Deception is a SPIRITUAL Problem, NOT an Informational One

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“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
–Mark 7:20-23

HOW many times has the reader heard someone say–usually, rather forcefully–that “If I could only talk some sense into him (or her)….“?

HOW many times has the reader wondered about a friend, acquaintance or family member, who was engaged in some sort of behavior–such as drinking or misusing drugs–that was self-destructive?

“Everyone can see it but him!”

Has the reader EVER heard it said about someone “They would rather lie than tell the truth!  Even if telling the truth worked out better for them!”

IF the reader answered “Yes” to any of those three questions (or something fairly close to one of them), then the reader is acquainted with DECEPTION.

With a person who is DECEIVED.

An IMPORTANT point to remember about DECEPTION: deception is NOT an informational problem.  NO amount of new or startling information will persuade the deceived one to change the path he is on.

Deception is a SPIRITUAL problem.

Rather than information or logic or rhetoric, PRAYER to a merciful God will do more than all of the good information in the world to change someone’s path they are walking.

[Although many might claim that startling new information gave them pause or made them think about what they were doing, this is something that is said when the deceived person doesn’t want to bruise the other person’s feelings.]

Which brings up an interesting point about countering deception.

IF deception is a spiritual problem, handled by God Himself, then is the reader in ANY position to entreat God about ANYTHING?

Just a little something to keep in mind when dealing with the foibles of the ones one knows.

Deception is NOT something which can be countered by good information–or ANY information at all.

DOES the reader EVER ponder about deception?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 7, 2022.]

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Recognizing Deception is An End Times Problem

Recognizing Deception

“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.”
–Psalm 101:7

Deception MIGHT be a problem for so many moderns because so many moderns find it difficult to recognize deception for what it is.

IF one is taught lies and falsehoods from an early age AS IF those canards were the TRUTH, one may very well have a problem distinguishing between what is FALSE and what is TRUE.

IF one is taught that the Word of God is ‘just a bunch of stories,’ then one might have a problem seeing the Word of God as the ONLY truth there is.

IF one is constantly exposed to lies and told that these lies are the truth, then one will believe those lies–absent the merciful intervention of God Himself.

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
–Revelation 21:8

MOST men depend on those in authority to provide them with information.

MOST men will defend the source of this information because MOST men do not want others to think they are foolish and listen to liars.

It does not matter that the great majority of these men, from time to time, find various defects in the information they are given by those authorities. Such men have a stake in validating the information they receive from those authorities.

One reason DECEPTION is such a problem during the end times is because men find it hard to believe that those in authority would LIE to them so frequently; so convincingly; so outlandishly.

Man WANTS TO BELIEVE he lives in a world governed by the truth.

However, the reality is somewhat different: man lives in a world which is almost COMPLETELY governed by lies.

Regardless, man REALLY does not care–as long as man is COMFORTABLE.

A man’s COMFORT is his real concern.

NOT the truth.

NOT whether he is told the truth or lies.

NOT whether he is able to recognize the falseness of what he is told.

As long as man has an acceptable level of COMFORT, everything else is A-OK.

IF one is given lies and told that those lies are the truth, that person will be deceived.

That person will also have a hard time recognizing the difference between lies and the turth.

AND God’s Word warns that end times man will not only deceive others, end times man–though he may deal in deceit–will be the VICTIM of deceit himself.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:13

DOES the reader believe he can easily recognize deception?

HAS the reader ever wondered whether this belief itself might be a deception?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February  11-13, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
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God Does Not Lack for Ways to Communicate With His Creation

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The LORD God has chosen a NUMBER of different ways to communicate with His creation.

Just a few of the more memorable ways of communication are:

1- A talking donkey.

Balaam was a prophet who worked both sides of the street.  Balaam was asked multiple times by a foreign king to curse the Israelites.  God told Balaam NOT to do that (among other things).  Balaam angered God.

“And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.”
–Numbers 22:21-35

2- One of the most famous times God communicated with His creation in an unorthadox manner was when God first spoke to Moses.

As a burning bush in the desert.

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they sh all say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.”
–Exodus 3:1-17

This was the bulk of God’s first conversation with Moses.

As God spoke through a burning bush in the desert.

3- The prophet Elijah LOOKED for God to appear to him in an ungodly manner.

SO, even though Elijah was looking for something out of the ordinary, God surprised Elijah by showing up as something unexpected.

“And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”–1KINGS 19:9-18

And so, the most powerful being in the cosmos appeared to Elijah as a ‘still small voice.’

There are other unusual manners the LORD has adopted to communicate with His creation.

God willing, these might be covered in a future piece.

HAS the reader EVER wondered if God spoke to him in an unorthodox manner?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 9, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-19. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.

Satan is Good At What He Does

Satan tempting Jesus Christ

Satan is good at what he does–and what he does is lie and deceive.

And Satan is known by more than one name. God’s Word makes that clear: not in just one verse, but in TWO.

“And the great dragon…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world”
–Revelation 12:9

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”
–Revelation 20:2

And the two verses in Revelation list the BEST KNOWN names of Satan, NOT all of them.

Does the reader have any idea why Satan is known by so many different names?

There is one BIG differences between those who labor for Satan (his workers of iniquity) and those who are members of the kingdom of heaven.

Does the reader have any idea what that difference might be?

The great difference between the children of light and the children of disobedience is this: those who follow Satan are bent on destroying those who follow God and who oppose them. Those who follow God take a different view. The children of God view Satan and his workers as deceived. IF not for God’s great mercy, the children of light KNOW they would be walking the same path as the children of disobedience.

And so, the children of God are mostly intent on SAVING those who see followers of Jesus as their mortal enemies.

They do this for several reasons.

1- They are commanded to do this BY GOD’S WORD.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men”
–1TIMOTHY 2:1

“And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
–Mark 16:15

2- And, if the followers of Jesus know ANYTHING, it is, though NO TIME is a good time to disobey the Word of God, the time before the return of Jesus is a particularly crucial time for obedience.

And so, one side is intent on destroying the other side–who is intent on rescuing as many of the deceived as they can.

” And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
–Jude 1:23

Although it makes it hard sometimes to pray for someone’s salvation who is attacking the person praying.

The lost are deceived–just as the followers of Jesus were once deceived.

Besides ALL OF THAT, Satan is good at what he does.

All the reader has to do to confirm this is to answer the question, “Can you think of any lies of the devil’s that do not work?”

DOES the reader believe that saying Satan is good at what he does is an example of “giving the devil his due“?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 7, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-19. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.

[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.

ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.

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