What Paul and this section of Revelation are describing is a great counterfeit of the true religion—a world-dominating false Christianity led by Satan and his ministers, who appear as ministers of righteousness see 2 Corinthians 2 Corinthians 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
As shocking as it may sound, the world religion that now lays claim to the name of Christianity, having nearly 2 billion adherents, is that very lawless mystery system!
How can one recognize a false Christ?
This is not to question the sincerity of its many followers. Most are motivated by a sincere desire to please God.
But sincerity is not the measure of right and wrong. Early on, this religion shed many important biblical doctrines and commandments in favor of popular pagan concepts and traditions. These signs and wonders are the same ones Paul mentioned. All of us need to be wary and watchful. We must examine the fruits of all those who claim to represent Jesus Christ—in the way they live and the doctrines they teach.
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Moreover, as time goes on, ever more pretenders will arise, however sincere they may be. And finally, bear in mind that the greatest period of deception ever is just ahead of us. Tom is an elder in the United Church of God who works from his home near St. Louis, Missouri, as a senior writer and editor for the Beyond Today magazine and church booklets. Skip to main content.
Many Shall Come In My Name
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