In various places and in diverse ways the Scriptures warn about the dangers that will encompass the saints of God at the end of the age – and so much so that the "very elect" shall be "DECEIVED." (Mat. 24:24)
There are, of course, many who believe that it is not possible for the "elect" to be deceived – and they point to the parenthetical statement in Matt. 24:24, "if it were possible" – a statement that does not appear in the original Greek as connoted by the italics in the old KJV.
However, IF it's not possible for the "elect" to be deceived, why did Christ give this warning? – a warning that is clearly directed at the saints of God. And more than that, why did Christ buttress this warning in verses 5 & 11:
The context of this verse (and verses 5 & 11) make it very plain that the ones being DECEIVED are Christians because unbelievers are not looking for Christ; they are in fact UNbelievers.
Then there is the warning from Paul in II Cor. 11:13-15:
One must question the purpose of these warnings about a coming DECEPTION if the group addressed cannot be deceived. The somber truth is, these warnings clearly imply that there is a potential for failure on the part of Christians. The following scriptures confirm this reality:
[This is a clear statement that some have been lost.]
These and other verses like them make it quite clear that FAILURE IS POSSIBLE for Christians – and it is made possible by DECEPTION.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1-2
Finally, there is 1 Timothy 4:12; it confirms all that we have said; and it explicitly reveals that DECEPTION is the special cause of the peril to Christians in the closing days of this era; how that Satan will break in upon them, and by DECEPTION beguile [charm, mesmerize, captivate] many:
The word "HYPOCRISY" here means to present a lie as the truth, in other words, "to practice to deceive."
HYPOCRITES: THE PERIL
The peril to Christians at the close of the age, then, is from people who present a lie as the truth; from hypocrites who claim to be one thing, but who in reality are something else altogether; people who pass themselves off as Christians, but who are, nonetheless, unalterably opposed to God - much as Judas was.
The peril to Christians at the close of the age, then, is from people who present a lie as the truth; from HYPOCRITES who claim to be one thing, but who in reality are something else altogether; people who pass themselves off as Christians, but who are, nonetheless, unalterably opposed to God - much as Judas was - leaders such as John Hagee, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, the late D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum. [Please see our articles, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity."]
The peril from such men (and women) concerns every true Christian in the "Latter Days."
The prophecy declares that -
Jesse Penn Lewis
Jesse Penn Lewis, who was intimately associated with Evan Roberts and the Welch Revival, writes:
"The culmination of ... [this deception] is described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, where he speaks of the manifestation of one [i.e., the antiChrist], who will, eventually, have so DECEIVED Christendom as to have gained an entrance into the very sanctuary of God; so that 'he sitteth in the sanctuary of God, setting himself forth as God ...' The 'presence' of this one being a 'Presence' like God, and yet 'according to the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and wonders, of falsehood, and with all DECEIT ..." (2 Thess. 2: 9, 10, R.V. [Again, we URGE you to see our article, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System."]
"In the Christian Church countless 'thoughts' and 'beliefs' which are opposed to the truth of God [by such men and women as named above], are injected into the minds of Christians by ... [the hypocrites described above], rendering them ineffective in the warfare with ... Satan ...
We see Satan working upon an innocent creature's highest and purest desires, and cloaking his own purpose of ruin, under the guise of seeking to lead a human being nearer to God.
"Satan will endorse [their] teachings by 'signs and wonders' (Matt. 24: 24; 2 Thess. 2: 9; Rev. 13: 13); BUT 'fire from heaven', 'power' and 'signs', are no proof of any "teaching" being from God; nor is a 'beautiful life' - for Satan's 'ministers' can appear as 'ministers of righteousness' (2 Cor. 11: 13- 15)." [Remember the signs and wonders performed by the magicians in Pharaoh's court in opposition to Moses – Exodus 7:11-22.]
She expands on the importance of DECEPTION in Satan's "Plan and Purpose:"
"If all that the Bible contains on the subject of the supernatural powers of evil could be exhaustively dealt with, we should find that more knowledge is given of the workings of Satan, and his principalities and powers, than many have realized. From Genesis to Revelation the work of Satan as DECEIVER of the whole inhabited earth can be traced, until the climax is reached, and the full results of the DECEPTION in the Garden of Eden are unveiled in the Apocalypse. In Genesis we have the simple story of the garden, with the guileless pair unaware of danger from evil beings in the unseen world.
