The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
--- Psalm 103:19
and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
--- 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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.
--- 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Apostle Paul wrote:
"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,."
--- 1 Timothy 4:1 NASB
The Apostle John echoed this when he wrote:
"and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world."
1 John 4:3 NKJV
But remember what scripture says about the commandments:
"By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments." --- 1 John 2:3
Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." -- John 14:15
"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus." --- Revelation 14:12
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." --- Revelation 22:14 KJV
The key components of the last days are the same as in the Garden of Eden and in the days of Noah. All designed by Satan to draw us away from God:
Desire of the flesh.
(food, sexual immorality -- in the end times, our desire for food will cause many to take the mark of the beast)
Desire of the eyes.
(love of the world and things in the world -- 1 John 2:15-16)
Pride of life.
(the sinful attitude that we do not need God, that with technology, we will become gods -- in the end times this will take the form of transhumanism)
The apostle John said:
"For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world." -- 1 John 2:16
And these are the same temptations that Eve faced in the Garden:
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate." -- Genesis 3:6
Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
--- 1 Peter 4:19 NASB
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
--- 2 Timothy 3:12
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
--- 1 Peter 3:14
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
--- John 16:33
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
--- Matthew 10:34-39
But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.
... In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.
--- Jude 1:18 NASB
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
--- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
--- 1 John 3:13
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
--- John 15:18
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
--- Hebrews 13:14 NLT
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.
2 Peter 2:4-10
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
--- Revelation 12:11
so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
--- Hebrews 6:12
My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;
--- Proverbs 2:1-12 NASB
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
--- Romans 8:35-39
Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword. This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.
--- Revelation 13:10 NLT
Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus --- Romans 15:5