Jesus's disciples asked Him, "...What will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?"  Matthew 24:3.  This month's newsletter is the eighth in a series of ten newsletters that will expound on each of the ten signs Jesus said would signal His return.  Jesus said, "Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginnings of sorrows.  Then they will deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you and you shall be hated by all nations for My name's sake.  Many shall be offended and betray one another and hate one another, and many false prophets shall rise and deceive many" Matthew 24:7-11.  Jesus was saying in this passage that many false prophets would rise, and we are seeing that like no other generation before us.  The following list of false prophets will give us a glimpse of the magnitude of deception going on, but it's just the "tip of the iceberg." 

Muhammad:  Founder of Islam, who said an angel choked him three times in a cave.  He was horrified and told his wife about the incident, not knowing if it was evil, or of God.  His wife told him that the angel was from God, thus, Islam was conceived.  Now, approximately 1.6 billion people in the world worship the god of Muhammad, Allah, the moon god.  The followers of Allah terrorize and kill each other, because they disagree theologically, and they have terrorized and killed millions of others in the world, especially Jews and Christians, who do not believe in their prophet, or Allah.  Muhammad declared Jesus to be only a prophet.
Ron L Hubbard:    Founder of Dianetics-Church of Scientology, which has about 8 million members worldwide.  The religion promotes the laws of science and reincarnation.  They do not believe in God the Creator, or His Son Jesus, our Savior. 
Sun Myung Moon:  Founder of the Unification Church, which has a vast, but unknown number of members worldwide.  The theology is said to be Christian based, although they practice interfaith worship with Islam, whose followers believe Jesus was only a prophet.  1.5 million members attended a church gathering in Yoido, South Korea in 1975.  The church now owns Paragon House Publishing, which as a $5 million budget.  The church also owns an automobile manufacturing company and other businesses in Communist, repressive North Korea.  They are closely tied with Muslim nations and they have incorporated teachings from the Qu'ran and Buddhism into their creed, the "Divine Principle." 
Stewart Traill:  Founder of the Church of Bible Understanding.  He proclaims himself to be none other than the reincarnated Elijah.  Members of the cult live in a commune and give Traill 90% of their income.  He owns four planes, a mansion and he receives government funding for his mission in Haiti, under George Bush's Faith Based Initiative!  According to former members, Traill controls every aspect of members' lives through harsh criticism, shame and public humiliation. 
Jim Jones:  Founder of the Peoples Temple.  He used religion as a front to start a dictatorial society.  He was a staunch believer in Communism and was actually an atheist, although most of his followers were deceived into thinking he was a devout Christian minister.  909 members of his "church" died by cyanide poisoning, many by forced suicide, and two by gunshot wounds, as well as five of Congressman Leo Ryan's party, who went to Jonestown, Guyana, to check on the welfare of members of the Peoples Temple.  916 died in all. 
Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda:  Founder of Creciendo en Gracia (Growing in Grace).  Miranda says that he is both Jesus and the Antichrist.  He has the number "666" tattooed on his forearm and many of his followers receive the same tattoo.  He has followers in 35 nations, mostly Hispanic, 287 radio programs and a 24-hour Spanish TV network, broadcasting to 103 countries.  He has churches in the United States and Canada, as well as other countries.  He claims millions of followers, which is likely true, given his wealth and fame, especially throughout Hispanic communities.  He has "learning" centers in New York and Houston.  He predicts he will be the leader of a One World Government.  His creed is that hell, the devil and sin are nonexistent; prayer is a waste of one's time; the 10 Commandments are irrelevant.  His vast number of followers just love him, much the same as Joel Osteen's followers love him, but Joel doesn't claim to be God in the flesh. 
David Koresh:  Leader of the Branch Davidians.  He believed himself to be the last prophet of the religious sect.  83 members of the Branch Davidians died during an ATF raid of their communal compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. 
Marshall Applewhite:  Founder of Heaven's Gate, led 39 people to commit suicide in March 1997, telling them it was their only way to ascend to a higher state of being.  Two additional members committed suicide later, one in May of 1997, and the other in February 1998; 41 died in all. 

I have listed just a few false prophets, to present an idea of the magnitude of the deceptions that are rampant today.  More than any other time throughout history, we are seeing great numbers of false prophets and false messiahs rising, who are not only leading their followers into great deceptions, but they are gaining insurmountable wealth from the people and taking them to an early grave in some cases.  

The Bible says, "The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they will turn away their ears from truth and will turn to fables" 2 Timothy 4:3-4.  That time has come, folks; we are now living in the last days, before Jesus's return.  Are you ready to stand before the real Jesus?  If not, won't you receive Him today?

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