C HAPTER 12 Section
Natural Disasters, Lying Prophets, and False Messiahs Matthew 24:4–11, 23–26
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. ... At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it” (see also Mark 13:5–9, 21–23; Luke 21:8–16). VIEW 1 FULFILLMENT IN THE END TIMES ONLY: FUTURIST “In my name” % “In my name” describes how false prophets and false messiahs will arise even in the church as the end times draw near. “Wars and rumors of wars,” “famine,” “earthquakes,” “persecuted,” “false messiahs and false prophets” % All of these events describe the era immediately before the future seven-year tribulation or during the early part of this tribulation. % According to most dispensational premillennialists, Jesus will remove his church from the world before the tribulation. Some dispensationalists see parallels between Matthew 24:4–9 and Revelation 6:2–11: % Matthew 24:5 = Antichrist = Revelation 6:2 % Matthew 24:6–7 = Wars = Revelation 6:3–4 % Matthew 24:7 = Famine = Revelation 6:5–6 % Matthew 24:7–8 = Pestilence and earthquakes = Revelation 6:7–8 % Matthew 24:9 = Martyrdom = Revelation 6:9–11111
Published on Jul 20, 2011
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