Troubled, Deceived & Offended Saints: The True Dangers of the Last Days

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded by the apostle Matthew. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first twenty-three verses of the twenty-fourth chapter. When you come to this particular passage of scripture you will find the words of Jesus transitioning from speaking directly to and concerning the scribes and Pharisees to now speaking concerning the end times and Last Days. The twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew presents us with the words of Jesus unto the great multitudes of people, as well as His disciples concerning the scribes and Pharisees. In all reality, that which we find in the twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew is a powerful indictment toward and against region and the religious spirit—a spirit which also includes hypocrisy and legalism. As you read the twenty-third chapter of the gospel of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded by the apostle Matthew you will quickly be confronted with the fact that Jesus’ strongest warnings and indictments were directed toward the scribes and the Pharisees and their presence among the children of Israel in the land of Judaea as well as within the city of Jerusalem. The twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew is a clear and concise warning concerning the Pharisees and concerning their hypocrisy which demands that men do as they say, while they themselves do not heed their own words and commit themselves to a life of obedience. In order to truly and properly understand that which is found in the twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew it is necessary that we first pay attention to and understand the words which Jesus spoke when delivering His famous Sermon on the Mount concerning the scribes and the Pharisees. If you turn and direct your attention back to the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew you will find Jesus warning the multitude of people who gathered before Him that unless their righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees they will in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Even before we find a single interaction with and altercation between the Pharisees and Himself, we find Jesus warning the crowds that their righteousness needed to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, or they would be unable to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I strongly believe that if we are to truly understand the context surround that which is found in the twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand it direct connection with the words which Jesus spoke in His Sermon on the Mount concerning the righteousness of those who would wish to follow Him needing to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. What’s more, is that I am also convinced that in order to understand that which is found in the twenty-third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew we must also pay close attention to Jesus words when He warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, thus speaking directly of their teaching which they insisted men and women obey without equivocation and without and delay or argument. In all reality, I can’t help but find it absolutely and incredibly interesting that Jesus prefaces His words and teaching concerning the Last Days with a powerful indictment toward and against the hypocrisy of the scribes and the Pharisees. Of course when you read the twenty-fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew you will find that Jesus’ words concerning the end times and the Last Days was in direct response to the disciples bringing Him to the Temple and showing Him all the stones and buildings of the Temple. Jesus responded to their excitement over the buildings of the temple by emphatically declaring unto them that there would not be one stone they would be left upon another, and that all would be thrown down. Upon hearing these words of Jesus the disciples asked Him when these events would take place and what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. It was this question which the disciples asked Jesus which set in motion His words which were delivered concerning the end times and the Last Days. Jesus—upon hearing their question concerning the sign of His coming and the Last Days—resounded by emphatically declaring unto them that no man knows the day or the hour when He would return. Furthermore, Jesus would go on to declare that not even He knew the day and the hour when He would return.

One of the things that sticks out to me when I read the words of the disciples found within this particular chapter is that there has always been this intrigue and mystery surrounding the imminent return and coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ. There has always been a strong interest in those who are curious and interested in knowing and understanding when Jesus is going to come back. Ever since the disciples asked Jesus what the sign of His coming would be and when the end of time would take place men has been inquiring and looking into such a reality. In fact, there have been multiple books which have been written by various authors who have speculated concerning the sign of the coming of the messiah and concerning the last days and the end of time. What’s more, is there appears to be this complete and utter fascination with the last days and the end of time, as countless scholars and authors have desperately sought to understand and wrap their minds around His return. There have been countless books that have been written which have even attempted to predict the year in which Jesus would return. I have to admit that I myself have a strong fascination with the end of time and the last days and have spent a considerable amount of time reading and studying the signs of the times, and the signs which point to the end of time and the last days. I have read countless books which have been written concerning the end of time, and have even spent a considerable amount of time in the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in order to understand or at least get a better understanding concerning the last days. In all reality, it can be somewhat difficult to not get caught up in the reality and concept of the last days and to wonder when Jesus Christ will return for His bride and will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to execute judgment and justice upon the wickedness and nations present within and upon the earth. Countless men and women aren’t asking the question if Jesus is going to return, but rather when He is going to return. There are a number of men and women who are curious as to when the tribulation can and will take place, and even when the rapture will take place—before the tribulation, during the tribulation or after the tribulation. For the longest time there have been men and women who have had a complete and utter fascination with the end times and the Last Days, and have devoted countless hours to studying the Scriptures in hoe that they might find some glimpse of truth that will help them further recognize and understand that which is going to take place. Perhaps the most interesting and intriguing reality that is found in the words which Jesus spoke is that He is in fact coming back and there is absolutely no denying or mistaking that reality at all. What began as the disciples showing Jesus the buildings of the temple would ultimately lead to a question posed by the disciples concerning when the events of the last days will take place and what the signs of His coming shall in fact be.

