   you   are   cut   down   to   the   ground,   You   who weakened   the   nations!      For   you   have   said   in   your   heart:   ‘I will   ascend   into   heaven,   I   will   exalt   my   throne   above   the stars    of    God;    I    will    also    sit    on    the    mount    of    the congregation    on    the    farthest    sides    of    the    north;    I    will ascend   above   the   heights   of   the   clouds,   I   will   be   like   the Most High.’”  Isaiah 14:12-14 Take   a   moment   and   consider   the   lie   that   developed   within Satan.        Consider    his    motivations    and    mindset    as    he planned    to    unseat    God.        Consider    the    self-centered perception   he   had   of   himself   (his   beauty,   he   is   special,   and he   is   unique).      Consider   his   self-centered   pride.      Consider his   fantasies   of   power.      Consider   his   driving   need   to   be worshiped.      Consider   his   willingness   to   violate   and   attack God’s   “law”   and   rule.      Consider   his   complete   disregard   for what   is   right   versus   wrong.      Consider   the   types   of   lies   he would    need    to    communicate    that    would    deceive    and manipulate   angels   to   join   him.      Consider   the   disregard   and lack   of   empathy   as   he   manipulated   the   angels   to   join   him in   an   insurrection.      Consider   the   division   caused   by   the   lie.   Consider    the    consequential    destruction,    desolation    and spiritual    death    that    occurred    because    of    the    lie.        Now consider   the   darkness   that   is   upon   this   earth   because   of his self-centered delusional lie. “Be   sober,   be   vigilant;   because   your   adversary   the   devil walks   about   like   a   roaring   lion,   seeking   whom   he   may devour.”   (1   Peter   1:8)      “For   we   do   not   wrestle   against   flesh and    blood,    but    against    principalities,    against    powers, against    the    rulers    of    the    darkness    of    this    age,    against spiritual    hosts    of    wickedness    in    the    heavenly    places.” (Ephesians 6:12). Cult of Personality (an Angel of Light) The   term   of   “cult”   is   usually   associated   with   a   religion   that is    regarded    as    unorthodox    or    false.        Whereas,    cult    of personality   is   defined   as   when   a   public   figure   (such   as   a political   leader)   is   deliberately   presented   to   the   populace of   a   country   as   a   great   person   who   should   be   admired   and loved—and   is   strategically   used   by   an   autocrat   to   facilitate authoritarian rule. Sources:   Encyclopedia.com    and   Wikipedia    (click   on   each to launch the link) An    autocrat    is    one    who    considers    themselves    as    an absolute    ruler    who    holds    and    exercises    the    powers    of government    by    inherent    right,    and    is    not    subject    to restrictions.        Synonyms    for    autocrat    include    dictator, despot,   tyrant,   and   so   forth.      What’s   more,   this   type   of   ruler often   perceives   their   powers   as   divinely   appointed   by   God, or   they   perceive   they   are   a   god—which   is   a   delusional state of mind that is controlled by Satan. Satan    and    his    minions    exist    within    the    spiritual    realm.    Spiritual      entities      have      spiritual      “voices”      that      are communicated   within   the   spiritual   realm.      However,   they do   not   have   audible   voices   that   can   be   heard   within   the physical    realm.        Therefore,    to    have    an    influence    upon earth,   they   need   to   inhabit   the   darkened   and   delusional mind   of   someone   who   can   speak   their   lies   and   to   do   their bidding. Paul    the    Apostle    declared    “Satan    himself    transforms himself   into   an   angel   of   light.”   (2   Corinthians   11:14)       This transition   occurs   via   a   manifestation   of   himself   through willing   persons   who   do   not   know   and   do   not   seek   truth   in Jesus    Christ.        In    this    manner    Satan    is    able    to    portray himself   as   an   angel   of   light,   while   hiding   his   true   nature and   intent.      In   addition,   his   control   over   someone   provides clandestine    access    to    additional    persons    who    are    also spiritually   unaware,   living   in   darkness   and   are   willing   to submit     to     (and     worship)     the     authoritarian     rule     and manipulative directions of the autocrat. One   of   the   best   examples   of   Satan’s   transition   into   an angel   of   light   is   when   one   man—Adolph   Hitler—quickly gained   power,   took   control   over   Germany,   caused   world- wide   devastation   and   millions   of   deaths.      The   documented evidence   of   this   inhumane   human   is   rife   with   falsifications, deceptions   and   horrific   consequences   that   are   far   beyond any other person who has ever lived. However,   it   is   important   to   note   that   Hitler   was   only   a prelude,   a   “taste   of”   and   a   “weakling”   compared   to   the Beast   during   the   last   days—who   is   referred   to   in   the   Bible as    the    abomination    of    desolation    (Matthew    24:15    and Daniel   9:27).         