False Messiahs and Teachers
Jesus warned His disciples in Matthew 25 not to believe false reports about His second coming. He said that there would be many “false messiahs and teachers, performing great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.” Even if this message was not pointing to a future time, we can still find application for believers of today.
We have so many people saying so many things today, each one claiming truth to their words. Deception is heard and seen every day through the voice of social media and various news networks. Extremely opposite views are given on every subject under the sun. People we once thought to be credible and trustworthy are now suspect of twisting the truth to fit their agenda.
How can we possibly trust what anyone is saying?
It Will be Obvious
Jesus continues in Matthew 25 with an explanation to the disciples that helps answer that question. He says there will be no mistaking Messiah’s return to earth. There will be no need for anyone to say they saw Jesus and know His whereabouts. He says, “For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.”
You see, we will see Him with our own eyes, accompanied by heavenly evidence. He will arrive in great glory with no secrecy and obviously no need for deception by anyone.
God gives us discernment for who to believe today. We must not listen to any voice but the Holy Spirit’s. We cannot trust in what we are seeing and hearing without the gift of discernment that opens our eyes to the truth. Jesus tells us there will be no mistaking His return. We should apply His words to what we believe today. Jesus warned His disciples, and the warning extends to us today. Belief should be accompanied by unmistakable evidence of the truth. Anything less is a lie.