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Lesson 1: March 28-April 3

‘Take heed that no man deceive you’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.’ Matthew 24:11.

STUDY HELP:  Testimonies, volume 2, page 105.

LESSON SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:4-11, 24.

LESSON AIM: To study Christ’s warnings about the dangers of deception.

 

Introduction

 

‘In these last days, when iniquity shall abound, and the love of many shall wax cold, God will have a people to glorify His name, and stand as reprovers of unrighteousness. They are to be a "peculiar people," who will be true to the law of God, when the world shall seek to make void its precepts; and when the converting power of God works through His servants, the hosts of darkness will array themselves in bitter and determined opposition. Satan will work with "all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." He will employ every device of deception to seduce the souls of men.’ Our High Calling, page 347.

 

‘And shall deceive many’

 

1. What warning did Christ give concerning the nearness of His coming and the end of the world? Matthew 24:4. 

NOTE: ‘Prior to and at the first advent of Christ, religious teachers set forth strange ideas that were so mingled with portions of truth that they were full of deceptive power, and led souls away from God, although they still preserved the appearance of being His true worshipers. We find a similar condition of society in these last days, and those who depart from the faith, mingle with their belief diversities of human opinion. The Bible is brought into criticism. Is it because the Scriptures are inconsistent and contradictory that ministers differ so widely in their interpretation? No, the trouble is that men are doing today as they did in the time of Christ, and are teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Religious teachers are in the same condition as were the Pharisees of whom He said, “Ye are both ignorant of the Scriptures and of the power of God” (see Matthew 22:29). The very men to whom these words were spoken were presumed to teach and interpret the Scriptures to the people.’ This Day With God, page 164.

 

2. What was the first sign that Jesus gave of the nearness of His coming and the end of the world? Matthew 24:5.

NOTE: ‘These deceivers will come, and, while claiming to be doing a special work for God, while professing to have advanced piety, to be sanctified, to see visions, and to have dreams, they will be doing the work of the enemy, and be found breaking the commandments of God. We should be on our guard, and bring these pretenders to the test; "to the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Shall we take heed to the solemn warnings of Christ, of Paul, and of John upon this point, and not be deceived by the subtle devices of the enemy, for Christ has said that the signs and wonders wrought by these deceivers will be so great that if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect.’ Signs of the Times, July 4, 1895.

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