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                                                Be not deceived! - Part 1
 

 

   Truth Overcomes Deception

                       By Buel Hallpike 

 

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Introduction
As Yahshua sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, … what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Matt 24:3. He started His reply by saying to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you" verse 4.

The whole of Matthew 24 is filled with many warnings, of important end-time signs of deception that Yahshua said will take place on a massive scale before His return. 

This article is the first part of a series of writings that will examine these prophecies. In this part we will cover some basic concepts that will be of fundamental significance throughout the series.

End time signs
Yahshua’s disciples probably thought that the end of the age and Yahshua’s return would have been during their lifetime. They wanted to know the signals they could expect as that time drew near. Yahshua answered their question by telling them of the waves of events that would precede His coming. 

 

Yahshua went on further than their question to stress the need to be always on their guard. Matthew covers His discourse in chapters 24 and 25. Deception on an unparalleled scale would take place. False messiahs would increase (24:4-5, 24), so also would false prophets (24:11), and false predictions of His coming (24:23, 26). Departure from Yahweh's laws would be rife (24:12). Unfaithfulness could arise as in the example of the evil servant (24:45-51). Complacency could set in as in the case of the foolish virgins (25:1-13). We could be finally robbed of our reward if we were negligent in utilising our gifts as in the illustration of the parable of the talents  (25:14-30); or failed to help those in need (25:34-46). These are some of the areas where we could be led astray. Deviating from the correct path is the result of deception - of taking our eyes away from the things that really matter to something of lesser importance. 

Those disciples who asked these vital questions have all died, but Yahshua’s inspired answer to their question lives on. His predictions are being fulfilled before us as we come closer to His return. We are living at a significant time when events are moving at an unprecedented pace towards an inevitable end. Problems facing our leaders have moved from a national to a global scale. The solutions they seek are no longer confined merely to the welfare of any country but are as far-reaching and interlinked as the problems themselves, embracing all of mankind. The forces of evil are more rampant now than they have ever been before. No longer can we feel secure in the cocoon of stability and safety that we had painstakingly woven. We are increasingly becoming vulnerable to extraordinary whirlwind forces that are beyond our control. Havoc is taking over where some semblance of order had existed before.  

What do these global issues have to do with Yahshua's warnings of deception? The wild seeds of selfishness; hatred; greed; pride; and disobedience or disregard of Yahweh and His word; are producing a profuse harvest of suffering and anxiety. They are some of the effects of the whole world being deceived. Satan knows he is running out of time and is quickening the pace. This will become more and more evident as the deterioration continues. 

 

In this global setting we can better appreciate the significance of Yahshua’s words.  Now more than ever it is a real challenge to maintain our guard and to be faithful to the end. Those of us who have read the end of the drama know that without the present scenes we cannot get to the finale. But we are getting there fast! It is therefore important that you are prepared to face the uncertain future not as a fearful helpless spectator, but as an active participant in the role for which we were chosen for such a time as this. Please read our article For such a time as this.

Yahshua said in Luke 11:23 "He who is not with Me is against Me". Hundreds of persons have either themselves claimed or have been acclaimed to be the Messiah since Yahshua made His prediction in Matthew 24:4-5 and 24. They are enemies  of Yahshua. John wrote in 1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that [Yahshua] is the [Messiah]? He is anti[messiah] who denies the Father and the Son. Many false messiahs would of necessity deny that Yahshua is the Messiah, as otherwise they would negate their own positions. Most of them regard Yahshua at best to have been just another prophet. Thus Yahshua is demoted so that they can elevated. 

Islam is very different from other false religions in that it not only recognizes Yahshua to be the Messiah, but also manifests the spirit of the Antimessiah. 1 John 4:3 states every spirit that does not confess that [Yahshua the Messiah] has come in the flesh is not of [Yahweh]. And this is the spirit of the [Antimessiah], which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
 
2 John 7 repeats the same thought: For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess [Yahshua the Messiah] as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antimessiah.
 
Islam strongly refutes that Yahshua has come from Yahweh and is the Son of Yahweh. Sura 9:30 of the Quran states: " ... the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. . . . Allah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!" (Hilali and Khan translation).
 
