Could Christians be fooled by the antichrist?

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By Mark Ellis

Some thought Adolph Hitler might be the antichrist
Some thought Adolph Hitler might be the antichrist

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul teaches that before the Day of the Lord the antichrist will be revealed. This coming world ruler will attract followers from all over the world with his magnetic personality.

He will be a financial and political genius.

In Daniel 7 he is referred to as the “man of sin, the “little horn.” Daniel wrote, “This horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.”

He will be boastful and egotistical, a megalomaniac in his quest for world power. He will come preaching peace. But Daniel says, “through peace he will destroy many.” (Daniel 8:25)

His authority will be overpowering, his hatreds intense, his political techniques first rate. The news media will not be able to resist covering his every move and pronouncement – however outrageous.

A magnetic personality fooled many
A magnetic personality fooled many

He will be a master deceiver, able to make many people think good is bad and bad is good. During his administration, everyone will receive an ID number. You won’t be able to buy food or anything else unless you have this government-issued ID.

You may be thinking, “He won’t deceive me!” The Bible says, “He will deceive the very elect, if it were possible.”

Antichrist’s extraordinary ego will soak up the adulation and worship from his followers. Like his father the devil, what he ultimately wants is worship.

Paul wrote that he “takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” Some interpreters understand that to refer to a rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem on or near The Dome of the Rock.

Other scholars think the temple of God may refer to the church, since Paul calls the church the temple of God elsewhere.

Paul wrote that the antichrist will be restrained until the right moment. “And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.”

Paul says someone or something is restraining this coming world ruler, until just the right time. Who or what is

Will he take his seat in a rebuilt Jewish temple?
Will he take his seat in a rebuilt Jewish temple?

this restrainer? Some scholars believe it refers to the Roman Empire or governments that succeed the Roman Empire.

Others believe the restrainer is the church. Other scholars believe it is the Holy Spirit working through the church. And still others think this restrainer could be Michael the Archangel.

Whoever or whatever the restrainer is, the restrainer functions to make sure the antichrist is revealed in his time and not before. But right now Paul says, even before he appears on the world stage, the mystery of lawlessness is at work.

What’s behind the mystery of lawlessness? This is the spirit of antichrist that has been at work throughout history. It has a venomous hatred toward believers. This spirit attacks Christians (and Jews) and tries to undermine God’s plan.

Ephesians 6 tells us there are spiritual forces of evil at work in the invisible, supernatural realm. These demonic entities deceive and lie and try to undermine and destroy Christian leaders, Christian marriages, Christian ministries, and Christian homes.

What is behind the rise of teen suicide? I believe this same mystery of lawlessness seeks to destroy young people using drugs or depression, lies and deception, to drag young people into a pit of darkness and despair.

The only hope for any of us is another mystery – the mystery of godliness, which is: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Praise God the mystery of godliness will defeat the mystery of lawlessness.

Right now there’s a restrainer at work. God has said to the devil, “You can go so far, but no further.” God still has the world in His control. No matter what the devil does, no matter how evil his plots and schemes, God is still in control.

God is unfolding his ultimate plan—and those plans will result in the final, triumphant return of Jesus.

And when he returns he will destroy the antichrist with just one word from his mouth – actually, just the breath from his mouth. With one word, God created the universe. And with less than a word, just a breath, he defeats the antichrist.

Paul warned about the antichrist’s deception. “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Paul tells us the antichrist, empowered by Satan, will use powerful signs and wonders to deceive those who are perishing. Satan threw everything he could at Jesus before Satan was defeated at the cross. Now the devil throws everything he has at humanity before Jesus returns.

Paul says the signs and wonders are false — not because they’re not real — but because they have nothing to do with the truth and advancing the gospel. Satan’s goal, through antichrist, is to deceive people with these signs and wonders and take them away from the truth.

So this should stand as a warning to people of faith. Don’t make signs and wonders the basis for your faith or the foundation for the truth you believe. And keep a wary eye on the political stage for politicians bearing a false witness and carrying a magnetic appeal.

50 COMMENTS

  1. The anti-Christ is Apollyon, the king, the angel, the beast from the bottomless pit. He won’t run for office. He will make war with the Saints and defeat them. He shall take what he wants and will reign the last three and a half years. He makes war with God at Armageddon and is thrown alive into the lake of fire with the False Prophet. He is the seed of Satan whose head Jesus bruised, HA3:13.

      • You are correct. This man of sin will take his position as “President of the World” and it won’t be long before this happens. Jesus Christ is truly our only Hope of Glory!

