There are many new churches currently promoting and believing that in the end times the Holy Spirit is moving in new, exiting ways and doing new things that we should accept without question. They believe that this is a time for revival, however Jesus teaches us and in fact warns us that the end times are a time of deception.
When asked about the end times Jesus warns his disciples, the first words out of his mouth being:
“Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:4 – 5
While explaining the signs of the end times, Jesus again warns and predicts that:
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:11
Jesus then warns a third time that:
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:23 – 24
Jesus repeats this warning for a good reason, have ears to hear, because the end times are a time of deception. Matthew 24:24 especially warns us that false prophets will show us signs and wonders, but this is no reason to believe them. And we as faithful believers should not be seeking after such signs (however seductive and mysterious they may be), looking for supernatural experiences instead of looking towards Jesus and his truth can get us into trouble and tangled up in deception.
So-called ‘Spirit led revival churches’ are often seeking signs and bizarre manifestations and supernatural experiences from the Spirit instead of seeking after the truth and seeking to obey and apply Jesus’ teachings to their lives.
Be aware of what Jesus thinks of those who seek after strange supernatural signs:
“An evil adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” Matthew 12:38- 40
Would the Holy Spirit really cause such degrading and fruitless (not to mention unbiblical) manifestations to take over and possess your body? Of course not, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive” (John 14:17), and “the comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26), and “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” Galatians 5:22 – 23
Nowhere in this list does it mention strange manifestations are fruit of the Holy Spirit. Also notice how all these qualities describe Jesus. The Holy Spirit does not want to be the centre of our worship or attention, but rather leads us into the truth of basing our spiritual growth on Jesus and his life giving teachings.
Jesus said “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:5- 6).
I believe the aim of deceptions within the churches aim to gradually replace the vine, who without you can do nothing. Meaning that you won’t be able to bring forth fruit and will eventually end up being cast into the fire. Lots of revival and Spirit led churches (in fact probably most of them) are taking people away from the only life giving vine that is Jesus by putting all their focus onto the manifestations and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Revival churches are often full of false and deceiving teachings, which are not based on the Biblical scripture, but are man made ideas taught by wolves in sheep’s clothing, please don’t be fooled.
Many say that proof that someone has been baptised in the Holy Spirit is the gift of unknown tongues, using Acts 2 to back up this claim. However reading Acts 2 even just up to verse 11 and its obvious that instead of the gift of unknown tongues, a miracle takes place of speaking in different languages. And if you read 1 Corinthians 12, you will find that it is a lie that all must talk in unknown tongues.
Another false teaching is that manifestations of the Holy Spirit cause people to become as though they are drunk, have uncontrollable laughter or lose control over their bodies through manifestations.
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer” 1 Peter 4:7
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” 1Timothy 4:1
I personally believe that there is a strong possibility that Revelation chapters 17 and 18 are somewhat to do with false religion and deceptions, I felt especially drawn to:
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
The end times are full of deception, I advice you learn the truth through God’s word and not from any human being. However modern Bibles have been changed and cannot be trusted, so I would recommend you print off a free copy of an Authorised King James Version, you can access one on this site (also an interesting site to look at):
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” Galatians 1:8
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; For I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” Matthew 11:29- 30