By not acknowledging that Yahshua is the Son of Yahweh, they automatically, put themselves into John's category of a deceiver, with the spirit of the Antimessiah. Muslims would deny this, but those of us who accept the authenticity of the Bible can come to no other conclusion. 

 

When one combines this with their objective of world dominance; their rapid growth rate; the emphasis on violence in both the Quran and Hadith; their false teachings when compared with the Bible; the outrageous public statements of some of their followers including their threats of jihad; and the impression they nevertheless try to give of being a peaceful religion, then one cannot help seeing a parallel with Yahshua’s prophecies of deception and false doctrines that would lead many astray. 

Meanwhile although the largest religion (Christianity) recognises Yahshua (called Jesus), as the true Messiah it is a very diluted, weak, and fragmented version of the early nucleus of followers that Yahshua had established. By departing from the doctrines of their Messiah, they have become ineffective and are allowing other religions such as Islam to make significant inroads into the religious life of their nations. 

Those who are convinced that Yahshua who is the Son of Yahweh, is the Messiah need to hold on to that conviction in spite of any opposition. Though wrong may sometimes seem to prevail, it does not and cannot become truth. Only Yahshua is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him] John 14:6Only Yahshua is the Son of Yahweh. Only He died for our sins and rose again. Only He is seated at the right hand of Yahweh. Only He is coming again to judge the living and the dead, including Muhammad and anyone else who disavows Yahshua's  divine origin and purpose; nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved Acts 4:12. We need to know He who is the truth to counter the opposition and threat of counterfeit religions. 

The focus of this series of articles will not be on pseudo messiahs and false religions but instead on another warning that Yahshua gave in Matthew chapters 24 and 25. In 24:11 and 12 Yahshua forewarned us of a different form of deception. He said, "Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." The deceivers in this case are not pseudo Messiahs, but false teachers who would corrupt the sound doctrine previously taught by Yahshua and His disciples. 

Weymouth renders Matt 24:11 and 12 as follows: Many false prophets will rise up and lead multitudes astray; and because of the prevalent disregard of [Yahweh’s] law the love of the great majority will grow cold. 

Peter expressed this same thought when he wrote in 2 Peter 2:1-3, There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying [the Redeemer] who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words.

In Acts 20:29-30 Paul stated: "I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves."

The "savage wolves" have been at large since then, professing to belong to Yahshua's earliest flock. They have been speaking perverse things, and creating their own flock under the guise of being followers of Yahshua. This serious deception has flooded the world and is perpetuated under the banner of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Our banner should be Yahshua, and our doctrines ought to be His truth without adding any denominational assumptions or traditions.

Paul continuing this theme wrote, 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 1 Tim 4:1-2.

The biggest cause of deception is that denominations are always looking outward at others, instead of inward at themselves. They ignore the possibility that they too may have deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. "That could not happen here!" seems to be their false confidence. Nevertheless these prohecies remain and it is only prudent that we should all take great care to ensure that our beliefs are solidly based on the consistent teachings of the Bible and not on hearsay.

Yahshua and His early disciples have distinctly and repeatedly said that in the last days, many false teachers and prophets (in addition to the pseudo-Messiahs) will arise who will seek to minimise the significance of Yahweh’s commands. Massive numbers of persons will be led from following after the truths and commandments of Yahweh into obeying their deceived and deceptive teachers who will disregard the laws of Yahweh and promote a doctrine that glorifies self rather than Yahweh. 

The initial stages of the fulfilment of these prophecies began soon after the words were spoken. Jude expressed a compulsion to write about deceivers who had crept in unnoticed and had [turned] the grace of our [Elohim] into lewdness (Jude 3-4). He admonished all true believers to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints"verse 3. It appears from Jude’s comments that ‘grace’ was used as the licence for licentious behaviour. He was therefore admonishing his readers to hold fast the message that Yahshua had delivered once for all time and for all people, and which was unalterable. In part 2 of this series, we will be considering how Christendom has departed from Yahshua's teachings by their misunderstanding or misappropriation of the meaning and significance of 'grace'.   

