“See that you not be deceived.”

Continuing on in Luke (21:5-11) Jesus responds to comments made by passers-by about the beauty of the temple by predicting its complete and utter destruction.  When asked when this will happen and what sign will be given, Jesus begins with the line above and then tells His listeners that they should not follow those claiming to come in His name.  Further, wars and insurrections do not mark the end either.  Earthquakes, famines, plagues, and signs in the sky apparently will signal the end.  How easy it is to be deceived!  The slick televangelist, the “prosperity gospel” proponent, one holding the banner of “spiritual not religious,” the “comfort” of knowing that “everyone gets to heaven,” the dynamic world leader.  Jesus warns His listeners, many of whom will undergo persecution and even death for Him, to not fall into following such false gospels.  The same warning applies to all ages until Jesus’ actual return.  What does not comport to the teaching of the Eternal Word, Jesus, as safeguarded by the church He established must be set aside.  Additionally, the fascination with the end times — so prevalent in recent years — need find no place with us: “But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone […;] be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come” (Mt 24:36, 44).  What we do know is that our end will come and we should be prepared at any moment to give an accounting to the Lord.  Be not deceived!

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