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    Saturday, 23 September 2017

    DCLM Daily Manna 23 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi - End Time Deceivers

    DCLM Daily Manna 23 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi

    TOPIC - End Time Deceivers


    Text: Mark 13:1-13

    Key Verse:
    Mark 13:5Amplified Bible (AMP)
    Jesus began to say to them, “Be careful and see to it that no one misleads you.

    DCLM Daily Manna 2017

    On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the "Jonestown Massacre," more than 900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide-murder, under the direction of their leader Jim Jones (1931-78). In the 1970s, following negative media attention, the preacher moved with some 1,000 of his followers to the Guyanese jungle, where he promised they would establish a utopian community. On November 18, 1978, while armed guards stood by, Jones ordered his followers to ingest poison-laced punch.

    Christ was asked questions in our text concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, the signs of His Second Coming and of the end of the age. In reply, He warned about false prophets coming in His name to deceive many as a sign of His second advent. Wars and rumors of wars will characterize the period with earthquakes happening in quick successions in divers places.

    The persecution and killings of believers will then increase as the world demonstrates more hatred towards Christ’s followers just before He returns. He spoke about the gospel message reaching all nations before the end of the age comes.

    False prophets have been existing right from Bible days. They teach destructive heresies. Scripture tells us that false teachers introduce or bring in damnable heresies deceptively, quietly and secretly. False teachers are very active in every part of the world today and have penetrated the Christendom. These are the very last days indeed. And the signs are pointing to the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Believers must rise to preach the pure gospel truth to counter the error being peddled by false prophets.

    Thought for the day: False teaching is the poison of the soul.


    DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


    Bible Reading in one Year: Hebrews 1-4

     Hebrews 1-4Amplified Bible (AMP)
    God’s Final Word in His Son

    1 God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, 2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum]. 3 The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s [a]Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority], 4 having become as much superior to angels, since He has inherited a more excellent and glorious [b]name than they [that is, Son—the name above all names].

    5 For to which of the angels did the Father ever say,

    “You are My Son,
    Today I have begotten (fathered) You [established You as a Son, with kingly dignity]”?

    And again [did He ever say to the angels],

    “I shall be a Father to Him
    And He shall be a Son to Me”?

    6 [c]And when He again brings the firstborn [highest-ranking Son] into the world, He says,

    “And all the angels of God are to worship Him.”

    7 And concerning the angels He says,

    “Who makes His angels winds,
    And His ministering servants flames of fire [to do His bidding].”

    8 But about the Son [the Father says to Him],

    “Your throne, [d]O God, is forever and ever,
    And the [e]scepter of [absolute] righteousness is the scepter of [f]His kingdom.
    9

    “You have loved righteousness [integrity, virtue, uprightness in purpose] and have hated lawlessness [injustice, sin].
    Therefore God, Your God, Has anointed You
    With the oil of gladness above Your companions.”

    10 And,

    “[g]You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
    And the heavens are the works of Your hands;
    11

    They will perish, but You remain [forever and ever];
    And they will all wear out like a garment,
    12

    And like a robe You will roll them up;
    Like a garment they will be changed.
    But [h]You are the same [forever],
    And Your years will never end.”

    13 But to which of the angels has the Father ever said,

    “Sit at My right hand [together with me in royal dignity],
    Until I make your enemies
    A footstool for your feet [in triumphant conquest]”?

