Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Revelation 1:8 – I am Alpha and OMEGA, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
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1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
To recognize a counterfeit, first one must know full well the details of the original. Let us know and pass along to our children, how to familiarize ourselves with the Lord so well that with His discernment, we and they will be able to understand and identify the difference and avoid it at all costs!
From the website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_claimed_to_be_Jesus, this is a partial list of some crazies claiming to be Christ. Of course, sadly, this is far from an exhaustive group, it is merely meant to show a tidbit of the world’s madness! Which is more disturbing, the one making the claim, or those believing and following?
Cults are alive and well. The Bible speaks of the remnant remaining. Romans 11:5 – Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. “Brainwashing” and “falling away’ are all part of the “wide gate” so many will tragically and blindly go through, willingly.
Matthew 7:13 Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there.
It is critical that our children learn about Jesus! At some point, they will go out on their own. If the children do not know who Christ is, it makes it easier for the enemy to confuse and lure them into his trappings.
Let’s pray for the children, youth and young adults who are persecuted by other students and instructors for their beliefs. Pray, please, that they will be able to persevere and grow in their walk rather than concede and fold to pressure. We so want them to stand complete one day before the Throne of God and hear “Well done, My Good and Faithful Servant”.
21st century (see the website, going all the way back to the 18th Century)
Apollo Quiboloy (1950–) is the founder and leader of a Philippines-based Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. He has made claims that he is the “Appointed Son of God.”
Alan John Miller (1962–), more commonly known as A.J. Miller, a former Jehovah’s Witness elder and current leader of the Australia-based Divine Truth movement. Miller claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated with others in the 20th century to spread messages that he calls the “Divine Truth.” He delivers these messages in seminars and various forms of media along with his current partner Mary Suzanne Luck, who identifies herself as the returned Mary Magdalene.
David Shayler (1965–) was a former MI5 agent and whistleblower who, in the summer of 2007, proclaimed himself to be the Messiah. He has released a series of videos onYouTube claiming to be Jesus, although he has not built up any noticeable following since his claims.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez (1990-). In November 2011, he fired nine shots with an assault rifle at the White House in Washington D.C., believing himself to be Jesus Christ sent to kill U.S. President Barack Obama whom he believed to be the antichrist.
Lightning Deng, a woman whom the Chinese Eastern Lightning cult believe to be the reincarnation of Christ.
Please show us Who You Are
Draw us into a desire
For a deep
Intimate relationship with You
Please let us display
To our children
How to know You better
And studying Your Word
We praise You for the
Who believe in You
Strengthen them, we pray
May we remain close to our
Beneath Your Wings
Lend our ear to the Truth
And our hearts to obedience
Protect all represented here
From misleading and straying from
May we love You
Realize our total dependency upon You
In the Name of the One and Only Christ
Who was born of a virgin, suffered and died
But conquered death and rose
Stands in victory
Waiting for the Father to call us Home
When we will live in Eternity