“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people” (Matthew 24:11).
The Lord Jesus Christ has warned us that many false prophets will appear in the last days. In the Bible we read that in these last days, there will be a counterfeit messiah, the antichrist who is to come before the Lord Jesus Christ. Before the first coming of the Lord, there was “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’” (Luke 3:4). John the Baptist heralded the coming of Christ. In the book of Revelation we read about the two witnesses who are to come and prophesy about the second coming of Christ and perform signs and wonders (Revelation 11:1-14). Before the antichrist sets himself up on the throne in the temple, exalting himself over all things called God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), there will be false prophets heralding him, and they will deceive many.
The antichrist will proclaim himself to be God. What will these false prophets be proclaiming to prepare the way for him? I believe that the many false teachers of atheism today are part of this. The seeds of doubt in absolute truth and the existence of God are being planting and are sprouting up rapidly. People like Richard Dawkins are proclaiming that anyone who believes in the supernatural are delusional and not in touch with reality. This war cry is rising up from the enemy, and many are siding with these ideas. If the agents of Satan can convince the world that God does not exist, then he has a captive audience when the antichrist rises up and exalts himself. If God as we know him does not exist, then the antichrist will have no opposition. The arguments of the atheists are paving the way.
Soon Christianity will experience the greatest persecution the world has ever seen. Members of our own families will betray us to be killed, and they will think they are doing the right thing. The idea is being cultivated in the minds of the people that Christians are dangerous in their fundamentalism, and it is better to kill them then wait for them to rise up, as radical Muslims do, and start killing people in the name of God. In these atheistic arguments, there is no difference between Christian and Muslim, Animist, Hindu and Buddhist, or any simply superstitous person found in the world. All are being painting as equally dangerous threats to the safety of “rationally thinking” people who do not believe in such “nonsense.”
Beware of these false teachers and false prophets. This is only the beginning of the persecution that is to come. Sooner or later these ideas will be accepted by society as a whole and the world will enter into a second holocaust. Just as Hitler devised the false teaching that Jews are dangerous and going to take over the world and thus should be exterminated, the false prophets are arguing against Christianity and religion as a whole.
Rise up Christians and stand firm. When we see these things we know that the glorious day of the coming of the Lord is near. “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).