3. Not Even Jesus Knows the Secret Timing of His Return
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Many have tried but all have failed. They figure out days and months and timings and hours and all that they come up with are wrong guesses!
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36).
I recall a man who came to our city claiming to know the day and hour of the Lord’s return. Over the next several months he gathered a large contingent of followers. He encouraged his followers to sell all they had because none needed possessions after the second coming. His date came and went and we never heard him again.
As far as I can tell, this is the only secret that the Father ever kept from the Son (Matthew 24:35).
Have you figured out yet what day the second coming will occur? I’m just kidding!
4. Jesus Opposes Deception
Jesus was deeply concerned about his followers being deceived into following a false Christ.
“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I’m the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5)
The best way to be undeceived is to know the truth. This is why saturating our minds with the Bible is so critically important. When we know the truth, we can spot the error.
Jesus used the book of Daniel to show that the antichrist would be the best deceiver of all time. (Matthew 24:15)
Jesus spoke often warning his disciples about slipping into deception. If he were so deeply concerned, we are to be as well. Here are some tools Satan might use to deceive:
- Distorting or misinterpreting the Bible
- Denying the divinity of Jesus
- Rejecting the virgin birth
- Promoting teachings of and associating with an individual who gathers a following
- Rejecting the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for our sin
- Not realizing that following the teachings and principles of a false teacher will lead to hell
False teaching will add to or subtract from the importance of faith. The salvation by faith formula is, “Faith plus absolutely nothing else produces salvation” (is freely given by grace).
False teaching often claims to have secret knowledge known only to the false prophet and to no one else.
Take a moment and evaluate now, how well you know the Scriptures. Do you feel secure in your Bible knowledge that gives you confidence you’re on the right track? Could there be anything in your life that might be construed as deceit? Think about the Christians you know. Are there any that need to be undeceived? Do you feel comfortable approaching them if you feel that they are in error?
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