In the long sweep of history since Jesus spoke these things to Peter, James, John and Andrew, we who believe know that Jesus accurately foretold every detail from the destruction of the great temple in Jerusalem to the present day. Jesus, while providing details of things to come included a repeated admonition to his followers cautioning that they should be diligent not be deceived.
Deception in the areas of Truth and error is always afoot. We have an adversary (some character called the devil) who is sowing seeds of deception continually. This web of deception is not a new thing but a part of life where each soul is vulnerable. Remember that the Bible makes it clear that before we believed, we all were “children of wrath!” Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Since the first days of the ek-les-si'a, the called-out church, believers have been continually plagued by false teachers, false doctrines, false gospels and false messiahs. “1Corinthians 2:12: *The natural man does not receive the things which God has declared for our good.” God's revelation provides the basis for truth. Jesus said, If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciple and you will know the Truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32. (Some translations say "the person without the Spirit.)
The problem today is that we are not mindful of what Jesus said in the foregoing text given in John's gospel. We listen to others who we suppose are informed, persuasive or otherwise believable and adjust our understanding to that particular view point.
large today. The consequence of being deceived is monumental.
Lies perpetrated by the enemy ought to be regarded with alarm and also of action. There are many who
profit by deception. This is the very foundation of fraud and tyranny.
We have just concluded an American political struggle leading to an
election in which factions were lined up in array against one another.
Each side portrayed itself as noble and honest, having a position of
moral superiority, the oponent becomes the party of evil. We have
clearly reached the place that was spoken of by the profit Isaiah 2700
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
bitter! Isa. 5:21 Woe
unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own
sight! Isa. 5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of
strength to mingle strong drink: Isa. 5:23 Which justify the wicked for
eward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Each day we witness
immorality and vanity as the lifestyle of the rich and famous and of those
who govern this world. Corruption becomes the way of success for the
majority of men and women we elect to govern the people with honor and
dedication. Trust is betrayed when we discover that those we entrusted
to be loyal and honorable quickly turn to their own lust for power and
enrichment. Who do we listen to? To whom do we seek counsel? Who can we
trust? Meanwhile we have forsaken the “wellspring of
Way of Truth.”
Evidence of the evil day accrues. These are the times that were
foretold. We see the gains of power and wealth by a few and oppression
of the rest. Deception has become the order of the day. It is
accelerating at high speed.
We see today that the great deception is beginning to come together. Most of the world is blind or uninformed about the nature of the great re-set that will see world-wide changes in nations, governments, economics, and religion. God himself will enhance the oncoming deception and this is the scriptural proof text for that: 2 Thessalonians 2:8 -And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming;even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2Th 2:10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:2:12 - That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
is a difficult but defining passage. Does God cause people to be
deceived? Apparently yes, in so far as he gives them over to their
ungodly choices and unbelief. You will notice that in the “Lord's Prayer
or Our Father” Jesus addresses this matter in one of the clauses. “Lead
us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,
I was once asked by a pastor friend, what I thought that phrase “lead
us not into temptation”
meant. I was not sure then but now I see that it refers directly to 2
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