As   such,   it   is   prudent   to   understand   the methods   used   by   Hitler   (which   were   all   based   upon   lies)   to assist   in   identifying   the   beast   (in   whom   Satan   will   manifest himself) when he enters onto the global stage. Adolph Hitler lied as he: Positioned   himself   as   the   “savior”   of   Germany—who could   reclaim   the   glory   of   a   “victimized   nation”    that had     “not”      been     defeated     in     WWI;     who     was “imprisoned”   by   the   Versailles   Treaty;   and   who   was “denied the right”  of national self-determination. Falsely declared Jews: o Were    responsible    for    Germany’s    misfortunes    in WWI. o Were responsible for their present difficulties. o Were their enemies. o Should   be   eliminated   from   the   face   of   the   earth   via the “Final Solution.” o Are    being    “resettled”    to    disguise    their    genocidal activity. Disguised   Nazi   intentions   of   territorial   expansion   via war,   by   portraying   Germany   as   a   peace-loving   nation that    was    forced    to    take    up    arms    to    protect    its populace and defend against Communism. Here are some additional truths regarding Hitler’s lies: Hitler    said    “If    you    tell    a    big    enough    lie    and    tell    it frequently   enough,   it   will   be   believed.”      The   reasoning is   because   the   occurrence   of   a   big   lie   is   so   unlikely, people are more likely to believe it. A   masterful   liar   will   divert   from   the   truth   by   accusing their    opponents    of    lies.        For    example,    to    deflect criticism    of    its    actions,    Nazi    Germany’s    leadership deceitfully   accused   the   Allies   and   Jews   of   spreading malicious   lies   and   atrocity   stories   (when   they   were guilty of malicious lies and atrocities). A   propagator   of   lies   will   often   use   fear   to   intimidate those who do not comply.  o This   fear   is   initiated   by   a   depiction   of   undesirable changes   that   will   occur   for   non-compliance;   such as   the   threat   of   losing   their   present   wellbeing   (job, security, lifestyle, etc.). o In   Germany’s   case,   Hitler   reinforced   the   depth   of fear    to    drive    compliance    via    the    potential    of receiving   physical   punishment,   being   thrown   into prison, or being killed. The    absolute    darkness    of    this    satanically-inspired man   is   also   evidenced   by   what   occurred   at   the   end   of WWII.      When   the   loss   of   the   war   was   imminent,   Hitler demanded    his    troops    to    stand    their    ground    and defend   Germany   at   all   costs   (including   death).      This same   lie   was   drilled   into   the   mindset   of   Japanese solders   by   Emperor   Hirohito,   as   they   committed   mass suicide    rather    than    accept    defeat.        Both    scenarios represent   the   outcome   desired   by   Satan—for   he   is   a murderer. Satan    and    his    minions    do    not    care    about    military victory   or   defeat.      Their   desire   is   to   create   destructive chaos,     absolute     devastation,     global     desolation, spiritual disconnection from God, and physical death. Hitler   wrote   in   Mein   Kampf   “I   believe   that   I   am   acting in   accordance   with   the   will   of   the Almighty   Creator:   by defending   myself   against   the   Jew,   I   am   fighting   for   the work    of    the    Lord.”        This    declaration    was    both    a delusional    lie    (with    regards    to    his    justification    for murdering   millions   of   Jews),   but   yet   included   some delusional   truth   because   he   was   fighting   for   the   will and work of his lord: Satan. The   following   links   provide   an   excellent   overview   of   the lying    deceptions    employed    by    Hitler,    and    the    evil    that resided within this single man. Holocaust     Encyclopedia ,     Jewish     Virtual     Library ,     and Wikipedia   (click on each to launch the link) Mental and Personality Disorders There    are    two    psychological    disorders    defined    by    the medical    community    which    correlate    to    the    behaviors    of Satan    and    autocrats    throughout    time:    sociopath    and narcissism. Sociopath   is   a   mental   disorder   marked   by   a   disregard   for right    and    wrong,    and    ignores    the    feelings    of    others.    Sociopaths   will   manipulate   or   treat   others   harshly   or   with callous   indifference,   and   show   no   guilt   or   remorse   for   their behavior.      In   addition   they   will   lie,   will   likely   violate   the   law, and have difficulty fulfilling responsibilities. Sources:    Mayo    Clinic     and    PSYCOM     (click    on    each    to launch the link) Narcissism   is   a   personality   disorder   defined   as   one   who has   a   grandiose   sense   of   self-importance,   believes   they are   more   powerful   than   they   truly   are,   and   are   obsessed with    power.        A    narcissist    has    fantasies    of    unlimited success,     has     a     need     for     excessive     attention     and admiration,   considers   themselves   brilliant,   believes   they are   special   and   unique,   and   lacks   empathy   for   others.      In addition,    narcissists    are    usually    charismatic    speakers, possess    personal    magnetism,    and    can    stir    enthusiasm among   audiences.      But   what’s   interesting,   narcissists   have a   low   self-esteem.      As   such,   they   are   vulnerable   to   the slightest criticism.   Sources:    Mayo    Clinic     and    Cambridge    University    Press