I must admit that I have always and long been fascinated with and by the words which are found in the twenty-fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, for within it—not only do we find signs of the end times and the Last Days, but we also find specific and powerful words of warning and words of caution spoken by Jesus the Christ. In fact, if you begin reading Jesus’ response to the disciples you will find that the very first word of caution and warning He gave to the disciples was concerning their own heart and mind and its ability to be deceived. I find it to be absolutely tremendous that before Jesus even begins speaking concerning the Last Days, He first opens up His teaching with and unto the disciples by warning them against deception. If you begin reading with and from the fourth verse of this particular chapter you will find Jesus warning the disciples that they should take heed that no man deceive them, thus presenting them with the awesome and tremendous need to guard their hearts, as well as their minds. I can’t help but find this to be absolutely intriguing, for the first thing Jesus appears to connect the Last Days and the end times with is deception. Before ever speaking a single word concerning the Last Days, Jesus first brings the disciples face to face with the tremendous reality that one of the sure fire signs concerning the Last Days is in fact the ability to be deceived if one is not careful in guarding their ears, their hearts and their minds. In fact, I can’t help but be reminded of the words which men like the apostle Paul, the apostle Peter, and even Jude wrote in the New Testament concerning the last days. The apostle Paul had a great deal to say concerning the last days—not only in his first epistle written unto the Corinthians, but also in his epistle written unto the Thessalonians, and both epistles which were written unto his spiritual son in the faith, Timothy. Even the apostle Peter—in his second epistle found within the New Testament—had a lot to say concerning the last days and the end times, as well as Jude. What’s more, is that I am convinced that before we can truly gain a proper understanding concerning the Last Days it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we start and begin with the wonderful and powerful warning against deception. I would like to call and bring your attention to the words which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Thessalonians, as well as unto Timothy. I would also like to bring your attention to the words which the apostle Peter wrote in his second epistle unto those who were scattered, as well as that which Jude wrote in his epistle which is found in the New Testament. Consider if you will the various words which these authors wrote concerning the last days and the tremendous need to guard ourselves against deception:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, more by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who oppose the and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the LORd shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, where unto thou hast attained. But refused profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:1-8).

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Joanne’s and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was” (2 Timothy 3:1-9).

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who prickly shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an end ample unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knowth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: but chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Sports they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but was rebuked for his iniquity: the dum ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, thy themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her walling in the mire” (2 Peter 2:1-22).

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like manner giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise alto these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Ye Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know natural, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out of their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comets with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convinced all that ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmured, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 3-19).

