by Alan Yusko

After the rapture God will permit a huge deception to come upon the world. All those who have heard and rejected the Gospel will believe this deception with all their hearts. We will look at the events described in Second Thessalonians that lead up to the great deception.

2 Thessalonians 2

1. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Second Thessalonians begins with an admonition to the Christians of Paul's day not to be troubled that the day of Christ has already happened. Paul goes on to describe some of the events that will occur during that time period:

3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

First there will be a great falling away from sound Biblical truth. There will be a famine in the land... a famine toward the Word of God. That is certainly true today. We have a famine in the land and few are even interested in learning about the Bible and the ways of God. Next Paul mentions that along with a great apostasy - or falling away from Biblical doctrine - the antichrist will rise to power. He is described as the 'son of perdition'. He is a loser in the highest degree. Paul goes on to describe the antichrist:

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Midway in the 70th week of Daniels prophecy the antichrist will commit the abomination of desolation mentioned in Daniel and Matthew. Here the antichrist will enter into the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and there proclaim himself to be God. He will actually sit in the Temple and claim to be God.

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

Paul goes on to tell the Thessalonians that there is something withholding the revealing of the man of sin, the son of perdition. He will certainly be revealed to the world but only in the time allowed so by God Almighty.

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.

Here Paul is describing the restrainer that is holding back the evil in this world. He describes it as the 'mystery of iniquity'... the evil works of the devil. He mentions that it is a person restraining this evil (letteth - to restrain). That person is the Holy Spirit which is now residing inside the Church! However He that restrains (letteth) will one day be taken out of the way. Now how can the Holy Spirit be taken out or removed? Well He can't! The Holy Spirit is omni-present meaning He is present everywhere at all times. However the Church can be removed and this will happen at the rapture. At this point the Holy Spirit restraining evil from within the Church will be removed. The restraining influence of a Holy Spirit filled, praying, interceding Church will be removed. What happens when this happens??? Look at the next verse:

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Once the restrainer is removed the antichrist will be free to rise to power for his 'short' time here on earth. When the Lord Jesus returns to earth at the climax of the battle of Armageddon, the antichrist and his kingdom will be destroyed!

9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

When the antichrist comes to power he will do so by the power of the devil himself. During that time there will be all kinds of evil satanic miracles and lying wonders to deceive the lost.

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

For those who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ they will be totally deceived. Since they rejected the love of the truth (the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ) they will be deceived. Their end result will be to perish in the lake of fire -- forever.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Now we have come to the topic of this tract. God is going to allow a strong delusion to come upon the world after the rapture. We saw above that the antichrist will be allowed to come to power after the restrainer is removed or taken away. At the rapture of the Church the restrainer of the wicked one is removed. The devil will be free to bring his antichrist to power to rule and reign on planet earth. Along with all the deceptions and satanic miracles, God will send a strong delusion so that the lost will believe a lie. Why does God want those who have rejected the truth to believe a lie? See verse 12 below:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The purpose of the GREAT DELUSION that will come upon the world will be to allow the lost to be deceived and perish. Since the lost have rejected the truth they will be given a lie to believe with all their hearts.

That is a warning to everyone who is reading this tract. If you have heard the Gospel and still rejected it, one day soon the Lord God will send a delusion that you will believe with all your heart. The end result will be eternity in the lake of fire - hell.

Now who will believe this great delusion - or lie? It will be all the people who have heard the Gospel and rejected it. It is a very serious thing to hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation He freely offers ... and to reject it. One day soon it will be too late as God will send that delusion to the Christ rejectors of this world. This does not mean that there will be no one saved during the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy. Many in this world have not heard and understood the Gospel. They will also be given a chance to believe. However it will be too late for those who have heard the Gospel and yet have rejected it!


The Bible doesn't tell us in detail what exactly this deception is. However I have a good guess as to what it may be related to.

We know that before the return of the Lord Jesus at the consummation of this age there will be a manifestation of the powers of darkness on earth. Satan and his demons will perform 'signs and lying wonders' with the goal of deceiving mankind.

There is a great deception coming into the world. All who reject the truth of the Gospel of salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will believe this lie. Could UFO's and contact with alien beings be a part of this deception? I think it is! The following are the major beliefs or Theology of UFO'ology:

1) God is not a personal being. God is an impersonal force 2) The Bible is not God's only revelation to man

3) The Lord Jesus Christ is not the only Saviour

4) There is no eternal punishment or hell

5) There is no resurrection from the dead

6) Man himself can evolve from planet to planet to perfection by reincarnation

7) Mankind evolved and was not created by a 'God'.

The world has been setup to receive this lie of UFOs and beings from other worlds. By the foundations of atheism and evolution God has been removed from the scene by most in academic land. Next TV and movies have popularized space themes and contact with other races who are also 'evolving' as the human race is (supposedly). The sad thing is that many take things meant for fiction too literally.

One day, after the rapture, the antichrist will come to power. There will be open contact with extra-dimensional beings (demons). They will make many godless claims and have the false miracles and (technology) to back them up. All those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ will totally accept this deception of the devil.

There will be all kinds of evidence... like proof of some kind that there is life in space... or whatever... to give some credibility to the great deception coming on the world. Many will accept this lie and they will then have their excuse to totally reject the Bible and God (unto the perishing of their souls).

Another interesting point about UFO's and contact with 'aliens' can also be seen in that the world of the occult (psychics, mediums, etc.) has embraced UFO's and contact with 'alien beings'. The occultists frequently speak about our 'friendly' space brothers who wish to help mankind with their superior knowledge and technology. Channeling (spiritism) is one way to get in contact with these 'space beings' (demons in disguise).

The Bible warns: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (1 Tim. 4:1). The coming deception will literally be doctrines of devils openly presented to the world. Again I repeat that ALL who have heard the Gospel and rejected it will accept and believe this great deception. Since they rejected the truth God will allow them to believe a lie with all their hearts. The end result will be that the lost will perish forever in the lake of fire -- separated from God. It is not a light thing to hear the Gospel and then to reject it. The Bible clearly says:

2 Corinthians 6

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)

Today, today, today is the day of salvation. There is no promise for tomorrow. If you hear the Gospel today and reject it then there is no promise for tomorrow. Tomorrow may come or it may not. Tomorrow may hold the great deception and it will be too late for you! Your own eternal soul is not something to be considered lightly.


"...choose you this day whom ye will serve;...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15).



2 Corinthians 6:2

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)

Proverbs 27:1

1. Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 29:1

1. He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.


Luke 12:16

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry.

20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.


Matthew 24:37

37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

1 Thessalonians 5:2

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

2 Peter 3:3

3. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.

2 Peter 3:10

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Mark 8:36




Romans 3

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.


Ezekiel 18

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Luke 13

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.


Isaiah 53

4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.


John 1

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

Revelation 3

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.



Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I ask you to come into my life to forgive and save me. I now receive You as my Saviour (trusting in You ALONE to save me) and my Lord (making You my Master and committing my life to You).

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