Matthew 24: 4-5 ” Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.’ “

Elsewhere in Mark 13:6-7,  Jesus told His disciples, “Watch out that no one deceives you.  Many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.”  Now if you’re like me the idea of being deceived by someone attempting to take the place of Jesus…claiming to be His counterpart yet actually being His antithesis is hard to imagine.  But yet Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.”  And according to I John 2:18 they exist and are among us right now, for it reads, “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come…”  So how can we heed this warning from Jesus not to be deceived?  The first thing is to know the truth…the Word of God,  so when we hear lies or warped, twisted truths we will recognize them immediately.  The other is to listen carefully… “If there is denial that Jesus is the Christ from such a man, he is the Antichrist – for he denies the Father and the Son.  No one who denies the Son has the Father; for whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (I John 2:22-23)

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