The following is an excerpt from chapter 21 of my new book, Remnant: The Righteous Remnant Now Arises.
When the disciples asked Jesus to tell them the signs identifying the season of His return, the very first sign He gave them was a warning about imposters coming in His name to deceive us. (Matthew 24:4-5, Luke 21:8)
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5 NKJV)
In the above passage, He mentions deception twice. Later in the same passage, He mentioned it twice more. (Matthew 24:11, 24:23-26) Of all the things He could have warned about, this was the first one He mentioned and He repeated it three times, so it must have been His number one concern, the greatest danger facing the final generation. If He only said it once, it would be important, but saying it four times makes it super important. It’s so easy to quickly read on past it and miss the significance, as I’ve done many times, but I believe this is so important, it’s worth parking here and staying for a long time to think about what it means for us today and ask God to expose this very dark demonic scheme so we can understand what Jesus clearly wanted us to understand.
Right between His first two mentions of deception in verses 4 and 5, Jesus identified those who come in His name, like a sandwich with poison placed between two pieces of bread. By the outward appearance, it looks safe to eat because the bread hides the poison, but it’s deadly because it’s not what it appears to be. Since the poison is coming from those who come in His name, His warning ironically reveals those whom we trust the most, the ones we feel the safest listening to, are the ones we should guard against the most because they’re putting us in the greatest danger, which makes sense because we tend to let our guards down and trust whatever they say, making us more vulnerable.
Jesus warned that the imposters who come in His name will say, “I am the Christ.” By saying this, they are claiming they alone have the way of salvation because Christ means messiah, the anointed one, the one with the touch of God to save us. In some cases, imposters have claimed to be Jesus Christ, but more often this claim is made by religious cults as a fear tactic to gain control over their prey, terrorizing them by threatening, “Join us and follow our instructions or be forever damned.” Sadly, multitudes have fallen for this deception.
True Christians selflessly point their followers to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but these imposters selfishly make themselves the essential requirement for receiving salvation by requiring membership in their church or submission to their leader. They come in the name of Jesus Christ only to hide their true agenda of making themselves a substitute for Him. This is the spirit of antichrist, which has been operating in the world since the beginning. (1 John 4:3)
Satan is using his same old plays from his same old playbook, just as he’s been doing from the beginning, disguising himself as an angel of light, misquoting scriptures to twist the meaning for the advancement of his kingdom, just as he cleverly deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden by misquoting what God said. (Genesis 3:1-6, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15) Later, he misquoted scriptures to Jesus when He was in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:5-6) Satan not only knows the scriptures, but he also knows the language of Christians, the kinds of phrases often used by true Christians, such as the “strong presence of the Holy Spirit” and the “powerful anointing.” So, just because someone quotes scriptures or claims to be a Christian or uses all the right phrases doesn’t mean they’re a true follower. Just because someone calls their group a Christian church doesn’t mean it has anything to do with the true Church. For the final generation, more than any other generation, things will not be what they appear to be, but the good news is God has given us the scriptures and the inner witness of His Holy Spirit to expose Satan’s schemes so we can avoid getting deceived.
By coming in the name of Jesus, Satan is pulling the dirtiest trick imaginable because he’s striking in our most sacred, most trusted, most important relationship in our life, our relationship with God, which effects every other relationship and every choice we make, so if we get it right, every area of our life comes into right alignment, but if we get it wrong, we can be lured into the deepest darkness imaginable, committing the most despicable evil deeds while justifying it in our darkened mind, mistakenly thinking it’s for the greater good, for the glory of God, with eternal rewards, which is why Satan’s followers will do anything he tells them to do. (Matthew 6:33) It’s the ultimate deception.
The imposters coming in His name are traitors, betraying God and their followers for their own evil purposes. They’re harlots, hirelings, and deceivers, practicing all sorts of abominations and filthiness while causing their followers to do the same. They were revealed to the Apostle John as a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, the mother of all harlots. (Revelation 17:1-6) She disguises herself with the appearance of the Lamb of God, having two horns like a lamb, and like the Messiah riding on a white horse, imitating the Lord Jesus Christ, but everything about her is deceptive, the opposite of what she appears to be, all designed to hide her true purpose of getting drunk with the blood of the saints. (John 1:36, Revelation 6:1-2, 13:11, 19:11)
And since she is the mother of all harlots, she must have many daughters practicing the same deception and harlotry, operating under cover to betray their followers, just like their mother. (Revelation 17:5) Her daughters are like front groups whose purpose is to secretly extend her influence while hiding their connection to her, so they operate under different names and wear different disguises, enabling her to deceive many more victims. Since their mother comes in the name of Jesus, they’re more likely to come in some other name, perhaps as a secular organization or in the name of another religion, anything to throw us off her trail.
So, this deceptive scheme has many layers built upon many lies, but it’s all instigated by the ones who come in His name. To understand what’s really happening requires seeing beyond the layers of deception to expose the ones behind it all. Otherwise, the mother proceeds with her schemes unhindered, simply by shifting her plans to another daughter if necessary. Unfortunately, all the deceptive schemes have succeeded in creating lots of confusion, causing many people to follow the wrong trails while encouraging others to do the same, placing all the blame on the daughters, with many possible suspects, including the big bankers, the deep state, politicians, evil corporations, communists, the Illuminati, the Muslims, and of course, the world’s all-time favorite villains, the Jews, but none of them are the ones Jesus warned about because none of them come in His name. They might be daughter harlots serving the mother harlot, but they cannot be the true culprits.
Simply by paying close attention to the words of Jesus, we can avoid wasting our time and energy exploring the wrong rabbit holes, which frees us up to explore the right rabbit hole where we can learn things that truly matter, so we can be well informed, striking at the heart of the deception to help others avoid falling into Satan’s traps. He hates the light, so why not shine it on him extra bright? (Acts 26:18, Colossians 1:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:9)
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