I will take a look at the Seven Signs announcing the end in Matthew 24:4-25, these correspond to the Seven Seals in Revelation.
“4 Jesus said to them in reply, "See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Messiah,' and they will deceive
many. You will hear of wars 5 and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. 6 All these are the beginning of the
labor pains. 7 Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you.
You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets
will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be
saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, 8 and then the end will come. 9 "When you
see the desolating abomination 10 spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea
must flee 11 to the mountains, 12 a person on the housetop must not go down to get things out of his house, a person in the field must not return to
get his cloak. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days.
13 Pray that your flight not be in winter or on the sabbath, 14 for at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the
beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect
they will be shortened. If anyone says to you then, 'Look, here is the Messiah!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. False messiahs and false
prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told it to
you beforehand. So if they say to you, 'He is in the desert,' do not go out there; if they say, 'He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 15
For just as lightning comes from the east and is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the corpse is, there the
vultures will gather.
16 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from
the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man 17 will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth
will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels 18 with a
trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 19 "Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, know that he is near,
at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation 20 will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but
my words will not pass away. 21 "But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, 22 but the Father alone. 23 For as
it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In (those) days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did
not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be (also) at the coming of the Son of Man. 24 Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. 25 Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was
coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son
of Man will come.”
1.False Prophets- corresponds to the first Seal (Rev.6:2)
Many have come in the name of “Christ”. I will take a look at four people who have been prevalent with being called a False Prophet.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
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Sun Myung Moon was born on January 6,1920 in Sangsa-ri, North Korea. He is the founder and leader of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification
of World Christianity, also called the Unification Church, a worldwide organization that believes him to be the "Messiah" sent by God to complete
the earthly mission of Jesus. He also founded The Washington Times Newspaper. Moon founded the church in 1954; 19 years after his claim of having a
vision of Jesus telling him he’d been chosen to continue God’s fight against evil.
Moon moved to The United States in the early 1970’s, it was apparent to Moon that the US had drifted from its original ideals and started the “Day of
Hope” speaking tour throughout America in the early 1970s with the purpose of reviving traditional Judeo-Christian values.
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In 1974 he spoke to a substantial crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He then went on to preach in all 50 states, hosted banquets for
thousands of society's leaders, and during this time thousands of young people accepted his message and dedicated themselves to God's providence.
Moon was invited to The White House, where he met President Richard Nixon. On two separate occasions, Moon spoke to the members of congress, both in
The House and The Senate. He organized the greatest religious rally ever assembled in Washington, D.C. Over 300,000 people of all creeds and colors
came to hear him speak at the "God Bless America Festival." At this historic rally, Moon called upon America to fulfill its blessing as one nation
under God, and to create "one world under God."
Problems for Moon arose when his comments directed towards the forgiveness of Nixon during the Watergate Scandal did not sit well with a country that
wanted Impeachment. The US government launched a plethora of official investigations of Moon involving nearly twenty federal agencies. Hearings of new
religious movements were conducted on Capitol Hill, which was investigating Moon for alleged ties between the Unification Church and the Korean CIA. A
five-year IRS investigation finally produced a politically crafted indictment against Moon. This indictment, handed down in 1981, charged him with
evading income taxes nearly a decade earlier, as well as conspiracy to avoid those taxes. The government's purpose, however, was to force Reverend
Moon to leave America. In New York Federal District Court, Moon was convicted and sentenced to spend eighteen months in a federal prison. Moon served
time in Danbury Federal Prison, On August 20, 1985, Moon was freed after completing thirteen months of incarceration.
Upon his release Christian and Civil Rights leaders, including Reverend Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority and Reverend Joseph Lowry of the Southern
Christian Leadership, welcomed him back to society. In 1990, Moon organized a major meeting of government and media in Moscow. This fulfilled a pledge
he had made in 1976 that one day he would organize a "great rally for God in Moscow." During this conference Mr. and Mrs. Moon met with President
Mikhail Gorbachev. Through several interviews, televised and in print, they gave a message of hope to the Soviet people, urging them to turn toward
God. Moon traveled to North Korea in December 1991, and met with President Kim Il Sung, under whose regime he had been tortured and sent to a labor
camp. His purpose was to seek ways to bridge the gap between the two countries. The North Korean ruler, who had suppressed religion for forty years,
completely welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Moon. Moon still to this day is spreading the ‘Word” of God throughout the world.
The Reverend Moon can be looked at from different view. He could be seen as doing God’s work, or He could be part of the deception. Doing this
research, I have learned a lot about a man with a mission. Whether that mission is to deceive the world, I still have not come to a conclusion. Most
of his public work seems deem ably exceptive. The thing that discerns me is his ties to Government, especially the US.
David Koresh, former leader of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas
Due to the Lack of intrest I had discontinued Active Research on this.
[Edited on 22-3-2004 by TrickmastertricK]
[edit on 23-6-2004 by TrickmastertricK]