“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Mat. 7:15)
“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:29–30)
As Christians contemplate with anger and sorrow the ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East and the prospect of a wider war, they are spiritually attacked by trojan horses stationed in their midst, especially in the midst of evangelical Christians in the United States. These bloodthirsty wolves in sheep’s clothing are forerunners of the false prophet of the last days. They put on Christian helmets, but speak as the Dragon and are working to evoke anti-Muslim sentiments and support for even more massacres in the “Holy” Land.
Part of the war propaganda machine, these false prophets distort the Bible to suit their needs. They point to yet unfulfilled prophecies in the Old Testament, which allegedly speak of an all-out war between the state of Israel and the surrounding nations, as a prerequisite to the appearance of the Antichrist on the scene, and to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
While Jesus Christ foretold that in the last days “ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” (Matt. 24:6–7), Christians should neither participate in, nor cheer slaughter. Our Lord is the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6) and Life itself (John 14:6), while death is an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). Whoever takes Jesus Christ’s name to encourage wars, is a blasphemer.
Moreover, since the time of Jesus Christ and the institution of the new covenant, old covenant concepts have moved from an earthly plane to a spiritual one: we now have a spiritual Israel, a spiritual temple and spiritual sacrifices, and wage spiritual wars with the forces of darkness (see Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks) Therefore any prophecy in the Old Testament which is not yet fulfilled, must be analyzed taking these into consideration. We will discuss the prophecies used by the false prophets to justify wars in another article.