They first become the deceived and then they become deceivers because they are not allowing God’s Holy Spirit to give them discernment. Personal choices are selective based upon their own will and desires, discarding the voice of God. Discernment comes when we have surrendered, truly surrendered to God’s Holy Spirit. If we have little faith and trust, we have little discernment.
Discernment does not allow for evil to deceive. It captures it at the gate of our minds, not allowing entrance to blind us from the truth. We cannot become pawns in the hands of the enemy because we are able see the devious tricks and schemes played out much like witchcraft. We are not to get mesmerized and pulled into the volcano that never stops burning.
During these end days and the time of tribulation we will see mass deception and the deceived turning their backs on God. They have not trusted in His faithfulness, but in the hands of Jezebel.
Scripture even states that many believers will fall to purify them. It is because they never really truly surrendered and have been enticed by this present world system. If Jezebel offers her goods, these will follow.
Daniel 12:8-10 (KJV)
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Daniel 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
We know the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness and never sinned. The enemy was trying to appeal to any ounce of pride that can rear its ugly head. Lucifer is a master at pride, he knows how to tempt, lure and bait others to sin against God. The devil dangles the carrot and then traps. The sheep who are not discerning will fall for it. If the watchman sends a warning, the non-discerning sheep will not listen and victimize the watchman for having sent such an offensive signal.
Matthew 24:10-11 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
These sheep want what they want even if it means betrayal. It is a form of prostituting your soul to trust in an enemy that will seek your destruction. The non-discerning sheep forget about the miracles Jesus did like the feeding of the 4,000 and the 5,000 along with the women and children. What little spiritual memory they have when it comes to the Deity of Jesus. We see all of creation being well fed and yet the deceived sheep are blinded by carnality.
We only have to look to the Old Testament to find where Israel trusted in an ally rather than God. The outcome was not favorable as they lost every battle.
When a believer puts their trust in satan’s minions, they will be deceived every time. This is why the anti-Christ will gather multitudes under his belt. To trust God who created this universe is incomprehensible, but hey a man who proclaims himself to be God and prances around with a false prophet, they will follow. Why? Because he will offer them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but there is one hitch. You have to take the mark, a permanent ticket to hell, such a deal.
If you are not sold out to Jesus, you can be sold to the highest bidder. You then become a slave of this world and hell. Your party won’t last long because God’s wrath will follow you everywhere you go. I don’t care how strong you think you are, how many kicks you can do or wrestling moves…you will not be able to take down God. In fact, you will wish that the mountains and rocks fall on you.
The deceived are in this state because pride and evil has conquered their hearts. They are not strong, they are weak, cowards and depraved.
Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
8 But the fearful (cowards), and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers (sell your soul to the highest bidder), and sorcerers (horn hand people), and idolaters (worship of self, false deities, items of wood and stone, materialism), and all liars (deceivers, wolves in sheep clothing), shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Yes, folks…this is the payoff you receive from following Lucifer, the devil; all wrapped up for those who refuse God’s precious grace through His Son, our Messiah. Will it be worth being deceived, will it be worth hardening our hearts against God, will it be worth following after our own desires and aligning with those who are enemies of God. You make the choice.
Revelation 16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 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.
14 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.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.