Since Jude’s day, deception has multiplied to the present unparalleled global level. Today there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing teaching whatever draws and woos a crowd. This form of deception is subtler than that of the pseudo Messiahs in other religions, for the false teachers all claim to take their doctrines from the Bible, and to be followers of Yahshua  (Jesus). On the surface they may appear to be declaring the truth but actually they twist, spin or over-emphasise a particular Biblical topic so as to promote their own agendas and beliefs. Generally they raise expectations of a good life here and now, or of an easy route into the kingdom by bypassing or diluting Yahweh’s commandments, or embracing customs and traditions that are steeped in paganism. Such teachings have many adherents in Christendom; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it Matt 7:13-14. 

Yahshua foreseeing this, cautioned all His followers to be on the alert and not to be hoodwinked by any popular or persuasive teaching or prophecy that will lead large numbers away from the truth that He had taught. The momentous happenings in the world that are in fulfillment of Bible prophecies are the signals that Yahshua’s return is near. Now is not the time to go astray but rather to heed Yahshua’s warnings. Be on your guard lest you are also swept away from Yahweh’s truths by the strong currents of lies and deception that are so prevalent now as the Bible has predicted. You need TRUTH to counteract these deceptions. Be not deceived! 

The Deceiver and the deceived
Whatever form deception may take, it emanates from the central source or headquarters of all deception, the arch-deceiver called Satan.
Yahshua said of  Satan, "when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" John 8:44 NIV. 
Revelation 12:9 calls him the great dragon … that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. 
 
Satan is active today more than ever in his job that began before man was created. Gathering together his team in heaven, he led one third of the angels in rebellion against YahwehThrown out of heaven he came to earth angry and resolved to wreck Yahweh’s work and to cause others to be separated from Yahweh. Like a predator on the lookout for its prey, so Satan would have been alert for the slightest opportunity to attack Yahweh's creation. His chance came when Yahweh created human creatures. Appearing in the Garden of Eden as a serpent, he launched his assault on innocent Eve, causing her with Adam to violate the commands of Yahweh and to be banished from the Garden. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, their eyes became opened to sin, but closed to righteousness. Spiritually they had become blind, or to be more exact myopic. They could see the short-term gains and quick-fix solutions but could not perceive the more long-range eternal values, based upon obedience to Yahweh.  Spiritual myopia like a disease, passed on to all of their descendants throughout all generations even to this day. 

 

Thus partly through the sinful nature acquired from our forefathers, but mainly as a result of Satan’s relentless work in bombarding and infiltrating unsuspecting minds, man has been constantly deceived. Blind, deluded and with false confidence he gropes in darkness, holding on to whatever is within limited vision, easy reach, or promises sensual gratification. Man is obsessed with the things that pertain to this life – the here and now, but is sceptical or uninterested about the hereafter. Shortsighted, he remains an unsuspecting captive of Satan’s duplicity. 

"DECEIVED!" seems to be the caption that applies to most people at the present time. Evidence of Satan's work is to be found in many ways and in all areas of life. It is demonstrated in drug addicts who think they know the way to tranquillity and enlightenment but end up even more distressed and deluded. It is in the terrorists and religions that believe their causes will succeed by destroying their opponents. It is equally evidenced in governments or individuals who imagine they can somehow defeat an evil ideology without accepting the remedy for man’s inherently wicked nature. It manifests itself in infants, who, without training know how to conceal their wrongdoings from their parents. It is shown in teenage pregnancies, broken homes, stabbings, school shootings, moral decline and global financial upheavals. It motivates all attempts to cheat or lie everywhere. It is in all generations, races, and socio-economic classes of people throughout the world who believe they already know and can provide or find the solutions to life’s greatest and most elusive problems without walking in the paths wisely designed by their Maker. 

