Spiritual Deception in the Last Days
The Pharisees and Sadducees were spiritual imposters of their day, who used God and His Word as a cloak to hide their deception. Jesus said of them that they would go to the ends of the earth to make a disciple of their false beliefs and practices, yet would not lift a finger to observe the very rules they imposed on their followers.
Though diabolically opposed in their beliefs about resurrection from the dead, the two factions of Jewish religion hung together to try to trip up Jesus in what He said or did. So, they TESTED Jesus with their fabricated situations in hopes of catching Him in error.
Once, they challenged Him about marriage and raising up of sons to a brother who died without offspring; Jesus bested the Sadducees with His answer about the resurrection from the dead that shut their mouths in amazement.
Another time, they presented a Roman coin and asked Jesus if it was lawful for Jews, who were subservient to Rome, to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, the ruler of the Roman empire. They hoped to trap Jesus with His answer. But Jesus fooled them again with His reply. Yes, it's lawful to respect the law of the land and pay the tax, while also obeying God in spiritual matters.
Though it appeared that the Pharisees and Sadducees were interested in learning in depth the ways of Jesus, their motives were evil. In fact, they approached Jesus from an attitude of superiority. No display of humility or servanthood appeared in their carriage or questions. Clearly, they wanted to show up their competition!
Because they did not honor Jesus as the Son of God and Son of Man, they did not receive any spiritual light. Instead, Jesus' answers amazed and blinded them to the truth of who He really was. They did not seek with an open heart, and, therefore, did not receive spiritual life from Jesus' words.
Wesley penned those words from his heart's experience! But none such happened for the Pharisees and Sadducees! They left Jesus' presence still imprisoned and bound by sin and darkness in heart. Their own motives kept them prisoners, when they could have been set free if they had sought what only Jesus could give them: Light and freedom from sin.
They were too jealous of Jesus and His following to relinquish the admiration and servitude of the Jewish population who believed their words of slavery to religion. In other words, they were driven by pride.
Beware of today's Pharisees and Sadducees. They come draped in human form and sound pious, but their motives rob God of His glory as they absorb men's accolades as their own. That's pride! Be careful whom you follow.
The antichrist will soon appear on the scene driven by pride. He will sound convincingly correct in his verbiage, but he will be wrong and will lead his followers to hell. It's that plain and simple. And completely deceptive.
Follow the Holy Spirit through knowing His Word and praying often and much. Become very acquainted with His voice. Then, when false gods arise, you will be able to discern His voice above the din of the lies propagated by the antichrists. Save your own soul by preparing for THEN now! Do not wait! It's later than you think.