Matthew 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:5 – And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 13:6 – For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Luke 21:8 – And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Hello readers, many false Christs. I had this thought the other day, because over time just in my own experience I talk to so many people who have a different Christ to the one I’ve got. I know we always think we are breaking new ground in history, while the reality is we are treading well worn ground… but notwithstanding what Jesus said really resonates in the days we live in.
So many people profess a Christ, yet the Christ they believe in, he’s so far removed from what the Bible says about him. Jesus warned of such a great deception that only the very elect wouldn’t be deceived. They are the people that are truly saved, those that have been born again, those who haven’t followed an idol shepherd. You see, these false Christs really just prove who wants truth and who doesn’t. Because many people like a Jesus who is love, love love. But in heaven those cherubim cry Holy, Holy, Holy. Because God is holy above all else.
In recent times new Bibles have arisen, portraying a Christ that people like a lot better. Never has the perversion of scriptures, the perversion of the image of Christ, all done in plain sight, been greater. We know that all through the Bible people have committed idolatry. Idolatry is making up your own God, believing in a God you have created. Satan has always tried unhooking God from God’s word in the minds of people, even those claiming to be Christians. The amount of people I talk to who have a God, have a Jesus, but don’t rate the Bible at all, who think God is so much more than his word… it’s staggering. The deception is strong today.
Many false Christs have risen, people who have risen up claiming to be an anointed one, a chosen one… which is what Christ means. People that have started cults, denominations, sects, movements… all drawing away huge followings after them. But even more subtle is when you have a false Jesus being portrayed, a Jesus who isn’t what his word says. When will people get that God and his word are one and the same? His word is the perfect representation of his identity. You CANNOT know God outside his word. The just shall live by faith, that’s believing God’s word folks. Our relationship and fellowship is founded upon the word of God. See he’s not like man, he doesn’t lie… what he says in his book, that’s how you get to know him. Just like how he gave that law written on stone to say here’s my standard of righteousness and goodness, shattering the best that the best of us could muster.
There didn’t use to be a billion different “versions” and “translations” of God’s word. After all if there is one God, one Holy Spirit… surely there’s one Bible? See, you may not follow a false Christ like Joseph Smith, but maybe you are following a false Christ, and you’re deceived while thinking you are not. If you find out who Jesus is according to his word, maybe you’ll find you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ at all. The way people speak, think, act, live… it shows they don’t know him at all… though they profess him, though they live religious lives. Hey, the Pharisees and scribes had religion didn’t they, yet they didn’t know Jesus one stitch… and didn’t want him either.
Jesus warned against being deceived by man. You see, man lies, man deceives. Let God be true and every man a liar. Find out yourself who Christ is and what he requires of you from his word. MANY shall be deceived. And many are. People today profess a Jesus. But they don’t have the Jesus who shall save his people from their sins. That’s what his name means folks. Maybe you haven’t been saved from your sins, because you’re not HIS. People name the name of Christ, yet live in sin, yet love the world, yet don’t give a flip for God’s word, yet don’t tell anyone the gospel ever, there’s no fruit of the Holy Spirit, but a life marked by pride and lust. Idolatry is a very common sin. John wrote at the end of his first epistle, THIS is the true God and eternal life… and for us to keep ourselves from idols. Hey guys, here’s the true God, here’s the record, here’s the truth. Hear this… don’t be deceived, don’t be enticed, don’t be led away.
With the rise of so many new Bibles, there have arisen so many new Christs. You can’t expect to change words and not change the image that the words gives. You can’t change meaning and expect to have the same Saviour. People hate God’s word, they love to think that God is so much more than his word. Well actually he isn’t. His very promise of salvation is based on… his word. A promise he made to Abraham. And he swore by himself, because he could swear by no greater. Our word might not mean much… but God’s word means a lot to him. Satan might not get you one way, and you might think you stand. But maybe he’s got you another way. You think you’re following Jesus, but you’re not, in fact you don’t even know him. The true Jesus Christ is God, he came to earth as God made flesh, he died for our sins, and he rose from the dead. He did all that because we are sinners, and we are headed for hell. He came to forgive us from our sins, then to give us new spiritual life whereby we wouldn’t need to be captive and controlled by sin, that we’d have his life in us, and thus he delivers us not just from the penalty, but from the practice and power… and ultimately the presence of sin.
Jesus said the time draweth near. The rise of false Christs, it’s a sign of the time drawing near, but the end is not yet. Things are going to get worse. The deception is real and it’s strong. Make sure you’ve got the real Jesus Christ, not an idol, not just a product of imagination, not a fake. There are false prophets out there spreading a false Jesus, producing false converts… not birthed by incorruptible seed… but of corruptible seed, seed that will produce a tare, not wheat. Hey you might look similar to the real thing like a tare does to wheat… but at the harvest time, it’s easy then to tell the difference. And that’s when Jesus said the reapers would be sent forth, and the tares would be gathered into bundles and burned. There are many false Christs kicking around, people holding to all sorts of beliefs and ideas. It’s as messy and convoluted as the time of the Judges, where everyone was just doing his own thing. Everyone’s got there own Jesus, he’s like a pet… he’s not God. They’re building a Christ they want and like, one that makes them feel good. It’s all deception folks, delusion is a sign of the times, and it’s sent by God on a people that reject the truth. Find out from the Bible who the Lord Jesus Christ is. Elisha said, where is the Lord God of Elijah? See, that’s the God we want, that’s the Christ we want, the tried, tested, prove and real one. Not Baal, but the Lord. It’s the truth that sets us free.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)