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The Lord Jesus, when speaking to the disciples about the end of the age, warned them of false Christs and false prophets who would come and who would perform great signs and miracles to deceive the very elect, if that were possible.  And indeed, these words of Jesus have come to pass.  There have been many false Christs and not just your garden gnome variety, like men who claim to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, like the recently deceased Sai Baba of India, or men from all over the world who also claim to be Jesus Himself, with their little groups waiting for the end of the world and the next to begin, and so on.

In fact, this prophecy of Jesus about false Christs was fulfilled as far back as the fourth century, when a Christ who was supposed to be born of a virgin by the name of Mary and who was born in the northern winter was adopted by the ‘church’.  The followers of this new Christ then proceeded to attack, kill and assimilate the rest of the church through its vicars.  The campaign has been so successful that most who consider themselves believers and followers of Jesus happily commemorate the birth of Jesus on the 24th December… the birth date of the greatest false Christ of all.

Where did this Christ come from, and why was it allowed to flourish?  Before this false Christ arose, the Lord rebuked the church at Thyatira for tolerating the false prophetess Jezebel.  Both Peter and John wrote about false prophets in the midst of the early church as well, who according to Peter were bringing destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who brought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. [2 Peter 2.1]  However, Peter was wrong.  Few false prophets have faced swift destruction.  In fact, they live long and prosperous lives in most cases.  Some even raising up religions that change the world.  Why?  Because Peter himself played a part in their appearance.

While Peter and John faced and encountered the problems of false prophets, the apostle Paul came up against an even greater problem – false apostles.  Men who claimed to be servants of the Lord with a perverted gospel.  Paul’s description of them in his second letter to the Corinthian church describes them in sufficient detail, and when you combine that with Paul’s seven signs of his apostleship, the detection of a false apostle is fairly simple.  The church of Ephesus was commended by Jesus for their stand against false apostles, which is understandable, for Ephesus was a church raised by Paul.

And from the foundation of these prophets and apostles, the false church was raised to welcome the false Christ.  The counterfeit is almost perfect.  Just as the real church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, so too this false church.  Except it is built first on false prophets and then later false apostles, as the real ones – the eleven – were scattered or killed so that Paul was the last apostle to be appointed by the Lord for his time to encounter them.  And so the word of the Lord concerning the appearance of false Christs and false prophets have been fulfilled.  And for the false Christs to appear, there were also the false apostles as well.

So, what is behind these false prophets, false apostles and false Christs?  The answer is simple and logical – a false spirit.  One that claims to be the very Spirit of God Himself.  One that would recommend the teachings of Jesus be put aside and the recommendations of mere men be adopted in their place.

This spirit was created by the very hand and pen of the church at Jerusalem when they sent their letter to the gentiles saying, “It seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” [Acts 15.28] telling the gentiles to avoid the eating of blood, of strangled meat and of food sacrificed to idols.  In their ignorance and desire to retain the Law of Moses, the disciples created the very spirit that would give birth to the false prophets, false apostles and false Christs.

From that day on, the church would happily listen to a ‘holy spirit’ that taught us to practise things contrary to the teachings of Jesus.  Peter himself was party to this, for he was present in Acts 15.

The church would hate and kill its enemies.  When it prayed, it prayed in the sight of men.  When it fasted, it put on ashes and sackcloth.  The people were taught to call the priests ‘father.’  For some, even a co-redeemer was invented.  The list is as long as the history of the Christian religions.  Teachings that Jesus never had in mind were taught and practised till today.  And what has kept it going is the spirit of the antichrist… the spirit for whom the contravening of the teachings of Jesus seems good.

What then is the remedy?  Ultimately, the return of Jesus Himself in the flesh to judge and correct the church of all its heresies… as one prophet had said.  But in the meantime, what can be done and what needs to be done?  Repentance is needed.  The one thing that is not written that the twelve did when they went to Capernaum instead of Bethsaida in the boat.  Repentance… that which the eleven did not do when they did not go to Galilee on resurrection morning.  Repentance… that which the seven did not do when Jesus found them fishing in Galilee instead of waiting for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem as He had commanded.

It is the mercy and grace of the Lord that all the eleven died as martyrs, that they may return with Him to reign, and the victims of their follies who held onto the word and the testimony also shared in the gory and the glory of martyrdom, that they may also return with the Lord.

And what should we repent of?  We need to repent of prophesying beyond that which Jesus has already prophesied.  Indeed, the prophecy that makes all a true prophet is the soon coming of Jesus.  As for the apostles, test them.  What is their gospel that they received from no man but from Jesus personally when they saw Him, with a ministry of signs wonders and miracles, equal if not greater than the Lord’s, done with great perseverance and with an attitude of one condemned to the arena, walking last in the procession?

As for the false Christs, leave them.  Just make sure the One you are following is He who was born in the northern spring, whose exact date of birth has been lost to the memory of men, whose mother, although was a virgin when she conceived him, did not remain a virgin but gave our Christ four half-brothers and at least two half-sisters.  Our Christ is the One who is coming back on clouds of great power and glory with His Father’s angels and His elect to reign for a thousand years.

As for the spirit, the true Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who does all things for the honour and glory of the One who sent Him, and it will never seem good to Him for us to forsake even the least of the teachings of Jesus.  The spirit of the antichrist raised by men who do not have in mind the things of God but of men can now be driven out of the body of Christ, for the Lord, the Spirit of truth, has finally stood up to testify.  The Spirit who has always been saying one thing and one thing only to the churches, “Listen to Jesus.”  Let those who have ears to hear, hear.

Hr. Edmond Kwan

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