False teachers in the end times

When we use the term “Prophecy” we are speaking of future events. The time known as “The Tribulation Period” is a seven year period that immediately precedes the return of Christ and the millennial kingdom of His rule which lasts for 1000 years. It will be … More

Prophecy

Some writers  feel that this particular portion of scripture deals with events that happened during the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. However, it seems that the complete fulfillment of Jesus’ prediction is yet future during the great tribulation at the end of this age. Jesus takes the old phrase “the abomination of desolation” from Daniel 9:27 and uses it to describe the terrible things that are about to happen (vv. 14-21). In His warning He says that at the first signs the people should flee and not even  wait to pick up their things. It is interesting to note that in the destruction of Jerusalem the people did just the opposite. They crowded into Jerusalem and death came in ways that are almost beyond description. This prediction certainly has a striking parallel to the description Josephus gives about the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. However, the complete fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy awaits the great tribulation at the end of this age.

Jesus warns how it will be easy for Christians to be deceived about the Lord’s return (vv. 22-23). In fact in the end times the deceivers arguments and proofs will be so convincing that it will be difficult not to fall away from Christ. Some of the ways to discern these false teachers is to check them out by asking the following questions:

  1. Do they have to revise their predictions to fit what has already happened?
  2. Does their teaching utilize only a small section of the Bible to the neglect of the whole?
  3. Does their teaching contradict what the Bible says about God?
  4. Do the teachings glorify the teacher or Christ?

Application

What is the most exciting thing about the Lord’s return to me? What questions would I like to ask Jesus about the end time? The most important thing is to be ready when He comes.

Mark 13:14-23 (English Standard Version)

"But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand."

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