101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 53 

Will Many Christs Soon Arrive?

In His Olivet Prophecy, Christ said that a sign that his second advent was near is the fact that "many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:5). Did Christ mean there would be many people saying they were Christ returned from heaven and many would be deceived?
 

The truth is, Christ said there would be many people who would admit that Jesus was indeed the Christ, but in saying it they would deceive many. This is a plain statement by Jesus that the majority (the many) of people preaching today that Jesus is the Christ are deceiving people even though they teach the truth of Jesus’ Messiahship. True, there would be some people calling themselves "Christs" as well (Matthew 24:24), but the real meaning of Christ’s prophecy is the fact that at the last generation before he returns the majority of professing Christians will actually be deceiving the world with false messages. This is what Jesus meant in his statement to the apostles.


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