By Asher Intrater
The first sin started in the beginning
with a lie and a deception (Genesis 3:4, 13). The first liar was Satan,
and all further lies proceeded from him (John 8:44). As we grow near the
end times, those lies and deceptions will reach their fullness. In
Yeshua's teaching about the end times on the Mount of Olives, He
warned several times of deception:
Matthew 24:4 - Be careful that no one deceive you.
Matthew 24:5 - Many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Messiah,"
and will deceive many.
Matthew 24:11 - Many false prophets will arise and deceive many.
Matthew 24:24 - False Messiahs and false prophets will arise and do
great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
This fullness of end times' deception will touch several areas.
Secular: The Western, liberal, humanist, secular dream is
for a utopia of equality, free rights, sexual freedom, moral relativism,
new-age spirituality, with no "God" but ourselves. This view was expressed
in John Lennon's song, Imagine. This view will grow into a united,
one-world movement, as expressed in Michael Jackson's song, We are
Islamic: The Islamic world is divided into several
sub-divisions, but they all have a hope for world dominion, the coming of
an Islamic messiah, and the destruction of Israel. The combination of
Islamic hatred of Israel and a united federation of nations will lead to
the apocalyptic attack on Israel (Ezekiel 38-39; Zechariah 14).
Judeo-Christian: There is a psychiatric disease called, The
Jerusalem Syndrome. It happens to Jews and Christians with some sort of
religious background. Many visitors to the Holy City become infected with
delusions of grandeur, and begin to see themselves as the embodiment of
some biblical figure.
The subtle influences of the Jerusalem Syndrome affect even the true
believers here, the elect. Spiritual pride, competition, jealousy,
self-importance, inflated "ministry ego" - prevent the real work of the
kingdom of God from bearing as much fruit as it could.
These three spheres of deception (Secular, Islamic and Judeo-Christian)
all involve a type of false "Messianism." Let us pray for grace, truth,
humility, and freedom from deception. Let us also pray for a renewed and
deepened fear of the Lord, so that we might not fall into temptation and
deception (Matthew 6:13)
By Asher Intrater
God has many names. Among them is His self-disclosure of covenant
fidelity to three generations: " I am the God of ... Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob."
This "name" has several different layers of meaning. First, God is
committed to personal relationships with human beings. He identifies and
forms partnership with those who are willing to walk with Him.
Second, God also has an inherent faithfulness to the people of Israel, the
sons of Jacob. Contrary to the views of replacement theology, there will
be no kingdom without God's faithfulness to the Jewish people.
Third, God works through several generations, particularly through three
generations. Actually, of course, He is committed to thousands of
generations (See, Exodus 20:5-6, 34:6-7). His faithfulness is eternal. Yet
there is a special dynamic when three or more generations are faithful to
The attached picture reveals a miracle. You see four fathers and their
babies; all are Messianic believers, and sons of Messianic leaders in
Israel. These sons/fathers are the second generation - their babies are
the third generation. They are a prophetic sign: "Here am I and the
children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in
Israel From the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion."
There are many others like them. I believe this third-fourth generation of
Messianic believers in Israel will release the power of God's ancient
covenant, which will usher in the Second Coming of Yeshua and the
restoration of the kingdom of God.