Diabolical manipulation of the mind through misinformation manifests itself in racism, Satanism, the theory of evolution, the occults, and false tactics in advertising, merchandising and selling. It is the reason for double-dealing and double-talking in nearly all pursuits of life. Deception knows no bounds. It is in every crevice of our society (including places of worship that should be the bastions of truth), where there are many misconceptions, half-truths, downright lies and elements of paganism. Popular examples of these include Santa Claus and the many customs associated with the Christmas celebrations. The list is endless. Deception is rampant in schools, colleges, universities, homes, workplaces, families, and organisations. Generally it is most likely present where there is interaction between two or more persons. It causes many to make wrong decisions that carry long-lasting detrimental consequences. Indeed it is so far-reaching that no one could boast of having never deceived or been deceived.

Paul had aptly described our times when he wrote: Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 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 [Yahweh], having a form of [the worship of Yahweh] but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Tim 3:1-5.

All of these characteristics flow from a deceived mind that seeks its own way and not the will of Yahweh. As sin and suffering entered the world when Eve was deceived and disobeyed Yahweh, so the whole world is experiencing a deterioration that is worsening. In a deceived state, it continues to turn its back away from its Creator. They prefer the ‘wisdom’ of their deceived minds than to consider and take heed of the wisdom that comes from above. ‘Better the devil we know than the Almighty who we do not know’ seems to be their maxim. You can only triumph over this large-scale deception when you allow your mind to be saturated with the word of Yahweh, and not with the slick, short-sighted and misleading thoughts that come from the enemy and his cohorts.

The Deceiver’s Strategy
The chaotic and diabolical situation of the world is evidence of the activity of Satan, who with his team of demon spirits walk about like a roaring lion, seeking whom [they] may devour 1 Pet 5:8. They bombard and captivate the minds of ordinary people turning them from Yahweh into paths of unrighteousness and destruction. Paul explains that some who do not know the truth fall into the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will 2 Tim 2:26Over the ages Satan and his demons have been setting baited traps into which many unsuspecting persons have fallen, causing disorder, havoc, wickedness and sin to multiply and accelerate with each generation.
 
The temptations of Yahshua and Eve (Read Matt 4:1-11 and Gen 3) give some insight into how the deceiver tries to worm his way into our minds in order to bring about his desired destructive and evil intent. In each case although some details of his technique varied to suit the object of his temptation, his fundamental intentions and strategies were the same.

In both instances he

  • Sought to disrupt Yahweh’s plan
  • Knew Yahweh’s word beforehand, twisted it and
  • Took advantage of a potential weakness in his subjects – naivety in Eve and Yahshua’s hunger.

His strategy for doing this was to try to get both Eve and Yahshua to 

  1. Satisfy self rather than please Yahweh
  2. Obey him and disobey Yahweh
  3. Sever their relationship with Yahweh and
  4. Achieve a goal by taking shortcuts and ignoring the consequences.

The same purposes and methods of Satan brought about totally opposite responses from Eve and Yahshua. 

  •  Eve did not know Satan for He was disguised. Yahshua knew him instantly.
  • Eve was gullible and accepted the words of the serpent in preference to Yahweh’s words. Yahshua stood firmly on Yahweh’s words and could not be moved
  • Eve allowed her senses to follow in the direction where Satan led, and acted accordingly, even though she was not hungry. Yahshua, though hungry and weak after fasting for forty days, put Yahweh above the demands of His body.
  • In the end Eve yielded to Satan. Yahshua drove him away. 

The fundamental strategy used by Satan in deceiving Eve and trying to deceive Yahshua is the same as he employs today to lead Yahweh’s people astray. He twists Yahweh’s words; takes advantage of man’s inherent weaknesses; tempts us to satisfy the flesh rather than please Yahweh; seeks to get us to obey him and disobey Yahweh; and emphasizes nonexistent shortcuts to the kingdom or to a better life here and now.

Deceptions are strong delusions or lies by which the enemy hopes to lead astray large numbers (if possible the world) from following after the truths of Yahweh. Do not be deceived. In whatever guise and through whomsoever he works, his intention is the same. He comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy John 10:10. He wants to sever your relationship with Yahweh, deny your heritage of eternal life and hinder Yahweh’s plan in your life and for His people. DO NOT LET HIM! Use Yahshua’s example to defy and defeat him. Believe and stand resolutely on Yahweh’s word, allowing no room for compromise. Satan does not ask for much initially – the smallest aperture of doubt, the minutest sign of gullibility, the least interest in promoting self, or the most negligible weakness will suffice to give him sufficient space in which to curl and expand himself round your mind until you are captivated, strangulated, and finally separated from Yahweh. 
 
