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Jesus is Coming

by Kirindongo, Ingrid




Clue #1

Deception

Jesus said, “ ‘Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am He,” and “The time has drawn near.” Therefore do not go after them’ ” (Luke 21:8; see also Matt. 24:4).

We read in 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 this exhortation: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”

And in the final book of the Bible, John warns us about Satan’s deceptive work: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:9).

So how does one avoid being deceived? The Word of God is our only defense against the devil’s attacks. When we study the Bible and memorize God’s truths, we are equipped to resist Satan and his lies.

As the Bible points out, deception is nothing new for Satan. Revelation 12:7 tells us that in the beginning war broke out in heaven, and Jesus and His angels fought against Satan and his followers. In the end, Satan and one-third of the angels whom Satan had deceived were expelled from heaven. No longer in heaven, Satan set about to deceive Adam and Eve after they were created. His successful plot to mislead Adam and Eve resulted in the couple being sent away from their home in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:22, 23).

Throughout history Satan has sought to disillusion people from following God so that they, like him, will lose out on heaven and eternal life. It is his life work to drag as many people down with him as possible. He has studied the weaknesses of humanity and knows what buttons to push. That’s why the apostle Paul reminds us that you and I must “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:11, 12). Thankfully, God is bigger than Satan and his evil angels and He is ready to protect His children provided they stay connected to Him.

Let’s review some of Satan’s tactics that he uses to lead people astray:

  • He creates doubt; he created doubt in Eve’s mind (Gen. 3).
  • He distorts the truth; Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44).
  • He misinterprets the Bible by mixing truth with his lies (Gen. 3).
  • He uses other people such as pastors, friends, government officials, celebrities, or family members to confuse us.
  • Through magic and events, he seeks to convince us of his power, such as bringing up the spirit of dead people to converse with those who are living.
  • He appeals to our senses:
    • Sight: It looks good (money, fame, riches, etc.).
    • Touch: It feels good (adultery, homosexuality, incest, etc.).
    • Hearing: It sounds good (music, television, etc.)
    • Smell: It smells good (cigar smoke, cocaine, alcohol, coffee, etc.)
    • Taste: It tastes good (unclean food, too much fat, sugary foods, etc.).

Once people fall for these deceptions, they fall into Satan’s trap (see Ezek. 28:18, 19).

We must remember that Satan is not our friend. He’s a liar and a loser. He lost the war in heaven; he lost the great controversy when Jesus died on the cross; and in the end God will destroy him and all his evil agents forever.

So, my friends, don’t be deceived and fall into Satan’s trap. Jesus Christ paid the price for you so that you can live with Him for eternity. You just have to trust Him, give your heart and soul to Him, and follow His instructions in the Bible, which someone created an acronym standing for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”

Another form of deception that Satan uses is by raising up false prophets, false teachers, and false messiahs. Jesus said, “ ‘For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many’ ” (Matt. 24:5). “ ‘Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “There!” do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, “Look, He is in the desert!” do not go out; or “Look, He is in the inner rooms!” do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be’ ” (Matt. 24:23–27; see also Luke 21:8).

History reveals such false messiahs. In recent decades these individuals have included Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Myung Moon, and Jose Louis Jesus De Miranda. These false christs confirm that God’s Word is true.

In his last attempt to deceive the whole world, Satan will impersonate Jesus. We can only imagine that Satan will utilize all of the media available today such as the news , the Internet, social media sites, text messages, etc. He will falsely proclaim that Jesus has returned to earth. People will flock to him and welcome him as Jesus, but this is exactly what Jesus warned His followers not to do (Matt. 24:24). Any time you have to go and look for the Jesus that everyone is talking about, the Bible tells us that it is a trick because Jesus indicated that every eye will see Him when He returns (Rev. 1:7).

Not only did Jesus warn His disciples, but Paul warned the church at Corinth that “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Satan is capable of appearing as if he is an angel of light, but it is all a lie.

Therefore my friends, beware of false prophets, false christs, false teachers, false interpretations of the Bible, false worship services, false books, false pastors, false priests, false science, false doctrines, false messiahs, false popes, false rabbis, false doctors of the Bible, false government officials, false information, false messengers, and false days of worship. All of these counterfeit people, systems, and beliefs have their root in spiritualism and Satan’s deception.

To avoid falling into Satan’s trap, we must study the Bible for ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to interpret the Bible for us. We must not rely on anyone but the Holy Spirit to convict and convince us of the truth. And once we determine what truth is, we must follow it, even if we are in the minority. In the end, the false system of worship will enforce Sunday worship. But we must hold fast to God’s mandates and keep His ten commandments, including the fourth commandment that marks Saturday as the Sabbath that God instituted at Creation (Deut. 5:6–21; Exod. 20:2–17).

We should never forget what Jesus warned us about the issue of worship in Revelation 12:17: “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Everyone who keeps the commandments of God and has the testimonies of Jesus Christ will become the enemy of Satan and of the world. But I would rather be the enemy of Satan than the enemy of God. God is the one we must fear, not Satan or human beings. For in Luke 12:5, we read, “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

It is imperative that we study the Bible before it is too late. We must understand its writings if we are to know how to live our lives. For example, Jesus told His disciples to “ ‘render … to Cesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’ ” (Luke 20:25). This verse clearly outlines that we must respect our government as long as it does not infringe, contradict, or go against God’s laws. However, when a law of the land supersedes God’s laws, we are to follow God! As Christians, our rule of thumb must be “to the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa. 8:20).

Satan’s deceptions and counterfeit will so closely resemble the truth that it will be nearly impossible to distinguish between it except by the assistance of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. That is why it is crucial and eminent for us to eliminate the distractions from our lives and open our Bibles.

Everyone must determine if he or she will obey God or the world. Are you ready to stand firm in defense of God’s commandments? Do you have the faith of Jesus? We should not trust our souls to anyone but Jesus Christ. Now is the time to search the Scriptures, fast and pray, and ask God for guidance.





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Here is the Table of Contents of the complete book:


Front Matter
Title
Copyright
Table of Contents
Introduction
Clue #1 — Deception
Clue #2 — Wars, Famines, and Pestilences
Clue #3 — Earthquakes/Powers of Heaven Shaken
Clue #4 — Christians Will be Persecuted
Clue #5 — Increase in Spiritualism
Clue #6 — Abomination of Desolation and Christian Flight
Clue #7 — Man of Sin Revealed, the Antichrist
Clue #8 — Terrible Time of Trouble and Fearful Sights
Clue #9 — Sea and Waves Roaring
Clue #10 — Sun, Moon, and Stars
Clue #11 — Gospel Preached to the Ends of the Earth
The Conclusion — Jesus’ Second Coming
Bibliography


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