Deception in the Last Days
Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives with His disciples when He was asked, as seen in Matthew 24:3, what would be the sign of His return and the end of the world. The first words out of His mouth was a stern warning, "Be not deceived." You and I need to pay very close attention to this warning. Notice, Jesus didn't go into the details of all the signs and then give the warning. No, this was the first thing He spoke in answer to the questions. This week, I am going to focus on deception in the last days in which we are living in. So let’s get started today with a couple of ways deception is coming and we will add to this for the next few days. I am going to focus more on Scripture than commentary because it is self-explanatory.
Our text is from Matthew 24:4: "And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you." There are so many different forms of deception and deceptive personalities spoken of in the Bible, all of which we should be familiar with to insure we heed the Lords warning to us. We are going to look at a couple today and I will do the same tomorrow and maybe Wednesday.
1. The first is, False Christs: Matthew 24:5: "For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many."
2. The second is, False prophets: Matthew 24:24: "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."
Matthew 7:15-20: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
2nd Peter 2:1: "But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”
1st John 4:1: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Let me tell you how sly these false prophets are. I read this morning that 65% of Christians believe there are multiple ways to heaven. Where did that come from? From false Prophets who are alive a well in what used to be Christian churches. I do not believe for a second that those members of the 65% club are real genuine blood bought born again Christians. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. More on deception on Wednesday, but until then, don't forget the Lord's Words, "Be not deceived." God Bless!!