Matthew 24:24 - Grasp the Principles of Discerning False Christs
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Jesus predicted that false Christs and false prophets would deceive people in the last days. This verse told us a principle to tell apart false Christs: False Christs and false prophets mainly rely on imitating God’s work, that is, performing signs and wonders to deceive us.
I remembered a passage saying: “If, during the present day, there is to emerge a person who is able to display signs and wonders, and can cast out demons, and heal the sick, and perform many miracles, and if this person claims that they are the coming of Jesus, then this would be the counterfeit of evil spirits, and their imitation of Jesus. Remember this! God does not repeat the same work....In the conceptions of man, God must always display signs and wonders, must always heal the sick and cast out demons, and must always be just like Jesus, yet this time God is not like that at all. If, during the last days, God still displayed signs and wonders, and still cast out demons and healed the sick—if He did exactly the same as Jesus—then God would be repeating the same work, and the work of Jesus would have no significance or value. Thus, God carries out one stage of work in every age. Once each stage of His work has been completed, it is soon imitated by evil spirits, and after Satan begins to follow on the heels of God, God changes to a different method; once God has completed a stage of His work, it is imitated by evil spirits. You must be clear about these things. ” From this passage, I understood one aspect of the principle of God’s work: God does not repeat the same work, and His work is always progressing forward. In the Age of Law, Jehovah God used Moses to decree laws, and after Jesus came to work, He displayed signs and wonders, and was crucified to do the redemption work. If those who can cast out demons, heal the sick and perform many miracles appear and claim to be God, then they must be false Christs.
Why do false Christs and false prophets deceive people by performing miracles? This article, Distinguish the True Christ From the False Ones-Welcome the Second Coming of Jesus, gives us the answer.
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