The spirit of this age

The spirit of this age and the deception that runs with it.

We find ourselves sitting before the TV watching the news, and we see nations upon nation erupt in violence and blood shed.  Some have blamed it on Mossad the Israeli security, for others it’s the American government. For others the blame must be placed on Islamic militants. Even if some of these factions were involved it would be impossible to them to cause all that we are seeing. There is a greater force involved that knows that the time is near at hand.  They have an almost deep hatred for mankind.  They are the sworn enemies of all that is pure and righteousness.  They have a restless that the ages can never pacify, a restlessness born out of a rebellious nature. An unholy  turbulence and fermenting nature that knows no peace and receives no comfort.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Across the Middle East we see massive revolution among Islamic countries who seek to overthrow their Islamic masters.  They have risen up too over throw corrupt leadership that have dominated their lives for decades.  Little do they realise is that this revolution is to overthrow the very religion they desire to establish.  The demonic forces have no loyalty to any religion or faction; but will seek to dominate and receive the adulation of humans.  If it is through fear terror or even love they will use it. There are only two spirits at work in this world today, the spirit of lawlessness or the Holy Spirit and you will serve one or the other.
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Satan’s temptation is for Jesus to exert his independence from the father.  Jesus was to be that perfect son.  The son Adam should have been had he not disobeyed. But if you look at the temptation for a moment. It was not that what he was being tempted with that was obviously evil, in fact Jesus was hungry and he had the ability to turn those stones into bread.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But it was not his fathers will at that moment.  So it with these forces they seek to achieve an agenda that might not always seem evil, but at the heart will be a disobedience to what God has revealed through his word the Bible. As the Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice.  Satan wants disobedience even in the face of something that does not always appear evil.  The fruit of the tree of good and evil look good, it tasted good so how can it be an evil?  But in eating it brought consequences that went beyond the mere eating of a fruit.  It started with a rejection of Gods will and the usurping of Adam and Eves will.
Islam is a force because of the evil spirits that propagate.  But these same spirits are also working behind other religions that are in conflict with Islam.   There are spirits that are working out of sight and out of mind, but they are working within mankind to achieve a mission of rejection among what the Bible calls the children of disobedience.
Experiences have become the predominant influence today.  Everyone wants to have an experience and from them comes the belief that it will bolster their reality of god and his acceptance of them.  But experience is not the defining basis of truth, but the truth as outlined in the Bible. It is no wonder that truth is the first thing to be sacrificed in mans attempt to reach God.
A good friend once responded and said he wanted to put a human face on Moslems.  In reality he was right because we often forget that we battle not with flesh and blood but principalities and powers.  Even as Christians we can sometimes miss the plain reality that there are forces which work malignantly behind the scenes to propel mankind down a road that will led to destruction. These people are actual captives to these powers. I cannot underestimate the darkness, but also the reality they are not free do go beyond the boundaries which God has set.  God has established the sun and moon in their orbit, he says to the sea only so far and no more.  So these forces are confined.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
These spirits come to seduce the minds and persuade hearts to believe a message which at its heart is a lie.  To make choices which we think is our own, but is a rebellion against the truth.  How many preachers now desire and debate at a gospel that is no longer confined to a box.  The Box being the Bible. They boast that we need a new way of doing things, a more user friendly message that will bring people into a building.  They may even succeed but the lie will keep them in the dark.  They may fill the pews but they will damn those who sit under their ministries.
Rick Warren a Christian Pastor has now openly abandoned any claim to orthodoxy and pushes a new age occultism message.  Recently he has invited new age speakers to share his pulpit.  But sadly he is not alone in this abandonment.  Many pastors and ministers who were once regarded as orthodox have chosen to stand outside the box.  It is therefore not a mere coincidence that this deception has increased and so many no longer even preach the same message that once convicted and changed lives.  Men staggered in amazement when John Piper invited Rick Warren to speak at his conference.  Many saw in Piper a sound orthodoxy.  Yet the spirit of deception is being played out before our very eyes.  For those who do not have a love for the truth will inevitably come to reject it.
The cauldron
Now I am not saying that this prophecy is being fulfilled right now, but it does show what is happening even in part.
Rev 16: 13-14 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
However does anyone find it strange that most of what is happening at this present time is centred on the Middle East?  The world is becoming a cauldron with a fire being light under it.  Everything is being thrown into that bubbling fermenting pot.  All of which is preparing a world to be set up for the appearance of the man of sin.  One nation after another is failing financially.  Japan one of the richest countries could soon become one of the poorest.  The world is facing another nuclear crisis which could affect every continent.  Those political leaders who believe themselves to be puppet masters are themselves puppets to dark demonic forces.  What will happen when this cauldron is kicked over and the world pleads for a saviour to bring it back from the brink of anarchy and chaos?  What will happen when the world leaders finally throw up their arms in frustration and helplessness?  What we are seeing now is but preparation, for in this present chaos the world is being set up for a dictator of the darkest magnitude.