With flattery he will corrupt those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Daniel 11:32 BSB
The passage here is speaking of Antiochus Epiphanes. He was very wicked. He suppressed Jewish religion, persecuted the Jews, and committed sacrilege against their Temple. Daniel 11:31 BSB His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination of desolation.
Notice how he tricked (deceived) many. It was through flattery. Many Jews apostatized to a foreign religion based on Antiochus Epiphanes’ promises.
Let us beware of apostatizing, too.
  1. Leaving the faith (the worldview, lifestyle, and beliefs that Jesus and His 12 Apostles taught. See 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
  2. Their heart departs from the Lord, that is, their love, devotion, loyalty, etc. go from the Lord to something else. See Jeremiah 17:5.
  3. They refuse to obey God’s rules. See Daniel 9:11.
  4. A heart that refuses to believe any more. See Hebrews 3:12.
Something or someone causes them to leave. It might be clever arguments of philosophy (2 Peter 2:3), seducing them to sinful pleasures (2 Timothy 3:4), or the sinful nature still with us in this life (James 4:1-3).
To help us:
  1. The Holy Spirit our helper. See John 14:15-17 and Romans 8:26.
  2. God’s chastening. See Hebrews 12:4-12.
  3. Jesus’s help. See Hebrews 2:18.
  4. God’s promises. See Romans 8:35-39.
  5. God’s power and ability. See Jude 1:24-25.
  6. God’s warning and our awareness. See Jude 1:17-21.
  7. God’s servants (fellow Christians). See Jude 1:22-23.

 

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