A Powerful Confirmation of Prophecy
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 2 Lesson 7 Sunday
Text of the day: Matthew 24:1 – 25
“Christ is concerned with deceptions that will confuse His people through the ages and into the end time.”
Why? Because he is concerned for His children, both for those who believe and trust in Him and for those who are confused and diverted by sin.
We have seen a sad but powerful confirmation of the Word of God. All through history, and even in our day, deceivers have indeed come, saying, “I am the Christ.” What a remarkable prophecy! Living in the time that we do, we can survey the long centuries of history and see (in ways those who lived in Christ’s time couldn’t) just how accurate that prediction was. We shouldn’t be surprised, either, if deceptions like these only increase as we near the final crisis.
- Have you seen a false Christ?
- Have you been tempted to believe a false Christ?
- What is a false Christ?
Christ was the “anointed one”, has anyone else been anointed? Is it important who is this one who does it and for what purpose? Then what will help us determine if the anointed one is “false”? What will determine if the type of ceremony is false? How about the one who anoints another person important? How about the qualifications of the one anointed or the qualifications of the one doing the anointing?
Does it help if there are “manifestations” that verify the anointing and if so, then what would qualify the process as being genuine? Well let’s take a look at for example those who had Christ do the anointing? i.e. Judas, Simon Magus
What are the dangers that I/we face when we think we have not seen such?
What are the characteristics of a false Christ that will tip you off to the lie/deception/etc?
Is the location of the person’s feet have anything to do with your confidence?
If Lucifer is the smartest created being in the universe, do you think his trick / temptation / false ideas will have much to do with where his feet are when you see him?
Christ said in Matthew 24:24 GNT “For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God’s chosen people, if possible.”
What are the characteristics you are looking for to make a decision?
- Bible based
- If they are quoting scripture, are they to be trusted?
- No coercion
- Other centered love
- Manner of coming
- Goals of the individual
Any others? (Galatians 1:8, 9)
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should come and present a message of “good news” different from what we have already presented–a message that in effect misrepresents God and changes the meaning of what Christ accomplished–then he will be eternally lost, because he will be presenting a message without truth and with no power to heal and restore. 9 As we have said once, so that no one will misunderstand I now say it again: If anyone, from anywhere, regardless of accompanying signs and miracles, presents a so-called message of “good news” different from what you already accepted, he will be eternally lost, because he will be presenting a false message with no power to heal or restore!
How are these above counterfeited?
How can you prepare for determining the counterfeit?
- Concentrate on the original
- Practice discerning the originals attributes
It does not help to concentrate on a phony if that is not the phony we are going to be given to examine;
- The Maginot line
- A father’s whistle: then and now
- Red devil with a forked tail
- Christ temptations in the wilderness
- Devil as an angel of light and assistance
It is by spending time with our heavenly Father that we will recognize His voice, His ways, His character
At the bottom of the page read Matthew 24:25 “What can we take away from this that should help us in our faith?”
- “Listen! I have told you this ahead of time.” Matthew 24:25
- Why did Christ tell us this as He did?
- To some it sounds like “I told you so!”
- Others: “Now you are responsible since you have been told.”
- Christ’s last discussion with His disciples before He left the upper room and last supper:
- John 14:15 – 31 He speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the help that we would receive from His presence.
- In this discourse Christ speaks a lot about obedience and love. He also speaks about the Holy Spirit’s functions.
“I have told you this now before it all happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe.” John 14:29
What are we to believe?
The Greek word means believe or to entrust in someone.
Amplified Bible “And now I have told you [this] before it occurs, so that when it does take place you may believe and have faith in and rely on Me.