Evil beings in the unseen world
"We find recorded there Satan's first work as DECEIVER, and the subtle form of his method of DECEPTION. We see him working upon an innocent creature's highest and purest desires, and cloaking his own purpose of ruin, under the guise of seeking to lead a human being nearer to God. We see him using the God-ward desires of Eve to bring about captivity and bondage to himself. WE SEE HIM USING 'GOOD' TO BRING ABOUT EVIL ..." (1 Tim. 2: 14, A.V.).
The keenest way in which the devil deceives the world, and the Church, is when he comes in the guise of somebody, or something, which apparently causes them to go God-ward and good-ward.
"Goodness is ... no guarantee of protection from deception. The keenest way in which the devil deceives the world, and the Church, is when he comes in the guise of somebody, or something, which apparently causes them to go God-ward and good-ward. He said to Eve, 'ye shall be as gods'; he did not say, 'and ye shall be like demons'. Angels and men only knew evil when they fell into a state of evil. Satan did not tell Eve this, when he added 'knowing good and evil'. His true objective in deceiving Eve was to get her to disobey God, but his wile was, 'ye shall be like God'." [We URGE you to see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]
But how is it possible that so many evangelicals - including a vast portion of our leadership - could have allowed themselves to be so dulled spiritually that they have become such easy targets for this deception? The answer is apostasy! Apostasy is not necessarily false doctrine and/or sin - though it can be this, and there can be no question that these things inevitably follow in the wake of apostasy - but rather it is, in the first instance, the FALLING AWAY of Christians from a view of themselves as citizens of Christ's heavenly kingdom to a view of themselves as citizens of the kingdom of this world. [Please see our article, "Going Outside the Camp."]
NOTE: Once again it is extremely important to describe what the word "APOSTASY" (GK. apostasia) means; it means to "FALL AWAY." Given this meaning, it is impossible to believe that the term "APOSTATE Christianity" refers to unbelievers, for how would it be possible for unbelievers to "fall away" from something they had never before embraced? - that is to say, Christianity. Put another way, how would it be possible for a man to "fall away" from the second story of a building if he had never been up there before? - but only on the ground floor. Very obviously, then, we are talking here of a form of Christianity that at one time was Christian in the fullest meaning of that word.
The Bible says:
"Let no man DECEIVE you by any means: for that day [i.e., the day of the rapture and resurrection] shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY [i.e., apostasy] first ..." (2 Thess. 2:3)
It is exactly for this reason that Christians are in such grave danger of embracing the antiChrist at his appearing: they are APOSTATE – that is to say, they have "FALLEN AWAY" from a view of themselves as citizens of a heavenly kingdom to a view of themselves as citizens of this world – and most particularly America. They have forgotten the words of Christ,
Ye adulterers and adulteresses !!
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom [comes] not from hence. (John 18:36)
And they have forgotten the injunction of the Apostle James:
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world [Gk. Kosmos] is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)
If we truly are aliens to this world, as the Scriptures so plainly declare we are, what should we have to do with its politics? - nothing of course.
Nonetheless, that's what millions and millions of Christians in the United States are involved in – even to the point of countenancing a military coup against the Obama government. [Please see our articles, "Seven Days in May; Obama Verses the Generals: a Failed Coup Attempt."]
"The enemy is a DECEIVER, and as a DECEIVER he will work and PREVAIL in the later times."
And it is precisely because he will be so SUCCESSFUL in seeming to "restore Christian Values" to the country and championing the cause of the church and Israel, that Christians will blindly follow him, just like Christians in Germany blindly followed Hitler.
"'Success' or 'defeat' is [therefore] no criterion of a work being of God or Satan."
NOTE: This, of course, is the attitude that all those who wish to serve the Lord must adopt; failure to do so means –
The truth is, every servant of God at one time or another meets defeat in his attempt to serve God; when that occurs, his value as a servant will be measured by whether or not he is able to admit his failure, ask for forgiveness, and continue on in his effort to serve God. I cannot begin to tell you of all those I have known over the years who – upon meeting defeat in their walk with the Lord – have been jaded by that experience and simply given up insofar as the Lord is concerned.
David's value as a servant of God was not that he was always right, but that when he was wrong, he admitted his failure, asked for forgiveness and continued on serving God - as he did after his very real and heinous failure with regard to Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah. [Please see 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and 2 Samuel 12:1-13.]
