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Deception

Deception

By Eric Carlson on April 1, 2024

What is deception? Deception: The act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid: the act of deceiving, falsehood. Deceive is “nasha” in Hebrew, to beguile, deceive, lead astray, and delude. Deception is an epidemic in America and around the free world today. Deception is the rule of the day with a majority of people being deceived, they are lulled into deception because they are no longer able to discern truth from falsehood, or, in some cases that they actually want to believe the deception because it fits their own personal narrative or agenda. It’s hard to comprehend that socialism and communism are gaining favor in America!

Deception is so ingrained into our greater American culture and society today that I hardly know where to begin to even talk about it. There is overwhelming deception in our society, culture, ethics, in religion, in government, in our justice system, and deception is prevalent in our media! There is great deception in the curriculum used by our schools and universities. Yeshua tells us in John 8:44 that HaSatan is the inventor, the author of all lies. HaSatan is also referred to as the deceiver, the source of deception:

Revelation 12:9. The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver (planao {plan-ah’-o}: to deceive, one led astray from the right way, mental straying, error, wrong opinion relative to morals or word of God, error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting, deceit, fraud, delusion) of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — a Muslim elected to the House during the November 2018 midterms — routinely posts tweets that influencers on both sides of the aisle quickly and roundly condemned as anti-Semitic. Rep. Omar accused the Biden administration “of greenlighting the massacre of Palestinians” during a press conference calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Thursday.

Deception through revisionist historians puts John Smith and Pocahontas into a relationship vice the truth which was John Rolfe who Pocahontas actually married. Revisionist history tells us the Founding fathers were deists vice biblical living believers! That southern slave owners didn’t refer to slavery as slavery, they called it “that peculiar institution”. There is a subversive revisionist history push to claim that the civil war was about State’s Rights issues vice slavery. Revisionist history teaches that Truman authorized the nuclear bombing of Japan to show Russia who was in charge vice saving us from invading mainland Japan and possible suffering one million U.S. service member causalities!

Even more disturbing our nation is being overrun with “Drag Queen Story Hours” at public and school libraries. Men garishly adorned and dressed as women (falsehood/deception) read LGBTQ-themed books to young children under the guise of performing a public service. Unbelievably the American Library Association proudly endorses these immoral, indoctrination events! They even have a webpage dedicated to their promotion. The obvious goal here is to deceive and indoctrinate an entire generation of children that transvestites and homosexuality is perfectly normal. Many drag queens have admitted that their goal is to “groom” the next generation.

In the past 25 years alone, not even an entire generation, the greater body of Messiah and America have experienced an overwhelming increase in lawlessness, immorality, permissiveness, and selfishness. Immoral behavior that was unacceptable a few decades ago is now mainstream. Believing leaders engage in same sex marriage, engage in sexual sin, dabble in pornography, while the body is suffers an explosive divorce rate! All these factors have led to a rapid decrease of morality among believers in America. A recent survey among millennials reveals a staggering statistic. The percentage who follows biblically based values for living has dropped from 65 percent to a mere 4 percent since World War II.

There has never been a society in the history of mankind whose moral values have shockingly eroded and deteriorated so drastically, so dramatically in such a short period of time as those of America today. As of right now it shows no sign of stopping. These statistics serve to warn us that something is terribly wrong within the greater body, there is wide spread deception! The true Good News, the Gospel of Messiah Yeshua is not being communicated to mainstream America which is why we suffer so much deception in our culture and again, it’s getting worse. Ironically, its nothing new, look at Yeshua’s parable in:

Luke 16:19-31. “Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury. 20 At his gate had been laid a beggar named Elazar who was covered with sores. 21 He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Avraham’s side; the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Sh’ol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Avraham far away with Elazar at his side. 24 He called out, `Father Avraham, take pity on me, and send Elazar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!’ 25 However, Avraham said, `Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his consolation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn’t all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27 “He answered, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.’ 29 But Avraham said, `They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 However, he said, `No, father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!’ 31 But he replied, `If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!'”

My God, this speaks directly to us today, nothing new under the sun! The dead rich man was surprised to find himself in Hades. Contemporary Judean culture equated wealth with godliness thereby the rich man believed Adonai favored him, the Rich man thought he was headed to heaven. This cultural understanding from 2,000 years ago reveals why the Talmidim were shocked and amazed when Yeshua said:

Matthew 19:24-25. Furthermore, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” 25 When the talmidim heard this they were utterly amazed. “Then who,” they asked, “can be saved?”

