The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1771 Plan of God kc 1-2

Would you stake your eternal salvation on your chance of winning the lottery today?

Prepare your mind to think and understand
that Jesus Christ informed you and me that the number one SIGN
of this final generation is the GREAT probability that you and I have been deceived
by Christian ministers and preachers.

So before we begin with our study of the Plan of God from His Word and His works,
we must pause and consider for a moment that we might be deceived.

Ask the question, "If a person is deceived, would he (or she) know it?"

The answer is NO HE WOULD NOT!

No one who is deceived knows or believes he is deceived,
for that is the very definition of deception.

Here's the word "deceive" as defined in Webster's Dictionary: deceive; "to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid".

Have you ever heard anyone say, "Hi John! Guess what? I'm deceived."

What would you say in response, "How do you know?"

And he or she answers, "Because what I believe to be true is actually false."

You say, "Well, if you know it's false then you can't believe it is true, can you?

So you are not deceived."

The point is,
you cannot KNOW that you are deceived.

The information and knowledge that you possess may indeed be false,
but you do not know it to be false, nor believe it to be so.

BUT, you can (and should) assume that you are or might be deceived.

Here are the first warning words of Jesus Christ concerning our day:

Matthew 24:3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? [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.
Do you believe Jesus Christ?

He said many shall come in "His name"!

His name is Jesus Christ and they come representing Him, as His ministers,
saying, "Yep, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah",
and people then believe the rest of what they say as if their authority comes from God.

Just how wide spread is this deception?

Well, when Satan shows up as the false messiah (Rev. 12:7-9)
the whole world will believe he is Jesus,
which in reality means they must already be mentally and spiritually prepared to accept him,
i.e. they are already deceived.

In fact, if a person is still trying to figure out what the "Mark of the Beast" is,
they already have it and don't know it.
(We will learn more about that "mark" later on and how it relates to God's Plan.)

Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
So in view of these scriptures,
"What is the probability that you are deceived*?"

You should consider the chance that you are NOT deceived
in this final generation to be about the same as your chance of winning the million dollar lottery today.

The odds are not good in your favor.

Would you stake your eternal salvation on your chance of winning the lottery today?

Then "take heed" as Jesus warned!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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