Dr. Couch, what is the lie that people will believe in the end times?
ANSWER: The word lie comes from the word pseudos, and can be translated lie, deceive, false.
Surprisingly, the NT uses the word often with many verifications and
combinations. One of the key passages where the word is used in found in
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12. There, it is used in the context of the
tribulation when Satan seems to have complete control of the world and
its philosophies. But it must be kept in mind that, while the passage is
about the seven year tribulation, what is happening in that period
really began some years before the rapture of the church. In other
words, the world progressively moves into that horrible period, not just
Satan during the tribulation will be active "with
all power and signs and false (lying) wonders" (v. 9). He will deceive
the world "with all deception (trickery) of wickedness for those who
perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be
saved" (v. 10). Notice the open door for the satanic deception begins
with the world's attitude of not loving the truth! The world does not
desire the truth and has no love for it. For this reason, God will send
upon them a deluding (leading astray) spirit (influence) "so that they
might believe what is false (a lie), in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness" (vv. 11-12).
Now, what is the lie?
The lie may include many things but it begins with a denial of God.
Paul writes in Romans 1:25: The lost "exchanged the truth (about) God
for a lie (for that which is false), and worshipped and served the
creature rather than the Creator …" The creature is better translated as
"That which is created," the physical. To worship humanity is part of
this as well. What mankind can create and do is worshipped rather than
the God who made man.
Just recently many churches celebrated
the birth of Charles Darwin. They consider him a great man and
scientist. Darwin replaced "chance" with God, not just in his science,
but in his theology. God is dead! The world today despises the truth,
and rejects God. Therefore, it is becoming more and more humanistic and
moving deeper into immorality. The world has said "There is no God"
(Psa. 14:1). From that, men feel no compulsion to know the God of
Scripture. Instead, they commit "abominable deeds; there is no one who
does God." "They have turned aside; have become corrupt" (v. 3).
This is why there is on its way, the wrath of God! In the future, in
the Kingdom period, "salvation will come out of Zion (Israel)" (v. 7),
when the Lord restores His captive people, (then) Jacob (Israel) will
rejoice, Israel will be glad" (v. 7b).
For the deceiver, the
liar, "There is no fear of God before his eyes" (Psa. 36:1). TV shows us
the direction the world is going. There is no turning back. We are into
the apostasy. The rapture of the church is probably closer than we can
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch