Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.
Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.
Then Jesus replied to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.
for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil.
But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted from a complete and pure devotion to Christ.
Why? Because I don't love you? God knows I do!
But I will continue to do what I am doing, in order to cut off the opportunity of those who want an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in what they are boasting about.
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
[This issue arose] because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God's wrath is coming on the disobedient.
The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,
and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. [They perish] because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,
through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness.
Evil people and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.
For there are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those from Judaism.
It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what they should not.
So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
Like newborn infants, desire the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it in [your] salvation,
since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard, "Antichrist is coming," even now many antichrists have come. We know from this that it is the last hour.
I have written these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
So the great dragon was thrown out-- the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.
All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.
He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea.
My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power,