An Amazing Fact: In the 19th century, at least five public figures claimed to be Jesus Christ or another messiah. In the 20th century, the number of individuals making similar claims more than quadrupled.
Ever since Jesus returned to heaven, there have been “false christs” and “false prophets.” Knowing this would happen, Jesus specifically warned us about them. Their aim is deception. Jesus told us these imposters would “deceive, if possible, even the elect.” It sounds like we need to pray for alertness and wisdom!
How will we recognize the real Jesus Christ when He comes back to Earth? We will be able to tell by the manner of His return. Jesus gives us these details: “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26). “For as lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27). The Apostle John tells us, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).
During this earth-shattering event, it will be obvious to everyone that it’s the end of the age. Some will mourn. But for those who belong to Him, it will be an awesome experience of joy as we realize that the fulfillment of all our hope—our Savior—has arrived!
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mark 13:21-22
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:26-27.
Original devotion by Amazing Facts