About 2000 years ago, Israel rejected the Lord Jesus when He came to earth. This was all part of God's plan as the Lord Jesus died on the cross and He paid the penalty for sin. During His rejection the Lord Jesus warned one day another will come in his own name. At that time, Israel will accept this false Messiah! By saying this the Lord Jesus was predicting a future time when Israel would accept a false Messiah. Here is His words:
43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Phase one is past history. Israel rejected the Lord Jesus when He came unto them. Phase two is for some time in the future. There will be a day when another will come in his own name claiming to be Messiah. Israel will accept this man!
Who is that one Israel is expecting and who they will accept? The Bible refers to this person as the antichrist. When the antichrist rises to power, the nation of Israel will accept this man as their Messiah. Today, many in Israel are expecting the Messiah to be revealed at any time. With all the troubles Israel is enduring, some believe that Messiah will be revealed to Israel very shortly.
When the world conditions are ripe and the antichrist rises to power, he will deceive Israel into thinking him to be their Messiah. This will deception will only last for the first 3 1/2 years of the reign of the antichrist. At that point the antichrist will enter the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and commit the abomination of desolation. He will sit on the throne in the temple and claim to be God. At this time he will also demand worship. Finally, Israel will know that the man who they thought was their Messiah is false. Here is a description of the coming events:
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3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The above describes the abomination of desolation. The antichrist will commit extreme blasphemy to Jews by sitting in the rebuilt temple claiming to be God. When that happens, the people of Israel are told to flee to the mountains!
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
The above event will occur 3 1/2 years into the 7 year reign of the antichrist. In order for the antichrist to defile the temple then the temple in Jerusalem must be rebuilt. Watch for that even to happen because it is coming very soon!
Right now with all the problems in Israel, many are looking forward to their Messiah to come. However, they are not looking for the Lord Jesus. Instead they are looking for a man who is alive today who will be revealed at some point in time.
At first the Jewish people will accept this man as their Messiah as he will have all the proofs. But in reality this man is the Biblical antichrist who will deceive the people of the earth.
Below is an article that shows how the Jewish people are looking
for their Messiah to be revealed. They believe it can happen any day!
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Chief rabbi sees imminent coming of Messiah
'He is very near at hand,' says Russian cleric
Posted: August 12, 2005 1:26 p.m. Eastern (c) 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar believes the Earth will soon see the coming a Messiah to judge all mankind.
"We know that he is very near at hand, but he needs not only to be born but
also to come," Lazar told the Gazeta daily. "The Messiah may well have been
born already, but unless he is ordered by God he cannot reveal himself with
God's help and change the world for the better."
"We are living on the verge of history," he said. "It can be felt everywhere."
Recalling the comparison made by philosopher Maimonides, who likened the world to scales, Lazar assumed that "perhaps God is waiting for only one deed to be put on the good scale to order the Messiah to reveal himself."
Speaking about it, Russia's chief rabbi called upon everyone "to add this good
deed, as one's contribution may prove decisive."
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As you can see, Israel is ripe for deception. They still reject the Lord Jesus and are looking for someone else to rise up and be their Messiah. They believe he is already alive in the world and is just waiting for the right time to be revealed.
Little do they know that the antichrist is alive and standing backstage just waiting for the right time to be revealed to this world! All this will happen within God's time frame... and that day is coming soon!
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