Now you don’t! There is a TV show that my grandson loves to watch, it is “Magic’s Greatest Secrets Revealed”, the mystery is taken out of all the tricks that we see and amaze us! As I was working in the kitchen and keeping one eye on what he was watching I heard him say to his sister “There is nothing magic, it is all illusion!” True, in the world of magic everything depends on sleight of hand and how good the man performing it is.
Deception and it’s synonyms are: deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception<magicians are masters of deception>. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <indicted for fraud>. double-dealing<a go-between suspected of double-dealing>. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <obtained the papers by subterfuge>. trickeryimplies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat.
We recognize the Magician, but what about Satan, the accuser (and deceiver) Rev. 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. He continues today with us trying to convince us that there are other ways to God outside of Jesus! When you believe that, you are accepting a lie! Jesus warned us to be careful about being deceived in Matthew 24:4-24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The last line says “they shall deceive the very elect” if you believe that you cannot be fooled, then you are deceived already! Jesus is the only way to God; He loves you, cares for and heals you! You have to arm yourself with the Word; so that you will not be deceived. I heard someone say that the world seems to be getting better and better, I wanted to ask them exactly what world they were living in, it certainly isn’t this one and I’m not just being negative! If you watch the news and compare it with what you read about the “last days” in the Bible you have to believe that if we aren’t already there it’s pretty dang close!