My prayer for all of us is to have genuine, Godly understanding of His Word and discernment of the times.
In history a watchmen was put on high walls or in watchtowers to keep watch and warn the people of any attacks or impending threats by sounding a trumpet or rams horn. They also warned of strangers approaching. They would meet up with them to see if they were friends or enemies. The city could rest at night or go on with their daily affairs with ease as they knew they were being watched out for. In the same sense a spiritual watchmen is one who has been equipped by God to see, hear and then warn by “blowing the trumpet.” Ezekiel 33:7 NKJV “So you, son of man (or daughter of man): I have made you a watchmen for the house of Israel (all of His people); therefore you shall hear a word from my mouth and warn them for Me.” (because He loves you more than you can understand or fathom)
Ezekiel 33:1-7 NKJV Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon the land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall not be o n his own head (the watchman’s). He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes them away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from my mouth and warn them for Me.…” NKJV
WARNING: JUDE (NIV) 1b To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. 2b I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend (to defend) for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. 1 JOHN(NIV) 2:22-23 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist- denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father. (these people can look like believers even in the church but are not). JUDE(NIV) 5 Though you already know this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling-these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. 8 In the very same way, on the strength of their own dreams these people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander(even though Satan is inferior to him) but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand by instinct-as irrational animals do-will destroy them.( in other words they are guided by their own instincts and not the Holy Spirit). 11 Woe to them (a warning that judgment is coming)! They have taken the way of Cain (to live for themselves); they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error (consuming greed); they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion (rising up against Gods appointed leadership). 12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts (gatherings of believers at feasts, Lords Supper and celebrations afterwards) eating with you without the slightest qualm, shepherds who feed only themselves. (they are the kind that don’t hide their depravity for only the dark hours but come out in broad daylight to deceive us.) They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted-twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Continuing on with JUDE 16 These people are grumblers and fault finders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
The Day of The Lord 2 Peter 3-4 (NIV) 3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. (WARNING: some will not believe He is returning and will persuade others, they will also believe in a great revival where all will be well again in the USA, therefore not in need of a “coming”). Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 NKJV ” Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Continuing with 2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord is like a thousands years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by the fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
“The Great Apostasy” spoken of in 1 Timothy 4 NKJV 1 Now the spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (basically Paul is saying that false teachers don’t know right from wrong, are demonic in spirit causing people to believe their false beliefs….some will even consciously turn from the truth).
The bible talks about even the elect will be deceived. Mark 13:22-23 NKJV “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.”
In Matthew 24 the disciples asked when all these things would happen and Jesus replied “Take heed that no one deceives you”. He says many will come in His name to deceive many and many will believe them. He talks about the beginning of birth pains comparing a woman’s labor to the signs to look for. Most births increase in intensity and frequency. Slow at first then building up to closer and harder to almost agonizing before the child is born. Just as these signs on the earth will start out slow, to the point they are hard to see by some. Then much faster and not so subtle till it climaxes to out of control. How can we know for sure what is what? Read the Word! Pray for Holy Spirit to give you discernment. When? Now! If you wait it may be too late. Just as the virgins, in Matthew 25, who were well equipped in having enough oil for their lamps as they were waiting for their Bridegroom (Jesus), we all need to have our lamps lit with plenty extra oil to endure the false teachings that we run into everyday. Don’t be like the virgins who were not ready by not taking oil with them to keep their lamps lit. The were ill prepared and did not get to meet their Bridegroom.
Let me make this clear to you: HE HAS SPOKEN- we are in the days of such high falseness. Do not be unawares!!!
Luke 24: 44-45 NKJV 44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.