Are You Being Deceived?

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Jesus says in Luke 21:8: Take Heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them (KJV).

When He said this, it was in relation to what is referred to as the “end times”. The end times are a series of events that are predicted to happen that will precede Armageddon. Strictly referring to the Bible as historical text, Armageddon is the place of the final battle between the forces of Good and Evil (Revelation 16:16).

Jesus says that in relation to the end times, and prior to “Armageddon” (the battle itself), that He will return for the believers in Him. The Bible says that when Jesus comes to receive the believers that He will do so like “a thief in the night” (Matthew 24:43, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:4, 2 Peter 3:10, and Revelation 16:15).

In relation to His return, Jesus says:

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24:42-44 King James Version of the Bible

Again, if you look at the Bible as historical text, God the Father says in the book of the Prophet Joel that:

Then it will come about at a later time that I will pour out my Spirit on every person. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your elderly people will dream dreams, and your young people will see visions.

Joel 2:28 International Standard Version of the Bible

In the book of Acts in the Bible, there is an account of God doing exactly that (pouring out His Spirit). And Peter, one of Jesus’ 12 Disciples being present at the time, says:

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams:

Acts of the Apostles 2:15-17 King James Version of the Bible

Historically, the “end times” started in the book of the Acts of The Apostles. The Book of Acts is speculated to have been written in between 80-90 AD. Jesus as mentioned at the beginning of this post tells us before He dies that in the last days – do not be deceived. If the end times started over 1900 years ago, how much deception between now and then do you think has taken and is taking place?

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