[CF Devotionals] 2012-05-06 - Nobody Knows

The Epistles of John ~ Part 31 ~ 1 John 2

1 John 2:18-27

Introduction ~ Outline of Study

  1. Introduction
  2. Many Anti-christs Verses 18-19
  3. One Truth Verses 20-23
  4. Hold on to the Truth Verses 24-25
  5. Live in Your Anointing Verses 26-27
  6. Conclusion

Back in the 1990s, when I first taught on these epistles, I had been reading a book that showed why scripture stated the Rapture would occur on September 28th, 1992. I guess, since we're here, either none of us have been saved, scripture is wrong, or Heaven forbid, the author of the book didn't know what he was talking about.

Of course, there were others who held for October 10th of that same year. I guess it didn't happen then either. Some opted for October 28th, or then again Rosh Hashanah, 1994. And some Christians bought and still buy into this stuff. You'd think people would finally get it, but then again, I guess Christ didn't either - because He said:

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Matthew 24:36).

Obviously in some people's minds, this doesn't preclude knowing the week, month, or the year though. People want to know something others don't. It gives a  sense of superiority. And these people don't want teachings of Scripture to interfere, so they find ways to purport to show that the words of scripture don't teach what they teach.

Now, I'm sure many of these individuals love the Lord. They're probably believers. They get caught up in things like "Millennial Madness," or "Deliverance Ministry," or the "Shepherding Movement," and while these teachings can be harmful to individual believers and make Christians look like idiots, they don't usually contradict foundational truths of Scripture.

But over the years, a of number of individuals, who have started off simply being eccentric, have moved from side issues, to denying the basic truths of Scripture. And when this occurs, they have taken immature believers with them. These teachers, who appeared to be Christians, obviously aren't. These people come in the spirit of Anti-Christ - and, They're Here! … John speaks to this specific concern. in the passage we will be examining.

To be continued.

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