        • Amen Candy and Our Lord is on his way!! Remember only the Father knows when his own son shall return!! But we are so close to the end and being with him in Heaven!!!!

        • Your right candy in church yesterday my pastor was telling us that we better learn to pray because the time is near and I believe him

    • But, can a discerning Christian be snookered? NO! What many call Christianity is not of Jesus although while Jesus was scolding the churches He did say the Laodecian’s were redeemed. If they weren’t He’d say different – When Jesus said it was finished, He meant it, He knew there w/be few & far between super saint’s – other words, all the body of Christ are looked upon the same BUT, many will have little to none in the way of crown’s – Jesus hates (does not like) unbelief or little faith/especially of those who’ve been saved for any length of time!
      Listen folk’s, I understand of the ways the Lord test us and spanks us – I’m taking swats as I write – I also know that He loves me (us) enough to correct us – HE came to me in order to Save me – most of ya here knows we have an awesome Savior who truly loves us w/agape love.
      *If it were possible, even His elect would be deceived – I personally take Scripture at it’s Word – the church goes Home shortly after the one assigned for perdition is reveled – if my salvation based on myself, well, I’m doomed – although His sweet spirit has reassured me that I’ve been blood Bought by the Lamb (Jesus) of God – those who are looking for His appearance will receive a crown to lay at His feet – We are the army in white when He returns & plants His feet on the Mt of Olives – Scripture is so clear – Jesus Bought us, we’re not assigned to His wrath – Daniel’s whole week is His wrath on an unbelieving world – the elect are those (especially Israel) who come to Him during the week – Jew/Gentile alike! Daniel’s week is also about bring His chosen back into His fold – HE has never stopped loving them, just as He always loved us (world/John 3:16 etc) – although, we’re in the time of grace – it ends when we’re gone – the Lord wants us to occupy til He comes – this is the time to led as many to Jesus as possible according to the talents He’s entrusted to you. The evangelist of Danial’s week will be the 144,000 pure rabbis, 2 witness’s, 2 angel’s etc & His elect/saints – the Church will be Home – after several heart attacks etc & same w/my wife we know either way it won’t be long But if I were 12 years old & called upon Jesus to Save me, I too would be going Home soon – I’m looking for our Savior Jesus Christ, the son of perdition will come as the Lord fore told – hint; wunder if Basher El-Assad might be? He might come out smelling like a devil rose after all’s said & done over there, just an opinion – I trust we’re all brothers & sisters in the Lord Jesus here – so either way, we’re in Christ & love ya all – this year (016) does seem like the year the festered fat pimple may pop – many have their eye’s focused on the States But, remember this, the Lord will honor the Mayflower Compact & John Smith’s 1607 prayer & others – what I’m saying, this nation deserves His Judgment – we failed as Nation after the 2001 Fall ordeal But, Again, He may give the Nation another chance after a severe Spanking – sorry, one more thing! We also have to remember what happening here is worse in other parts of the world (south amerika may seem calm to some but it’s about to ex-plode) or simultaneously & Scripture tells us that this age is soon ending – so, if you want to be here & fight the demonic Titans, well, Jesus is not an Indian giver (so to say) – just make sure to witness to friends family etc of the hour were in & look up, for your (our) redemption has been drawing nigh for a long time now – yes, it’s eminent – He will hold us accountable, pretty serious stuff – His spankings can hurt for some time, I know!

      • Wily, I have had the same thoughts about Assad, and you are the only person I know of who has vocally wondered online if he could be the deceiver. Could you give me some basis for your reasonings, or is this just intuition?

