DAY ONE: Deception
Scripture: Matthew 24:3-4, 1 John 5:19 & 2 Timothy 2:15
The disciples, like all of us, were eager to know when the end of the age would be. (The end of the age refers to the end of this present era and the commencement of the next. It is the period that precedes the second coming of Jesus.) When the disciples asked Jesus, he warned them to not be deceived. Jesus’ warning was appropriate. Deception has been one of the devil’s oldest tricks, but it is hard to deceive someone who knows the truth. We must learn to handle “the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). The devil went to Eve first in the Garden because Eve had communicated knowledge, while Adam had revelation knowledge about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is easy to deceive someone who does not have revelation or knowledge of the truth.
In the end of the age, many people will be following their own theories and explanation of unfolding events in the world, but Jesus warns us not to be deceived or become preoccupied by these. Instead, this is the time to delve into the Word of God which provides truth about our world.