Can you identify the real strawberry? How do you know?
I'd like to play a little guessing game with you about someone we've been told about, but how much can you recall?
- It will be rumored that he performs "miracles".
- He will appear to bring peace to the world.
- Most (if not all) of the governments of the world will support him.
- His appearance has been prophesied.
Think you've got it? Let's see.
Our spiritual self-reliance deepens when we understand the things that have been prophesied about our day. When we understand and identify truth, fear is replaced by confidence in Heavenly Father's plan for our day. There have been (and will be) many "anti" Christs. But there will be a very significant one. His appearance and acceptance by most of the world will deceive many - even the very elect will likely be deceived if possible. It kind of reminds me of the elect who have been deceived about current cultural moral shifts. They think they should be accepted by Lord...you know...times are changing... and so should He?
How will we know the difference between Jesus Christ and the imitation?
Just like we know the difference between a real strawberry plant and felted strawberry plant stuffed with polyfill. By the fruit you'll know.
Lets take a peek in the New Testament (Matt 24:23-27):
23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
So, clue number one is that : When the Savior comes, it will be in an unmistakable, undeniable manner. It won't be in a back closet of some secret building in a land far away. It will be visible to everyone - glorious and magnificent.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
And clue #2: He will return in the SAME manner in which he left. It won't be on a float in the Macy's day parade, as a baby, or tossing the first pitch for a Dodger's game.
Just like the Egyptian priests who fabricated miracles for the Pharaoh when Moses tried to free his people, this individual will deceive many with the same types of imitations.
Is there a potential applicant? It appears so. On his resume, he has made it clear that he is the foretold Messiah of the Jews, Krishna, Buddah and the Imam Mandi (Muslim Messiah). So, you might be able to guess who else he claims to be. His abilities have been advertised in the United Nations Share International Magazine. His teachings are share, share, share. But who is sharing...and who is receiving? Is it voluntary?
Here is an example of his ideas:
Whether or not this person is "the" one who was foretold or not, you will be able to spot an imitation miles away. The fruits of the true Messiah will be real and delicious, like a real strawberry.