Be on guard. Satan went to Eve in the form of a serpent, but he uses many other counterfeits to get to his desired end, while disguising himself, his strategy and his purposes. He uses things as well circumstances. He worms his way into people of all genders, ages, sizes, shapes, social/religious/economic/psychological/political statuses, races, creeds and levels of intelligence. He will use your enemies as well as your friends; your acquaintances as well your loved ones; and your weaknesses as well as your strengths. He will use others, and believe it or not he will use YOU. He goes anywhere and everywhere. He can be in palaces as well as in shacks; in prisons as well as in law courts; in places of ill repute as well as of good repute.
 
He always dresses to suit the occasion. He can be dressed as scantily as necessary to be provocative; or in a clergyman's robe to gain your respect and trust. He can be a meticulously attired salesperson to gain your confidence, or a dishevelled tramp to experience your loathing. He may wear the graduate's gown as evidence of his learning or a dunce's cap to give you occasion to criticise. But while you are mesmerised with what you see, you pay little attention to the lies, half truths, or misleading suggestions, which he is subtly implanting in your mind. Beware, for your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour 1 Pet 5:8.

 

Satan did not succeed in deceiving Yahshua and neither must he be allowed to triumph over you. Yahweh’s word in you is greater than all the forces and strategies of the adversary. It is your sword. Use it to resist the enemy. Then in Yahshua’s style send him packing. The truth of Yahweh abides forever, and you can stand forever on those truths, immovable, firm and strong though others around you are opting for diluted and popular theologies of Satan dressed up as truths. 

Where is truth?
When Eve was tempted, she disobeyed Yahweh by devaluing His commands. Yahweh said she would die. Satan put doubts into Eve’s naïve mind, and then won her over by persuasive self-gratifying suggestions. Whenever the truths of Yahweh are compromised for what is appealing, or satisfying to the senses, you can be sure that Satan has once again re-enacted the Garden of Eden strategy. 

Satan went and did his mischief in the Garden of Eden which was the most perfect place on earth where Yahweh would frequently visit those He had created in His own likeness.

The nearest thing to Eden in this day and age should be the places where Yahweh is worshipped. Like innocent Eve in the Garden, many worshippers do not understand that no place is out of bounds from Satan. Since Satan had the impudence to enter Yahweh’s meeting place, and thousands of years later sought to lead Yahweh’s Son astray, then it is clear that no individual, organisation or sacred place is beyond Satan’s field of interest. Satan knows that if he can get in among those who desire to be in Yahweh’s presence and dress up himself and his counterfeit teachings in an attractive attire, that is acceptable to the majority, they will coast along with false confidence, singing as they go along his broad-way that leads to destruction. To achieve this he transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness 2 Cor 11:14-15. This is exactly what Satan has done with the birth and growth of denominations, each claiming to teach Biblical truths.

Yahshua told His disciples "make disciples of all the nations … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" Matt 28:19-20. Instead of carrying out Yahshua's instructions, the denominations generally teach what had been handed down to them by their founders or predecessors; or taught at their religious seminars or colleges; or approved by the 'church' board or some other ruling body, without checking the Biblical accuracy of their doctrine. Yahshua taught that His disciples should be one as He and His Father had been. Christendom despising Yahshua's plea prefers to be segregated into autonomous groups with different doctrines, and often in rivalry with one another. The majority are so engrossed in churning out their doctrines and bringing more 'converts' under their wings that they have no time to consider they are displeasing Yahshua and satisfying the divisive aspirations of Satan. 

