MONDAY 11th Feb., 2019
THEME: BE WARNED
PASSAGE: Matt. 24:4-24
4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8. All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9. 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. 10. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18. Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24. 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.
In these days that we are, many false prophets deceiving many have multiplied (II Tim. 3:13). Some of the time you even wonder how they were able to gain the confidence of their adherents that heed their instructions and false prophecies!
The following are some weird news of some practices of these so-called false prophets around the world: A South African pastor, Lesego Daniel, ordered his members to go out into the field outside to eat grass so as to be closer to God. Surprisingly, the members ran outside eating as much grass they could. A pastor named Raphael Obi, popularly called “Jehovah Sharp, Sharp” was interrogated by detectives at the Area M Command, Idimu, Lagos, for sucking women’s breasts. In his defense, he explained that he sucked their breasts to deliver them from killer diseases, including cancer. Another pastor’s act went viral on the internet for striping his female members and kissing them at the back side proving that it will make them get the right husbands.
The most shocking thing is that many are still deceived by these so-called false prophets by giving heed to their evil and unbiblical practices. The truth is that these false prophets engage the use of diabolical powers to hypnotize their victims.
Jesus said, “…you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8:32). When you are truly converted by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and make room for proper study of God’s Word, you are secured from errors coming from the pit of hell. Do not allow false prophets and teachers to seduce you or turn you to the paths of hell. Free yourself by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour today. Programme yourself into rich bible studies both in the church and at home.
HYMN: EMHB 491
1: CHRISTIAN, seek not yet repose;
Cast thy dreams of ease away;
Thou art in the midst of foes:
Watch and pray!
2: Principalities and powers,
Mustering their unseen array,
Wait for thy unguarded hours:
Watch and pray!
3: Gird thy heavenly armour on,
Wear it ever, night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one:
Watch and pray
4: Hear the victors who o’ercame;
Still they mark each warrior’s way;
All with one sweet voice exclaim:
“Watch and pray!“
5: Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,
Him thou lovest to obey;
Hide within thy heart his word:
“Watch and pray!“
6: Watch, as if on that alone
Hung the issue of the day;
Pray that help may be sent down:
Watch and pray!
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Open my spiritual eyes O Lord, that I may be able to distinguish lies and falsehood from the truth, thereby saving me from all the deceit of false prophets and false teacher in Jesus’ name. Amen.