      • Hi all! I would like to comment on this post. First of all I am a born again child of God! By God’s grace alone!!!!! And like 18 years ago I was blessed to be part of a church called Applegate Christian fellowship in ruche Oregon. The head pastor there Jon corson is a truly gifted teacher of God’s word (scripture). He went chapter to chapter verse to verse through the whole Bible. So therefore he covered much biblical subject matter that in many churches isn’t covered because they don’t cover every single Bible verse? Now I’m not in any way putting this guy on a pedestal. He is a falable person just like any of us. And there are a few of his beliefs that I don’t agree with. Which I won’t discuss here. But going through the Bible like that is awesome! Plus over the years I have done extensive Bible and religion study and research. And talked with God (prayed) a whole lot also. And that was all from me responding to desires god put in my heart as he led me!!!!! So I am well versed in God’s word (scripture). And also another pastor whose teaching and beliefs I ascribe to is Dan mohler. So on to the point of the topic of this commentary. You see over the years I have seen studied a large amount of commentaries and videos referring to end times and lying signs and wonders and the false church and the Antichrist. And also the illuminati. If anyone spends a fair amount of time on internet they will come across many related topics associated with things I just listed. So with that said. I would like to say that first yes it can be a good thing to help make people aware of all of this that’s going on! But here is the thing though? With some people it could induce fear. And God says like 365 times in his word (fear not). And that (god has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love power and a sound mind). And some if not many people may not truly understand is that throughout the history of humanity God has had what is called a (remnant). Those people are his truly chosen people who make up the true body of Christ! And those who are his remnant will not be deceived with all of this stuff that’s going on in the world and yes even in many churches and religions. You see with me? I like many different Christian bands. There is an amazing amount of talented and gifted singers and musicians in Christian music!!!! But yes I do know that not mentioning any names there are some or several Christian bands who I believe are linked with the Antichrist with shown through some of the symbolism that is associated with them. And some of them come from churches whose doctrines and beliefs don’t line up with the fullness of God’s word (scripture). And therefore it points to them being part of the false church or Antichrist? Now I do believe that there are part of or many of them who don’t even realize it? They are truly decided. Bscause when a person is received? They don’t know that they are received. That’s what deception is. But gods remnant will not be deceived!!!!! So with me, I have no problem going to a Christian concert where the songs are directing people toward Jesus. Lifting him up! Now yes satan may be working through many of these bands with an alternate agenda? And they may not even be aware of it? Nor may other people attending the concert? Or even listening to sings on CD or digital? But I’m not accountable for the people who are decieved by all of this. All I can do is just talk with them and let them know. And if they receive what I say? Then that is God who opens there eyes and ears and gives them understanding!!!!!! So do I go around judging these bands and people? Or people who go see them? Or people’s church, religion, or pastor? No I don’t!!!!! Because we are to love people!!!! Yes we are to talk with people about what’s going on! Or so called (warn them). But we should be real careful about how we do that and what we say? As to not cause offense with these people? And again no matter what church they go to, what religion they associate with, or what bands they listen too? They will not be deceived by the Antichrist!!!!! Because they are God’s elect, his remnant!!!!! So anyway I know that this was a long post! And I’m sorry for that! But I just wanted no misunderstandings on the points I’m making? OK. Thank you all for reading! And may the Lord richly bless you with his peace!!!!!

      • I have someone else that has raised a red flag…I just know we are very very close to going home..this election should open Christians eyes as well. Time is short. JESUS come soon.

      • You are so right at this point I’m wondering is God so tired of the world that he’s ready to put the end of the world in position yes I’ll be glad when Jesus crack the sky I just ask God not to do it until my family and friends all get saved I’ve slept up my PRAYER life for the nation

    • kinda’ sounds like trump. he has already stated, in public, that he would TAKE THE OIL FROM THE MIDDLE EAST!!! DOES ANYONE BELIEVE WE CAN DO THAT? WE COULD TRY BUT….. THINK ABOUT OUR REACTION TO ANYONE THAT TRIES TO TAKE FROM US.

    • Donald Trump he has all of the characteristics. boastful, arrogant, disdain for women. nasty. many Christians /Evangelicals worship him, so he has them fooled.

  2. Understand: the horn that replaces three is the False Prophet. 2TH:2:3-7 is False Prophet.He rules first 3 1/2 years. 8-12 is anti-Christ. The AC is the 4th, 5th, 8th(AC) and of the 7 (the beast of the mark, the image in the temple, warrior, wounded head.). The FP is the 6th. AC was (ancient – iron, and iron and clay but now) “is not” because he is in bottonless pit until angel comes down from heaven with key to release him and the locusts. Then he leads (Mahdi?) the 200m army to kill 1/3 of earth. He kills the 2 witnesses 3 1/2 days before Rapture. DA12:12.

  3. Mark, your articles in the most recent email distribution are outstanding. Thank you for sending them. I wonder if you could make the font a little larger on this page? Tiny font is hard to read! Love the testimonies on golf professionals “Seoul Sisters” and soccer superstar Kaka. God Reports rocks!

