Do not be deceived...

Then YAHUSHUA responded saying to them,
so that
no one deceives you!

Matthew 24.4

 Let not even one
 deceive you
 with empty words!
Indeed, because of
these things
 the wrath of YAHWEH
is coming upon the
children of disbelief  
do not be participants
 with them

Ephesians 5.6-7

Deception is rampant these days. It's becoming more and more difficult to know whether what you're seeing or hearing is reality, or is fiction made to appear to be real. The movies, video games, the government, and the media are blurring the lines more and more between what's real and what's not.

The advent of computers, digital cameras and videos, and other technologies lend themselves to even more deception as images and documents are "adjusted" to suit the desires of the one manipulating them. Daily the mainstream media alters images and story lines to create the effect they want to have on you. And the government is constantly putting some new “spin” on the stories that come from that source.

When you listen to the politicians, courts, lawyers, bankers, insurance companies, etc., it becomes more and more difficult to know when they're telling the truth and when they're lying to you.
Deception is everywhere.

                    We are living in a "culture of deceit"!

Unfortunately, deception has also invaded the religious communities. It takes many subtle forms, but it exists there as well. What many don't recognize is just how greatly they've been deceived, or how pervasive some of the deception truly is. This website is devoted to revealing, and correcting, some of the most insidious aspects of this deception. 

The removal of the personal name of God from The Bible and replacing it with terms that do not accurately represent the original languages is almost incomprehensible. Even the personal name of The Messiah has been altered so that many will have a very difficult time realizing and accepting the Truth about His name.

That such things have been done - and worse, allowed to continue - is appalling. Even more appalling is the realization these are not "accidental errors", they are intentional. Surely YAHWEH is not pleased about this series of lies. It's my intent to do whatever I can to help correct this deception and reveal as much Truth as possible.

Deception takes many forms, especially in the world of today. Most people seem to feel deception in some form is "normal". It's become virtually a "way of life". It's perfectly OK to deceive someone as long as you get what you want. However, when you deceive someone, when you mislead them intentionally. You're lying to them.

Whether you tell an outright lie or simply try to hide the whole truth from someone you're dealing in things that simply are not true, either in whole or in part. Since YAHWEH is the God of Truth it's important to recognize that when you deceive someone you are acting contrary to YAHWEH's desire. That's a very risky thing to do.     

The Word of YAHWEH has much to say about deception. We're warned over and over to avoid it. We're warned not to be taken in by it. This is especially true concerning the days just prior to the return of The Messiah, YAHUSHUA.

Listed below are some Scriptures that speak about deception, including the matter of self-deception. Sadly, it's even possible to lie to yourself - to trick yourself into believing something is true when it's not. In these Scriptures you'll find insights into the subtlety of deception and how to deal with this issue when you encounter it.

YAHWEH does not want you to be deceived. He wants you to know The Truth.
Ultimately, He is The Truth.
Ultimately, He wants you to know Him.

Truth leads to freedom.
Lies and deception lead to bondage.
Which one is your preference - freedom, or bondage?

Genesis 27:12:  My father perhaps will feel me, and I will seem to him as a deceiver; and I will bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

Genesis 31:7:  And your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times; but YAHWEH did not permit him to hurt me.

Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart is not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods (elohim), and worship them;

1 Samuel 28:12:  And the woman saw Shemu’el himself.  את
And she cried out with a loud voice. 
And the woman spoke to Sha’ul saying, 
“Why have you deceived me? 
And you yourself  את are Sha’ul !” 

Job 15:31:  He will not trust. 
By worthlessness he will be deceived.
Indeed, worthlessness will be his compensation.

Proverbs 14.5:  A trustworthy witness does not lie.
But a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 20:1:  The wine is a mocker
is of strong drink.
And everyone being deceived by it is not wise.

Proverbs 24:28:  You are not to be a witness
without cause against your neighbor.
And you are not to deceive with your lips.

Isaiah 44:20:  He grazes on ashes. 

His heart has been deceived. 
It has been turned away. 
And his life itself את is not delivered. 
But he does not say, 
“Is there not a false thing in my right hand?”

