The War You Don't See (2 Thessalonians 2)
In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul writes that the antichrist will be revealed in all deception so as to bring damnation to all who do not receive the love of the truth. He alludes there to Deuteronomy 13, which also teaches that God uses false prophets and deceivers to lead astray those who are already antagonistic to truth, which in itself is to be the enemy of the God of truth and of his kingdom, no matter how zealous you may be for Jesus.
I marvel at those who have so quickly slurped up the lies of Bush and Obama about the value of aggressive war and the need to bomb, invade, and occupy people all over the world. There's no question that professing Christians love to be lied to by their worldly governments and their preachers, so as to fit in with the sheeple around them and not have to confront their worldly fears and passions. The amazing thing is how they think they can live this way, so fully conformed in their thinking to this world and its values of greed, willful ignorance and love of the broad and easy way, and suppose that when antichrist appears, they will be equipped to see through his deception - and these same people commonly think his coming is imminent, so shouldn't they see the need to prepare themselves?
What God said to Jeremiah holds true: if footmen wear you out, what will you do against horses? If Christians are suckers for the lies of Bush and Netanyahu, how will they see through the real deal when it comes? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." So when people love lies and resent the chance to wise up, when they just don't want to take the red pill and see the Matrix for what it is, what evidence is there, really, to convict them of being disciples of Jesus? Can anyone really picture Jesus getting excited about the "dangers" this world tells us about, what someone out there might do to us? Isn't he concerned about the hardness of our own hearts instead? Can anyone picture Jesus puttig his hand on his heart and pledging allegiance to a violent and haughty empire of this world, referrling to it as "under God with liberty and justice for all?" Can people who don't even care what Jesus would do in these matters fairly be called his disciples at all?