  4. […] In Daniel 7 he is referred to as the “man of sin, the “little horn.” Daniel wrote, “This horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.” He will be boastful and egotistical, a megalomaniac in his quest for world power. He will come preaching peace. But Daniel says, “through peace he will destroy many.” (Daniel 8:25) His authority will be overpowering, his hatreds intense, his political techniques first rate. The news media will not be able to resist covering his every move and pronouncement – however outrageous. He will be a master deceiver, able to make many people think good is bad and bad is good. During his administration, everyone will receive an ID number. You won’t be able to buy food or anything else unless you have this government-issued ID. You may be thinking, “He won’t deceive me!” The Bible says, “He will deceive the very elect, if it were possible.” Antichrist’s extraordinary ego will soak up the adulation and worship from his followers. Like his father the devil, what he ultimately wants is worship. (READ MORE) […]

  5. Yes we are very close to end

    Paraphrasing Jesus in Mathew 24 he said

    When you HEAR (radio, word of mouth) it is not end times.

    But when you SEE and KNOW ALL these things – Luke 21 kjv

    What will we see and know:

    Earthquakes, disease, famine in diverse places. Need the internet to SEE these in diverse places. Wars – We see videos of middle eastern war regularly.

    And when is the last 3 1/2 years

    When we SEE “evil one” in the holy place from a field or rooftop. (Mathew 24:15,17,18 kjv)

    Only way can SEE him from a field or rooftop is with mobile device.

  6. the true children of the Lord will not be deceived and they will know who the liar is , the rest of the world will take the mark which they already have but dont know it yet. there is another point i need to make, If God does not return then even the true beleivers will be deceived as written in the scripture, but that wont happen.

  7. If you have the gift of the Holy Ghost you will have the power to discern.

    Acts 2:38King James Version (KJV)

    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    • Thank you people need to know that the gift of the Holy gift is so important it guide lead and protect and it’s for everyone that are born again

  8. Mother of Salvation: The antichrist will use his so-called stigmata as a means to convince the world he is Jesus Christ
    February 15, 2014

    My child, when the deception engulfs souls under the influence of the antichrist, people will be fooled by many acts, deeds and words which will come from him. Sweet and soothing and with a calm demeanor, he will confidently justify every sin against God. Even the most vile sin against humanity will be gently explained away as if it is of no consequence. He will convince many that the taking of life is for the good of others and an important part of human rights. Blasphemies, which will pour from his mouth, will be seen as just and proper. He will justify everything by quoting Holy Scripture, backwards. Those who will hang on to his every word will not know enough about the Word of God to be able to contradict him. Then he will give the impression that he prays constantly and will declare that he is spiritually gifted.

    The antichrist will seek out the company of those who are seen to do great works of charity and he will court those who are seen to be holy in God’s Eyes.

    In time, people will convert to what they will believe to be a truly enlightened one-world religion, in which the antichrist will play a large part. Then he will use every demonic power, given to him by Satan, to convince the world that he has the stigmata, associated with the saints. The antichrist will use his so-called stigmata as a means to convince the world he is Jesus Christ and that he has come to salvage the world. Then he will say that he is announcing the Second Coming and those who fall at his feet, in adoration, will be swept away with him by the Angel of the Lord, who will throw them into the lake of fire.

    Your Mother

    Mother of Salvation

    https://fatherofloveandmercy.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/mother-of-salvation-the-antichrist-will-use-his-so-called-stigmata-as-a-means-to-convince-the-world-he-is-jesus-christ/

  9. AS YOU KNOW THE BODY OF CHRIST WILL NOT BE DECEIVED READ 1 THS AND 2 THS GOD IS NOT MOCKED LOOK UP YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE DECEIVED THE ANTICHRIST IS FOR THE NON BELIEVERS AND THE WICKED WORLD ALL WAYS REMEMBER YOU ARE WASHED IN THE BLOOD

    • In Revelation it says that a veil will be put over the eyes of the believer the veil will be removed from the sinner. Paul goes on to say that we must stay faithful and we must pray for the power of discernment. So that we don’t fall into it. And so that we don’t become trapped in this sort of situation. I wholeheartedly and completely agree with you that Jesus wouldn’t allow this to happen, but if he steps in on anything physical, then he has taken away our way of right of free choice. I did a whole sermon on how the people of Sodom and Gommorah will be very much like the people in these end times. And many righteous people became deceived in Sodom and Gomorrah. We should also remember that the word of God says “many are called by name, yet few are chosen” not everyone will be saved/are saved and those that were chosen, were called to before the foundations of the earth were laid down. So very much so, a Christian can be deceived, that’s happening now. And many of these type people, will be able to help bring in and make the transition of the Anti-Christ smooth

  10. Daniel tells us where the Antichrist comes from.

    The lion with the eagle wings from Daniel has it’s wings ripped off, England is symbolic of the Lion and the Eagle wings symbolic of the U.S.