Contemporary culture is dictating and establishing mainstream morals, standards, and ethics in deception. This has been going on for 2,000 years! We need only look inward regarding our own history to study how the Church became separated from the Jewish rooted Olive Tree with its stern warning not to do so in Romans 11:20. This deception has been unfolding over the last 2,000 years through suppersessionism, false doctrines, false religion, with denial and suppression of scriptural truth. How can America, this Grand Republic that’s enjoyed such profound blessings from the “Most High God”, a nation that allegedly reports a large percentage of its population to be born-again believers, be spiraling downward into such a state of sin, wickedness, depravity and immorality? Yeshua warned us it would be so:

Matthew 24:23-25. “At that time, if someone says to you, `Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, `There he is!’ don’t believe him. 24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if possible. 25 There! I have told you in advance!

Yeshua’s own words reveal the end days are rife with great deception and tribulation combined with false prophets and false Messiahs. Confusion and deception will reign and is reigning. What’s even more interesting about Yeshua’s statement, what really stands out concerning these false prophets and false messiahs is that these “great miracles — amazing things” are capable of deceiving even the chosen if possible! How could this be? Because a dead and dying Body of Messiah is void of miracles, signs, and wonders paving the way for great end-time deception. Apostasy from the truth results in a grievous and profound lack of supernatural signs and wonders within the body today!!

In the acharit-hayamim (in the time to come), people will be fooled because they want to be. Truth is obtainable today; facts can be obtained yet people don’t! Are they Lazy or are they deceived because they want to be? People will believe the false signs and wonders they witness because they want, they seek, they believe the deception. Religion, theology, even education cannot prevent this! They actually compound deception and confusion causing people to apostatize. Three Jews; Joel Spingarn, Arthur Spingarn, and Julius Rosenthal were three of the original founders of the NAACP. Why do you think the enemy seeks to divide us, why Lois Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam are so Anti-Semitic and seeks to divide and separate us?

I Timothy 4:1. The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

It’s readily apparent to anyone who is awake and paying attention that we’re engaged in full scale war (Physically and Spiritually) and most of the body of Messiah is apathetic, asleep, or at best, aware of it but aren’t engaged. Where’s the outcry over the racially increasing Antisemitism? Deception IS NOT what we need now or ever!

What can we do? Why is America and the world in a fast, downward spiral towards moral anarchy and self-destruction? Why do the Muslims, anarchists, pagans, homosexuals, Atheists, and every other counter-biblical minority group seem to win victory after victory? They’re on social media, News Media, Entertainment (movies and T.V.) everywhere you look. They seem to be taking over this Republic! What can we do? We fight, we combat deception with truth!

I Timothy 1:18. This charge, son Timothy, I put to you, in keeping with the prophecies already made about you, so that by these prophecies you may fight (strateuomai {strat-yoo’-om-ahee}: to make a military expedition, to lead soldiers to war or to battle, to do military duty, be on active service, be a soldier, to fight) the good fight (strateia {strat-i’-ah}: an expedition, campaign, military service, warfare, Sha’ul likens his contest with the difficulties that oppose him in the discharge of his apostolic duties, as warfare).

Adonai took Israel on a longer journey out of Egypt to Mt. Sinai to shield Israel from War, why? They weren’t ready, slaves didn’t know how to fight! Things aren’t always what they appear to be! As we, Israel continued the exodus, heading towards Mt Sinai to meet and hear from God we encounter violence, we encounter a force, a nation that seeks to destroy us. The Amalekites attack the fledgling nations of Israel.

Exodus 17:8. Then ‘Amalek came and fought with Isra’el at Refidim.

This situation wasn’t our first encounter with a violent army of a violent and aggressive government. When Egypt released us from slavery after the 10th plaque, the death of the first born, we became entrapped between the Sea of Suf (Red Sea) and a very angry Pharaoh, leading the world’s most technologically advanced army quickly advancing upon us in armored chariots. In that situation we didn’t fight, we panicked! Adonai told Moshe to use His staff and part the Red Sea (11th miracle) by which we crossed on dry ground to the other side. God can do anything; no army of this world could destroy them. So why doesn’t God destroy Amalek when they attack Israel?

