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.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
The Signs of the Times
"Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have
heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;
whereby we know that it is the last time." Jesus has left us a warning
upon this very point. He said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
"For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before." John continues,
"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been
of us, they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, that
they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."
The Signs of the Times
We are living in the most solemn period of the world's
history. The coming of the Lord is at the doors, and the perils of the
last days are all around us. Said Jesus, speaking of this very time, "There
shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs
and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the
very elect." And if we are wise we shall give earnest heed to this
warning, and try every man's words by the great standard of truth. Our
lives must be brought into harmony with the law of God, if we would be
truly sanctified. This law is to govern all intelligences in Heaven
and upon earth. And when we can say from the heart, as did our divine Lord,
"I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart,"
then we are sanctified through the truth. We have the mind that was in
Christ, and by faith we have drawn vital force from the source of infinite
power and purity.
A Call to the Watchmen
But his supreme effort is to ensnare and deceive church
members who have had long experience, and ministers of the gospel of Christ.
With all their ingenuity, Satan and the armies under him are working
with their superior knowledge to deceive, if possible, the very elect.
By self-exaltation we become weak, and invite the temptations of the enemy.
Our safety is to practice heartily the truths of the Bible. By humbling
ourselves before God we invite His saving power.
Establishing and Holding New Converts
Those who follow their own mind and walk in their own
way will form crooked characters. Vain doctrines and subtle sentiments
will be introduced with plausible presentations, to deceive, if possible,
the very elect.
Are church members building upon the Rock? The storm
is coming, the storm that will try every man's faith, of what sort it is.
Believers must now be firmly rooted in Christ, or else they will be led
astray by some phase of error. Let your faith be substantiated by the
Word of God. Grasp firmly the living testimony of truth. Have faith in
Christ as a personal Saviour. He has been and ever will be our Rock of
Ages. The testimony of the Spirit of God is true. Change not your faith
for any phase of doctrine, however pleasing it may appear, that will seduce
Establishing and Holding New Converts
Errors Attractively Taught. --Spurious doctrines,
spurious piety, spurious faith, much that is fair in appearance, abound
all around us.
Teachers will come clothed as angels of light; and if
possible, they will deceive the very elect. The youth need to learn
all they can of the truth if they would not be deceived by the tissue of
falsehood that Satan will invent. They need to live in the sunlight of
They need to be rooted and grounded in the truth,
that they may impart to others the light they receive.--The Youth's
Instructor, April 22, 1897.
Ellen White Clearly Draws the Lines
Faith and Works
Satan has come down in these last days to work with
all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. His satanic
majesty works miracles in the sight of false prophets, in the sight of
men, claiming that he is indeed Christ Himself. Satan gives his power
to those who are aiding him in his deceptions; therefore those who claim
to have the great power of God can only be discerned by the great detector,
the law of Jehovah. The Lord tells us if it were possible they would deceive
the very elect. The sheep's clothing seems so real, so genuine, that
the wolf can be discerned only as we go to God's great moral standard
and there find that they are transgressors of the law of Jehovah.
The Great Controversy
And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit
the manner of Christ's advent. The Saviour has warned His people against
deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second
coming. "There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall
show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect. . . . 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 cometh out of the east,
and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of
man be." Matthew
24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation
Thessalonians 4:16, 17. This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting.
It will be universally known--witnessed by the whole world.
Truth Our Safeguard
In Heavenly Places
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ,
or there; believe it not. 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. Matt.
Source: EGW Website