Let No Man Deceive You

Friday, September 16, 2022

Who do you believe, man or Jesus Christ? Who are you trusting for the truths concerning the end-time gospel, man or God’s Christ? Here’s why this is so critically important; Christ warned that we must “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:4 KJV). Jesus said this because He knew certain men would deceive men, but Christ will deliver from deception if one turns to Him in true faith and puts away unfaithful men who make “the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (Mark 7:13). If you listen to a preacher or teacher who will not boldly teach you that Christ gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), nor teaches end-time truths that prepare and equip you to endure to the end as Jesus taught, you need to mark that unfaithful man and stop listening to him!

Dear reader, you need to understand that time to believe Christ and time to prepare in His truths is running out. Understand the severity of this issue and its eternal consequences. It’s like Noah’s Ark, its door was invitingly open for many years, but suddenly the time came when God shut the door! Time to believe and prepare had run out! And it was the Lord Jesus who said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37). Whom do you believe—man and his tradition which teaches the lie that Christ will gather His elect before the tribulation even begins, or the Son of God? Satan is thrilled that false pastors and teachers have convinced tens of millions of believers that they have nothing to prepare for, for according to their tradition God allegedly whisks them off the earth in a pre-trib rapture, but that’s a lie!

False preachers/teachers don’t have the spiritual integrity or backbone to take up the cross of our Lord Jesus and defend His Word. They prefer the easy and broad road, the humanistic and flesh-satisfying road of no Tribulation. They completely dismiss the Words of God’s Son because the traditions of men tell them to. Listen, dear reader, you can’t be deceived unless you let yourself be deceived. No one forces you to listen to false preachers/teachers. But you can’t know a false teacher if you don’t know God’s Word. That’s a choice you make by yourself. You have man’s tradition and God’s Word. You can read and understand both in a way that allows you to make an informed decision. The problem is, millions of believers have been utterly deceived by an elite ruling class of religious scholars who have spent their lives making vast sums of money writing books, making CDs, video tapes and movies to persuade believers as to why believers need to trust their conjecture and assumptions about the rapture, rather than believing Christ! Additionally, many pastors today, though they believe Christ gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” as Christ taught, are afraid of preaching that truth because they, 1) fear losing their credentials [which translates to their income], and 2) they fear a mass exodus.

Listen, God warned, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). And I can promise you by the authority of God’s Son that, the pre-trib rapture is the way of deceit and death because it’s all based in a massive lie that altogether undermines the testimony of Jesus Christ through conjecture and assumption. There’s nothing more gratifying to Satan than being able to destroy the testimony of God’s Son who soundly defeated Satan at the cross of Calvary and rose triumphant from the grave having defeated sin and death. The deceit and lure of the pre-trib rapture is massive, it tickles the ears and enables one to discard much of the end-time Scriptures including The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Theologians love the attention and praise of man as they preach their pre-trib rapture narrative while avoiding the testimony of Jesus Christ like a plague. But again, if you don’t personally know God’s Word, you will never know that they hide Jesus’ truths! Therein lies their deceit. In the organized church, leadership’s traditions mandate the pre-trib rapture be taught, while silencing the testimony of Jesus Christ!

Again, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:4 KJV), because man will! That’s something only you can do! Dictionary.com says of deceive: “to mislead or falsely persuade others”, having “an engaging manner that easily deceives”. Deceivers lure the unsuspecting by their lofty credentials, smooth articulation, and blinding departures from the testimony of Christ, as their subjects sit mesmerized under their “engaging manner” that deceives. Listen, certain men not guarded by the truth have no qualm whatsoever in departing from the testimony of Christ if it means drawing people to themselves, to gain them a following, to elevate their names in revered religious circles. Their pre-trib rapture teaches an early resurrection, one not found anywhere in Scripture, and that dear reader, is guilt of adding to the Word of God! In this regard I direct your attention to the Holy Spirit’s deadly warning at Rev. 22:18–19; please hear what the Spirit says.

Regarding an early resurrection, two men in the early church taught an early resurrection, and destroyed the faith of some. In response the Spirit of God said,” Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, [assumptions and conjecture] for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:15–18). False teachings of an early resurrection literally overthrew the faith of some. And when the modern-day pre-trib rapture promise doesn’t occur, and it won’t, many will likewise, in offense, Matt. 24:10, have their faith entirely overthrown!

Certain men, minded more after protecting traditions than Jesus’ end-time teachings, provide falsely crafted reasons as to why Christ’s end-time testimony doesn’t apply to post-Calvary believers. How convenient. For example: they readily confess Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5, 6, and 7; trumpet His divinity, healings, raising the dead, salvation, baptisms, wisdom, truth, the Holy Spirit, and teachings on every segment of life. But let the conversation turn to the end-times and gathering of His elect, those same men silence Jesus’ testimony on the guise that “Jesus wasn’t speaking to His would-be church”! That is their malevolent argument for denying Christ’s teaching that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). And that, dear reader, is a treacherous and wicked deception that makes believers unequipped to face the coming storms of the seven-year tribulation Jesus taught. I hope you see and understand that such a farce is Satan’s plan and attack against the testimony of Christ and all His believers.

Understand that there’s a deceiver about to enter the world stage that will deceive with fantastic deceptions. God calls him “the man of sin…the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3–4). Upon last week’s death of Queen Elizabeth II, and ascension of King Charles III to the throne, the world entered a new era, one of even more unrestrained evils being foisted on the world. You need to know that King Charles III is the epitome of a globalist and is in league with Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum. Here’s a short eleven-minute Youtube that will help you understand this new UK king more fully. And from Yahoo.com “55 Things You Need to Know About King Charles III”. By sharing this about King Charles III, I am not saying that he is the biblical “man of sin…[and] son of perdition”. However, I do believe that because of his elite globalist status, his influence, power and affinity with the Vatican, that he could fulfill the role of the false prophet, and that from the Vatican will come the Antichrist.

How you truly love the Lord Jesus Christ and are versed in His Word will determine how you respond to the coming deceptions of Antichrist. Time is running out. If you are clinging to the fruitless false hope of a pre-trib rapture, you’re a prime target to be taken captive by yet more deceptions. If you’ve forsaken the fallacy of the pre-trib rapture and hold the whole gospel of Jesus Christ, are studied to show yourself approved in the truths that Christ gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), you will be equipped to recognize and reject the deceptions of Antichrist while holding to the truths and testimony of Jesus Christ.

Christ does not gather His elect before the tribulation, but “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), just as Jesus Christ taught, “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44); at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), at the seventh trumpet, when “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15–18), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thess. 4:16); because “He [Christ] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). And if you know the Scriptures, you know that God does not restore everything until immediately after the tribulation. The first verse of today’s Letter is imperative: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:4 KJV), because man and his traditions will indeed deceive you! Truth is in Jesus Christ, John 14:6.

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

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