Dear Wake Up Family:
Last week, I listened to an interview with Colonel Douglas Macgregor and had to pause the video when he made this statement, “If our cause is just, why do we have to lie about it?” I thought he asked a good question. Although he was discussing politics and foreign policy in the interview, it is certainly applicable to all aspects of life… churches, schools, organizations, groups, even Bible stories and events foretold in Bible prophecy.
While pondering what the Colonel had said, I thought of Genesis 3 when Lucifer lied to Eve and told her, “Surely you will not die.” The truth is, she and Adam did die. The exact opposite of what the devil claimed. I thought of John 8:44 when the Jewish leaders accused Jesus of blasphemy, and He admonished them by saying, “For you are the children of your father the devil… there is no truth in him… he is a liar and the father of lies.” The Bible says this made them so angry they picked up stones, ready to kill Him. Yet, the truth is, Jesus is God. The exact opposite of what they sincerely believed. I thought about the three frogs of Revelation 16:13, of which the Bible says, “And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.” The first two verses above make sense just as they read, but this verse needs some explanation.
Larry understood that the three powerful demons in Revelation 16:13 are described as frogs because frogs use their tongues to catch their prey. The verse foretells that Lucifer, after mankind sees that he lied about being God, will tell another lie to convince the remaining people of Earth—those who have taken the mark—that they can fight and defeat God to protect themselves from ultimate destruction. This is similar to the lie Lucifer told his angels in heaven to convince them to fight against Michael and His angels. (We all know how that turned out.) Moreover, to bolster his argument and bring mankind back under his control, the devil will admit that God caused the previous plagues. Satan does this to frighten mankind into submission. Can you imagine human beings believing they could destroy God? This shows that humans can be convinced of almost anything when they’re afraid.
From the beginning of sins drama to its very end, Lucifer has used, and continues to use, lies to deceive those whom Jesus loves and wants to take home. The Bible even reminds us in 1 Peter 5:8 to, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
The emotional distress that comes from believing a lie, then learning the truth, is devastating. But during the time of wrath, the anguish of being lied to, physically abused, and feeling that perhaps God has abandoned you will be overwhelming. That was Jesus’ experience on the cross. This is why we need to practice trusting Jesus and listening for the Spirit’s voice now. The coming tribulation will be worse than anything any of us have ever known. But Jesus has promised to provide the necessary grace we’ll need to endure that awful time. I am so grateful that we can depend on the truthfulness of Jesus’ words.
Paul had a solution to the question, If a cause is of moral excellence, why is there a need to lie about it? In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, he wrote, “Test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” I think Paul’s counsel is spot on.