Of False Christs and False Prophets

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 19-21; Mark 13:21-37


21 “Then if someone says to you, ‘Look, here’s the Christ,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 22 False christs and false prophets will appear, and they will offer signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen. 23 But you, watch out! I’ve told you everything ahead of time.

24 “In those days, after the suffering of that time, the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. 25 The stars will fall from the sky, and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. 26 Then they will see the Human One coming in the clouds with great power and splendor. 27 Then he will send the angels and gather together his chosen people from the four corners of the earth, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven (Mark 13:21-27, Common English Bible).

This morning I had a conversation with one of the members of the church where I pastor. We were talking about yesterday’s post. As the discussion continued past the idea that none of us know the day or the hour I said, “One thing that concerns me is how quickly we dismiss those who claim they are the return of Christ.”

Don’t get me wrong. I do know what Jesus is saying in today’s lesson. At the same time, we often dismiss these people (and thus far rightfully so) without even hearing what they have to say. I have heard many times, “He claims to be a prophet” or “He claims to be Jesus returned. That is just crazy.”

So far, we have been right. They have been wolves in sheeps’ clothing. The question to me is, how will we know the return of Christ versus how do we know those who have made the claim in the past were not?

It is easy to look back and see that these false Christs and false prophets are just exactly that. Yet we also know that many are sucked in with the dream of having truly been blessed by being introduced to one who is a special gift from God to the world. We have also all too often seen that once that those who fall for the wolves in sheeps’ clothing are convinced, at least much of the time, that this false Christ or false prophet is truly the person the world must accept. Unfortunately, it also has all too often ended in tragedy.

I wish I could tell you how we will know. Perhaps we will know by the miracles we see. We might know because we see grace and love flowing in ways we have never seen before. What I do know is this. “Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is (1 John 3:2, Common English Bible).” Much of that verse is about us being like him, but those last six verses also speak volumes to me about how we will know, “We’ll see him as he is.” Exactly what that means, I can’t answer. But, somehow, some way, we will know. I believe that just like in prevenient grace, the Spirit will let us know who He is and we will find eternal blessing.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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