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579:  True Signs of a False, Counterfeit Salvation

579: True Signs of a False, Counterfeit Salvation

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Deception:  the Currency of Our Culture

Deception runs rampant in our world today.  Just look around.  False teaching, twisted values, distorted truths, and outright sinister lies bombard us from every side.  Even in the church, not all professing believers have embraced the genuine gospel— which means not all who claim to be saved are, in fact, saved.  And this is the most frightening deception of all.

As Jesus warned in Matthew 24, spiritual deception will flourish in the last days.  “Take heed that no one deceives you,” He told His followers, “for many will come in My name… and will deceive many.”  Sobering words.

Why did Jesus put such emphasis on not being deceived, especially regarding the nature and name of Christ?  Because our eternal destiny hangs in the balance.  If we get this one thing wrong, what true salvation entails, then we lose everything.  The cost is eternal damnation.  Remember, on judgment day, many will claim to know Jesus as Lord, only to hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).  This is the essence of self-deception or counterfeit salvation, believing you have a relationship with Jesus and discovering, when it’s too late, that you don’t.  Can you think of anything worse?

It’s dangerously easy in our deceptive culture to assume we are saved when we lack true spiritual life.  We may profess faith in Christ while possessing little beyond a religious heritage, church attendance, a reasonably moral lifestyle, or a past prayer.  And the church as an institution doesn’t help much either by accepting, without question, our claim of salvation even when our lives show little or no evidence of it.

Salvation is the one thing you don’t want to get wrong.  Because if you do, you’ll have all eternity to pay for it.  And nobody wants to do that.  Remember, the Bible says today, right this minute, is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2)— not tomorrow, or next week, or as soon as you clear your calendar.  Today means today.  Right now.  Before you run off to do the next thing.

Jesus warned us, saying the deception in the times we now live in would be so prevalent that, if it were possible, even His elect would be deceived (Matt. 24:24).  Since that is true, how can we make sure we are not part of that statistic and are deceived regarding our salvation?  How can we make sure the object of our faith is Christ, and Christ alone, and that we possess saving faith and not non-saving faith (Jas. 2:19).  And how can we know the difference?  We know by carefully examining our lives in light of Scripture to determine if our faith is authentic and will endure honest scrutiny.

God’s Word provides sobering tests to examine ourselves and avoid deception.  Let’s take a look at a few of these and then do the hard part, honest self-reflection to make sure we are not disqualified spiritually.  Remember what the Bible commands:

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?— unless indeed you are disqualified – 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Let’s begin that test together.


True Signs of a Counterfeit Conversion

Here are some red flags that may indicate counterfeit conversion.  See if any of these are true of you.

Lack of Spiritual Fruit

Jesus said you would know His disciples by their fruit (Matt. 7:16), not by their profession or church attendance or the Follow Me to Church bumper sticker on their car.  Therefore, one key sign of false faith is a prolonged lack of consistent spiritual fruit.  When we are born again, the Holy Spirit enters our lives and begins sanctifying us, to make us more like Christ.  And over time, this process inevitably produces spiritual fruit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23), something only He can produce in us.  Our new life in Christ now reflects His character and will result in a change of heart and a change of behavior.  Even though we are imperfect, there is, nevertheless, a noticeable spiritual trajectory where we become less like what we were and more like what Christ is— which is a pretty good layman’s definition of sanctification.

But claiming to be Christian without spiritual fruit should raise some questions about genuine faith or the lack of it.  Yes, seasons of struggle occur, but an unchanged life opposes Christ’s promise that a good tree, one who has experienced true salvation, bears good fruit (Matt. 7:17-18).  So examine your life. Is lasting spiritual fruit evident, or does sin still dominate your character?  And remember the principle: Spiritual fruit comes from the Spirit who lives in you.  If there is no spiritual fruit, there is probably no Holy Spirit.  And if there is no Holy Spirit, there is no salvation.  You are simply deceived and lost in your sin.  Don’t let that happen to you.

A Disregard for God’s Word

Another warning sign of counterfeit salvation is a disregard for God’s commands in Scripture.  When God saves us, He implants His law within our hearts (Jer. 31:33), and transforms us into new creations that delight in obeying His Word (Ps. 119:47).  But willful, ongoing disobedience or disregard for God’s commands is incompatible with saving faith, since true, saving faith is manifest through a life increasingly marked by obedience (1 John 2:3-4).  You can’t have it both ways.  You must choose.  Do you eagerly obey Christ’s teachings in all circumstances or disregard His Word when it becomes inconvenient, embarrassing, or cramps your style?

