Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.
This Scripture, found at Mathew 24:4-5 is another one of those Scriptures that is often misunderstood and misapplied.
Many believers within the religious system called Christianity understand this Scripture to feature the arrival of a person or persons who will claim that they are Jesus and will deceive many. Is that what this Scripture is saying?
A closer look at Matthew 24:4-5 shows that many will come claiming not that they are “The Messiah” but this many will claim that Jesus himself is the Messiah; but they – the many ones making the proclamation – will deceive many.
The many spoken of in Matthew 24:4-5 that will deceive many are not unbelievers, but are proclaimed believers in Jesus Christ. They would have to be believers if they are seen here making acknowledgement that Jesus is The Messiah. What entity today stands firmly in making such an acknowledgement and what entity is the only entity that has the influence and resources to deceive many?
The answer is the religious system called by men Christianity.
As of this writing, the religious system called Christianity has more than 33,000 denominations with in it. That is many!
It has impressive organizations and resources seeded all over the world and it is the only entity that is able to both acknowledge that Jesus is The Messiah (Christ) and deceive the many.
Because an entity truthfully acknowledges that Jesus is The Messiah, does not make them godly. Even Satan the Devil truthfully acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of God. (Matthew 4:6) It is the other teachings within it and dispensed out of it that do the actual deceiving.
Jesus is simply warning that something would appear on the earthly scene after his ascension that would identify itself with him, but would deceive a great many.
Jesus even stated at Matthew 7:21-23 that their would be many who would confidently claim that they are his followers and he would say to them, “I never knew you.”
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Christianity today does not apply this Scripture to itself, but the Scripture clearly identifies the many entities he will say “I never knew you” to, as ones confidently claiming for themselves that they are his followers.
Scripture also speaks of a time when his true followers will be persecuted because of their discipleship, faithfulness and standing by his name and teaching. What many within Christianity fail to come to grips with is that they will be the ones carrying out this evil. They will be the “evil-doers” Jesus refers to at Matthew 7:21-23. The many within Christianity will be the source of tribulation and persecution upon those who have strictly applied, lived by, and adhered to Jesus’ teachings as opposed to the teachings of the many 33,000 denominations within her.
Even now, one can easily see how aggressive and militaristic this religious system called Christianity is. It has used force and violence in the past to “convert” others (Spanish Inquisition and The Crusades), it has invaded the other nations of men to forcefully insert its false teachings via political governmental control or via missionaries. It continues to seek out men and women in the fashion of aggressive wolf-like predators rather than meek fishers of men. It is not of God and Christ. It is a counterfeit.
The fruitage that comes forth out of this system of religion is somewhat dysfunctional, arrogant, selfish, narrow-minded, and blind. These are ailments of the mind; sickness. Many within this religious system would think nothing of silencing or exterminating those who question and challenge its authority. It has a proven historical record of doing just that.
The Christian system of religion is a liar and a great deceiver of men and women. It is also a counterfeit. It presents itself before the world stage as something godly, good, and chaste. But inside of her is falsehood and a lying tongue that has no real interest in the truth as Jesus presented it. In fact, it’s actions, conduct, and teachings show it in opposition to the teachings of the Christ.
Just the other day as I was getting out of my car, a man startled me (my back was turned) and he asked me if I believe in God. The first problem I have with this is that he was going to take what was not his to take: My time. He never thought to ascertain if I had the time to converse with him (I had groceries in the car; ice cream, too). The second problem was that he assumed that I was ignorant and had no knowledge of Scripture. The third problem I had was that when a person asks me “Do you believe in God,” I know that what they really are asking is if I believe in God as they do.
This is how the religious systems of Christianity teaches and trains those within her. It teaches its discipleship to be the aggressor and the one doing the telling, rather than – by their conduct – show that they are true disciples of the Christ. Because as soon as it is learned that you do not believe God as they do, something interesting happens. The head of a serpent surfaces, not the head of a lamb. Once I was able to get a word in, the individual quickly determined that I was not ignorant but, in fact, has had a long history in the study of Scripture that made him look like a kindergarten child.