Now there might be some who read the words contained within this writing and might wonder why I would chose to include so much additional Scripture when writing and speaking concerning that which Jesus spoke unto His disciples regarding the Last Days and the end times. The truth of the matter is that I am completely and utterly convinced that when we think about, when we speak about, and even when we study the Last Days and the end times, it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand the tremendous need to guard ourselves from and against deception. In fact, I would dare say that there are a number of men and women who in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding concerning the last Days and the end times have opened themselves up to deception through false teaching and false doctrine. What’s more, is that we must recognize and understand that the Last Days can and will be characterized by a strong and powerful delusion and deception can and will be one of the enemy’s greatest tactics and strategies. It is absolutely necessary that we come to terms with the fact that when we speak of the last days, we understand and recognize the fact that one of the enemy’s greatest tactics and strategies can and will be deception as he will attempt to deceive men and women through false teaching, through false doctrine, and through all manner of lying and evil speech. In fact, the apostle Paul was concerned with the Corinthian and Galatian congregations because there were those who would creep in unawares, and would attempt to entice and lure men and women away through false teaching and false doctrine. Even when saying his final farewell and goodbye to the Ephesians elders the apostle Paul warned that after his departure savage wolves would come in who would not spare the flock, and who would introduce false teachings and false doctrines in order that they might lead men and women astray. When we think about and when we consider the last days, it is necessary that we recognize that deception is, has been and will be at the forefront of the last days, for the last days will be unlike any other time in the history of mankind. As much as the serpent beguiled Eve in the garden of Eden and enticed her to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the serpent will again in the last days seek to take this act of deception to the next level, as he seeks to utterly and completely destroy men and women through false doctrines, through false teachings, and even through false brethren, false apostles, false teachers, and false prophets. One of the things that is so interesting and unique when reading the words which Jesus spoke in this passage of Scripture is that he warned concerning false Christs who would rise up in the midst of the last days and would deceive many. In fact, not once, but twice within this particular passage of Scripture we find Jesus warning concerning these false Christs and those who claimed to come in His name, and would deceive many. Consider if you will Jesus’ words of warning concerning such individuals who would rise up in the midst of the last days and the end times in order that they might deceive many:

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginnings of sorrows” (Matthew 24:4-8).

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:9-13).

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comets out of the east, and shine the even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For where so ever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together” (Matthew 24:24-28).

As you read the words which Jesus spoke unto the disciples within this particular passage of Scripture you will quickly be confronted with three distinct warnings which the disciples themselves were given concerning the last days. What would begin as a warning against deception, would then continue to Jesus warning against being troubled when looking around at the events which are unfolding before our eyes in the world, and allowing our heart to be taken away in fear, sin terror, in anguish, and in dread. What’s more, is that you will also find Jesus going on to warn His disciples against one of the devil’s greatest tools and one of the greatest weapons in his arsenal—that which he has used to destroy countless men and women. When you read the words which Jesus the Christ spoke in this passage, you will find Him going on to speak concerning persecution and affliction, and how men and women can and will be betrayed by others, and will in some cases even be handed over to death. With that being said, it is possible for such men and women to find themselves bitter, angry, and ultimately offended. We must pay close and careful attention to the words which are found within this passage, for as surely as there would be some who would choose to focus on the events surrounding the end times, and the signs of the coming of Jesus Christ, I am convinced that there is something all the more crucial, and something all the more necessary within the hearts and lives of men and women. The more I read the words which Jesus the Christ spoke unto His disciples within this particular passage of Scripture, the more I can’t help but get the strong sense within my heart that when we speak concerning the Last Days, and when we speak concerning the end times, the greatest need is to guard our hearts and our souls—not only from deception, but also from offense and from being troubled. TROUBLED, OFFENDED & DECEIVED SAINTS! I am completely and utterly convinced that in the last days, the ancient serpent in the garden can and will seek to utterly and completely destroy men and women—first through deception, as he will attempt to lure and entice them away through false teaching, false doctrine, and through false teachers, false apostles, and false prophets. What Jesus introduces in this passage, however, is something completely different from anything which would be mentioned by the New Testament authors, for within this passage we find Jesus speaking and warning concerning false Christs, and those who would make the profession and declaration that they are Christ. Such men and women would and could lead men and women astray, and Jesus strongly warned against such manifestations within the Last days and the end times.