    14 Are not all the angels ministering spirits sent out [by God] to serve (accompany, protect) those who will inherit salvation? [Of course they are!]
    Give Heed

    2 [i]For this reason [that is, because of God’s final revelation in His Son Jesus and because of Jesus’ superiority to the angels] we must pay much closer attention than ever to the things that we have heard, so that we do not [in any way] drift away from truth. 2 For if the message given [j]through angels [the Law given to Moses] was authentic and unalterable, and every violation and disobedient act received an appropriate penalty, 3 how will we escape [the penalty] if we ignore such a great salvation [the gospel, the new covenant]? For it was spoken at first by the Lord, and it was confirmed to us and proved authentic by those who personally heard [Him speak], 4 [and besides this evidence] God also testifying with them [confirming the message of salvation], both by signs and wonders and by various miracles [carried out by Jesus and the apostles] and by [granting to believers the] gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
    Earth Subject to Man

    5 It was not to angels that God subjected the [inhabited] world of the future [when Christ reigns], about which we are speaking. 6 But one has [solemnly] testified somewhere [in Scripture], saying,

    “What is man, that You are mindful of him,
    Or the son of man, that You graciously care for him?
    7

    “You have made him for a little while lower [in status] than the angels;
    You have crowned him with glory and honor,
    [k]And set him over the works of Your hands;
    8

    You have put all things in subjection under his feet [confirming his supremacy].”

    Now in putting all things in subjection to man, He left nothing outside his control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him.
    Jesus Briefly Humbled

    9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while [by taking on the limitations of humanity], crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering of death, so that by the grace of God [extended to sinners] He might experience death for [the sins of] everyone.

    10 For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the [l]author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering [bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest]. 11 Both Jesus who sanctifies and those who are sanctified [that is, spiritually transformed, made holy, and set apart for God’s purpose] are all from one Father; for this reason He is not ashamed to call them [m]brothers and sisters, 12 saying,

    “I will declare Your (the Father’s) name to My brethren (believers),
    In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

    13 And again [[n]He says],

    “My trust and confident hope will be placed in Him.”

    And again,

    “Here I am, I and the children whom God has given Me.”

    14 Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives. 16 For, as we all know, He (Christ) does not take hold of [the fallen] angels [to give them a helping hand], but He does take hold of [the fallen] descendants of Abraham [extending to them His hand of deliverance]. 17 Therefore, it was essential that He had to be made like His brothers (mankind) in every respect, so that He might [by experience] become a merciful and faithful High Priest in things related to God, to make atonement (propitiation) for the people’s sins [thereby wiping away the sin, satisfying divine justice, and providing a way of reconciliation between God and mankind]. 18 Because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted, He is able to help and provide immediate assistance to those who are being tempted and exposed to suffering.
    Jesus Our High Priest

    3 Therefore, [o]holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, [thoughtfully and attentively] consider the Apostle and High Priest whom we confessed [as ours when we accepted Him as Savior], namely, [p]Jesus; 2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him [Apostle and High Priest], as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Yet Jesus has been considered worthy of much greater glory and honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in [the administration of] all God’s house, [but only] as a ministering servant, [his ministry serving] as a testimony of the things which were to be spoken afterward [the revelation to come in Christ]; 6 but Christ is faithful as a Son over His [Father’s] house. And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].

    7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,

    “Today if you hear His voice,
    8

    Do not harden your hearts as [your fathers did] in the rebellion [of Israel at [q]Meribah],
    On the day of testing in the wilderness,
    9

    Where your fathers tried Me by testing [My forbearance and tolerance],
    And saw My works for forty years
    [And found I stood their test].
    10

    “Therefore I was angered with this generation,
    And I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
    And they did not know My ways [nor become progressively better and more intimately acquainted with them]’;
    11

    So I swore [an oath] in My wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest [the promised land].’”
    The Peril of Unbelief

    12 Take care, brothers and sisters, that there not be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving [r]heart [which refuses to trust and rely on the Lord, a heart] that turns away from the living God. 13 But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]. 14 For we [believers] have become partakers of Christ [sharing in all that the Messiah has for us], if only we hold firm our newborn confidence [which originally led us to Him] until the end, 15 while it is said,

    “Today [while there is still opportunity] if you hear His voice,
    Do not harden your heart, as when they provoked Me [in the rebellion in the desert at Meribah].”

