Then He (Jesus) said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earth quakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven."
"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." " Luke 21:10-11, 27-28
January 1, 2004. We came home from the watch night New Year"s Eve service at the church and went to bed at about 3:00 AM. At 6:30 AM in the morning, the Lord woke me up with a dream that is still reverberating in my soul. In the dream I saw my wife Beulah and me with a few of our friends at a sports arena attending some event. The crowd was thronging the stadium for the event. It was a glorious evening time when the event got over. As people walked out into the beautiful golden red twilight, there was a rustle and a lot of talk with people saying, "He is coming today!" They were referring to Jesus" second coming. The atmosphere was filled with energy, people expectantly looking at the sky. As we were walking amidst the crowd, looking at the sky, it happened. Suddenly there were flashes of lights all over the clouds. Messages start appearing in the clouds like neon signs all around us announcing the coming of the Lord God. It was majestic and glorious. The earth rumbled in what appearing to be background music for the great event about to happen. We started seeing many angelic beings looking like human beings but with wings like angels flying through the signs. The earth quaked and trembled and the mountains around us caught fire. The fire and smoke around us was immense. And then we saw someone riding on the back of one of the angelic beings. Everyone shouted, "That"s Him! That"s Him!!" He passed right overhead to where we were standing. People were expecting to get caught up in to the heavens with him and many started running towards the direction he went. Then the Lord gently spoke to me, "Son! That"s not me!" I was startled and started looking around to the others who were with us and said, "That is a fake." We ran on the other direction towards the mountains that had started burning and we saw what appeared to be a man-made cave dug on the side of the mountain stuffed with straws and other flammable substances. As we looked closely, we saw electrical wires leading out of the cave in what appeared to be an attempt to set the ablaze with a remote ignition. Then we realized that it was a huge counterfeit staging of the second coming of the Lord by some antichrist.
The Lord warned me through that dream about how powerful the day of an Anti-Christ could be. Many will be taken aback by such magnificent deception. The Word of God warns us that even the elect could be deceived. Jesus taught His disciples about the end of times in Matthew 24:5 where He said, "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." Matthew 24:11 says, "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." Jesus again reiterated the deceptions that could happen in Matthew 24:23-27 saying, "Then if anyone says to you, "Look here is the Christ!" of "There!" do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!" do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms!" do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."
We as children of God are called to discern the work of the enemy and keep ourselves from being deceived. In the dream, the Lord showed how elaborate the enemy could plan things to deceive the elect. I almost believed that it was indeed Christ. But the Bible says clearly that no one knows when the second coming of the Son of Man would be. No one would be able to say, he is coming in 5 minutes or 30 minutes or tomorrow. The Lord God, who is sovereign and almighty, has set that day to be like that of a thief coming into the house in the middle of the night. So, we must be watchful and pray and wait for the Lord.
He might come anytime. The question is, "Are you ready?" Do not be deceived. Walk closer to the Lord God and be led by the Holy Spirit so that you can discern the enemy. Study the Word of God and keep watch so that you can join the Lord at His second coming.
Prayer: Precious heavenly Father! Help me O Lord to be ready for the Lord"s coming and above all be kept from all the deception of the enemy. Walk with me and lead me in paths everlasting in Christ. In the name of your son and our savior Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.