“Jesus answered, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming I am the Christ, and will deceive many.’”Matthew 24:4
The disciples must have been seeing more and more that Jesus changes everything. In Matthew 24 Jesus takes the opportunity to warn them of events to come. They ask when such things will occur, and His answer is not what we’d expect. Jesus responds by warning them not to be deceived.
Paul would echo the Lord’s warning when he wrote to the church at Colossae saying, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (2:8). Later he would write to the Galatians, telling them not to listen to those proclaiming “a different gospel.” In chapter 2 of his second letter, Peter also would warn of false teachers and their destructive ways.
Remember the believers at Berea in Acts 17? They tested everything they heard against the Scriptures before accepting it as sound teaching. In the same way, invest yourselves in reading and studying the infallible Word of God so that you will not fall for Satan’s schemes.
The Lord is more concerned that we are not deceived by false teaching than that we know when the end will come.