2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The Forgotten Historical Event
Did you know Satan actually tried to pull off the second coming of Jesus?
The year was AD 66 and during the feast of Pentecost at sunset the priests were going by night into the inner court of the temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations. They said that they felt a shaking of the land and heard a great noise. And after that, they heard a sound as of a great multitude of people saying, “Let us remove hence”, believing the dead were rising from their graves.
People reported seeing heavenly phenomena
- A sword in the sky
- A bright light shining around the altar and temple
- A vision of chariots and soldiers up in the clouds circling the city of Jerusalem.
- They heard voices of the dead
Josephus a famous Jewish historian and Tacitus a Roman historian and others recorded this historical phenomenon
Josephus (Jewish Wars, VI-V-3)
Beside these signs a few days after that feast, on the one-and-twentieth day of the month Artemisius, a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. Moreover, at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of a great multitude, saying, “Let us remove hence”
“A supernatural apparition was seen, too amazing to be believed. What I am now to relate would, I imagine, be dismissed as imaginary, had this not been vouched for by eyewitnesses, then followed by subsequent disasters that deserved to be thus signalized. For before sunset chariots were seen in the air over the whole country, and armed battalions speeding through the clouds and encircling the cities.” (rendered in Chilton)
Tacitus (A.D. 115) – Roman historian
In the sky appeared a vision of armies in conflict, of glittering armor. A sudden lightning flash from the clouds lit up the Temple. The doors of the holy place abruptly opened, a superhuman voice was heard to declare that the gods were leaving it, and in the same instant came the rushing tumult of their departure. Few people placed a sinister interpretation upon this. The majority were convinced that the ancient scriptures of their priests alluded to the present as the very time when the Orient would triumph and from Judaea would go forth men destined to rule the world.” (Histories, Book 5, v. 13)
Back in 66 AD, John had not yet written the book of Revelation. Satan believing God had finished giving man any more prophetic messages decided to attempt the second coming of Jesus. The scriptures below are exactly what the people reported they witnessed.
Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.
Isaiah 66:15-16 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
Matthew 26:64Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Satan jumped the gun and failed in his attempt to pull off Jesus second coming. God is holding Satan back until the time is right.
Unfortunately back in 66 AD many Christians were deceived and believed Jesus had returned. Even today there are people who have read about that historical event and foolishly believe Jesus had returned.
About AD 96 the book of Revelation was written and Jesus revealed the final end time events. Jesus wants us all to understand Revelation in order not to be deceived.
Today the world is looking for the Anti-Christ to show up however, the truth is just the opposite. Jesus warned us in Matthew 24: 21-25 and in Revelation 19:20 he who is coming is a false prophet with lying miracles to deceive the world.
Soon the world will be ripe and full of wickedness. God will allow Satan his time on earth to rule and deceive and to purge the earth.
- The great deception will not be something simple like grey aliens
- The great deception will be the impersonator of Jesus
- Satan will set up the beast system and cause all to worship
- Satan will come to earth with showing wonders in the heavens
- Satans angels will be with him and will divide the earth for their gain
- Satans creation of artificial intelligence mimicking dead loved ones
- The world will wonder with amazement except the 144,000 and the elect.
There is good news. The Bible tells us that many people will eventually repent and figure out the prophet is an imposter, with the help of 144,000 and other Christians. John, in the book of Revelation, saw many people who went through the great tribulation.
Daniel11:33-35 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
Revelation7:13-17 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.