When we’re frightened because wars, natural catastrophes, and threats of the end of the world shake our world, there is a grave danger of being mesmerized by a wonder-working superman. This is the lie that seduced men, women, and children to follow David Koresh to their death in a fiery inferno in Waco on April 19, 1993. And this wasn’t the first time Americans followed a false messiah.
When I was a kid, George Baker called himself Father Divine, claiming to be God until he died September 10, 1965, and in the 70s and 80s, Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church in Seoul, South Korea, was hailed as the Messiah. The tragedy is that those who fell victim to these deceivers could simply listen to Jesus’ words recorded in Mark that false christs and false prophets would come and they could have escaped the shattered dreams.
“During the time of the great tribulation if someone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ Or ‘Look! There he is!’ Don’t believe it. For false messiahs will arise and false prophets, and they will perform signs and wonders to mislead—if that were possible—those chosen by the Lord. So watch out! I’m giving you this warning beforehand.” Mark 13:21-23
Like Jesus, Paul warns of a final antichrist, a man of lawlessness in his second letter to the Thessalonians, a deceiver who will use counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders to deceive those who are perishing because they refuse to believe the truth ( 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12).
LORD, thank you that the next time your Son comes and plants his feet on this earth no one will be able to miss it. It will be like a bolt of lightning. Protect us from the deception of counterfeit miracles and wonders.
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