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IS JESUS SUDDENLY APPEARING TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD OR IS IT THE PROMISED END TIMES DECEPTION?

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The Bible says that in the end times, there will be a worldwide deception that will take place, and people will be deceived into thinking they have meet Jesus Christ when in fact they have actually met Antichrist. Now we know that this will take place during the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Rapture of the Church, but could it be that the Devil is getting a jump start on things by manifesting himself even now? 

If it were possible for the average Christian to be the recipient of visible and audible appearance of Jesus, I am quite sure that our apostle Paul, as well as John and Peter, would have left us something in the Bible to make us aware of that. But instead, we see just the opposite.

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.” Matthew 24:23-25 (KJV)

From claimed appearances of Jesus everywhere from Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida, all the way over to the Arab world and down to Africa, people are saying they are “seeing Jesus” in dreams and “waking visions”. But is Jesus really appearing to thousands of Muslims in dreams all across the Middle East? Is Jesus really showing up at random church services? What are we to make of these incredible claims?

Well, if we are Bible believers, we do this:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 (KJV)

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:10 (KJV)

When someone tells me that they “had a vision”, “had a dream”, or that “Jesus appeared to them”, all I can do is take what they say at face value. I have absolutely no way of any kind to verify their story in any way at all. But what I can do with absolute certainty is to compare what they are claiming with what the Bible says to be true. So with that, here are a few easy to digest bullet points about reconciling “appearances” of Jesus with Bible doctrine and Bible truth.

  • JESUS APPEARED TO SAUL AND JOHN, WHY NOT TO ME? One line of argument that people who make claims of “seeing Jesus” like to use is this one. After His resurrection, the Bible says that Jesus appeared to Saul on the Damascus road, and to John on the isle of Patmos, so He should be able to appear to them as well. Well, Jesus did appear to Saul who became Paul, but the vision was so intense it made him go blind. “At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.” Acts 26:13 (KJV). Jesus did appear to John in Patmos, and when John saw Jesus it was so overwhelming that he fell at His feet as “if he were dead”. Yet, in 2018, when the same Jesus “makes an appearance” it’s all soft and fuzzy, maybe some tears are shed, but it’s nothing like accounts in the Bible of when the risen Jesus appeared to people. “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:” Revelation 1:17 (KJV). Also keep in mind that after Jesus appeared to John, John wrote the Gospel of John, 1,2 and 3 John, and the entire book of Revelation. After Jesus appeared to Paul, Paul writes everything from Romans to Philemon. From this we may safely conclude that when the risen Jesus appears to someone, it is always for a very distinct reason and purpose to be recorded in the Bible. Yet, every story I hear from modern “appearances” seem to accomplish no Biblical purpose at all.
  • THE DETAILS DON’T EVER SEEM TO MATCH UP: Pastor Stovall Weems, in describing his fantastical “waking vision” that took place on the Friday before Easter told the audience about what Jesus looked like. He mentioned very specifically that Jesus’ hair was “dark brown”, even repeated it two or three times for maximum effect. But a quick trip to Revelation shows that not to be the case. This is what Jesus looks like right now, and this should have been the Jesus that Pastor Weems saw, but somehow did not. “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Revelation 1:14,15 (KJV). In the book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven“, published as a gushing miracle of a boy who died, went to Heaven and came back, the boy Alex Malarkey described what he saw in great detail. The book was lapped up by charismatics all over the world right up to the moment the boy repented of the lie he and his father concocted and admitted it was all fake. But Bible believers knew it was fake long before they confessed. How? Because in the book the boy describes a multicolor rainbow around the throne of God, but that is not what Revelation says it is. The Bible says that rainbow is green, hmm. Who do you believe? “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” Revelation 4:3 (KJV). Stovall Weems seems like a decent person, and it is our hope and prayer that, like the boy and his dad that got carried away with telling a phony trip to Heaven and back, that Pastor Weems will think long and hard about his claims, walk them back and admit he got overwhelmed with emotion and that Jesus didn’t actually appear to him. No one will fault him for that, in fact, that would be a great living example of showing how a Christian lets the Bible correct them. But if not, then unfortunately he will have to be placed into the false teacher category.

Jesus made no promises of any kind to appear to anyone except at the Rapture of the Church and then at the Second Coming

If it were possible for the average Christian to be the recipient of visible and audible appearance of Jesus, I am quite sure that our apostle Paul, as well as John and Peter, would have left us something in the Bible to make us aware of that. But instead, we see just the opposite. Please note the following:

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18 (KJV)

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8,9 (KJV)

On top of that, Jesus takes great care to point out to us that after He ascended up into Heaven, He would leave Someone here in His place to lead us and guide us. And no, that someone is not, never was, and could never be the pope of the Catholic Church. This is Who He left for us:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:7,13-15 (KJV)

That’s how the Bible says God gives truth to the Christian, not through “manifestations of Jesus” but by the administration of the Holy Spirit. Search the New Testament for as long as you like, and you will never find anywhere one single verse that says Jesus will appear to anyone outside of the Rapture of the Church and at His return at the Second Coming. And that brings us to our last point today. The end times deception.

