This Week on Beyond Today…
Let me ask you a question. Could you be deceived? You know, we all like to think of ourselves as pretty sharp, right? I mean, nobody’s going to deceive us. To deceive someone is to trick them into believing a falsehood. And when a person believes the falsehood, they actually believe it. So, they are deceived. How would you even know if you were deceived? Since you would believe it, right?
One example of deception that had far-reaching effects is the Piltdown Man. How many of you have ever heard of the Piltdown Man? Oh a few, okay. Well in 1912, this was big news all over the world. An amateur archaeologist in England claimed to have found the evolutionary missing link. And he put this together, and it was a human skull with an ape-like jaw. And some paleontologist said, “Well, you know, not sure.” But basically, it became accepted throughout the scientific world. In 1953…they proved that the skull of the Piltdown Man was a composite of a human skull, an orangutan, and a chimpanzee. It was a fake. It was a fraud. Now, the deception fooled many top scientists, almost everyone was hoodwinked. I mean, all the major newspapers in the world carried an article about the Piltdown man. I’m going to talk about a deception today, not a scientific fraud, but one that is much more dangerous and one that’s going to involve the entire world.
The Bible predicts a great deception that will come upon the entire earth before Christ’s return. The Apostle John writes about the leader of this deception, and he calls him the antichrist. In fact, in 1 John 2:18 he says, “It is the last hour and you have heard that the antichrist is coming. Even now, many antichrists have come.” Now, there are many antichrists then. There’s been antichrists throughout history, people who are against Christ, who teach against Christ. But there is one great antichrist, that’s coming in the future, who’s going to be much greater, much more influential, much more powerful than any antichrist that’s ever been.
Who is this great antichrist? And how can you be sure he won’t deceive you? What is his message that convinces so many people?
This week on Beyond Today, Gary Petty answers these questions. Take the time to watch The Message of the Antichrist here: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-television-program/the-message-of-the-antichrist
The program this week offers the Bible study aide “Who is the Antichrist?” You may download a copy of it now: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-the-antichrist-0