Peter’s historic sermon on the Day of Pentecost summed up the turning point in the covenants, distinguishing the early Days from the latter Days.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24).
Earlier in His ministry, Jesus chastised the people for seeking signs and wonders in order to believe. Believe what? Believe in Him? In a way, but that is only part of the story. The signs and wonders confirmed that He was the Messiah—God’s Anointed One. The anointing spoke of the third Person of the Godhead—the Holy Spirit.
It wasn’t enough that they believed Jesus was sent by God as the prophets were. Jesus was a prophet, but so much more. He was God in the flesh, Heaven on earth. He came to redeem the inhabitants of earth as the Perfect Man, something no one else could achieve. He fulfilled the Law but brought so much more—the power of God within redeemed mankind.
The Chronos Lesson: The Anointed One and His anointing would be the antidote to the evils of the false mountain—the counterfeit trinity of the mystery of lawlessness. This is why Jesus warned His followers that one of the signs of the tribulation would be false christs and false prophets rising up with signs and wonders to deceive many. Whereas the signs and wonders Jesus performed revealed the loving and merciful nature of God the Father, these false signs and wonders would reveal the nature of the Deceiver, Satan, the father of lies.
As believers, when we understand God’s times and seasons, we need not be so readily deceived. We are to remain steadfast and watchful, for “in Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13). This is one reason why we are to test all prophesies and teachings according to the truth of God's Word. It is why Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
The implication behind this is that it is possible for the elect—the Body of Christ—to be deceived. How is this possible? Well, for one thing, by not really knowing what is in the Word for ourselves. Too often we simply parrot what we hear ministers and prophets say, whether or not it lines up with the whole counsel of God’s Word. But how can leaders of the Church get it wrong? By not testing what they teach against the whole counsel of God’s Word and trusting in their own understanding.
Much of the confusion in the Church about the end-times, as well as the so-called prophecies concerning our times that have not come to pass, is because these people have ignored one-third of the scriptures that deal with the end-times and the reality of the rapture. They have rejected the one thing Scripture tells us to remember about these time: God’s great prophetic Week of thousand-year Days.
The result is that some of the elect is not prepared for what they are experiencing in these times. They don’t understand the chronos times and therefore don’t know what to do. They’re confused, disheartened, and losing hope. They are easily led by whomever seems to have the largest following.
As a result, they don’t know how to stand in this hour of trial that Jesus warned us about, even though His Word is filled with an end-time message of comfort, hope, and victory. The counterfeit trinity shall be fully revealed shortly, at the Day of the Lord—the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the Dragon (Satan). It’s time to know what shall take place and your part in it.