Jeremiah 9:5:  And a man deceives his neighbor. 
And he does not speak the truth. 
They have taught their tongue to speak lies. 
And they are wearied with distortion.

Jeremiah 29:8:  Indeed thus said YAHWEH of Assemblies, 
The Elohim of Yisrael, 
‘Do not let your prophets and your diviners 
who are in your midst lead you astray! 

And do not listen attentively to the dreams 
which you yourselves את are dreaming!

Jeremiah 37:9:  Thus said YAHWEH
"Do not be deceived saying, 'The Kasdim will go, go away from us. 
because they will not go.

Lamentations 1:19:  I called for my lovers. 
They deceived me. 
My priests and my elders 
have expired in the city 
while they sought food for themselves, 
even to revive their lives themselves את.

Ezekiel 14:9:  And when the prophet is deceived and he speaks a word,

I Myself, YAHWEH, have deceived that prophet himself את.
And I will stretch out My hand itself
את against him! 
And I will destroy him from the midst of My people Yisra'el!

Obadiah 3:  The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
those dwelling dwell in clefts of rock, 
whose sitting place is high, 
who says in his heart, 
‘Who can cause me to come down to the ground?’

Obadiah 7:  As far as the border they have sent you! 
Every man of your covenant 
has caused you to be deceived!
They have prevailed against you! 
Men of your well (friends) being have placed your food 
as an ambush under you! 
There is no understanding in him (Edom).

Malachi 1:14But cursed be the deceiver, who has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices unto YAHWEH a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, says YAHWEH Tsaba, and My name is dreadful among the heathen.

John 8.44:  You are of your father The False Accuser, and the desires of your father you desire to do! He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie he speaks from himself because he is a liar and the father of it!

(YAHUSHUA is speaking specifically about the "Last Days" in the following verses from Matthew 24.)

Matthew 24:4-5:  Then YAHUSHUA responded saying to them, “Watch, so that no one deceives you! 5 Indeed, many will come in My name saying, “I am The Messiah!’ and will deceive many.

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:24-25 Indeed false messiahs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold! I have told you beforehand.

Mark 13:5:  Then YAHUSHUA, responding to them, began by saying, “Watch out lest anyone deceives you! 6 Indeed, many will come in My name saying that, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.

Luke 21:8:  Then He said, “Watch out! Do not be deceived! Indeed many will come in My name saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time approaches.’ Accordingly, do not go after them!

Acts 5.3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has The Adversary filled your heart to lie to the set apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH and keep back part of the price of the land?

Galatians 6:7: Do not be deceived. YAHWEH is not to be ridiculed. Indeed, whatever a man sows, that he will also harvest,

Romans 7:11Indeed, offenses, taking opportunity through the commandment, seduced me completely, and through it killed me.

Romans 16:18 because those who are of this sort do not serve our Master, YAHUSHUA, The Messiah, but rather, their own belly, and by smooth words and eloquent speech they are deceiving the hearts of the unsuspecting.

1 Corinthians 3:18:  Let no one deceive himself! If anyone among you thinks himself to be wise according to this age, let him become stupid in order that he may become wise,

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not understand that the unjust will not inherit The Kingdom of YAHWEHDo not be deceived! 10 Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor abusers, nor extortioners will inherit The Kingdom of YAHWEH. 11 And some of you were these things. However, you have been fully cleansed. However, you have been purified. However, you have been rendered innocent through the name of The Master, YAHUSHUA, and through the vital essence of our Elohim.

1 Corinthians 15:33: Do not be deceived! Bad companionship corrupts good habits.

Ephesians 4:14-16: in order that we might no longer be infants, fluctuating and carried about by every wind of instruction, by the fraud of humanity, by shrewdness by methodical deceit, 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, The Messiah, 16 from whom the whole body, tightly joined together and united by what every joint contributes, according to the efficiency through the measure of each individual portion, causing the growth of the body into the structuring of itself in love.

Ephesians 5:6:  Let not even one deceive you with empty words! Indeed, because of these things the wrath of YAHWEH is coming upon the children of disbelief.

