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Lucifer's Little Lies

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PO - A lie is like a banana peel thrown on a sidewalk—you later slip up on it.
INTRO - In last week’s message we discussed the presence of God within the church. We noted how important it is to relate that correctly and not to say things like, “Welcome to the house of the Lord” because it confuses immature saints and unbelievers who we hope to teach the truth about Jesus.
Today we turn our attention to the topic of watchfulness and our need to beware of the master of lies.
We will visit the time and teaching of Jesus.
We will see His concern for the people.
We will see our great need to know what the Bible says and what it means.
Lastly, this message will challenge us to learn how the occult mislead people.
All it takes is a little lie to turn people from the truth into false followers of futile fanatics.

What does it say?

Mark 13:5–23 ESV
And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

What does it mean?

Be Leery of the Lies

Trace Jesus’ warnings against deception in this chapter, noting His commands to be vigilant.
Jesus repeatedly makes us of one word, in the Greek, throughout this discourse.
In our English translations we see words like “see that, watch out, be on your guard, be alert, and watch.
With the one exception later in v.37, Jesus repeats this same word over and over.
Jesus knew his disciples were in danger of deception.
Obviously, Mark considered the danger and our need for continued awareness.
Today that threat continues to exist.
For Mark, their was a real need to cool the end times enthusiasm that plagued the church even in the first century.
As we noted last week, lets not miss the obvious placing more attention on the obscure.
Jesus’ emphasis and concern is for our lives right now, each day, and every moment of each day.
Their will be an end, but don’t miss today living in tomorrow so to speak.
Be aware, but don’t stop living today by constantly looking toward tomorrow.
ILL - At breakfast with some fellow believers this past Wednesday we discussed how some people are making lots of money by scaring people into buying their products. In my opinion this happens far to often with Christians. The number of books, movies, and other material out their about the last days, something called rapture, and when evil runs ramped makes disturbs me. I’m finding people seem too obsessed with what terrifies them when Jesus clearly expresses more concern for us now and for us not to be afraid.
Now, I’m all for teaching that in his own way God will bring the end and the dead in Christ will rise and the rest of us will go on to eternity. Also, we need to remember that the lost do not.
My concern is that the demonic have people focused more on theory of how this will happen and that people miss doing the work of the Church today.
Okay, now off my soap box.
Jesus say be “aware” or not deceived.
We must put on thinking caps and get down to doing the work of the kingdom.
What does Mark 13:10 mean, and how do you respond to those who claim that it is not authentic?
V.10 seems to interrupt the flow between v.9 to .v11.
Some even doubt its authenticity.
However, there is little more than the choice of vocabulary and that is insufficient grounds upon which to dismiss this text as not part of the original text.
Furthermore, the mission to the Gentiles is rooted in the OT.
Consider one of the many verses from Isaiah:
Isaiah 42:6 ESV
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
Also, while Jesus limited his ministry to the Jews, he did respond to the faith noted in Gentiles.
As such, it is appropriate to accept this verse knowing the provision made as an addition by Mark into the original text.
It’s wording is Markan and it clarifies the preaching of the gospel which caused the offense leading to the action agains the disciples.
Even today, concern for evangelism provokes us to mission and others to hate Christians, many to their demise.

Be Learned in the Lessons

What does the “abomination of desolation” refer to in Mark 13:14?
The wording “abomination of desolation” comes from the book of Daniel.
In this text, Jesus identifies it with that book.
The word we translate to “abomination” means something repugnant or detestable act.
The next word we translate to “desolation” suggests that because of the abomination the temple is left deserted or desolate.
To put it another way, it means that what the pious considered holy was made impure and because of that they left and the place was desolate.
Some say that Daniels prophecy was the profanation of the altar of burnt offering in the Temple by Antiochus IV, Epiphanes in 167 BC.
Because Jesus makes use of that same expression, clearly suggests that the fulfillment was not restricted to that one event.
What it does reference continues to be debated.
One view says the Fall of Jerusalem to Rome is the abomination with the installation of a false priest and the Roman army idolatrous conduct in the Temple and its grounds.
Another view says it fulfilled in the end times by the Antichrist.
Understanding the abomination has more than one fulfillment seems the best solution.
Mark’s words “let the reader understand” do seem to beg us to consider more than a simplistic interoperation.

Be Looking all Your Life

How does Jesus convey a sense of urgency in Mark 13:14–18?
“flee to the mountains” is a good word to those in Judea when the Roman army is approaching in 70AD; it fits that context.
Considering that nobody is going to flee from God’s judgement during the end times it appears Jesus is referencing 70AD.
There are two abomination in these verses.
1st, nobody on their house roof is to go inside.
Their roofs were flat and often used for a place of prayer.
The stairs to the roof was on the outside of the house and Jesus is saying once you head downstairs do not go back inside; keep going and head to the hills.
2nd, don’t go home for more clothes.
Out in the fields workers didn’t need warmer clothing.
Even while it would keep them warm at night, Jesus says forget it and head to the mountains.
Time is of the essence and crisis takes precedence over comfort.
Who are the “elect” mentioned in Mark 13:20, 22?
The “elect” may be a take off from the reference to Daniel 12:1 that promises to deliver the people “whose name shall be written in the book.”
The “elect” builds on the OT concept of the remnant that God leaves in Israel as an act of grace and judgement.
Who are the false messiahs and prophets Jesus warns His disciples about?
The idea of a false prophet doing signs and wonders was not new to the people.
The OT speaks of a prophet and describes how that one will use signs and wonders to gain the trust of the people.
Later Jewish literature identifies that Satan is the source of the false prophet’s power.
These false prophets are demonic imitators of the true prophet Moses.
Moses did work signs and wonders.
Also, his successor the “prophet like Moses” as we see referenced in Acts:
Acts 3:22 ESV
Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
And as we know, Jesus did many signs and wonders.
While Jesus leads people to look to the Father, the demonic lead people astray.
If your lips you would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how and when and where.

What is God saying to me?

Jesus urges people not to get led astray by false messiahs and prophets.
Jesus teaches us to be aware of the deceivers; if the disciples needed the awareness how all the more do we.
Our responsibility is to test every claim against what the Bible teaches.
I preach exegetical messages; we must know what the Bible teaches.
Our doctrinal soundness is proportionate to how much we know what the Bible means.
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