Now You See Him?…No, You Don’t!
In Matthew 24 and chapter 25 Jesus teaches on the circumstances surrounding His return. The disciples ask the question in the beginning and Jesus begins to answer it. I think we can learn a lot about the timing and events of Jesus’ return simply by reading what Jesus says. One of the interesting passages clearly refutes the idea of “false messiahs”. In verses 23-27 we read this: 23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 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. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Throughout the years and I believe even more so in the future, people have claimed and will claim to be the Messiah. I’m quite sure that in the end times these “false” messiahs will arise around the world, do some awesome, miraculous stuff, and claim to be the returned Jesus. But Jesus makes it very clear that He will not return inconspicuously as He arrived. He is not going to show up in Area 51 or some jungle in South America. No, when Jesus returns it will be in the clouds with the sounds of the trumpet and something that approaches the flash of lightning. We don’t have to wonder about these pretend Saviors. They are phonies. If someone claims to have seen the risen Christ, and He is teaching in a village in Afghanistan, you’ll know they aren’t telling the truth. If they say, “Now I see Him”, you can say, “No, You Don’t” based on the authority of Jesus’ own words.