I have studied the words which Jesus spoke unto His disciples on this particular occasion last year when I spent a year with the epistles and the New Testament authors, and at one point I became strongly curious concerning the words which Jesus spoke unto His disciples concerning those who would emphatically declare they are Christ, and the presence of false Christs which would rise up in the last days. I began to wonder and get the sense that it might very well be possible that men and women might not rise up and emphatically declare and profess themselves to be Jesus Christ in the flesh, but might profess themselves to be “Christ,” or to be “in Christ,” or to be “Christians.” When I read Jesus’ words concerning false Christs rising up, and those who would profess that they are Christ, I can’t help but get the strong sense that there will be men and women who will rise up in the last days and will make the profession that they are of Christ, and that they are in fact “Christians,” and yet their profession is completely and utterly shallow. What’s more, is that if you read the New Testament epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Galatian saints, you will find him writing concerning false brethren who would rise up among us and would wreak havoc among us within the church. The apostle Paul was worried about the Galatian congregation, for the apostle Paul recognized and knew that there were those who would rise up among them professing themselves to be true believers, and true disciples of Jesus Christ, and yet were nothing more than imposters and fraudsters. The apostle Paul was worried about the churches knowing that not only would there be false teachers, false prophets, and false apostles who would seek to infiltrate them, but also false brethren—men and women who would profess themselves to be “in Christ,” and “of Christ,” and even that they are Christians, and yet such men and women couldn’t be the furthest thing from that reality Jesus Christ warned His disciples concerning the last days to guard against deception, and one of the greatest sources of deception will be those who profess themselves to be Christ, and those who profess themselves to be of Christ and in Christ. The apostle Paul concerning those who are “in Christ being a new creation” and “old things have passed away, and behold all things have become new,” and there will be such men and women who will rise up among us in our midst who will profess themselves to be “in and of Christ,” and as a direct result of their profession, will deceive countless men and women. Oh, I can’t help but be reminded of the words which Jesus spoke in His famous Sermon on the Mount concerning all those who would come unto Him calling Him “Lord, Lord,” and those who would make certain boosts concerning their great works which were performed within the earth. Consider if you will the words which Jesus spoke unto the great multitude of people which the apostle Matthew recorded for us, and which is found in the seventh chapter of the gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringers forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringers forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringers not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that smith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that forth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:15-23).

The words which we find Jesus speaking in the Sermon on the Mount are words that must be carefully considered in light of that which He spoke unto His disciples in the twenty-fourth chapter, for in His Sermon on the Mount He warned that there would be those who would call Him Lord, Lord, and would even profess that they prophesied in His name, that they cast out devils in His name, and in His name did many mighty works, and yet He will turn to them and declare unto them that He never knew them. This is absolutely remarkable and astounding—particularly and especially when you consider the words which Jesus spoke unto His disciples concerning the Last Days, and concerning those who would rise up professing themselves to be Christ, as well as Jesus’ words concerning many false Christs which would rise up in the Last Days and would deceive many. I am convinced that when we speak about the Last Days, and when we speak about the end times—as much as we would love to get caught up in the events of the Last Days, and as much as we would love to get caught up in the signs of the times, we must recognize and understand that the greatest reality concerning the Last Days is our need to guard our hearts and minds from and against deception, as well as to guard our hearts and our minds from being troubled, and even from being offended. Deception and persecution will be two of the greatest tools in the arsenal of the enemy in the last days, and as much as we might want to spend a considerable amount of time studying the various signs and events of the last days, we must recognize and understand that the greatest need is internal and focuses on our heart, our mind and our soul. If we aren’t careful—even in our pursuit of understanding the end times and the last days—we can find ourselves being deceived by false Christ, deceive by false prophets, and even growing offended as a direct result of persecution, betrayal and the like. What’s more, is that if we aren’t careful, we might even find our hearts and our souls being troubled by the events which we see take place all around us, and might find ourselves growing fearful, worried, doubtful, and even anxious because of everything that is taking place around us. Oh that we would devote ourselves to guarding against deception, as well as offense, and being troubled and anxious because of the events which take place before and around us during the last days, and that we would commit ourselves to enduring unto the end. Remember, it was Jesus who declared that he who endures unto the end—it is he and/or she who will be saved. The question you and I must ask ourselves is whether or not we will be those who are saved because we have the necessary endurance in the last days.

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