40 Days of Repentance | Day 30: Deception

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Just because something looks, sounds, feels or tastes good, that doesn’t mean it is.

I hear a lot of self-proclaimed “prophets” making some pretty big claims these days … especially with the upcoming astronomical alignment on September 23 being likened to the sign spoken of in Revelation 12. Sadly, many who genuinely love Yahshua are being swept up in all the nonsense. Myself included at times…

“And he said, 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.” Luke 21:8

We need to be very careful. We are treading on some dangerous ground.

And just because something looks, sounds, feels or tastes good, that doesn’t mean it is.

It’s crazy to me how easy it is to be deceived. But the Bible alludes to just how cunning the enemy is, and therefore how easily it will be for the Lord’s people to get swept away. Consider the following verses:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matt. 7:15

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matt. 24:24

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.” 2 Cor. 11:13-15

According to the above scriptures, we should be on our guard. Especially around those who claim to be prophets and “apostles of Christ” and who show “great signs and wonders” before us. For the servants of Satan themselves “masquerade as servants of righteousness.”

Knowing this, why is it that we seem to get swept away so easily by “every wind of doctrine”?

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Eph. 4:14

Perhaps it’s because we have “itching ears”—a result of seeking after our own lusts instead of seeking after the ways of YHWH.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  2 Tim. 4: 3-4

Sure, we can blame Satan. He certainly had a hand in it from the beginning. But the Word of YHWH warns us not to “deceive ourselves.” Perhaps that’s because He knows we will seek to do so in order to satisfy the desires of our flesh, thereby making the enemy’s job that much easier…

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

“Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity. “Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the LORD.” Jer. 9:5-6

Through deception we have become disobedient and even go so far as to deceive ourselves in order to justify our beliefs and actions. Eventually, YHWH gives us over to our desires by further empowering our delusions:

“The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thess. 9-12

Keep in mind that the anti-Messiah is referred to as the lawless one. (Check out my day 28 post for more on that.) This should give us a clue when it comes to whether or not we’re in the presence of Satan’s servants who are speaking lies or in the presence of YHWH’s true disciples. Often, lawlessness looks, sounds, feels, and tastes really good to our flesh.

But just because something looks, sounds, feels or tastes good, that doesn’t mean it is.

This is day 30 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 29.

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