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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 04:17:35 -0800 (PST)
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

The True Messiah (1)
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

"For false christs and false prophets will arise and
show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if
possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24, NKJV).

Satan has coerced people in the world to create a
mythological version of Jesus that is nowhere near the
Christ of the Bible.

The false christs love disunity and disorganization.
They will join any political or social cause, no matter
what Scripture says about it. They will even be content
to defend both sides of an issue, crowning the morality
of divergent views. Moreover, they love sin and will
tolerate any measure of it. If they can lead their
followers to wallow in debauchery, they will be
thrilled.

The media campaigns of the false christs have become so
successful that people are finding it difficult to
accept the real Jesus and his teachings in Scripture.
The followers of the false christs have been fabulously
successful in leading people to vilify the real Christ.

If we are not careful, we will be deceived, as well.
Our attention and focus must be riveted to the truth of
the inspired Word of God. We must ignore the deceptive
christs wrapped in false grace in order to lure us into
Satan's trap (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 5:8).

If we will find the true Christ, we must delve humbly
and seriously into the Word of God. Prophecy is a
powerful way to begin the search for the authentic
Christ.

"Based on Old Testament evidence, prophecy may
tentatively be defined as the proclamation of divine
messages in a state of inspiration."/1 We are told
that, "...prophecy never came by the will of man, but
holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy
Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21, NKJV).

Prophecy is a powerful testament to the inspiration of
Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17). "To deny the predictive
element is to deny the very core of the Biblical
message; it makes no sense if we remove all of the
predictions."/2

The false christs do not have the unassailable evidence
of predictive prophecy to make their case. Therefore,
they do all that they can to savage Biblical prophecy
so they can further their deceptions. They strike
naturalistic and dismissive postures and claim that
prophecy is too primitive for our enlightened age.

God's Word and his mission, however, are not determined
by the opinions of scoffers. "Therefore say to them,
'Thus says the Lord GOD: "None of My words will be
postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be
done" (Ezekiel 12:28).

"As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the
word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be
known as one whom the LORD has truly sent" (Jeremiah
28:9).

False christs have nothing to offer except empty
platitudes, revisionist history and world-weary wisdom.
It isn't worth it. The absolute truth of God's Word is
far more empowering and enduring (Psalm 119:105). 

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