In this message, we begin a deep journey into the prophetic words of Christ found in Matthew 24. Why? Because we are truly living in the last of the last days and it would do us well to see what our Lord has to say about the events that precede His coming. And we will especially look at the first sign Jesus told us would point to the beginning of the end, deception. That's right, deception is planáō in the Greek and means "to cause to wander, to be led astray, to mislead, to seduce, to cause to err." Or, simply put, good old-fashioned deception.
Which raises just a few questions.
How are we being deceived today?
And, if we are being deceived, how would we know?
Are there other places in the Scriptures that warn us against deception?
What kind of deception can we expect?
And what was the specific focus of the deception Jesus spoke about?
How Important is the Coming (and Present) Deception
To see how rampant deception is in our society, and as a sign of the end, look at how many times Jesus spoke about it in Matthew 24:
And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many." - Matthew 24:5.
"Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many" - Matthew 24:11.
And how powerful will that deception be?
"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect" - Matthew 24:24.
Did you catch that? If it were possible (and we know that it's not), even the elect, those chosen and sealed by Christ, would be deceived. It's gonna be bad.
Who Do You Trust?
One final question regarding trust and deception. Ask yourself this one question: Who do you trust? If you're honest, your answer may shock you.
Do you trust your government?
The media? Hollywood?
Do you trust what you read in the news or on Facebook?
Do you trust what you are taught in school?
Do you trust our economic system in this country?
Do you trust the church?
Do you trust your friends or spouse?
There is so much more to talk about regarding deception. To find out more, keep listening.
The following is a study on Matthew 24:1-4.