This is the attitude we were forced to adopt after our failure in Canada – and not just our failure in Canada, but in other matters as well. [Please see our articles, "Setting Matters Straight" and "Our Failure in Canada;"]
Penn-Lewis goes on to say:
"Calvary (which outwardly appeared to be a defeat for God) stands for ever as the revelation of God's way in working out His redemption purposes. Satan works for time, for he knows his time is short, but God works for eternity. Through death to life, through DEFEAT TO TRIUMPH, through suffering to joy, is God's way.
"Knowledge of truth is the primary safeguard against deception. The 'elect' must know, and they must learn to 'prove' the 'spirits' until they do know what is of God, and what is of Satan. The words of the Master, 'Take heed, I have told you', plainly implies that personal knowledge of danger is part of the Lord's way of guarding His own, and believers who blindly rely upon 'the keeping power of God', without seeking to understand how to escape deception, when forewarned to 'take heed' by the Lord, will surely find themselves entrapped by the subtle foe."
Don Roth, who escaped from the cult of Herbert W. Armstrong, agrees with Penn-Lewis; he writes:
"It is our love of the truth that keeps us from being deceived ..."
And he goes on to warn that if we fail in our love of the truth we will fail insofar as the DECEPTION of the "last Days" are concerned; he cites II Peter 3:15-18 to make his point:
"... our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, has written to you, as also in all of his epistles, speaking in them of things in which some things are hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know these things before hand, BEWARE LEST YOU ALSO FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS, being led away with the error of the wicked ..." (II Peter 3:15-18)
Much of the New Testament was written as a guide to keep us from failing
Roth goes on to say:
"Much of the New Testament was written as a guide to keep us from failing [especially regarding the DECEPTION OF THE "END OF DAYS"] . If we are taught that we cannot be deceived because WE ARE THE VERY ELECT, and we believe that to be true, deception is at our door. We then ARE DECEIVED!
"THEREFORE, LET HIM WHO THINKS HE STANDS TAKE HEED LEST HE FALL!"
We are reminded of the words of Christ in the parable of the Ten Virgins;" The Bible says:
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten VIRGINS, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
"And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
"They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
"But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
"Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
"And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
"But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT.
"Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
"But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT." (Matthew 25:1-12)
"Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT."
Now note carefully here: ALL were called VIRGINS - and that by the Lord Himself. In other words, all were Christians. But five were wise, and five were foolish. The wise had evidently BOUGHT oil for their lamps; they had been out in the streets working to fill their lamps with oil. The five foolish virgins, however, had evidently done nothing to prepare themselves.
And then suddenly the Bridegroom appeared, and the fact that the five foolish virgins had done nothing to fill their lamps with oil became apparent. They thought that the five wise virgins would share their oil with them - but they said, "NOT SO!" - go and "BUY FOR YOURSELVES."
And so they went out in utter desperation to do so.
BUT IT WAS TOO LATE! - the Bible says "THE DOOR WAS SHUT!" And to make matters worse, when they begged to get in, the Lord said, go your way, "I KNOW YOU NOT!"
I reiterate what I said early on to my dear friend in Christ regarding our renewed effort to leave the country (please see the "PREFACE" to this article"): it is not because of the anti-Christian bias that is currently sweeping through the country that impels us to consider leaving. MY CONCERN IS IN FACT THE VERY OPPOSITE OF THIS APPREHENSION.
The fact is, the Bible speaks of no real revival in connection with the United States – a nation that the Scriptures refer to as "BABYLON THE GREAT." [Please see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]
It does, however, speak of a coming sham revival that will take hold of the country led by a charismatic leader promising to return the country to "Christian Values" – a person who will pose as a champion of both Israel and the church – AND CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WILL FLOCK TO HIS BANNER.
As Upton Sinclair said,
A SHAM REVIVAL
Christians: uniting themselves to the antiChrist in order to restore "righteousness" to the country, just as German Christians did with Hitler.
"When fascism comes to America, IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG AND CARRYING THE CROSS" -
- and, sadly, many of my Christian friends and colleagues will be at the forefront of this vast movement, thinking they are "doing service for Christ."
These are those Christians who are in danger of hearing those mind-numbing words:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ..." (Matt. 7:21-23)
[Please see our article, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System."]
God bless you all!
Have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the windshields of cars, especially those in church parking lots.
At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.
Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]
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