And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist. Matthew 17:10-13
As this passage shows recognizing the sign of the times is not that easy. Not even John the Baptist knew he was Elijah (John 1:21). It is passages such as these that leave me a little worried about my ability to recognize the end times. When God started it He had planned on bringing it to an end. So, technically, we have been in the end times, since the beginning and each passing day brings us one day closer to both our end and The End. But it’s really easy to forget about it when we get all caught up in our day-to-day affairs.
False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. Mark 13:22
So imagine my surprise when I followed a link that showed up on one of my social media feeds and figured out the person was claiming to be the second coming of Christ. I did a little further searching and found from a list on Wikipedia that there are currently 11 false messiahs in the world and many more that are no longer living but made the claim. How many was I aware of? Zero. What’s another word for clueless? Rebecca. What’s really upsetting is that was going to be my go-to for recognizing the end times. I sure hope the Church can recognize it and call it when it happens.
May we all be right with God when our end does come! God bless!
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