by Richard Mansel, managing editor
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24, NKJV).
Satan has coerced people in the world to create a mythological version of Jesus that is nowhere near the Christ of the Bible.
The false christs love disunity and disorganization. They will join any political or social cause, no matter what Scripture says about it. They will even be content to defend both sides of an issue, crowning the morality of divergent views. Moreover, they love sin and will tolerate any measure of it. If they can lead their followers to wallow in debauchery, they will be thrilled.
The media campaigns of the false christs have become so successful that people are finding it difficult to accept the real Jesus and his teachings in Scripture. The followers of the false christs have been fabulously successful in leading people to vilify the real Christ.
If we are not careful, we will be deceived, as well. Our attention and focus must be riveted to the truth of the inspired Word of God. We must ignore the deceptive christs wrapped in false grace in order to lure us into Satan’s trap (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 5:8).
If we will find the true Christ, we must delve humbly and seriously into the Word of God. Prophecy is a powerful way to begin the search for the authentic Christ.
“Based on Old Testament evidence, prophecy may tentatively be defined as the proclamation of divine messages in a state of inspiration.”/1 We are told that, “… prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21, NKJV).
Prophecy is a powerful testament to the inspiration of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17). “To deny the predictive element is to deny the very core of the Biblical message; it makes no sense if we remove all of the predictions.”/2
The false christs do not have the unassailable evidence of predictive prophecy to make their case. Therefore, they do all that they can to savage Biblical prophecy so they can further their deceptions. They strike naturalistic and dismissive postures and claim that prophecy is too primitive for our enlightened age.
God’s Word and his mission, however, are not determined by the opinions of scoffers. “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done” (Ezekiel 12:28).
“As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent” (Jeremiah 28:9).
False christs have nothing to offer except empty platitudes, revisionist history and world-weary wisdom. It isn’t worth it. The absolute truth of God’s Word is far more empowering and enduring (Psalm 119:105).
1/ Kenny Barfield, The Prophet Motive (Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 1995), 7.
2/ Ibid., 19.