If someone claims to follow Christ, yet minimizes the authority of Scripture in their life, or picks and chooses convenient parts to follow and rejects the teachings that demand sacrifice or commitment— their heart obviously remains unchanged.  They are likely deceived, still dead in sin rather than alive in Christ.  Because those transformed by the Spirit cherish all of God’s Word, not just preferred sections that fit their lifestyle.  Does any of this resonate with you?

Continual bondage to Sin

When truly saved, believers gain the power to resist sin’s control in their lives through the Spirit who has now taken residence in them.  Though still imperfect, true believers are no longer chained by sinful cravings as before, since sin cannot tyrannically rule in a redeemed heart.  We may still wrestle with sin, but are no longer enslaved to it (Rom. 6:6-7).  The Scriptures teach before our salvation, we were dead in sin, incapable of pleasing God.  But after being born again, we can now resist sin’s dominance in our lives through the Spirit’s power— because sin no longer reigns over us (Rom. 6:14).  Though confessing and repenting of sin should mark a Christian’s life, ongoing slavery to sin with no repentance is a clear, frightening indication of false salvation, where no true regeneration has taken place.

So we must ask: Does sin still reign in my mortal body, or has Christ’s Spirit freed me from its mastery?  Examine your life for unconfessed patterns of sin.  Do you walk in the newness of life or remain chained to the old nature?  The Spirit sets believers free from sin’s bondage.  Make sure your life on the outside lines up with your confession on the inside.  Otherwise, you may be deceived.

No Evidence of the Holy Spirit’s Work

This is an easy one.  God’s Spirit actively indwells and changes true Christians.  In fact, the Holy Spirit assures believers of salvation (Rom. 8:16), helps us pray (Rom. 8:26), illuminates Scripture (1 Cor. 2:10-14), comforts us (Acts 9:31), convicts us of sin (John 16:8), and produces spiritual fruit in our lives (Gal. 5:22-23).  These are just a few things the Holy Spirit does in us that are evidence of His presence in us.  But what does it mean when these fruits are not evident in our life?  Again, this is an easy one.  Lacking such fruit of a Spirit-empowered and sanctified life for a prolonged period of time implies the Spirit is absent.  And if the Spirit is absent or inactive, Scripture warns we do not belong to Christ.  Read it for yourself. “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Rom. 8:9)

Does the Spirit noticeably sanctify your life?  Can others see the results of His presence in your life?  And if not, why?  Could it be you are deceived and still lost in your sins?  If that is the case, you need to confess and repent and receive Christ on His terms, today.

Indifference Toward Spiritual Growth

Another red flag that points to counterfeit salvation is an indifference toward spiritual growth or the things pertaining to God.  When a person is born-again, God implants in believers a heart passionately pursuing a deep intimacy with Him (Ps. 42:1-2).  The Spirit within us propels an irresistible hunger to know Christ through prayer, the study and internalization of Scripture, worship, fellowship with a Christian community, and other spiritual practices.

If someone exhibits little interest in such spiritual pursuits, living each day engrossed in worldly routines that have no eternal significance, it suggests the Spirit is not actively sanctifying their heart and, therefore, is not present.  Do you remember what it means when a professing believer doesn’t have the Holy Spirit?  A past conversion experience or being raised in the church since childhood does not guarantee genuine faith today.  But the ongoing pursuit of Christ, the “living water” that satisfies all our needs, is a clear indication of true salvation.

Love of the World or Worldly Things

Our priorities are a window to our soul, exposing our spiritual state.  Scripture warns that friendship with the world is actually hostility toward God (James 4:4), and Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37), or, more than anything else, including you.  So if earthly ambitions like wealth, fame, success, immorality, and pleasure rule someone’s heart, it reveals their faith is likely counterfeit, and they are lost, deceived, and on their way to eternal punishment (1 John 2:15-17).  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

When true salvation takes place in a believer’s life, they cherish Christ above all else.  He becomes their supreme delight and satisfaction.  But if worldly affections hold preeminence in someone’s life, the love of the Father clearly does not reside in them.  Because what we treasure most reveals who has captured our hearts.  Does Christ hold first place in your life, or does the world and all its trappings?  Our true spiritual state is revealed by our deepest affections.  What do your affections say about you?

