‘The Enemy in Our Midst‘ was written after ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times‘ was published in Jan. 2012. I will be posting mainly from an unpublished manuscript comprised of messages written to members of my Sounding the Shofar Facebook group, from late Feb. 2012, when we returned from a mission trip to the Philippines, until May 2012.
The purpose for these posts is the same as was my eBook:
“to emphasize the importance of the Word of God to help us in our faith walk- as we occupy and endure in these last days, while looking to the soon return of Jesus Christ.“
I wrote to give spiritual counsel to family members and friends and to provide basic Bible teachings on the strategies and devices of Satan, his role in the world, and how to be free from his influence and power.
The Facebook group was also and still is, a way for me to keep in touch with and exhort ministry friends in the Philippines of which many are Bible school students and young pastors. Many of the posts are written in journal form. They focus on Deception and Satan’s evil work in the world.
From ‘Sounding the Shofar- The Enemy in Our Midst’– to be shortened ‘STS- Enemy’ in future posts.
WARNING ON DECEPTION ( 3-5-2012)
We need to STUDY OUR BIBLES to know what is true and what is false. We are told to:
“STUDY to show yourself APPROVED unto God, a workman that NEEDED NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth.“ 2 Timothy 2:15
The ONLY way each of us will be approved by God is by studying His Word for ourselves, with the HOLY SPIRIT as our TEACHER. We need to have the Holy Spirit in us and with us to understand the teachings in the Bible and then be used of God. The disciples of Jesus were told not go forth to do ministry until they received power from the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49).
I am encouraging you to STUDY so that you won’t be ashamed of not being able to recognize truth from error. Don’t believe everything you hear or read, even if it comes from a minister or big name evangelist. There are many wolves in sheep clothing masquerading as ministers and spiritual leaders. They are false shepherds, false teachers, and false Christs used by Satan to destroy the body of Christ, the Christian believers; and they are agents of Satan!
We are living in days of great deception, especially as we get closer and closer to the return of Christ. Isaiah 60:2 states that “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people…” which can be interpreted as a time of spiritual darkness, a time when ignorance and/or rejection of God’s Word is worldwide, and a time of evil and wickedness prevalent in the land and among the people. This prophecy describes the conditions prior to the coming of the Lord and the Millennial kingdom.
So what is this ‘great deception’? It is about not knowing what deception is all about and where it’s coming from! Most people who are deceived don’t know that they are deceived. They may think they know the truth, but unknowingly believe a lie. They are ignorant of the Word of God and/or misinterpret the scriptures, and mislead other Christians. A good many are deceiving others, thinking that they are warning of deception, when they are themselves deceived! 2 Timothy 3:13 states;
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse deceiving, and being deceived.“ (KJV)
“But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.” (AMP)
DECEPTION is the main sign of the end times Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24. In fact, in my Bible, the title for that chapter is ‘Signs of Christ’s Coming‘.
When Jesus was asked in Mt 24:3, “when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?“ He said,
“Take heed that no man DECEIVE you.“
The word “DECEIVE” is mentioned 4 times in chapter 24, about the signs of His Coming. See Mt 24:4, 5, 11, 24. There are also references to deception in Mark 13:5, 6, 22 and Luke 21:8, the end time chapters in the gospels. I believe the great deception today is that the teachings of many false teachers on the signs of the last days, the return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world do not line up with the Word of God. These are days of great deception over the answers to the very same questions asked by the disciples of Christ long ago.
It is important that we know how to interpret the scriptures regarding the end times because this will determine whether or not we will be prepared ‘for the coming of Jesus Christ and for end of the world‘. Therefore, we need to diligently study the Word for ourselves that we will not be deceived. WE must STUDY the scriptures, search out answers for ourselves that we “needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
We must be careful not to follow after any man’s doctrines and personal interpretation of the Word of God, but seek the witness of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. (John 15:26; 16:13)
“.. no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Pe 1:20-21)
Before going into our study, here is something you should watch:
Look for SHOCKING VIDEO “Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers”