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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Tail of the Dragon, #19
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:34-36)
Deception in the Last Days
From the context of the above passage we know the Lord Jesus is not suggesting that we will be able to escape physical suffering. Rather, He is warning us that we must pray so God will judge us worthy of escaping being slain spiritually by the deceptions of Antichrist and keep us secure in His Presence.
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. (Luke 21:12)
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. (Luke 21:16)
The two verses above are in the context of Luke 21:36. Do they sound to you as though the saints will not suffer?
Or is it just the saints of the last days who will not suffer?
It is true, rather, that it is the saints of the last days who will be attacked by Antichrist, according to the Scriptures!
As for the current doctrine that it is the Jews who will suffer and not the Gentiles, this is so unscriptural, so obviously anti-Semitic, so impossible of fulfillment (how is one able to divide between pure Jews and pure Gentiles?), so contrary to all the Apostle Paul taught about the one new Man in Christ, that we do not consider this viewpoint worthy of further discussion.
There is no man alive on the earth who is able, by means of his understanding of the Bible, to keep himself from being deceived. Only God is able to keep us in the truth, to keep us free from deception. We ought always to pray that God will lead us not into temptation but will deliver us from the evil one. Only as God finds us worthy of the truth does He send His Holy Spirit to us and prevent us from being deceived by that fallen cherub, Satan.
Satan has no power over a Christian unless the Christian yields to the temptations and deceptions advanced by Satan. We must pray continually in the present hour to escape being deceived by the world, by Satan, and by our self-will and self-love.
The believer who is careless in his seeking of the Lord, who is not laying down his life and carrying his cross behind Jesus, surely will be deceived. He will succumb to the spiritual darkness that is increasing every day.
To be continued.