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by Wayne Blank
The history of humanity is littered with a great many false political and religious "saviors." In ancient times, the Seleucid king Antiochus I (see The Seleucids), who lived 324-262 B.C., was given the title "Soter," which means "savior," by his subjects who viewed their dictator as a god. During the time of the New Testament, and long after, many of the Roman emperors (see Ancient Empires - Rome) claimed divine status - a great many Christians and Jews were horribly martyred for refusing to worship them. In relatively modern times, Adolf Hitler (in photograph) was considered as a "savior" by millions of people. Hitler's so-called "thousand year Reich" was a thinly disguised counterfeit of Jesus Christ's coming first 1,000 years of earthly rule after His return.
There has never been a shortage of false saviors, or an unwillingness of great masses of people who blindly believe and follow the most successful of them. We are entering a time when there are going to be many more.
"As He sat on The Mount Of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the close of the age?"
"And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs."
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for My Name's sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world [see The Two Witnesses, Are The Two Witnesses Here Now? and Down Without A Fight?], as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come."
"So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place [see The Abomination of Desolation], let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Then if any one says to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets [see The Antichrist and The Great False Prophet] will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Lo, I have told you beforehand."
"So, if they say to you, 'Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, 'Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken [see Signs In The Heavens]; then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [see The Return Of Jesus Christ]; and He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
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