Exodus 17:9-14. Moshe said to Y’hoshua, “Choose men for us, go out, and fight with ‘Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with God’s staff in my hand.” 10 Y’hoshua did as Moshe had told him and fought with ‘Amalek. Then Moshe, Aharon and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 When Moshe raised his hand, Isra’el prevailed; but when he let it down, ‘Amalek prevailed. 12 However, Moshe’s hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aharon and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other; so that his hands stayed steady until sunset. 13 Thus Y’hoshua defeated ‘Amalek, putting their people to the sword. 14 ADONAI said to Moshe, “Write this in a book to be remembered, and tell it to Y’hoshua: I will completely blot out any memory of ‘Amalek from under heaven.”

This is the first time or place in Torah that Israel is commanded to write something down in a document or scroll. It was to be recorded for all future generations to memorialize! This was commanded before the giving of Torah on Mt Sinai a few chapters later! What was to be recorded? “I Adonai” will completely blot out any memory of ‘Amalek from under heaven”. This time Israel fought! Adonai was with us in this battle, but He didn’t fight it this time. He commanded us to go out and fight. That day we put Amalek to the sword and won the battle.

From this battle on we had to fight for every inch of soil in the promise land, we had to fight future attacks from the Philistines, Amalekites, Midianites, Moabites, Ammonites to name a few as well as the Assyrians, the Babylonian, the Greek Syrians, the Romans, then the contemporary nations of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a made up people group called the Palestinians.

With a few exceptions, almost every battle since this first one in Exodus 17, though God is with us, we must pick up the knife, the sword, the bow, the spear, the rifle, the Tavor, the word of God and fight! Why? I want to share what I believe will be several surprising answers.

Ownership: Fighting prevents a welfare state. After having every need provided for by Egypt for some 200 years, we had become comfortable in our slavery and didn’t want leave the system when Moses was sent. Americas current infatuation with socialism and communism is our most dangerous threat to date!

Unity: Warfare has another profound impact on people and societies, it brings about Unity, Echad, completeness, oneness. I’ve done dozens of messages about unity over the years, it’s very clear that God desires unity and HaSatan desires division.

James 1:4. But let perseverance (hupomone {hoop-om-on-ay’}: Steadfastness, endurance, perseverance, to persevere under misfortunes and trials) do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.

If there is no unity or completeness there is no wholeness, something is lacking. The manifestation of this Echad, this binding together, this unity, is love for the Lord and for each other. Persevering under misfortune and trials means you’ve got to fight! Warfare in the spirit and warfare in the flesh. Through the sacrifice of Yeshua, God has made Jew and Gentile, One (Echad) new man but even more importantly this unity, this Echad has given us complete access in “One Spirit” (Echad) to Father. This oneness, this unity releases the power of God. Remember, it’s what HaSatan absolutely detests and despises. By receiving the blood sacrifice of Yeshua, our sins are forgiven, and we are saved. This blood covenant results in three specific covenant effects upon our life in this world:

Marked territory: The demons cannot attack us as we are marked as Children of God through the Aaronic Blessing. I Peter 5:8 says HaSatan “stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Lions don’t attack the main herd, they pray upon the fringes looking for the old, young, and infirmed to attack. The same method used by HaSatan. Blessings are restored through the blood, we receive complete health, wellbeing, wisdom, and provision. It’s divine spiritual leadership, guidance, and protection! We are shown the path to walk for righteousness, purity, and holy discernment (which defeats deception). Through these three covenant effects given us through the blood of Yeshua we have complete, total victory over the enemy in ALL areas of deception and warfare.

Revelation 12:11. “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life.

Forgiveness is only through the blood, it’s the guarantor we are forgiven! The blood is a divine, covenant shield against demonic attack. The blood of Yeshua saying we are not condemned is stronger than the demonic voice of condemnation. Using this spiritual power through the blood of Yeshua we have victory over HaSatan. However, the blood must be put into effect (and backed up by our own life-and-death commitment). It must be placed on the “doorposts” of our bodies, heart, mind, and soul.

When we understand these advantages of the covenant blood, we can trust, we can activate, and release its divine power in our lives. There is unlimited power in the blood of Yeshua, and through it we can overcome every falsehood, every demonic doctrine, every lying spirit, and every demonic attack of evil. It’s time to fight!!!!!! By his stripes and bruising we are healed, set free, restored, supernaturally blessed, and guaranteed the victory! Kadima!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson