A False Messiah
Now Yeshua began to answer their questions by defining “what things” will be coming.
Of first priority was the need to beware and recognize deception.
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Mark 13: 5-6
And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.
Luke records an even more dire warning.
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not goafter them.
Shortly after the death of Yeshua, men rose up claiming to be the Messiah (Acts 5:34-39).
Yeshua knew that besides these imposters, there will be another in the end of days who will succeed in seducing many by using flattery, signs and wonders. Having the correct perception of the Messiah is crucial; it can and will be a matter of life or death.
PRAY THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL STUDY GOD’S WORD SO THEY CAN RECOGNIZE YESHUA AS THEIR MESSIAH.
*Two scientists recently worked out the probability of anyone fulfilling 60 major (and 270 ramifications) prophecies of the Hebrew prophets writing hundreds of years before the birth of Yeshua. The odds of fulfilling only eight 1 in 1017 (or 1 in 100,000, 000, 000, 000, 000.) References: Les Krantz, What the Odds Are (HarperPerennial, 1992)