OPINION (Charisma) – For the better part of my Christian life, I have been an ardent student on issues related to Bible prophecy. One of the key takeaways I’ve had from all those years of study is that nothing about our human nature—and Satan’s tactics for manipulating that nature—has changed since the beginning. In our desire to understand what God is saying about future events and our place in prophetic history, we must realize that we can be easily swayed in what we end up believing. We may believe that we are being authentic in our search for prophetic truth, but unless we are first loyal to seeking the truth, with a humble heart, we


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will always be in danger of being led away from knowing God’s revealed will. In Jeremiah 29, we see God telling the prophet Jeremiah to give instruction to the people of Israel to what they must do while in Babylonian captivity. His instructions are quite shocking and are not what the masses of people expected, or wanted, to hear. We also see other self-proclaimed prophets prophesying conflicting instructions to the people—words that satisfied the emotions and desires they wanted to hear. It was at this point God made it clear there was a choice to be made, and each person’s worldly fate would be decided as they discerned and chose which voice they followed. READ MORE

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