The Principle of Discerning the True Christ From False Christs (1): Discern From the Work They Do

The Lord Jesus said: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Mat 24:24). Seen from the Lord’s words, false Christs and false prophets mainly rely on performing signs and wonders to deceive God’s chosen people. This is the primary manifestation of false Christs’ deception of people. We can be clearer about this issue after reading a passage of God’s words.
God’s word says, “If, during the present day, there is to emerge a person who is able to display signs and wonders, cast out demons, heal the sick, and perform many miracles, and if this person claims that they are Jesus who has come, then this would be a counterfeit produced by evil spirits which imitate Jesus. Remember this! God does not repeat the same work. Jesus’ stage of work has already been completed, and God will never again undertake that stage of work. … In the notions of man, God must always display signs and wonders, must always heal the sick and cast out demons, and must always be just like Jesus. Yet this time, God is not like that at all. If, during the last days, God still displayed signs and wonders, and still cast out demons and healed the sick — if He did exactly the same as Jesus — then God would be repeating the same work, and the work of Jesus would have no significance or value. Thus, God carries out one stage of work in every age. Once each stage of His work has been completed, it is soon imitated by evil spirits, and after Satan begins to follow on the heels of God, God changes to a different method. Once God has completed a stage of His work, it is imitated by evil spirits. You must be clear about this.”
This passage clearly tells us that God is always new and never old, and that He does not repeat the same work. Just like when the Lord Jesus came to work, He did not repeat the work of setting forth laws in the Age of Law, but began the Age of Grace and did the work of redeeming mankind. He provided man with the way of repentance, healed the sick and cast out demons, and in the end was crucified for man, redeeming mankind from sin. So when the Lord Jesus comes back in the last days, He will also begin a new age and do new work, and will not repeat the work that He has done. And the false Christs? They are all evil spirits who fake Christ. They are incapable of doing the work of ushering in a new age and bringing the old age to an end. They can only perform some simple signs and wonders to imitate the Lord Jesus to deceive those who are muddle-headed and unable to discern. But they are incapable of copying what the Lord Jesus did as raising the dead and feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, or rebuking the wind and sea. That is totally beyond them because they do not possess the authority and power of God. Therefore, He who can open up a new age and bring the old to an end is the true Christ, while those who are incapable of doing so but can only follow on the heels of God and imitate the work that God has already done are undoubtedly false Christs.

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