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Friday, June 8 2012
The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans
The English word "charlatan" originated from a Latin word, ciarlatano, which meant to quack (hence the reason that "charlatans" are also called "quacks"). The term, for bogus people, originated from the haughty sounds that birds make while puffing themselves up before other birds.
In His famous Olivet Prophecy, the Messiah identified the greatest end-time threats to true Christianity as being not from those of other religions, or of no religion, but of the powerful charlatans who falsely claim to be Christian, as determined by their anti-Biblical teachings and practices, whether Roman Catholic or "Protestant" (doctrinally, the "Protestant" world never stopped being Roman Catholic) - and of the great influence that they have on political leaders, who are almost always followers of one or the other of the charlatan churches.
Notice very carefully that the Messiah didn't warn of "false Mohammeds," or "false Buddhas," or "false atheists" - He warned that "there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple [see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy; also The Blood Of Bulls And Goats]: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?].
The great tribulation will be empowered, not by people leading people away from Christ while claiming to do so, but by those who will be misleading people away from Christ while falsely claiming to be leading people to Him i.e. "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 show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
"24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light
The original Greek word of the Scriptures that has been translated into English as "antichrist" is (pronounced) an-tee-krees-tos, means against the anointed one. By definition it has a meaning of direct resistance against Christ and Christians, although as we've read, that surely will occur as much through deception and subterfuge by "Christian" charlatans as by hostile opposition and persecution from atheists or people of other religions. The only way to detect a charlatan is to compare what they say and do with what the Word of God actually says.
"4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (1 John 4:1-3 KJV)
"False Christs" on the other hand, although also actually being anti-Christ, will appear to be pro-Christian, some to blasphemous extremes; with the assistance of Satan, some will even claim to be Christ:
"24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before. 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." (Matthew 24:23-28 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is the word "prophet" different in "false prophet"?
This Day In History, June 8
68: The Roman Senate proclaimed Galba as the 6th Roman Emperor. He reigned 68-69 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
452: Italy was invaded by Attila the Hun.
632: Muhammad, the founder of Islam, died at age 62 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
793: Vikings attacked the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, beginning the Scandinavian invasion of England.
1042: Hardicanute, King of England and Denmark, died. He was succeeded in England by Edward the Confessor and in Denmark by Magnus, King of Norway.
1536: The Ten Articles of Religion were published by the English clergy, in support of Henry VIII's Declaration of Supremacy after breaking with the Roman Catholic church.
1663: The Battle of Ameixial in Portugal during the Portuguese war of liberation from Spain; it was victorious for the Portuguese. This was the first in a series of battles that led to the Spanish-Portuguese Treaty of Lisbon and Portugal's independence from Spain.
1783: The Laki volcano in Iceland began 8 months of eruptions that killed over 9,000 people.
1794: The French Revolution's new state religion, the "Cult of the Supreme Being," began with festivals across the country.
1949: George Orwell's 1984 was published.
1963: Egypt became the first Arab country to use chemical weapons when its aircraft dropped mustard gas bombs on Yemeni civilians in the village of Sadah near the Saudi border.
1967: Day 4 of the "6 Day War." On the Egyptian front, Israeli forces were to eventually destroy or capture over 800 Egyptian tanks - exceeding the level of destruction that the British and Canadians inflicted on Nazi armor at al-Alamein 25 years earlier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: James Earl Ray, wanted for the assassination of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London.
1969: The CBS network pulled "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" because of their refusal to stop their political jokes; their program was replaced by the "politically-correct" show "Hee Haw."
1969: Spain closed its frontier with Gibraltar, hoping to cripple its economy, after Britain's refusal to hand over the colony to Spain.
1986: Despite persistent allegations he had been involved in Nazi wartime atrocities, Kurt Waldheim was elected President of Austria.
1972: The date of the infamous Vietnam War photograph of a naked little girl, whose clothes had been burned off by a U.S. napalm bomb that incinerated her village, running down a road with other screaming children. Phan Thi Kim Phuc later moved to Canada and now lives in Toronto.
1996: China carried out a nuclear explosion at the Lop Nor test site in northwestern Xinjiang with a blast that rocked the remote region.
2007: New South Wales, Australia, was hit by the worst storms and flooding in over three decades.