I never interrupted him while he was speaking and took in everything he was saying. He was giving a sermon actually. When he asked me, if I was saved, I responded, “Saved in what way?”
His response was that I had to “accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and be born-again.”
I asked him where in the Bible does it say that I must accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and be “born-again.” He did not know the Scripture but assured me that “it was in there.”
My response was, “Why should I believe what you say and you cannot show me where this is stated. Do you not know the Scripture upon which you base this belief?” I told him I knew the Scripture that he was referring to and I explained to him that the discussion in that Scripture with the Pharisee Nicodemus was about the resurrection. (John 3:1-8)
Nothing is mentioned in it about getting saved. Such a thing is from men and it was a lifting out of context something that was not there.
I had a Bible in my car so I got it and opened it up to John 3:7 and had the man who stopped me read it. It quotes Jesus saying:
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
I asked the man to notice what Jesus said about being born again. He said Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Next, I explained to the man that Jesus made a similar expression concerning the resurrection of all persons at John 5:28-29. I opened my Bible and had the man read it. Jesus there says:
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth …
I explained to the man that Jesus was referring to being brought to life again from the dead. In other words, being born again from the dead. This would imply that one would have to die first in order to be brought back to life again (resurrected) as Jesus promised.
I also showed the man the Scripture at Matthew 10:22 as it shows when salvation would take place. It would take place in a future time period when all men will hate his true followers and after a period of endurance and faithfulness.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
I asked him if he thought our time period at present is one in which all men hate Christs followers? He answered, no. I asked him if he felt that the end is now? Again, he answered, no, but felt it was close. I explained to him the end being close is not the issue. The issue is what Matthew 10:22 (Matthew 24:36) says concerning when salvation would come. That it would come only after Christs true followers would be hated by all men and they endured such hatred down to the end; and that it was at the end, that one would be saved. I explained that since neither all men today hate Christs followers; that his followers as a people have not entered into this endurance; and that the end has not arrived or ended, no one today is saved. I explained that what is being taught about being born again and being saved by men today, is not what Jesus taught.
I can see from his facial expression and body language that he was rejected what I showed him. His next statement was a typical “all-I-know” response. He said:
All I know is that you have to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and become a born-again Christian or you will burn in hell for an eternity.
I smiled and thought to myself, that “You do not know” else you would have been able to show me.
He showed a preference to what men teach as oppose to what Jesus explicitly taught on the subject.
I could see that he was agitated. (Demons became agitated when Jesus – who is the truth – was near them). His demeanor changed to borderline anger that I did not believe as he did. It was as if I was his enemy.
I took the lead in saying to him that I did not believe as he did and let’s leave it at that. I explained to him that it was not my intent to upset him but that this what happens when one faced with listening to what Jesus says as opposed to what men say. He angrily snapped back and said that I was the one who is teaching what men teach. I put him to the test: I asked him if “I had ever at any point in our discussion spoke of my own accord or did I show you the Scriptures and had you read them for yourself; that is, have the Scriptures speak for themselves?” He admitted that I did but that I was manipulating him.
I explained that it was not me that he is rejecting as I did not write what I had him read from Scripture. I explained that it was what Jesus said.
The man who approached me to usurp my time all of a sudden had to get away from me. I asked him if I could leave him with some the Most High God said concerning His Son, Jesus Christ? He agreed.
A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.
He handed me back my Bible and walked away and as he did he angrily said, “Good day to you, Sir.
So what is often sought after by the Christian system of religion is agreement and acceptance of it’s teachings without question, challenge, or investigation. It does not like such challenges to it’s authority.
It fears the one who thinks for himself. The one who thinks independently of the Christian system of religion are likened to the heathen. I had been called the devil or a person with a demon by many members within the Christian system of religion. The religious system in Jesus’ day said that he had a demon. Was that true? Of course not. It was just that Jesus believed and spoke differently than that established system of religion and it sought to silence him by plotting to kill him.
Recognize what Christianity is. It is not of God and Christ. It is an imposter and the greatest deceiver of men.
Jesus will expose this imposter and what a shock that will be.
B e s t D a r n D V D B u r n e r O n T h e P l a n e t !!!
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.