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DECEPTION IN THE END TIMES

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Madam,

Reading from Matthew 24, the Bible makes it clear that satan is going to focus, in a very special way, on deception in these last days. In Verse 3, His disciples questioned Him, “When shall these things be?” In response Christ opened His discourse on the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world with a strong warning against deception. His first remark was; “Take heed that no man deceives you” (verse 4). It is very significant that Christ connected His warning against deception, not with the secular environment, but with the spiritual realm. In other words, He didn’t caution His followers against the massive deceptive practices found in commerce and our day-to-day business dealings. He was concerned with spiritual deceptions that would lead multitudes into error and eventual separation eternally from God.

In verse 5 He emphasises, “For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Christ does not conclude His deception theme at this point. In verse 11, He repeats; “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Again in verses 23-26 He adds more detail to His warning. He expands His warning about false christs and false prophets by adding that these ‘shall shew great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect’. Dear reader, what stronger language could our Saviour have used? If those whom the Lord knows will be saved are almost deceived, what will happen to professed Christians who have little real relationship with Christ, to say nothing of the masses, who make no profession at all? To put it plainly, deception will be rampant, according to our Lord, and almost overpowering even for those whose faith is fastened in Jesus Christ.

Deception

Deception is one of the greatest weapons of the enemy in these last days. Remember that the devil that is employing this strategy has been around for a while. He has some sense and strategies that must not be undermined. We will have to up our own game by walking more closely with God in order to escape his antics. His deception in the last days is going to be subtle and very difficult to detect. The enemy is trying to deceive those who believe and are trying to walk in the ways of God by perverting and counterfeiting the truth. He is coming up with a near perfect copycat of what is God’s. It will look like God, taste like God, smell like God, but it will not be God. Verse 11 of Matthew 24 specifically points out that “…many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error.” It does not say demons, but prophets. It’s going to be a perfect similitude of that which is God’s.

They will be normal human beings, some of whom we know very closely, and they will also parade themselves with titles such as pastors, apostles, evangelists and teachers of God’s Word. They will possess all the external traits of the original, but with the overarching intention of leading many into error. These people will not only appear like they are from God, but they will also perform miracles, signs and wonders that will make even the elect want to believe and follow them. I mean others will even call out your phone numbers and tell you things no one knows about you.

Christ says, in Matthew 7: 21-23; “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’ We have been forewarned and we all know that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. God bless you.

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