Reading the Signs of the Times: Proliferation of Deception
Our Reading the Signs of the Times series has been inspired by my friend and author Steve Miller. Steve’s book, "Foreshadows: 12 Megaclues That Jesus' Return Is Nearer Than Ever," shares greater detail on topics included in this series. The proliferation of deception is the next sign on our road trip. Deception is everywhere and its presence is another indicator that Jesus’ return is nearing. Led by the master manipulator himself, Satan is both a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44), and uses these deceptive tactics to wreak havoc. In fact, some of the enemy’s tactics will be carried out through false teachers that will arise in the church (Galatians 1:8-9). Most books in the New Testament speak to this happening, so we should take special note of this sign occurring. Christians must know basic Christian orthodoxy that has been taught for 2,000 years. Things pertaining to God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit. The reality of hell and the implications of a life separated from Jesus. Things like salvation coming only through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We must embrace holiness when it comes to God’s original intent and design for marriage. It is sobering to realize that there can be wolves in sheep’s clothing, but Matthew 7:15 speaks to this reality. As deceptions continue to arise regarding gender, sexuality, and purity, the Bride of Christ must choose to follow Jesus - the way, the truth, and the life. Know God's Word. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you discernment regarding who is a false teacher (Matthew 7:15-16). Be discerning. Be alert. Days are coming. Indeed they are already here, when this will be an absolute necessity.