And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Luke 5:11
Later in the Gospel before He was to die, Christ warned His own Eleven.
False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders.
We may still hear our Lord warn us today, follow only Him.
Matthew 24| 24 – 25
24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 25See, I have told you in advance.
Today, this is a huge misgiving about the use of the word “deceived” among Christians who panick in the end times.
The way that Jesus says it means something that is in context with verse 25 and is a follow up with verse 23.
23At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it.
A class action sues Ben and Jerry for their ice cream disputing their claim that it comes from happy cows. In the sense of cheating, consumers are indeed cheated by the false promotional statement. But the consumers are not “deceived” in the sense that Christ says the elect will be deceived. That is a translational error.
We introduce here the Greek root word, planaó. Planaó strictly means being “led away” from The Way.
Eating Ben and Jerry will not lead you away from Christ. You may be fooled to spend your money on something that is inferior to what you believed it is. But your faith must be about salvation from sin and death. Kanye West is not capable of deceiving non-Christians and Christians either way. If you don’t like what he is doing, then you refuse to be cheated. If you are with God, then we praise God for his renewal. None is deceived (Planao).
This kind of thing is exactly what many Christians will not bear fruit. A real believer must be connected to the Word of God more than to the internet, YouTube lies and mortal man’s opinions. No one believers them. By going all out religious outside of the will of God, their harvest is in question unless they change.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Finally God says that the elect could be deceived ( planaó ), if possible ( dynatós ).
A Study Of Two Words
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Planaó – Gk. gone astray. The KJ translators preferred to use “deceived”. But what the Lord really meant was people can go astray by departing from The Way, that is Messiah Himself.
2 John 1:7 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.
Many false prophets and false teachers are out and about trying to nab seekers to stumble into their web of deception. Some webs are entry level. But others are sophisticated. But their end is the same.
DYNATÓS – GK. (PRONOUNCED DOO-NAT-OS’) FROM 1410; POWERFUL OR CAPABLE, INVOLVING FORCE. THE KJ TRANSLATORS PREFERRED TO USE “POSSIBLE”. BUT THERE IS A SLIGHT CONNOTATIVE DIFFERENCE.
THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE NATURE OF THE TWO WORDS THAT ARE IN COMMON.
DYNATÓS – POWERFUL INVOLVING FORCE
There is only One Way — Christ to the Father. Those who will be deceived AKA led to someone else as their life Savior will involve force (if “possible”, if forceful enough).
But force is relative. A baby can be knocked over by a nine pound huge chihuahua. Baby believers who do not spread their roots by firmly gripping the earth as their foundation are very much in peril of being deceived into following “another Jesus”.
Back to verse Matthew 24| 24. False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders. The context for dynatos (power) is pointing to the great signs and wonders. The word is eventually the root word for the English word, dynamic as in power.
Not that every believer in the first century was a strong, firmly planted believer. This came from Paul,
3I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily. – 2 Corinthians 11
Paul felt strongly about this issue than your own pastors up on stage.
8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a curse! 9As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be under a curse!
Paul knows if you follow a fake Savior, you will be forever lost.