Lies are Deception- Part 3

When Jesus was asked by His disciples what would be the signs of His coming and of the end of the age, Jesus gave this somewhat puzzling answer, “Take heed that no man deceive you…” (Matthew 24:4). However, His answer makes sense when taken with the whole counsel of scripture: deception will be an ever increasing threat that we will need to pay attention to and guard against. Notice the warning in 2 Timothy 3:13 that as the end of the world approaches, deceivers will become worse and worse; and therefore, believers must be more and more diligent to judge the fruits of prophets and teachers.

The Apostle Paul continued in preparing believers against deception, warning them not to be beguiled by Satan, whose intention was to lead them away from the Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:3). Perhaps the most sobering testament to the seriousness of end time lying deception is found in Revelation 12:9, in which we find that Satan was able to deceive the whole world. Taking all these things into consideration, it seems of utmost importance to avoid participation in worldly deception by taking great care to refrain from any kind of lying and instead, choosing to speak truth in love:

Making every effort to present ourselves approved to God,”a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15