Increasing Deception and the Falling Away!

Satan will disguise himself as an angel of light copy

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Deception is a major theme which denotes the last days, the end times.  I write a lot about deception, about being deceived, and about the deception of those not staying close to the Lord.  Jesus told us three times in Matthew 24 (Olivet Discourse) not to be deceived.

Matthew 24:4-5

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” ‘

Matthew 24:11

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:23-25

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

The apostle Paul also speaks about deception in the end times.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Just what Day is the apostle Paul speaking about?  We merely have to read the preceding passages to know.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, the day of Christ!

The apostle Paul speaks about the rapture of the church in his preceding letter to the church.  He wrote the second letter to tell them not to be deceived, that the rapture will not happen until the falling away comes first and then the Antichrist has been revealed.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The falling away represents the deception of many believers who have fallen away from the faith.  Could this be true?  Will there be a great falling away before the Antichrist is revealed?  That seems to be what the apostle Paul is telling us.

1 Timothy 4:1-2

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,

Luke also tells us that there are those not grounded on the rock who will fall away.

Luke 8:13

“But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.”

I believe that there will be a time coming soon in which those who claim to be Christians but are not born again will  fall away from the faith.  And this is what I believe the apostle Paul is speaking about in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

There are those who go to church regularly, who tithe, and do good works, yet they have not been saved.  I do not believe that a truly saved Christian can lose their salvation, however they can be deceived, and they can believe lies!

Perhaps Paul was also speaking about true believers who fall away from the faith by believing lies, by believing that there is more than one way to heaven, or that we all worship the same God.  My question would then be: “Were they truly saved in the first place?”

I do know that there will be many who listen to false prophets, to doctrines of demons, who believe false teachings because they desire to soothe itching ears.  They have been given over to deceiving spirits and follow a path leading away from God!

This is a time of great deception, a time when what may seem true is a lie, when angels of light seem to be from God yet are actually demonic spirits!  This is the time when we must remain faithful and true to our Lord and Savior, when the truth of God really matters.

As children of God we will endure hard times, we will suffer persecution, and the world will hate us!  We have become sheep for the slaughter. 

Romans 8:36

‘As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” ‘

Knowing this we must also remember that what awaits us is greater than anything we have ever known, that our suffering is but a wisp of air in the wind compared to our eternal destiny with God Almighty!

Romans 8:18-19

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

We are children of the Most High God of the universe, Jesus Christ, Yahweh!  He is ours and we are His, and nothing can separate us from His great love!

Romans 8:37-39

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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23 comments

  1. Mark Glamack Littluns

    How gullible we are when hearing what we want to hear from Godless people who know how to push people’s buttons. When with God, pray for wisdom, good judgement, and common sense and when walking in Christ’ footsteps, The Way, The Truth, and The Life will shine upon you.

  2. Binyamin-Zerach Ben Moshe

    One thing that we have clung to and not denied is that the Master Yahushua (Lord Jesus) is our Redeemer, that we are washed by His blood of all our sins against Him and reconciled to our Father in the heavens, and then assured of eternal life by His resurrection from the dead.
    The next thing to keep us from being deceived and falling away from faith in Him to to remember the two main commandments of the Torah that the Master gave us, as in Matthew 22:35-40: Whole-being love with all our heart and mind toward Yahuwah our Mighty One, which He quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4 and context, and love to neighbor as to self, which is thoroughly explained in Leviticus 19. If we do those two, then the Master will begin to write the Torah on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-34, to which Paul refers in Hebrews 8:10-12 and 10:15-17 and context.
    All of us have misunderstandings other than that, which the Master Yahushua will clear up for us in His own time. It’s up to us to walk in the light that we HAVE and not give up the faith, in order to BE there and learn all He has to teach us, in the Name of the Master Yahushua, omein.

  3. valerie marshall

    I needed to read this. Im not feeling well and was starting to feel depressed. This really touched me and bought tears to my eyes..Thank You and God bless.

    • Gordon King

      You’re welcome Valerie!

      God is good and speaks to us in many ways. It’s sort of funny that one believer can get a specific message from hearing God’s words, and another believer can get a different message from hearing the same words! That is the supernatural power of God Almighty!

      Good Lord I pray that You bind all evil spirits and forces bringing Valerie into depression. I pray the blood of Jesus between Valerie and all evil spirits. Cover her with Your love and protection, immerses her with Your comfort and peace, a peace which surpasses all understanding. In Jesus name. Amen.

      God bless! Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      Thank you Annime5!

      I feel in my spirit that we are nearing the end, very close to the twelve o’clock hour. Time is so very short and this is of the utmost importance!

      God bless! Maranatha!

