For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:5)
What a cute couple! Awwwwwww. Good looking couple with great smiles. I would like to have a beer with them. Do you know who this man is? Its A.J. Miller, aka Jesus! (According to him) Do you know who the lady is? Mary Luck, aka Mary of Magdala. (They look great for being 2000 years old lol)
“There were lots of people in the first century who didn’t believe I was the Messiah and were offended by what I said — and in fact I died at the hands of some of them,” he recently told SkyNews. “Unfortunately they didn’t learn love either and my suggestion is, even if you don’t believe I am Jesus, at least learn how to love.” (Look how he talks! LOL)
But wait!!!!! I thought this guy was Jesus?
Well he’s dead! (April 22, 1946 – August 8, 2013)
One more for the good ole 1970s!
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!
So with all these false Christs, where is the great tribulation in our day? No where! Let’s go back to the false Christs of the 1st century and listen to the authors that exposed them.
“The land was over run with magicians, seducers, and imposters, who drew the people after them in multitudes into solitudes and deserts, to see signs and miracles which they promised to show by the power of God” (Josephus)
The tyrannical zealots who ruled the city (Jerusalem) suborned many false prophets to declare that aid would be given to the people from heaven. This was done to prevent them from attempting to desert (flee the city), and to inspire confidence in God.” Wars VI:5:2:3
“When Fadus was procurator of Judea, an imposter called Theudas persuaded a vast crowd to take their belongings and follow him to the River Jordan; for he claimed to be a prophet, and promised to divide the river by his command and provide them with an easy crossing. A great many people were deceived by this talk. Fadus however did not allow them to enjoy their folly, but sent a troop of calvary against them. These attacked them without warning, killed many, and took many alive, capturing Theudas himself, whose head they cut off and conveyed to Jerusalem.” (Eusebius on Acts 5:36)
“After the Lord was taken up into heaven the demons put forth a number of men who claimed to be gods. These not only escape being persecuted by you, but were actually the objects of worship – for example Simon, a Samaritan from the village called Gittho, who in Claudius Caesar’s time, thanks to the art of the demons who possessed him, worked wonders of magic, and in your imperial city of Rome was regarded as a god, and like a god was honoured by you with a statue in the River Tiber between the two bridges. It bears this inscription in Latin, SIMONI DEO SANCTO. Almost all Samaritans, and a few from other nations too, ackowledge him as their principle god, and worship him.” (Eusebius Acts 8)
Peter Holford wrote a book in 1805 called “The Destruction of Jerusalem, An Absolute and Irresistible Proof of the Divine Origin of Christianity.” (Read the PDF and also here is a sample in regards to vs 5.)
[The necessity for this friendly warning soon appeared. Within one year after our Lord’s ascension, Dositheus the Samaritan arose, who had the boldness to assert that he was the Messiah of whom Moses prophesied, while his disciple Simon Magus deluded multitudes into a belief that he, himself, was the “great power of God.”
About three years afterward, another Samaritan impostor appeared and declared that he would show the people the sacred utensils, said to have been deposited by Moses, in Mount Gerizim. Induced by an idea that the Messiah, their great deliverer, had now come, an armed multitude assembled under him, but Pilate speedily defeated them and slew their chief.
While Cuspius Fadus was procurator in Judea, another deceiver arose, whose name was Theudas. This man actually succeeded so far as to persuade a very great multitude to take their belongings and follow him to Jordan, assuring them that the river would divide at his command. Fadus, however, pursued them with a troop of horses and slay many of them, including the impostor himself, whose head was cut off and carried to Jerusalem.
Under the government of Felix, deceivers rose up daily in Judea and persuaded the people to follow them into the wilderness, assuring them that they should there behold conspicuous signs and wonders performed by the Almighty. Of these, Felix, from time to time, apprehended many and put them to death. About this period (AD 55), Felix the celebrated Egyptian impostor arose, who collected thirty thousand followers and persuaded them to accompany him to the Mount of Olives, telling them that from thence they should see the walls of Jerusalem fall down at his command—as a prelude to the capture of the Roman garrison and to their obtaining the sovereignty of the city. The Roman governor, however, apprehending this to be the beginning of revolt, immediately attacked them, slew four hundred of them, and dispersed the rest, but the Egyptian escaped.
In the time of Porcius Festus (AD 60), another distinguished impostor seduced the people by promising them deliverance from the Roman yoke if they would follow him into the wilderness. But Festus sent out an armed force, which speedily destroyed both the deceiver and his followers. In short, impostors to a divine commission continually and fatally deceived the people, at once both justifying the caution and fulfilling the prediction of our Lord.
If it be objected that none of these impostors, except Dositheus, assumed the name of Messiah, we reply, that the groveling expectations of the Jews was directed to a Messiah who should merely deliver them from the Roman yoke and“restore the kingdom to Jerusalem,” and such were the pretensions of these deceivers. This expectation, indeed, is the only true solution of these strange and reputed insurrections, which will naturally remind the reader of the following prophetic expressions of our Lord:
“I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not; if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.” “If they shall say unto you, ‘Behold he is in the desert!’ go not forth. They will show (or pretend to show) great signs and wonders.” (Matt 24:23-26.)]
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