Recognizing the counterfeits!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear… so be on your guard.” (Mark 13:22-23)
Jesus is talking about a specific time – AD 70 – when the Romans destroyed the temple.
He uses hyperbole – “never to be equaled again” (19) to stress how bad it will be.
But history shows us many, many times where such deception and devastation took place.
In these times false messiahs and prophets show up to deceive Jesus’s followers.
These messiahs and prophets do great things, performing signs and wonders.
They hold up bibles and claim to speak for and serve God, and are hailed as heroes.
And sadly even Christians have been deceived, thinking they were on God’s side.
This warning from Jesus is to me, that I make sure I am not being deceived.
And the thing about being deceived is that we don’t know when it is happening.
How do I be on guard, how do I protect myself from being deceived?
Keep my eyes on Jesus, and compare any prophet or messiah or teaching to Jesus.
The best way to spot a counterfeit is to know the real thing really well.
Do their words and actions bring faith, hope, love, grace, mercy and peace like Jesus?
I hear Jesus warning me to be on my guard, for false messiahs and prophets still come.
Lord, impress on me your character so that I may know and show it more and more, and that I may recognize false messiahs and prophets seeking to deceive me.


  1. “At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.” We seen cultists making similar types of claims and even in Islam – Mohammed is the next after Christ. So we must be discerning. Jesus reveals himself through to us through the HS working in us – and when he does come it will be very public – we will know it! Lord, in all the challenges of life and its joys let me not lose my relationship with you by the HS – all would be lost if that happens. Help me not be distracted from a faithful walk with you!

  2. Prophets. Priests. Kings.
    That is what God’s people are.
    But in times like these there are many prophets telling about the times we are in. This the Lord said would happen. I need a listening ear and a discerning mind to be on guard staying true to His Word. Jesus is my guide and I need to stay true to His Word and live daily in that Word. Spirit of the living God, guard and guide me each day in Your Word.

    Spirit of the living God,
    Fall afresh on me!
    Spirit of the living God,
    Fall afresh on me!
    Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me!
    Spirit of the living God,
    Fall afresh on me!

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