The Deception of the Hour
1Jn 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
Is this not incredible. These are the words of the beloved disciple, John!. This means that Christianity had barely begun, when the anti-Christ was already at work to undo what he had done. And while millions of believers go off to church every day, many of them are sadly being deceived. The above scripture tells us why. Fortunately there is no reason to be deceived, even though this last hour comes with a warning against being so.
1Jn 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
1Jn 2:21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
So they are getting a warning, but he is telling them firstly that there is a way out. It is essentially a shift in focus. A shift from seeing the pastor as your teacher, to seeing God himself, by his Spirit, as your teacher. The anointing of His Spirit, will teach us knowledge, for his sheep actually know his voice. Then one can be sure one's knowledge is not a lie. Never forget that the Spirit and the Word are one. His word teachers us. If the our spirit and the word disagree, we need to question our spirit!
Mat 23:8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Mat 23:9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
So God himself is our father and teacher.
Secondly, he is telling them that no lie is of the truth. You see if you value the word of God as the truth and examine it, it become easy to see the lie. They say that when banking personnel work with large sums of cash, they learn the counterfeit money, because they are so familiar with the real money.
John gives us a clear key earlier in the same chapter 2 and verse 3. He says:
1Jn 2:3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jn 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
TWO OF THE GREAT DECEPTIONS OF THIS HOUR, COME IN THESE GUISES:
1 GOD IS LOVE AND
2 JUST BELIEVE.
While on the surface these are true statements, the lie comes in by what one believes about these statements.
GOD IS LOVE. HE WOULD NEVER JUDGE ANYONE
God is returning to judge the living and the dead, and the book of revelations shows clearly, that God will use his great power to shake the earth. It tells of scorching heat from the sun. Hail falling, the weight of a talent (approximately 35 kg), falling on men. It speaks of world leaders, who will cry out as the last of the angels pour out their judgements, pleading for the rocks to fall on them, to hide them from the wrath of God's judgement. Many it says will seek death but not find it . Yet, at that time, amazingly, these hardened people, instead of repenting, will simply blaspheme more, protesting against God, who is bringing these plagues upon them.
JUST BELIEVE. NO NEED TO CHANGE OR OBEY ANY COMMANDMENTS. CHRIST HAS DONE IT ALL, SO WE CAN STAY IN OUR SINS, BECAUSE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS COVERS US.
I recently heard a testimony of a young man who went to an elder in his church to say that he was feeling condemned because he was sleeping with his girlfriend, and something was starting to disturb him about this. The elder told him not to worry. It was as if they were married already. He should not stress. Later, fortunately, the love of truth and the conviction he was feeling one over the lies of the deceiving elder.
No my friends, Paul does not say this. John does not say this. Peter does not say this. James does not say this and Jesus does not say this. The scriptures do not say this.
I am not going to give you all the scriptures. Right now, I do not have the time. If you love the truth, you will seek it for yourself, by the spirit of Christ and through His word, in the scriptures. Just read the "new testament" carefully and know also that it was written by men, whose roots were in the old testament, (the only scripture they had at the time), who believed correctly that God was to be feared, for that fear was "the beginning of wisdom" and that the law was to be obeyed for it is good, even as misunderstood Paul says in his letter to Timothy and the book of Romans, often used by liars, to say that it has been done away with. "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness ...." not understanding that the word "end" correctly understood in old English and supported by the Greek, means GOAL of the LAW. Jesus came to write this very law on our hearts, so we could have HIs righteousness. How was he our perfect sacrifice? He kept that law, including the Sabbath that was made for man and that He is Lord of.
The new testament did not make the law bad or do away with it. Jesus did not say this. Paul did not say this. John did not say this, Peter did not say this and Jesus did not say this. In fact he clearly stated, that he had not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it. I am sure he knew that the wolves would come soon after and try to say that he had come to do away with the law. But how will you know, if you simply listen to teachers, when the scripture clearly tells you to call no man teacher, because you have one teacher. No do not go around saying that I say all teachers are bad either. I never said that. I quoted scripture saying: They have gone out from us, but they were not of us. They are called FALSE TEACHERS in scripture. It is for you and I to discern who they are, by the spirit of truth within us and by our study of the holy scriptures.
Please listen to the related song
20th Century Foxed by Raven Rain
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20th Century Foxed
© Gerald Sharp 1985 Raven Rain (Album Lift Your Head Up) (Gerald Sharp and Tony Drake produced by Kevin "Cavemen" Shirley 1986)
The girls danced and sang to the rhythm of the flickering fire And the tom toms seemed to beat within their breasts While the moon rose and fell in the making of warrior Who would fight like a lion in the midst
And as I waited in the isle For after all it was just a show A tear came to my eyes As I heard them cheer goodbye to the "yester-world"
Now the earth She gave a cry as the took her for the millionth time Took and raped her and left her naked in their greed While the sea he rock and rolled to the river Which opened up her mouth for a dead fish Sick of oil in the sea
And I sailed the British Isles With a man in a magazine A tear came to my eye As I saw the clouded sky of the western world
A child she cursed the Christ And she said he was liar Sin had caught her for a sucker so to speak While her Lord he cut the chord of kitten with a curdling cry And the blood ran from his hands to his feet And as her cloathes fell to the floot In the guts of the blackest mass A tear came to my eyes As I heard her say goodbye To the afterworld Heard her say hello to the Father of lies The daughter of disease The devil in disguise
Electric guitar Jethro Buto Keyboards - Tony Drake Drums - Herman Eugster Acoustic lead and vocals Gerald Sharp