The Bible gives a lot of warning about the last days deception. But we are not to fear it. First, fear causes torment. Fear paralyzes you from doing what God has called you to do.
Lets look at what the bible says about deception.
Matt 24:4-5 4 Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].
5 For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [[b]appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.
1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit says clearly that in later times some will be turned away from the faith, giving their minds to spirits of deceit, and the teachings of evil spirits, (BBE NAS RSV)
2 Timothy 3:13 Evil and false men will become worse and worse, using deceit and themselves overcome by deceit. (BBE)
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. (KJV WBS NIV)
1 Corinthians 15:33 Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
James 1:16 Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers. (WEB WEY ASV NAS RSV NIV)
Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (NASB ©1995)
Colossians 2:8 See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ,
There are many, many more scriptures.
We are not to fear!
Psalms 49:5 Why should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (See NIV)
In the last days there will be so many things that will try to put us in to bondage. That will try to pull us away from the one true God. We need to be on guard and have wisdom. Part of being not deceived has to do with growing up. God wants us to grow up in Him. As children we can be tossed to and fro, but as we learn God’s word and grow in the knowledge of the truth we will not be deceived. Many people are deceived because they refuse to grow up. They only want the milk of the word and do not want the meat of the word.
1 Corinthians 3:2
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
We need to grow up then we can teach and help others come to the knowledge of Jesus.
Lets look at some ways to not be deceived.
1) Look unto Jesus
We must put our faith in what Jesus did for us at Calvary and keep our eyes on Him. When we keep our eyes on Jesus we will see the truth and not be deceived.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2) Test the spirits
A spirit is behind every teaching. There are many false prophets out there, false teachers, & deceivers. We do not have to fall for everything that comes our way. So many are being deceived because they just except what is out there.
1 John 4
1 BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2 By this you may know (perceive and recognize) the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God for its source];
3 And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would [a]annul, destroy, [b]sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [[c]nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.
4 Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.
3) Be in the Word
We will fall for many things if we do not know what God says about things. People do not know the word and just except what ever their pastor or minister says. But we are to seek God and His word on our own. We are to have a personal relationship with Him.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.(AMP)
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.(AMP)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
4) Ask for wisdom
1 MY SON, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,
2 Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly [a]Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
5 Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.(A)
6 For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 17:24A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
5) Avoid those who teach false doctrine
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: (False brethren’s goal is to bring us into bondage)
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
We do not need to fear the last days deception. The bible is clear that it will come. If we place our faith in what Jesus did, we have the help of the Holy Spirit and He will not let us be deceived. We must be in the word and ask God for help at all times. If we do this we will not be deceived, but we will be able to help others see the ways of the false prophets and be saved from sure destruction. So remember there will be a lot of deception in the last days, but you do not need to fear it, YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD!! TRUST GOD ONLY! BE IN HIS WORD! KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES OPEN TO JESUS ONLY!