    This Lion then stands up like a man and has the eyes of a man, the royals have the standing Lion on their coat of arms.

    Revelation tells us that the number of the beast is the number of a man, Daniel has the only Beast Man I know of.

    The end times beast of Revelation representing the U.N. (Daniel told us the 4th beast/government would consume the world) has a Lion’s mouth, there is only one person from the royals of England that has spoken at the U.N.

    Both the English Anglican church and the Royal garter(said to be the true head organisation of most secret society: freemasons etc) is the Monarch. Also the heads/officers/politicians of a commonwealth country swear their oaths to the monarch and their currency shows the monarch.

  11. Millions of so-called Christians are deceived already, by the likes of Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Pat Robertson and Bill Graham, Jr. (Did you know Graham’s father, Graham Sr. allegedly committed his life to Christ under the tutelage of one Dr. Mordecai Ham? Dr. Ham believed in the Anglo-Saxon-Israelite message. Graham Sr. departed from that truth to embrace universalism, which provides much more public acceptance – invitations to the White House, etc, pulbic television access, and of course, much, much more money. No money in preaching the truth).

    So, What makes anyone think that millions of so-called Christians won’t be deceived in these last days?

    For not embracing the love of the truth, it is God who sends strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” it is God who sends strong delusion.

    Don’t trust me, look it up for yourself. 2Thess. 2:10

    • Im neither arguing for or against those names mentioned. My faith is not in men but in God. What reason(s) do you feel are in putting Hagee in with the likes of Olsteen? Just curious to know. God bless

    • I firmly agree with you about Joel Osteen! He believes that it’s you that makes you sick or healthy. It’s you that brings cancer & death into your body! He has a book called “I Am”. I thought it would be about God, since God told Abraham: “tell them I Am sent you”. But, then, when I saw him on Dr. Phil, just a blurb, he said his book was about us as humans having a positive attitude! What?!? He’s not ordained & he inherited that church! I totally feel as though he misleads many, many Christians everyday!
      Also – when I have seen my Mom watching him, I never hear a verse quoted. It’s all stories, like parables, but not – they are his stories that he brings to the “church”. And yes I put church in parenthesis because I don’t feel his is a true church. I have gone there, but only for Joyce Meyers’ conferences.

  12. Could “aliens”/ the nephelim be a part of this deception? I firmly believe so. Though the word extraterrestrial does fit their description because they did not origionate on this earth, they will decieve the world, even scientist or “the elect”, into believing their a civilization from a distant planet or something. Signs and wonders from the heavens like noone has ever seen or imagined. And another “elect” could be those who have little to no faith in who Jesus really was and is, Lord and Savior. The people will have panic attacks, heart attacks, or just faint in seeing these things coming from the skys/heavens. Horrible, horible times are coming. Be ready

  13. I’m worried about the Antichrist being Donald Trump. I really like the guy, but before I “liked” him there was something about him I didn’t. I thought he was just running for President as a ploy for attention and then he was going to drop out. I would vote for him before Hillary, but this is not a political comment, by any means, so please don’t bash me.

    I’m just wondering if it could be him. Yes, he talks about the Bible being the greatest book ever & he does quote scripture, but Satan knows scripture BY HEART! I’m also thinking because this article does state that the media will follow them wherever they go and that’s what’s happening here in the States!
    Also, and please help me if I’m wrong, what about Antichrist being of European Descent? It’s that D.T.?

    I’m really in need of some guidance, so any help is GREATLY appreciated!

    • I have serious questions about Donald Trump as well. There is no other political leader in my memory who has entered the political arena uttering so many “great boasts” — as predicted in Daniel.

  14. WELL TRUMP FITS THE DESCRIPTION TO A T–AND REMEMBER THOSE TRUE CHRISTIANS WILL SEE——AND WE ARE SEEING WHAT THOUSANDS CANT EVEN BEGIN TO SEE—-

  15. Trump matches the description way, way better than Obama, who many disliked for his policies, did–but who is not even close to as preening and self-loving as Trump is. Sadly, 90% of evangelicals voted Trump into office. And while Obama was by no means poor, Trump is wildly more powerful financially than Obama is–thus much more scripturally in line with the prophecy. I think Christian America just hoisted the Anti-Christ to the presidency.

