Category Archives: False Prophet

HOWLING IMPOSTERS

“Evil men and howling impostors will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Christ’s final block of teaching given on the Mount of Olives includes several warnings about coming “deceivers” and “false prophets” who will be intent on misleading the saints, warnings reiterated and expanded in the writings of the apostles. His discourse began with stern warnings to “beware lest anyone deceive you.”

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PREDICTED EVENTS

The Church has been plagued with deceivers and apostasy, just as predicted in the New Testament.

The New Testament warns disciples about several things that will characterize the period between Christ’s first and second comings, ones that will intensify as the end approaches. They include an army of deceivers, deception, apostasy, the rise of a horrific malevolent figure, and Satan’s final assault on the church.

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ANTICHRIST – FINAL INCARNATION

The “spirit of antichrist” is raising up deceivers within the church, though a final “antichrist” will also appear at the end of the age.

The only New Testament author who uses the term “antichrist” is John, and only in two of his letters. He applied it to “false prophets” who were active in his congregations, false brethren he charged with denying that “Jesus is the Christ” and had “come in the flesh.” Such men were of the “spirit of antichrist” that already was operating in the world in John’s day.

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TWO FINAL EVENTS

The New Testament warns several times of coming deceivers and apostasy in the days prior to the return of Jesus.

The Apostle Paul described two things that must occur before the “Day of the Lord” when Jesus will gather his elect – the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” And in his second letter to the Thessalonians, the two events are inextricably linked, for the goal of the “lawless one” is to deceive believers.

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THE GREAT FALLING AWAY

The New Testament warns of the coming “apostasy” that will occur prior to the arrival of the “day of the Lord.”

To the Thessalonians, Paul explained that the “day of the Lord” will NOT commence until the “apostasy” occurs and the “man of lawlessness” is revealed, two events that are inextricably linked. And in his statement, Paul reiterated the warning found elsewhere in the New Testament about the “falling away” of many from the faith in the “last days.”

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