The Messiah warned his Disciples

The Messiah repeatedly warned his four disciples to beware of those who would come to deceive them (Mark 13:3).  In Matthew 24, he warned Peter, Andrew, James and John to beware of those who would claim they have seen the risen Christ before his second coming (Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-25).  The Master was addressing the four disciples present on the Mount of Olives with him.  Yehoshua warned them, “Behold, I have told YOU before(hand).” Imagine yourself there when the Master spoke.. when he said “YOU”, those who were present at that time would have understood the Master was referring to them.

Matthew 24:23-25
23Then if any man shall say unto YOU, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25Behold, I have told YOU before.

He goes on to say that if anyone tells you that they’ve seen Christ in the desert not to follow them. Or if they tell you they seen Christ in their chambers not to believe them.  Paul is the only person in documented history to have claimed both.  He claimed he saw the risen Christ (after the ascension) in the desert (Acts 9:3-5, Acts 22:6-8, Acts 26:13-15, Galatians 1:15-16).  He also claimed Christ stood next to him and spoke to him in his chambers (Acts 23:11).  The Messiah uses these two instances as an example to regard those who tell people that the Messiah returned and spoke to them as false prophets.  These two examples fit Paul exactly, coupled with the fact that his teachings contradicts that of the Master, we know that Paul is the false prophet that leads believers astray.

Matthew 24:26
26Wherefore 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.

Yehoshua stated that his return will be a visible event that everyone will see (Matthew 24:27, 30).  He will return from the clouds in the sky.  The two men who stood by the disciples as they witnessed Yehoshua ascension into the clouds claimed he will return in the same manner (Acts 1:11).

Matthew 24:27
27For 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.

Matthew 24:30
30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Acts 1:11
11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Some argue that Yehoshua was only referring to the false Christs and false prophets that would arise during end-times.  Why would the Master warn his disciples to beware of the deceivers in end-times when they were already infiltrating the early church?  We know from  Jude  and John’s epistles that there were false prophets and antichrists already in the early first century (Jude 1:4, 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 1:7).  Matthew 24, in part was a dire warning to his disciples, and in the other part was answering their questions because it relates to how he would return.  He felt it important enough to reiterate his warning three times.

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