    16 For who were they who heard and yet provoked Him [with rebellious acts]? Was it not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dead bodies were scattered in the desert? 18 And to whom did He swear [an oath] that they would not enter His rest, but to those who disobeyed [those who would not listen to His word]? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest—the promised land] because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God.
    The Believer’s Rest

    4 Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still remains and is freely offered today, let us fear, in case any one of you may seem to come short of reaching it or think he has come too late. 2 For indeed we have had the good news [of salvation] preached to us, just as the Israelites also [when the good news of the promised land came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not united with faith [in God] by those who heard. 3 For we who believe [that is, we who personally trust and confidently rely on God] enter that rest [so we have His inner peace now because we are confident in our salvation, and assured of His power], just as He has said,

    “As I swore [an oath] in My wrath,
    They shall not enter My rest,”

    [this He said] although His works were [s]completed from the foundation of the world [waiting for all who would believe].

    4 For somewhere [in Scripture] He has said this about the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since the promise remains for some to enter His rest, and those who formerly had the good news preached to them failed to [grasp it and did not] enter because of [their unbelief evidenced by] disobedience, 7 He again sets a definite day, [a new] “Today,” [providing another opportunity to enter that rest by] saying through David after so long a time, just as has been said before [in the words already quoted],

    “Today if you hear His voice,
    Do not harden your hearts.”

    8 [This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak about another day [of opportunity] after that. 9 So there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness]. 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [t]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [u]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.

    14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].



    Footnotes:
        Hebrews 1:3 The word “Shekinah” does not appear in Scripture, but has been used by both Christians and Jews to describe the visible divine Presence of God, in such things as the burning bush, the cloud and the pillar of fire that led the Hebrews in the wilderness, and the Presence of God that rested between the cherubim over the mercy seat of the ark.
        Hebrews 1:4 In Greek “name” occurs last in this verse to emphasize that Jesus alone bears the name Son. No angel is superior to the Son.
        Hebrews 1:6 Most likely a reference to the second coming of Christ when He will be acknowledged as divine and worshiped as the Son of God. Another view suggests that this may be a reference to His incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth.
        Hebrews 1:8 The Son is recognized as deity by being addressed by the Father as “God.”
        Hebrews 1:8 I.e. symbol of authority.
        Hebrews 1:8 Late mss read Your.
        Hebrews 1:10 The deity of Jesus is acclaimed by the designation “You, Lord.”
        Hebrews 1:12 Since He is deity, the eternality of Jesus is recognized.
        Hebrews 2:1 This refers back to all of ch 1, not just the final verse.
        Hebrews 2:2 It was a tradition in Judaism that angels, whom the Jews highly regarded, had an important role in God’s giving of the Law to Moses. See Acts 7:38; Gal 3:19.
        Hebrews 2:7 Two early mss do not contain “And...hands.”
        Hebrews 2:10 Or pioneer, originator, champion.
        Hebrews 2:11 Lit brethren.
        Hebrews 2:13 By placing these two OT quotations on the lips of Jesus the author illustrates: 1) his high view of Scripture, and 2) that he views even written Scripture as the words of Jesus.
        Hebrews 3:1 See note 2:11.
        Hebrews 3:1 In the Greek text the name of Jesus is placed last for emphasis.
        Hebrews 3:8 See Ex 17:1-7.
        Hebrews 3:12 “Heart” includes the entire human personality—mind, will, and emotions. The core of one’s being where there is no pretense.
        Hebrews 4:3 God “rested” because everything that needed to be done was done—everything was complete, fully accomplished. In human terms this expression is used when a lawyer completes his presentation in a court of law; he “rests” his case—everything is in evidence, there is nothing left to present.
        Hebrews 4:12 In addition to “sword,” the word in Greek was used for the knife used by the priests to slit the throats of the sacrificial lambs and for the knife (scalpel) used by a surgeon.
        Hebrews 4:12 “soul and spirit” used here to emphasize the whole person, not two separate entities as in other passages.



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