There are a group of folks who would (no doubt) self-describe themselves as “living by their wits.”
A great percentage of these folks are DECEIVERS, who prey upon those who may be preyed upon.
The deceivers believe that they are successful at taking things that do NOT belong to them from other folks because they are CLEVER or SMART.
BUT, the deceivers are NOT clever or smart–least ways, as clever or as smart as they believe themselves to be.
The deceivers are successful because they prey upon the DECEIVED.
The deceived see, but do not perceive.
The deceived hear, but do not understand.
“They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. “
“That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”
The deceived represent a HUGE percentage of those who dwell upon the earth during the last days.
The deceived are easy pickings for the deceivers.
And THE DECEIVED include all of those folks who believe themselves to be clever or smart enough to take things that are NOT theirs, USING (what they believe to be) THEIR CLEVER subterfuges.
The deceivers are deceived themselves.
God’s Word warns that these folks will grow MORE, both in numbers and in schemes used to defraud their fellows.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
DOES the reader see ANY evidence of men growing “worse and worse“?
DOES the reader see ANY evidence that the deceivers are themselves deceived?
It is not YET too late–although time is surely running out: 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?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 30-October 2, 2022.]
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