The Eternal Danger of Self-Deception

Finally and tragically, the Bible warns that some willingly deceive themselves about their salvation (James 1:22-25), which is the greatest deception of all.  They hear the Word of God, maybe every Sunday, but don’t apply it to their lives.  And after inspecting themselves in a mirror, they forget what they look like.  Many cling to a false assurance of salvation because they once prayed a prayer, walked an aisle, had an emotional experience, or made a mental decision.  Yet with no life change, they remain unsaved.  A faith that does not result in obedience to the Lord is a dead, non-saving faith— a counterfeit faith.  Because when we come to Christ in earnest, we must respond in obedient faith, not an empty profession.


So What Can We Do?

Scripture exhorts us to examine ourselves to confirm we are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5).  You need to do that today.  Yes, it is true that while genuine, authentic believers stumble, the Spirit produces increasing Christlikeness in them over time.  That’s simply what happens when the Spirit comes to live within you.  Do you see that sanctification process in your life?  A prolonged lack of spiritual fruit, indifference toward obeying God’s Word, ongoing slavery to sin, no evidence of the Spirit’s work, a time-consuming love for the world, and willing self-deception about true salvation warn that our faith may be counterfeit.  So ask yourself the following questions.

•    Do I display long-term spiritual fruit or a protracted barrenness of the life and power of the Spirit?
•    How do I respond when convicted of sin by the Spirit and Word?  Do I respond with repentance or rationalization?  Am I humbled and remorseful, or callous and apathetic to His promptings into areas of my life that I would rather Him leave alone?
•    Who or what is ultimately first in my life, desires, and pursuits— Christ or what I want to do?
•    Is occasional or willful disobedience my pattern?  What do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal about me and my relationship with my Lord?  If others were to examine my life choices, would they conclude I serve a God greater than myself?
•    Do I perceive the Spirit’s convicting and comforting work in my life?  Or am I just making it on my own, only reaching out to Him for help when I get in a jam I can’t handle?
•    Do I demonstrate Christlike care and commitment to fellow believers?  Or is church just something I do, trying not to feel guilty or look bad in the eyes of other believers?

Scripture encourages genuine saints to validate their calling and election (2 Peter 1:10).  So let’s do that by reflecting on these sobering tests and repenting where needed, drawing near to Christ and His transforming grace.

And remember, if you come up short and realize you may be deceived in thinking you have truly experienced the regenerating power of salvation, the next step is easy.  Pray, believe, confess, repent, and receive— but for real this time, and the life with Him you thought you had will now truly become yours.

The choice is yours— so choose wisely.


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578:  Gog and Magog Invasion – Who, What, and When?

578: Gog and Magog Invasion – Who, What, and When?

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Looking at Israel Today

The Gog and Magog invasion of Israel is a future event that has sparked some debate today about its timing due to what happened in Israel on October 7th.  If you remember, on that day, Hamas terrorists and depraved citizens from Gaza attacked Israel and killed over a thousand people in a most horrific way and dragged several hundred back to Gaza as political prisoners.  And the response of the IDF has been swift and intense, rendering Northern Gaza into a barren wasteland before the watching eyes of the world.

But the fallout from this bloodthirsty attack and the continuing aftermath of Israel has polarized nations and political leaders in choosing which side of this war they will take.  Do they support Gaza, with their demand for the total eradication of Israel, protesting and chanting “from the river to the sea?”  Or do they support Israel, the victims of this attack, and their God-given right to protect themselves from this kind of barbaric butchery?

Amazingly (or maybe not so amazing), the nations that have aligned themselves with Hamas and against Israel line up perfectly with those involved in the Gog from Magog invasion of Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39.  In fact, the precise fulfillment of this prophecy could happen right before our eyes, in breathtaking color.

We are going to seek to answer three questions about this prophecy and what is happening today in Israel.  First, who are the nations involved in the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion?  Next, what actually happens during the Gog invasion?  And, most important, when does it take place?


Get Your Bible and a Map

The prophecy in Ezekiel begins by listing a group of people (or nations) that no longer exist today but inhabit geographic areas we can clearly identify.  And this invasion is designed by God, who seems to be directing the players and the outcome for His own personal reasons (Ezek. 38:23, see also Romans 9:17-18).

