(N.K.J.V used throughout).
I believe we are on the cusp of a great wave of deception which will flood
the church of the western world, with fallen angels manifesting as angels
of light being one of the first signs of this.
lack of real revival in the western world plus the movement of our secular
societies away from Christian values surely
reflects the fact that things have been deteriorating here spiritually
for some time now. Many watchmen believe, as I do, that a great wave of
deception is now imminent
in the west that will impact people from a wide range of denominational
backgrounds. I don’t believe that this enemy wave will centre
on any particular ministry but will instead spread online
at grass roots level between individuals. Following this word, (link),
I believe that the initial thrust will come as fallen angels manifest
to people claiming to be angels of light. This type of deception is
already prevalent within some Christian streams in the USA and often
appears to deceive even those who are normally more cautious. This
is likely to be followed by a multitude of other deceptions and a false
New Age/occult anointing as things polarise towards the end times.
Many of the believers who don’t weigh things against scripture
will end up moving in this false anointing believing it to be the
Holy Spirit. Satan has being infiltrating the church of the western
world with a slack attitude towards discernment for decades in preparation
for this great surge from the kingdom of darkness. I believe this
wave could be upon us very soon making it vital that we test all spiritual
manifestations against scripture.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits,
whether they are of God,” (1
Jn 4: 1).
Deception: As any informed
observer will know deception has been on the increase in the church of
western world over the past few decades.
Many leaders have promised, and falsely prophesied, revival almost
on an annual basis but instead congregations have been shrinking overall.
Many believers have also moved away from a scriptural form of spirituality
ignoring the bibles indication as to what is of the Spirit. Any great
wave of deception will probably impact the USA first and then spread
to Western Europe and other places too, anywhere in fact that draws
from the largest Christian online media organisations. Most of these
organisations do not move in discernment or test things against scripture,
they are not really accountable to anyone and have been repeatedly
deceived themselves in the past. Despite their errors some have kept
self confidently promoting each new thing as “the great revival,” and
many undiscerning Christians have believed these claims. These errors
have been sapping the resolve of many who have been disappointed and
let down time and again. The next wave of deception could lead many
into huge discouragement. We could then see many abandoning the faith
in the western world due to either loosing heart or outright confusion.
This may be the start of the great falling away and apostasy predicted
by St Paul in 2 Thess 2; 3, or at least a precursor to it.
“according to the working
of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,” (2
Thess 2; 9).
False revivals: The majority
of revivals are a mixture. Most genuine revivals contain an element of
New Age/occult deception at the
as the devil tries to lead people astray and cause the revival to falter.
This is well reported in historical accounts of past revivals. What
we are often witnessing today however are the manifestations that were
once identified as deceptive dominating these moves and being viewed
as evidence that they are of God. These false revivals excite people
with promises of personal blessings and triumph for the church in this
world but have little emphasis on sharing the gospel with unbelievers.
Not surprisingly they never bear any fruit. Historically the main test
of a revivals fruit has been how many unbelievers were saved. Today
however many judge a so called “revival” by how
many Christians have been healed, (or appear to be healed as Doctors
are almost always absent). The bible also warns us that Satan will
deceive the elect with counterfeit signs and wonders as the end draws
near so we cannot assume that healings are necessarily a sign from
God. As both the Lord and Satan will move in healing power we need
the gift of discernment of spirits, (1
Cor 12: 10), more than ever
as we head towards the last days. Satan is more than willing to heal
people if it results in the masses receiving a counterfeit New Age/occult
anointing. Once people are in such a deceived state they are then more
open to falling away.
“false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders
to deceive, if possible, even the elect,” (Matt 24; 24)
A mixture within a false
revival: As a genuine revival will almost always contain
an element of deception so a false revival will contain some
things which are of God. This is because no matter how deceived believers
become they still have Gods Spirit, access to the gifts and the ability
to pray. So the coming wave of deception will have elements in it that
are of God but the dominant features will be deceptive. In the two
false revivals I have witnessed the congregations became excited and
even more zealous for God for a season. However, after it became clear
that their expectations were not coming to pass discouragement prevailed
and people started
leaving those churches with some falling away from the faith. Some
observers may be led astray if they see this type of misplaced zeal
as a sign of God moving. We therefore need to weigh such moves against
scripture not by people’s
initial enthusiasm during the first few months. It could take a year
before the fruit of a false revival becomes apparent to those who do
not move in discernment or test manifestations against the bible. Unfortunately
by then many will have been drawn in, been deceived and lost any
ability to discern.
“Test all things; hold fast what is good,” (1
Thess 5; 21).
likely manifestations within this false revival: Deception
may vary between individuals and churches, tailored to what a particular
congregation is willing to receive. I knew of one church where strange
fallen angels, imitating angles of God, appeared to many members of
the congregation and gave them false words of knowledge promising that
revival was about to break out there and then. This was accompanied
by the counterfeit anointing that is already present in some churches
today. People then started experiencing manifestations that neither
Jesus nor anyone else in the N/T ever experienced when the Holy Spirit
came upon them. Such manifestations can be for e.g. people making
animal noises, shaking and convulsions but without any demon’s
being driven out, hysterical laughter and people falling about as if
high on drugs or strong drink, none of which are scriptural.
New Age visions and dreams are also likely to increase, promoting deceptive
unscriptural prophesies along with counterfeit visitations to heaven
becoming commonplace. Today people such as Bob Jones and Todd Bentley
already believe they can visit heaven at will whenever they want. Occult
miracles such as gold dust or feathers
may appear which, unlike Jesus miracles, will not be serving any practical
purpose. Probably the most convincing manifestation will be occult
based healings, many of which will be real but probably won’t
last for longer than Satan wants them to in order to promote the fake
After initial interest these churches will probably become
a laughing stock in the eyes of the world. My guess is that after about
a year leaders will emerge from within this deceptive wave. People like
and Bob Jones who are likely to hold major conventions calling for
the spirits of deceased saints to return to earth to help them in their
battle. These ministries already practice such spiritualism and are
gradually introducing it to the body of Christ already. My expectation
is that at this point
many of those deceived will suddenly realise something is wrong, that
this is not of God and then be thrown into huge confusion and discouragement.
Many could then start doubting the faith altogether being unable to
differentiate between which things were of God and which were not.
Such discouragement will be intensified as they see the secular society,
that they had been told would be transformed by the power of God, instead
becoming darker and more evil as pagan beliefs become more popular
instead of Christianity - the fruit of a counterfeit not genuine revival.
response: Those who don’t get deceived by these
things will nonetheless have to submit more deeply to God in order
to remain free
from deception, discouragement, apathy and the danger of falling away
themselves. In this difficult spiritual atmosphere God will also call
some to reach out and help those who have been deceived which will require
a lot of patience. In the UK we may end up as a small underground grassroots
minority in our nation as we head toward the end times. I do believe
that a genuine
move of Gods Spirit will follow the deceptive wave though, to strengthen
those who remain faithful and help bring in Gods end times harvest. The
bible also encourages us to set our mind on things above where Christ
is and await His return. We mustn’t lose sight of this no matter
how discouraging the next short season of deception may turn out to be.
other warning prophecies try this link.
S. Dobbs, July 2011, www.wordconnect.org