    • I thought I was somehow crazy because I have this feeling that the anti Christ is very much a leader in the world now. He will befriend Israel and Russia and begin the treaty that will start the tribulation period. I am not a bible teacher but I just have a feeling that many people who believe themselves to be Christian may have no idea what to expect the anti Christ to be like. I don’t think he will be wearing horns and look evil. They blindly fallow anyone who promises them greatness, wealth and security. He tells them he will do things to end the evil in the world but will openly use evil ways to do so. He does not ask them to love their enemy or their neighbor instead he makes them think it is God’s will to hate them instead. I pray that I am wrong and that the evangelical leaders are not leading many astray.

  16. I believe Donald Trump is the antichrist due to the fact that he is narcissistic, boastful, egotistical and hungry for power. The antichrist will rise and God will enter the scene and destroy him. We have to pray and have faith because we are in the midst of the tribulation period. God please show us the way.

  17. Here a question, where did Jesus or the Most High creator, say, God would send strong delusion?

    I don’t have the answer, but I’d like know. Paul has taught and said many things, contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the Torah; I’ve learned to take what Paul says with great caution, many take what Paul says as if God himself said things.

  18. Pastor describes demonic presence at Trump rally — by James Macintyre, Christian Today — A pastor in Florida has written about how he walked out of Donald Trump’s ‘demonic’ rally in the state last Saturday, with his 11-year-old daughter left ‘sobbing in fear’.
    Joel Tooley, lead pastor at First Church Of The Nazarene in the city of Melbourne, wrote a lengthy Facebook post explaining that he had not supported the Republican presidential candidate but felt that attending a presidential speech would be a good civics lesson for his daughter.
    The weekend rally began with Trump’s wife, Melania, reading out the Lord’s Prayer, which Tooley described as ‘theatrical and manipulative’.
    He wrote: ‘I can’t explain it, but I felt sick. People across the room were reciting it as if it were a pep squad cheer. At the close of the prayer, the room erupted in cheering. It was so uncomfortable.’
    Tooley also described being disturbed by the ‘almost church-like’ way in which Trump supporters sang Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA.
    ‘People were being ushered into a deeply religious experience… and it made me completely uncomfortable,’ said the pastor. ‘I felt like people were here to worship an ideology along with the man who was leading it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the song per se – it was this inexplicable movement that was happening in the room. It was a religious zeal.’
    Tooley described confrontations between Trump supporters and protesters in the crowd. ‘Two ladies in front of them began seething and screaming in their face while shaking their Trump signs at [the protesters],’ he wrote. ‘As they continued chanting, the people around them became violently enraged. One angry man grabbed the lady’s arm – that’s when I went into action. I barged through the crowd and yelled at them to back off.’
    He continued: ‘My 11-year-old daughter was clinging to my arm, sobbing in fear. The two angry, screaming ladies looked at me, both of them raised their middle finger at me in my face’ and repeatedly swore.
    Tooley said that the rally reminded him of ‘demonic activity’. He wrote: ‘I have been in places and experiences before where demonic activity was palpable. The power of the Holy Spirit of God was protecting me in those moments and was once again protecting me and my daughter in this moment. I raised my voice and calmly said, “These ladies have the right to do what they are doing and they are harming no one; this is America and they a right to express themselves in this way. They are harming no one.” A couple of other people around me stepped in and supported me in protecting them as a barrier, as well. My daughter was shaking in fear as she clung to me. The one man behind the protesters shoved himself forward, grabbed the lady by the arm and screamed with multiple expletives, “I’m going to take you out! This is my president and nobody has the right to disrespect him and nobody has the right to keep me from hearing him!”‘
    Tooley describes losing track of what Trump was saying because of the disruption in the crowd, and said there was ‘palpable fear’ in the room, which Trump was ‘counting on’.
    ‘My kid was shaken – she had just seen some of the worst of humanity. But, at the end of the day, what I felt from his leadership in this experience was actually horrifying. There was palpable fear in the room. There was thick anger and vengeance. He was counting on it.’

  19. Hi, I have trouble reading the bible. I believe god is real, I voted for trump and I realize that he may have deceived me. I’m scared I will goto hell for that. Im 26, I do shoplift little things that I don’t even need! I’m so lost. I do not want to join a church because I believe my body is the church, and cuz I don’t know what churxhbis right. There are 500 different religions, churches ect, and I’m scared of going to the wrong one. I’m literally just scared. I talk to god in my head. I don’t understand the bible. I guess I have a hard time with the big words. Just wondering if anyone could help me or give me simple easy advice that I could understand? Thank you

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