What is Doctrines of Demons?
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times, some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1Tim.4:1)
With all power, signs and lying wonders
In the chapter’s first five verses, Paul warns his disciple, Timothy of the latter time “Great Apostasy.” In Thess. 2:10 he describes “a falling away” from the faith that must occur before the coming of “the son of perdition,” likely the Antichrist and “the Lawless One,” clearly not Satan but possessing the ability to convince “with all power, signs and lying wonders.”
Verse 10-11 speaks of an “unrighteous deception” among those who do “not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” In 2 Tim 3:5 Paul warns of people, “having a form of godliness but denying its power,” and says in 4:5, “they will turn away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”
I am convinced that the “lie, fable” and “strong delusion,” is the New Age, Ancient Astronaut theory. Held by tens of millions in the US and preached in hundreds of books and thousands of hours of TV programs, it teaches that man came into being when ancient astronauts (gods) flew to earth in spaceships, mated with human women and brought about the sudden dawn of technology and civilization in Sumerian some 6,000 years ago. These gods will return to save the world from itself.
This is Satan’s mirror image of the rapture, the days of Tribulation and the return of Christ. I believe one day, a being will step out of a spacecraft, likely on the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended, and proclaim he is the awaited Messiah. A series of coming events, including the discovery of alien life forms on other planets and “proof” those behind UFO activity are benevolent creatures, the world will believe this “strong delusion.” Jesus, in Matthew 24 warned “the very elect (likely leading Jewish Rabbis) will be fooled.”
I see an increase in theistic or fundamental Satanists who have and will use human sacrifice as a means to hasten the return of Satan and the rise of the “Lawless One.” Like many Christians, they know that the UFO phenomenon is based in the occult. Just as Christians believe that through prayer, we can hold off the days of tribulation and the return of Christ until more are saved, they believe the opposite.
While Christ’s return is assured, and His church and not the “gates (portals) of hell” will prevail, I believe a revelation of Satan’s end time plans to destroy the church will help prepare the faithful to understand the lie, and others to seek the truth and protection of Salvation.