Contrary to the misconceptions of most religions and denominations, truth is not the prerogative or monopoly of any organisation or group, however sincere they may be. Sincerity is not the hallmark or measure of truth. It is possible to be sincerely wrong. Truth resides only in Yahweh. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever Ps 119:160. Man’s interpretation of Yahweh’s word can be and is often wrong. Our knowledge and understanding at its best is limited, For now we see in a mirror, dimly, … now [we] know in part 1 Cor 13:12. For this reason it does not follow that because some one claims to be a prophet, or teacher, he/she is necessarily always declaring the truths of Yahweh. No one is the total and perfect embodiment of all truth. Only Yahweh and Yahshua are the holders of such a unique and prestigious position. This website does not pretend to have all the answers. We only write on topics that have been well researched without bias or asssumptions, and tested by the consistent word of Yahweh. 

If we are to avoid the pitfalls of deception, we must not put [our] trust in princes, nor in a son of man Ps 146:3, nor his religion, nor in his teachings, nor our reasoning, feelings or convictions, but only in Yahweh and His undiluted word, which is a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path Ps 119:105. (If the dosage of Yahweh’s word is too strong for you or makes you feel uncomfortable, do not try diluting it. Instead take it in smaller portions!). 

Yahshua, the Son of Yahweh who came from heaven to be the Saviour of the world, and to show us the way to the Father, told us "whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock" Matt 7:24. If we would take heed to Yahshua’s words and pay less attention to man’s words, we would not be deceived. 

Conclusion - Avoiding Satanic seduction
In Matthew 24:13 Yahshua said, "He who endures to the end shall be saved." With the strong tides of deception that are sweeping the earthyou will not survive except your beliefs are built upon the solid, strong and sure foundation of Yahweh’s truth. It is clear from Yahshua’s strategy in His temptation that when we know the truth, … the truth shall make [us] free and enable us to discern error (John 8:32). 

 

You do not have to yield to Satan’s seductive messages, regardless of who bears them. Satan cannot force you to believe a lie. The Hebrew boys and Daniel defied the threats of their heathen king and stood resolutely on the commandments of Yahweh in total disregard of the possible fatal consequences. You do not have to give in however strong the opposition or allurement may be. Take your stand, and the truth will set you free from the bondages of the adversary. There is only one way we can safely confront and withstand all false teachings. It is by the unswerving application of Yahweh’s pure words. We must know what Yahweh’s word really says for ourselves, have it riveted into our minds and be determined beforehand that we will not deviate one iota to the left or to the right. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it Matt 7:14. We can learn from Eve’s defeat and Yahshua’s triumph. One was steadfast; the other wavered. One applied and stood upon the word. The other did not. 

Let us stand upon the truths of the Bible and pay special attention to Yahshua’s words. Only HE is the way and the truth. No denomination can take His place.

The book of Hebrews cautions us: See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." Now this, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain Heb 12:25-27.

Yahshua having left His words with us is still speaking to us through those words. The final shaking has begun. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken that in the end only that which cannot be shaken will remain. Nothing, no place and no one on earth will escape the shaking, except the pure, unadulterated and authentic word of Yahweh, including His prophecies. The shaking will weaken the beliefs of many persons. If you are truly anchored in Yahweh’s word, you may be shaken but you will not be moved for those who trust in [Yahweh] are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever Ps 125:1.

One songwriter asks:
 
"Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?"
 
Whether your anchor holds will depend on if it is "fastened to the Rock which cannot move". The only sure rock is the word of Yahweh. Yahshua said, "whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock" Matt 7:24-25.
 
Yahshua has already broken the power of Satan. But there is work you must do. Eve did nothing to resist the enemy but yielded totally to his suggestions. Deceptions do not have to lodge in your heart and be manifested in your life. Truth in you can prevent you from deceiving others or being deceived. You can recognise and triumph over all deceptions if you would live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of [Yahweh] Matt 4:4. James' timeless advice is Submit to [Yahweh]. Resist the devil and he will flee from you James 4:7.
 
Truth is the antidote for deception. Use it or lose it!
 
Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown Rev 3:11.

 

"Our beliefs must fit in with the Scriptures especially when the Scriptures do not support our beliefs". Buel Hallpike

©Buel Hallpike October 2008

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