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  5. Steven Krehmeyer

    Any of you Hillary sheep notice the DNC had NO U.S. flags in the building??? Go figure that out fools. Are you blind AND stupid or what is your major malfunction?

    • Mike Arnold

      Those at the head of the DNC, Hillary, and Obama are devote heathens whose brains have been seared by God that they should believe the lies they spout because they are of the devil and have no heart in them for the love of their neighbors. They will see the Lord come, but will not be partakers of the joy and peace that will be ours after years of suffering from these people.

  6. Anonymous

    I really need to talk to people that believe in what the Bible says the truth that Jesus is the way and the life and no one comes to the Lord our Father except through Him, I feel so alone sometimes because friends and even my own family sometimes say I should except a certain life and religious doctrine that does not believe Jesus Christ is the only Savior and the only way to God the Father. I tell them that I believe that and they say I am wrong and I’m putting down other religions and I don’t have any right to do that.That just because they don’t except Jesus as the way to The Lord doesn’t mean they won’t go to Heaven and be with The Lord and that I’m pushing my beliefs on someone and I don’t have a right to do that.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Anonymous!

      I know exactly how you feel Anonymous, I experience the same thing. And when I hear these people speaking lies then I want to speak up and tell them the truth, yet I already know how they are because I have spoken to them before, so I keep to myself. And although I do not speak to them about the gospel, I do pray for them.

      Do not be led astray by people who tell you that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven! This is exactly what I am talking about in this post, deception in the end times, and many will be led astray.

      As a follower of Jesus Christ we will be hated for our faith, we will be persecuted for our beliefs, this is all written in scripture!

      It’s not a matter of pushing your beliefs on anyone, but speaking the truth from the word of God Almighty. You should do it out of love, not judgment or condemnation, but out of truth.

      If a person does not believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, then he or she does not believe what scripture tells us is the truth. And if that person claims to be a Christian, then I would question if they were ever truly saved. However it’s not always for us to know, but our Father in heaven.

      Listen to sound doctrine, do not be led astray by false teachers and prophets, nor by the world telling you their own false opinions on scripture, these are doctrines of demons.

      You have the right to share your beliefs, the true word of God, they have the right not to listen. However, many will be angered, many will seek to do us harm, this is the persecution we will endure.

      Mark 6:4
      ‘But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” ‘

      If you share the word of God with unbelievers and they do not listen, then shake the dust from your feet and move on.

      Mark 6:11
      ‘And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” ‘

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • Mike Arnold

        You wrote correctly IF those who are telling this person that there other ways to get to heaven. The innocent babies who are slaughtered by Planned Parenthood when they are being born by having being killed while in the birth canal, those are innocent and have no sin, where do they fit in? Are they then cast off by God for not having the chance to hear and accept the word of God? No, there are certain dispensations that God Himself has that Mercy that is in Him to give to those that have been murdered by evil persons today. I know Muslim’s will try to convince a Christian of their faith in going to heaven, but they worship a rock! Their god is nothing more than an invented religion that was designed to give them the motivating power to KILL the Jews, Christian’s, and anyone who did not accept the Muslim faith as it is still today. I wouldn’t tell anyone to shake off the dust off their clothes IF they haven’t attempted to reach these persons of the truth that is in Jesus Christ. To do so puts you in a place of judgement, even though the scripture says that we shall judge powers and principalities, so how can we not judge the least of these matters ourselves?

      • Gordon King

        Thanks for your comment Mike!

        When you tell an unbeliever the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and they mock and scorn you, then what good does it do to continue on with them? They are not ready to hear the truth. You must move on and pray for them to come to the knowledge of the truth. Like you said, many have a seared conscience and will not hear. It is not up to us but God to soften the heart and make them ready to hear.

        God bless!

  7. SweetJava

    Well written, Gordon. Thank you.
    You’ve captured the essence through God’s word of how deception will be prevalent in our times. Written centuries ahead of its time, so when it happens people will believe…
    I pray people will heed His warnings and not be lead astray..

    “Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.” 1John: 2:24
    God bless you always, my friend. God bless us all. Maranatha!

  8. Mike Arnold

    Gordon, I read a lot of verse and your mindset on a lot of things, which is good, but a word on some of the advice given needs to be tempered by the Spirit in giving those of aren’t of the faith to be given that chance to accept the Lord before shaking the dust off your clothes for them being unbelievers as we were all alienated at some point in our lives as we weren’t born into the faith by birth alone, but by the hearing of the Word!

    • Gordon King

      Thanks Mike!

      Once again, I never said to shake off the dust from those who do not believe, but to those who refuse to hear the truth. However, they must be ready to hear the truth. We can only plant seeds. Prayer is a powerful tool, and we must use it in an attempt to soften hearts to the point of hearing the truth.

      God bless!

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