In the last post on Matthew 24:4, we saw that when asked about the end times and His glorious return, the first thing Jesus said was a warning that no one, or nothing to deceive us. The characteristic of the end times would be deception. Today I want to continue digging through and look at Matthew 24:5.
“For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” ~Matthew 24:5
The word used for “many” is the Greek word polys. The word is translated fairly meaning, “many, much, large.” On record, there are over 65 folks as listed in Wikipedia who claimed to be the Messiah , and in the last two centuries, over 30 who actually claimed to be Jesus . While this is certainly “many” folks who have come to say that they themselves are the Messiah or Jesus, it seems to be that Jesus was referring to more than just a 100 fringe folks with a Messiah complex.
The word used for “will come” is the Greek word erchomai. In short it means, “I come, go” but it also means “accompany, appear, bring, come, enter, fall out, go, grow.” The word or phrase for “in my name” is actually written literally, “in the name of me.” The key word is “name” which is onoma which means “name, character, fame, reputation.”
So it’s clear that Jesus here is talking not only about the deceptive folks who will come saying that they are Christ, or that they are Jesus, but that there would be many who will come in the name of Christ to deceive as well. I believe this includes the Antichrist himself, but also the very lie being promoted by the entire new age movement in the last century and beyond.
Alice Bailey, an early 19th century esoteric author, occultist, and theosophist who claims to have channeled a spiritual entity named Dejwal Kul for the summation of 19 books, delivered this exact message of Christ coming upon the earth. While she one of several occult and esoteric authors who grounded the new age movement we see today, it was her two books, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, and The Reappearance of the Christ, that has caught the attention of various researchers of the new age movement and it’s counterparts.
While there are many quotes I can use to exemplify this idea, here is one that really does shed light on the matter at hand. On page 73 in her book The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice Bailey states:
“In the last analysis, and from the standpoint of the Hierarchy, the present conflict between the personality of humanity (expressing the material values as the dominating factor in life experience) and the soul of humanity (expressing the spiritual values as the dominating factor in human affairs) is identical with the conflict which takes place within a human being’s consciousness when he has reached the stage of discipleship and is faced with the problem of the pairs of opposites. This conflict is expressed in many ways according to the point of view and the background of thought. It can be called the conflict between Christ and anti-Christ but not as those who usually employ those phrases understand them. No one nation is expressive of the spirit of anti-Christ, just as no one nation expresses the spirit of Christ. Christ and anti-Christ are the dualities of spirituality and materialism, both in the individual and in humanity as a whole. Or you can speak of God and the Devil with the same basic implications. For what is man himself but an expression of divinity (God) in a material form (the Devil), and what is matter but the medium through which divinity must eventually manifest in all its glory? But when that takes place, matter will no longer be a controlling factor but simply a medium of expression.” ~Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy Pg. 73
So as you can tell with this one passage from her book, Bailey’s Christ is not Jesus Christ, but rather a consciousness, or a global spiritual mind force. Relating it back to what Jesus said in Matthew 24:5, it is a startling fulfilling of this small scale prophecy. While Jesus pertained to “many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ…” Bailey here is essentially saying that humans themselves under the proper training, information, and influence are Christ’s! And if we finish what Jesus said, “…and will deceive many,” is it not possible that Jesus Himself was also referring to man himself declaring he is Christ and therefore deceiving themselves?
Of course along side this idea often referred to as “Christ Consciousness” is what Alice Bailey and many others promote in the coming “World Teacher.” While I won’t get into all the details of this claim, the main point is that Bailey, as well as many who are in high places of political and economic power believe that there is this “World Teacher” whose appearance on the world stage is eminent. And of course tying into this idea, I cannot help but mention the UFO and ET disclosure as part of the deception for the many alleged channelers of these entities declare that they are the savior for humanity, or that Jesus was a created being brought to earth by these beings to teach humanity lessons.
Of course the other part of “many will come in my name” that comes to mind is the Papacy. While no one declares to be Christ in the Papacy, the beliefs, power, and influence the Papacy hold are not far form the claims. Again, like quoting the New Age authors, there are many places I can go to quote regarding criticism over the Papacy. However, I wanted to go to one place where few go in terms of a tie between the Papacy and one who comes in the name of Christ to deceive. That is the apparition of the virgin Mary.
In Dave Hunt’s book, The Woman Who Rides the Beast, Hunt states:
“Every pope in the last 60 years has honored Our Lady of Fatima. Devotion to a mythical ‘Immaculate Heart’ substitutes for devotion to God and Christ, and obedience to ‘Our Lady’ brings peace. The apparition is surely not Mary! Claiming for itself the authority and attributes of Christ, the apparition at Fatima also declared…’the graces necessary for salvation’ and her promise to ‘lead you to God’ [as] one more denial of the sufficiency of Christ’s finished work upon the cross, a denial which is implicit in Catholic dogma and rituals.” ~Dave Hunt, A Woman Who Rides the Beast Pg. 460
Part of the claims of Mary in the apparition are that she comes in the name of Christ. But once again, if we are to hold steadfast to the words spoken by our Lord Jesus, we should know that this is another plot for Satan to deceive many.
So to reiterate a point made in the previous post on Matthew 24:4, this verse continues to show that deception is the ultimate character trait of the end times. What is alarming is the rise in the amount of proponents who not only declare a Christ figure to appear very soon, but to push the blasphemous notion that WE are somehow Christ’s ourselves. This plays right into the hands of Satan and the lie told in the Garden of Eden that ‘Ye Shall be as gods.’ It is also the foundation for the New Age, and all esoteric and occult philosophies. It is the Luceferian doctrine. Perhaps this is why Jesus was so adamant in warning about the coming deception. And if anything, this line spoken by Jesus has been in the process of being fulfilled for centuries. It goes to show that a prophecy in the Bible could be a single event, or a culmination of several events of similar nature, all heading to the final revealing of the one will deceive many. The Antichrist.