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal'” – Ezekiel 38:1-3.

Note the participants:  Gog from the land of Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  But there are more.

“I will (God’s actions) turn you (Gog) around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops— many people are with you” – Ezekiel 38:4-6.

Now we see even more participants: Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and the house of Togarmah.  These are the ones who will come against Israel during this invasion.  Yet, other nations are mentioned who are critical of Gog’s actions yet do not directly involve themselves.

“Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” – Ezekiel 38:13.

So who are these people, and what countries do they represent today?


Read ‘Em and Weep

When we look at the table of nations in Genesis 10 and elsewhere, we can determine the nations involved in the invasion, or those critical of it:

•   Gog – Leader (Demonic)
•    Land of Magog (Scythians) – Central Asia, the countries that made up the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan)
•    The Prince of Rosh – Russia
•    Meshech and Tubal – Modern Turkey
•    Persia – Iran
•    Ethiopia (Cush) – Modern Sudan, those nations south of Egypt
•    Libya (Put or Phut) – Modern Libya, possibly as far as Algeria and Tunisia, those nations west of Egypt
•    Gomer (Cimmerians) – Central Turkey
•    House of Togarmah – Modern Turkey, North of Israel
•    Sheba (Sabean Kingdom) – Modern Yemen
•    Dedan – Modern Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar
•    The merchants of Tarshish – Great Britain, Spain
•    all their young lions – the colonies or trading partners of Tarshish, possibly the United States

Can you see things beginning to shape up for something like this?  I sure can.  But let’s look at the current situation Israel finds itself among its Muslim neighbors.  After all, one picture is worth a thousand words, and this is no exception.

There is so much more to discover about the amazing prophetic times we are living in right now.  I hope you will have one eye on your Bible and the other on Israel as we eagerly await the return of our Lord.

It should be a wild ride!


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573:  The Deconstruction of Your Faith Equals Apostasy

573: The Deconstruction of Your Faith Equals Apostasy

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First Sign of the End-Times:  Deception

Jesus said one of the telling signs of the end times is the expositional growth of deception worldwide, especially within the ranks of those who call themselves Christians.  When asked about the signs of His coming and the end of the age, Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matt. 24:4-5).  He then reiterates the same truth about deception regarding false prophets in verse 11, and then  expands on the depth of the coming deception in Matthew 24:23-24.  Notice how powerful the final great deception will be.

“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.”

Did you catch that?  Jesus said the deception at the end would be so powerful that if it were possible to deceive the elect, God’s chosen, then they would also be deceived into believing a false Christ or the antichrist.  It is that serious.  And it is accompanied by false signs and miracles.  It’s like Moses in the court of Pharoah 2.0.


Second Sign of the End-Times: Apostasy

In Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica, he tells them what signs to look for before the coming of the Lord and the appearance of the antichrist, the “man of sin” or “son of perdition” (2 Thes. 2:3).  And he said there would be a great “falling away” or apostasy – where true believers abandon the faith for some deceiving spirit or false god.

So let’s put this all into focus:  First, great deception and false christs will proliferate worldwide throughout the culture and the church.  And then, second, those who claim to be believers will abandon the faith, fall away, and reject the true Christ for one made in the image of man and empowered by Satan, namely, the antichrist.  But what will this falling away look like?  Will elders in a church one day stand and proclaim they no longer believe in Jesus?  Or will pastors start preaching a fourth person in the Trinity – Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and their cousin Billy Bob?   Will there be an open renunciation of the Christian faith by those who claim to love Jesus?  Well, yes and no.  All of this will happen, but not as you would think.


Deconstruction:  Just Another Name for Apostasy

Notice again what Jesus said about the false christs in the end times:

“Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matt. 24:4-5).

When they come in the name of Christ, as a false christ, they are not saying, “Hey, follow me, I am Jesus.”  Instead, they are saying, “I come in the name of Christ.  I know what He is like.  And I know what it means to follow Christ.  So follow me, and I will show you the real Jesus and not the false Jesus you have been following.”  And this is where the deception gets sinister.  Because the false Jesus they are promoting is not the Biblical Jesus, but a Jesus of their making, a Jesus acceptable to our culture, and a Jesus that thinks just like we do, as sad as that sounds.

