Blue Marble

EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY I’VE BEEN FASCINATED with Biblical eschatology, or the study of end times. And so long as I can remember, in the entire apocalyptic canon of scripture, there was no greater mystery than the curiosity found in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians.

2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

I don’t know how many times I’ve asked God to show me what great lie could possibly grant billions of people on this planet permission to ignore the Creator and follow the cravings of their heart. I’ve often prayed that God would prepare the aptitude of my own mind for the future deception that was certain to pull even the most ardent believers to their knees. The funny thing is, I was simultaneously tormented by the tug-of-war between Darwin and Biblical Creationism, and for decades I begged the Lord to bring about a satisfactory solution. I fully believe He answered both prayers, and with the exact same answer. He simply lifted the goggles from my eyes and in its place gave a new pair of reading glasses. For over three decades I’d been viewing the earth, it seems, through fish-eyed lenses. The view from where I’m sitting is breathtaking.

The Great Delusion is already here. And while all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie have not yet come to its full fruition, the delusion itself has been taught in academia for centuries. And I know, as we navigate through these last days, I’ll likely be branded a heretic by the church. The chances of my leading small groups again is slim. I’ll perhaps never again be entrusted with the minds of youth, encouraging young married couples,  or given the opportunity to teach the Bible. I’ll probably even loose my friends, and from here on out at family gatherings, I’ll be the weird uncle who the kids are told to stay away from. These are the reports coming in from all over the world by fellow Flat Earthers. Since the Protestant reformation, when Calvin and Luther and their fellow clergymen pleaded with their congregations not to follow scientists like Copernicus and the proposals of heliocentric science over that of the Holy Spirit and the clear teachings in scripture, the tables have turned for guys like them, and me.

But it’s okay. The Lord has prepared me for this. And for the first time in my life, as it pertains to science and the Bible and my petitions through prayer, I’m finally, completely at peace and rest. Still, all those years ago, when I sought and I prayed for the wool to be pulled from my eyes, once the delusion finally comes, and for the courage to stand up to it, I never thought it would be this.

That GREAT DELUSION is the very globe in which we live on.