The Bible says that in the end times, there will be a worldwide deception that will take place, and people will be deceived into thinking they have meet Jesus Christ when in fact they have actually met Antichrist. Now we know that this will take place during the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Rapture of the Church, but could it be that the Devil is getting a jump start on things  by manifesting himself even now?

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV)

Do you see what the Bible says that the Devil will deceive people? “With signs and wonders”, exactly what the Charismatic crowd is so desperate to have right now. On top of that, the “Jesus” that is appearing to people now is not aligned with what the Bible reveals to be what He actually looks and sounds like.

If Jesus was going to appear anywhere it would be to His chosen people the Jews, and it would be in His holy land of Israel. On the same Friday evening that Pastor Weems claimed to have “met Jesus” personally, Israel was under attack from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. So instead of appearing to His chosen people, we are to believe that Jesus appeared at Celebration Church in Florida, and didn’t have a message for the world when He showed up? I think not!

When you judge your experiences by the Bible, you will be lead into truth every time. When you judge the Bible by what you experienced, that’s where you fall off the path and slip into first error, then heresy, and finally into full-blown apostasy.

Don’t trust your feelings, dreams and “visions”, trust the one thing in your life that cannot lie to you. THE BIBLE.

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THE BIBLE ON FALSE PROPHETS

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False prophets are all over the landscape today, and they are a sign of the times pointing to the soon return of Jesus.

Jesus Himself warned of false prophets in the end times. His most detailed discourse on end time signs is recorded in Matthew 24. In that passage the very first sign He mentions is false prophets (Matthew 24:4-5), and it is the only sign He repeats (Matthew 24:11,24). His warning was blunt and plain spoken: “Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many.”

The Apostle Paul echoed the Lord’s warning when he spoke to the elders of the church in Ephesus. Here’s how he put it, as recorded in Acts 20:28-31 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock… [for] I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore, be on the alert.”

Peter and John also warned against the danger of false prophets. Peter asserted that false prophets would “introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master” (2 Peter 2:1). John exhorted his brethren to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

John proceeded to provide a test that should be given to prophets. He said they are to be asked to confess that “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” and that He is from God (1 John 4:2). He went on to assert that anyone who refuses to confess that Jesus is from God has the spirit of antichrist” (1 John 4:3).

The Old Testament test of a prophet is spelled out in Deuteronomy 18:22 “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously…”

This, of course, is an obvious test. But what if the prophecy is fulfilled? Does that guarantee that the prophet is speaking for God? Not necessarily. The reason is that a prophetic utterance might be fulfilled by coincidence or because of supernatural insight given to the prophet by Satan. So there must be other tests.

ADDITIONAL TESTS

1) Does the prophet speak in the name of a god other than the true God revealed in Scripture? If a prophet speaks in the name of Allah or Baal or Vishnu, you can be assured that he is a false prophet.

“If a prophet… rises among you and gives you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known), and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of the prophet…for the Lord your God is testing you.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

2) Does the prophet’s message pass the test of Scripture? If a prophet tells you that you can be saved by putting your faith in Mary, the mother of Jesus, you can be certain he is not a spokesman for God.

“But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

3) Does the prophet’s life manifest a commitment to holiness? If a prophet lives a sinful life, his prophecies are to be doubted.

“Among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing; the committing of adultery and walking in falsehood… Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood and make them drink poisonous water.’” (Jeremiah 23:14-15)

4) Does the prophet’s teaching produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)? If the prophet’s followers are motivated to worldly living, the prophet does not speak for God.

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits… a good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-16,18)

5) Does the prophet emphasize vain visions? If the prophet focuses on personal visions with sensational insights (visits to Heaven or Hell, for example), his words are to be distrusted.

“Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by… taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18)

6) Does the prophet deliver only positive messages? If the prophet never issues a call for repentance, he is to be suspect.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, ‘You will have peace…” They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’” (Jeremiah 23:16-17)

7) Does the prophet appear to be greedy for monetary gain? If the prophet operates in a manner that makes it appear that his greatest interest is money, he is to be avoided.

“From the least even to the greatest, everyone is greedy for gain; from the prophet even to the priest, everyone practices deceit. And they heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, “Peace, peace.” But there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:10-11)

8) Does the prophet focus on the exaltation of Jesus? If a prophet tries to bring attention to himself or focuses on the Antichrist or the sensational, he is to be questioned.

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)

Over and over, the Word of God commands us to test all messages lest we be deceived and led astray. Paul urged the people of Berea to test everything he taught them, and they did so by “examining the Scriptures daily” to see whether what he was teaching was scriptural (Acts 17:10-11). Paul was an apostle! How much more so should we test everything we hear taught by the standard of the Word of God.

The tragedy is that most professing Christians today are incapable of testing anything because they are biblically ignorant. There is a famine of the Word in most churches today (Amos 8:11) as people are fed a diet of pop psychology and positive thinking.

What about you? Are you in the Word on a daily basis? Are you capable of testing doctrine by Scripture? If not, then you are a sitting duck for deception. “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

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