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What does Matthew chapter 24 verse 11 mean?


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September 12, 2014 8:58PM

Answer: Matthew 24:11 "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many".

This verse has its parallels in the same chapter verse 5 "For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

And verse 24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

Also 2 Peter 2:1 follows a similar theme:"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."

False prophets have always been around. This is evident from a number of Old Testament passages including Deuteronomy 18: 22 which gives a 'test' of a true or false prophet. Satan, being the father of lies, continues his deceptive work even down to the present day, one good example of which is found in the followers of the false prophet Joseph Smith, the Mormons, who, though thoroughly heretical, claim to be Christian. They deceive many because they use the same terminology as used in the Bible and by Christians but have a vastly different meaning to the terms they use.

The verse itself vindicates the truth of scripture, since it has been amply fulfilled down to this present day, as, even in the early days of the Christian church heresies of various kinds arose. Sad as it is, it is also true that many will fall for the various deceptive teachings and practices of these false prophets (and their parallel the 'false Christs'). One reason Jesus gave this warning is for true believers to be forewarned and so avoid the trap.