And the method of converting from the Jesus of the Bible to the false Jesus we have been warned about is called deconstruction.  The great, prophesied, end-time apostasy has been rebranded into a positive light where we are deconstructing the Christian faith by removing from it anything we find unacceptable, such as sin, judgment, righteousness, and sanctification.  And we replace it with whatever we want, whatever our culture deems acceptable, and whatever makes us feel good.

It is truly creating and worshipping the golden calf and not the Lord on Mt. Sinai.  And we see it happening all around us today.


But We Have Been Warned

Yes, we have been warned and should not be surprised by this great falling away.  Remember Paul’s warning to Timothy:

Now the Spirit expressly says that in (when) 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 – 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

But there is more.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (the word we get myths from) – 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

The Holy Spirit has warned us in advance.  Are you prepared to face the onslaught of false doctrines, false christs, false signs and miracles, and a false understanding of the Christian faith?  If so, the name of that great apostasy is called deconstruction.  And the best way to confront the counterfeit is to know perfectly what the authentic looks like.

I hope you are ready.  For ready or not, deconstruction is coming our way.  In fact, it’s already here.


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561:  Church Ain’t Working, Its Got No Power

561: Church Ain’t Working, Its Got No Power

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Has Church Outlived its Usefulness?

Some say that “familiarity breeds contempt,” and this is true even in the church.  We come to church each Sunday to perform our duty to God.  We sing, sometimes.  We listen to the message, hopefully.  And we worship, maybe— and then head back home to do the more important things in our day.  I know this sounds harsh, but it is true, nonetheless.

But church was never meant to be like this.  God created His church, the ekklēsía, to be “a called-out people, an assembly of those called by Christ into the fellowship of His salvation.”  And nowhere does the word church refer to a building, denomination, or tax-exempt entity.

In this message, we will look at the church from a Biblical perspective and see if we can determine what church is and why it’s not working for us today.


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559:  Apostasy and Deception are Key Signs of the End

559: Apostasy and Deception are Key Signs of the End

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Three Questions and One Long Answer

We find the Olivet Discourse recorded in three places in the New Testament: Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21.  The entire teaching is Jesus’ response to some questions asked by His disciples after they were admiring the beauty of the Temple.  But Jesus did not specify which answer corresponded to which question.  He just answered them all at once, in one long narrative.  Let’s look at a combined account of these questions.

(MT) Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple —(LK) how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations.  (MK) One of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!” (MK) And Jesus answered and (MT) said to them,  “Do you not see all (MK) these great buildings?  (MT) Assuredly, I say to you, (LK) the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”

At this point, the disciples’ understanding of the future of Israel and their own lives was shattered.  Everything in their religious life was temple based.  And the thought of the temple being destroyed was beyond their comprehension.

So they came to Jesus privately for more information or a clearer explanation of what He just said.

(MT) Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives (MK) opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew (MT) came to Him privately, saying, (LK) “Teacher, (MT) tell us, when will these things be? (MK) What will be the sign when all these things (LK) are about to take place? (MT) And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

But even in this narrative, you can see Jesus laying the groundwork for the end times and revealing to us the Seven-Year Tribulation Period and the Second Coming of Christ.   But for us today, we are going to focus on two major characteristics of the end times, and these are deception and apostasy.   Jesus tells us to beware of deception and Paul speaks of the coming (and now here) great apostasy.  And both are telltale signs of the end times.


Jesus’ Blueprint for the End

First, look at what Jesus said about deception during His Olivet discourse.

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 24:3-4.

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” – Matthew 24:11-12.

“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” – Matthew 24:23-25.

And then the Scriptures speak of a great apostasy, a falling away from the faith, that will happen at the beginning of the end, right before the revealing of the antichrist.  I believe we are witnessing that apostasy today.

Let no one deceive you by any means; (why) for that Day (the coming of the Lord) will not come unless the falling away (apostasía) 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.  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

Now the Spirit expressly says that (when) in latter times (what) some will depart from the faith (apostasy), giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who (1) believe and (2) know the truth – 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

And one more…

But know this, that (when) in the last days (what) perilous times will come: (described as) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having (what) a form of godliness but denying its power (dúnamis).  And from such people turn away! – 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

There is so much more we cover in this message.  So join us as we look for His soon return.

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