24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. (Matthew 24:24-25, NKJV)
As Christ predicted the desolation of Jerusalem (which occurred in A.D. 70 at the hand of the Romans), He warned of deceivers who would try to persuade God’s people to follow them. Although that period of trial has passed, there continue to be false teachers whose enticing messages mislead, deceive and destroy souls. Be ever vigilant to examine what you are taught using the Scriptures to know whether it is truly from God (Acts 17:11). Eloquent elucidations may please the ear and warm the heart, but if they contradict the word of God they must be rejected as error. Jesus has warned His followers not to be seduced by the siren call of false christs and false prophets. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jno. 4:1).