Colossians 3.9-10:  Do not lie to one another, since you have wholly divested yourself of the old human nature with its practices, 10 and having been clothed with the new which is renovated in recognition according to the likeness of Him who is creating it;

2 Thessalonians 2:3Not even one of you is to be deceived by any means, because that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and The Man of Sin has been revealed, The Son of Destruction,

2 Thessalonians 2.8-12: And then “The Lawless One” shall be revealed, whom YAHWEH will consume with the breath of His mouth, and will render entirely useless by the appearance of His presence; 9 whose coming is according to the operation of The Adversary, by every force, and miracles, and lying wonders, 10 and with every delusion of injustice among those who are being totally destroyed because they did not accept the love of The Truth in order that they might have been saved. 11 And for this reason YAHWEH will send them effective deception so that they believe The Lie, 12 in order that everyone might be condemned who does not trust in The Truth, but instead, has pleasure in injustice.

1 Timothy 2:14:  And Adam was not deceived. But the woman having been deceived, became in violation. 
     (I'll bet this is a surprise to you.)

2 Timothy 3:13Now hurtful persons and wizards shall become more hurtful, deceiving and being deceived.

Titus 1.1-3:   Sha’ul, a slave of YAHWEH but an ambassador of YAHUSHUA, The Messiah, according to the trust of YAHWEH’s chosen, and recognition of the truth which is according to deep reverence 2 for the sake of anticipation of Eternal Life which YAHWEH, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has rendered apparent His message in these very times by a proclamation which has been entrusted to me according to the instruction of YAHUSHUA our Deliverer.

Titus 1:10:  Indeed, there are many disobedient, and idle talkers, and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, (church leaders - be careful what and who you believe.)

Titus 3:3:  because we ourselves were also at one time unwise, stubborn, deceived, being a slave to various strong desires and sensual delights, living in malice and ill-will, hateful, detesting one another.

James 1:22: Indeed, become doers of the word, and not merely hearers, being deceived by yourselves,

1 John 1.5-7And this is the announcement that we have heard from Him and announce to you: that YAHWEH is light and in Him is no obscurity at all. 6 If we say that we have a partnership with Him, yet walk in obscurity we are uttering an untruth and are not doing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light in the manner in which He is in the light we have a partnership with each other, and the blood of YAHUSHUA, The Messiah, His Son, cleanses us from every sin.

1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1 John 2.21:  I have not written to you because you do not understand the truth, but rather, because you do understand it; even that no lie is from The Truth. 22 Who is a liar if not he who rejects that YAHUSHUA is The Messiah? He is an antichrist who rejects The Father and The Son.

1 John 3:7Newborns, let no one deceive you! He who practices justification is just, even as He is just.

2 John 7: because many deceivers have entered into the world who do not acknowledge YAHUSHUA, The Messiah, as having come in flesh. This one is The Deceiver and The Antichrist.

Revelation 18:23: and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more at all! And the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more at all! Because your merchants were the great men of the earth, because through your medications (drugs) all the nations have been deceived.

Revelation 19:20: Then the dangerous animal was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:3:  And he threw him into the bottomless pit and shut him up, and set a seal over him, in order that he might deceive the nations no more until the thousand years have been completed. And after these things he must be released for a brief period of time.

Revelation 20:10:  And The False Accuser, who was deceiving them, was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the dangerous animal and the false prophet are. And they will be tortured day and night into the ages of eternity.

[Please note that The Devil, Satan, is "THE DECEIVER". It is his role, his function. Virtually all deception comes via him. He is the one who would have you believe lies and untruth. He is the "antithesis" (opposite) of YAHWEH, and acts accordingly. This is why it is so vitally important that you avoid deception at every level of your life.]

Revelation 21.27 And there will by no means enter into it anything that defiles, or makes any abomination or a lie; but only those who are written in The Lamb’s Book of Life.

Revelation 22.14-15:  Happy are those who are doing these instructions, in order that they will have the privilege to the tree of life and may enter into the gates into the city. 15 However, outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idol worshippers, and whoever is fond of and practices to lie.

The consequences of deception are serious - deadly serious.

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