Anyone on Facebook has seen it probably a hundred times.  Click “like” and share, if you love Jesus.  Below it may even suggest that if you don’t, you are ashamed to be called a Christian.  Which of us have not been guilted into doing this at least once?  The first instinct is, of course I love Jesus, and I must proclaim it from the mountain tops of Facebook!  Click.  Or we think, what if this is what Jesus meant when He said that if we are ashamed of Him here on earth, He will be ashamed of us in Heaven and say He never knew us.  Click.  Maybe it is even, I have so many Christian friends on Facebook, I don’t want them to think I am not ready to stand up for Christ.  Click.

Once in a while a rational bone steps in.  This is silly.  Jesus knows I love Him.  I am not ashamed to proclaim Him to others.  Those who know me certainly know I am a follower of Christ.  I don’t need to be a follower of a Facebook post.

These things have been going on for a long time.  It used to be through email.  Remember those?  If you love Jesus, pass this on to 10 friends in the next 15 seconds and watch the blessings you will receive.  What?!

I wonder who starts these messages.  I wonder if it is really a Christian.  I wonder if the Devil is out there laughing at how easily it is to lead God’s people around by the nose.  First this way, then that way.  Just invoke a little fear, a little pride.  Stir up a little self-righteousness.  And off they go.

I need to warn you.  This is just the beginning of something much, much bigger, and far more dangerous!  I read this morning about several reports of people around the world claiming to be Jesus, or special prophets/saints.  Be careful!  Do not be deceived by the desire to know if it is real, just in case.  Jesus told us what to watch for upon His return.  He won’t be quietly sneaking back, deceiving people into following him, gathering people, small groups at a time.  He won’t be begging for money for ministry.

Jesus warns us in Matthew 24 that false Christs and false prophets will come, and that they will even do great things.  In verses 23-25 He says:  “At that time, someone might say to you, ‘Look, there is the Christ!’ Or another person might say, ‘There he is!’  But don’t believe them.  False Christs and false prophets will come and perform great wonders and miracles.  They will try to fool even the people God has chosen, if that is possible.  Now I have warned you about this before it happens.”

When Jesus comes back, He will be on mission.  He will come in a way that will be unmistakable.  Look at the the words Jesus spoke in verses 27, and 30-31:  “When the Son of Man comes, he will be seen by everyone, like lightening flashing from the east to the west…At that time, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky.  Then all the peoples of the world will cry.  They will see the Son of Man coming on clouds in the sky with great power and glory.  He will use a loud trumpet to send his angels all around the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from every part of the world.”

I am not saying when.  I am not saying in what order anything will happen.  I am warning.  When Christ returns, whenever that is, we will know it without a shred of doubt!  The whole world will know it in a moment, not just the Christians, everyone!  Then the whole world will change, too.  There won’t be a quiet reformation.  It will be a world-wide revolution as Jesus establishes His kingdom!

Be alert!  Be prepared!  And don’t be silent!!!!  Jesus is coming, but before Him will come the false Messiahs.  Many will be deceived.  But if we are not afraid to share the Gospel of Christ.  And we are not afraid to share the good news of His return and what that will look like, then fewer will be deceived than what might be.  WATCH!!!