Anointed Ones at the Endtime.
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23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
I want you to notice here in Matthew 24, Jesus used the term of christs- c-h-r-i-s-t-s- christs, not Christ, but christs, plural, not singular- christs. Therefore the word christ means “the anointed one.” And then, if it's anointed, there will be not only one, but many anointed- the anointed ones, see. And otherwise, if He wanted to break it down so we would more-or-less understand it better, He'd say, “In the last days there shall rise false anointed ones.” Now, that seems almost impossible (see) ... the terms of anointed. But notice the very next words, “and false prophets”- p-r-o-p-h-e-t-s- plural.
Now, anointed one is “one with a message.” And the only way the message can be brought out is by one that's anointed; and that would be a prophet-anointed. “There shall rise false anointed teachers.” A prophet teaches what his message is-anointed teachers, but anointed people with false teaching, anointed ones: christs, plural; prophets, plural. And if there is such a thing as a Christ, singular, then these would have to be anointed ones that their prophecy of what they were teaching would be the difference, because they are anointed ones, anointed.
Now, it's a Sunday school lesson, we want to try to bring this to a real showdown by the Scriptures, not by what someone else has said about it, but just reading the Scriptures. You may say, “How can this be? Would the anointed ones.... What were they?” Christs-c-h-r-i-s-t-s, anointed christs and false prophets. Anointed ones, but false prophets. Jesus said that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Now, someone might say to me, “Do you believe that that anointing on those people means that it's anointing of the Holy Spirit?” Yes, sir, the genuine Holy Spirit of God upon a person, and yet they are false! Now, listen close and see what He said: “And they shall show signs and wonders, insomuch that it would deceive the very elected if it were possible.” And they are anointed with the genuine Holy Spirit. I know this sounds very foolish, but we're going to take time and explain it by the Word that that's absolutely “thus saith the Lord,” the truth.
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.
(The rain comes upon the evil the same as the good.)
For (Listen!) the earth ... drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, to bring forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessings from God:
But that which beareth thorns ... briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Now, compare that with Matthew 5:45 again. Notice, Jesus said the rain and the sun comes upon the earth, that God sends it to prepare the food and the things for the peoples of the earth. And the rain is sent for the food, the herbs. But the tares- weeds- being in the field, receive the same thing. The same rain that makes the wheat grow is the same rain that makes the weeds grow.
Now therefore, the rain dropping down upon the natural vegetation of the earth is a type of the Spiritual rain which gives eternal life, dropping down upon the church; for we call it the former rain and the latter rain. And it's a rain, pouring out of God's Spirit upon His church.
Notice, it's a very strange thing here, see. When them seed went in the ground, however they got there, they were thorns to begin with. But there the wheat that went in the ground.... And the herbs were herbs to begin with. And each herb producing itself over again showed that it was in the original beginning. “And they will deceive the elected if it were possible,” because they're getting the same rain, same blessing, showing the same signs, same wonders, see. “They will deceive, or shall deceive the elected if it were possible.” Now, a thorn cannot help being a thorn, and neither can wheat help being a wheat; it's what the Creator of each one determined at the beginning. That's the elected. The same rain....
Now, the sun comes across and ripens the grain. Now, it cannot ripen it all at once. As it goes on maturing, it constantly ripens until it comes to a full ear. So is it today with the church. It started in its infancy back in the dark age where it was under the ground. It's growed now into maturity. And we can see it perfectly, how that God through nature always.... You cannot disturb nature. That's what's the matter today. We're flying bombs out there in that ocean, breaking it and busting it around with atomic bombs. You're just breaking more of that dirt off all the time, dropping into it. You cut down the trees, storms will take you. Dam up the river, it'll overflow. You've got to find God's way of doing things and stay in it. We've denominated people in the churches and organizations; look what we got! Stay in God's provided way of it.
But you see, He sends the rain (back to our subject) on the just and the unjust. Jesus tells you here now in Matthew 24 it would be a sign at the end time. Now, if this sign is only to be known at the end time, then it'll have to be after the opening of those seals. It's a sign of the end. That would be, when these things happens it'll be at the end time. And it'll be a sign, now, so the elected will not be confused in these things. You see it? Then it's got to be revealed, exposed.
Notice. Both the wheat and the weeds live by the same anointing from heaven. Both of them rejoice over it. I remember this, referring back to this instance up there that day at the Green's Mill. I seen that vision come up, and there was a great earth, and it'd been all disked up. And there went a sower forth first. I want to keep that before you. Watch what goes forth first, then what follows it. And as this man with white on came forth around the earth sowing seed.... Then behind Him come a man, dark clothes on, looked very sneaking, slipping along behind Him sowing weeds. And as this taken place.... Then I seen both crops come up. And as they come up, one was wheat and the other one was weeds. And there come a drought, that when... looked like both of them had their heads down just crying for rain. Then there come a great cloud over the earth, and it rained. And the wheat raised up and said, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” And the weeds raised up and hollered, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Same results, both of them perishing, both of them going away. And then the wheat comes up and gets thirsty. And because it was in the same field, the same garden, the same place, under the same spout, there come up wheat and there come up tares by the very same thing. Notice. The same anointing water brings forth the wheat, brings forth the weed.
The same Holy Spirit that anoints the church, that gives them desire to save souls, that gives them power to perform miracles, it falls on the unjust the same as the just- the very same Spirit. Now, you can't make it another way and understand Matthew 24: 24. He said, “There shall rise false christs,” false anointed ones, anointed with the genuine thing, but be false prophets of it, false teachers of it. What would make a man want to be a false teacher of something that's truth? Now, we'll get down to the mark of the beast in a few minutes, and you'll see it's denomination. False teachers, false anointed, anointed christs, but false teachers. It's the only way you can see it.
Notice. But it's what they produce that tells you the difference. “By their fruit,” Jesus said, “you shall know them.” Man does not gather grapes off of a thistle even though the thistle be right in the grapevine. That could be possible, but the fruit will tell it. What is the fruit? The Word for the ... fruit for the season; that's what it is: their teaching. The teaching of what? The teaching of the season, what time it is: man's doctrine, denominational doctrine, or God's Word for the season. Now, the time gets away so quick that.... We could bear on that a long time, but I'm sure that you here present, and I'm sure you across the nation, can see what I'm trying to tell you, for we don't have too much longer to stay on it.
But you might see that the anointing gets on the unjust, the false teachers, and causes them to do exactly what God told them not to do; but they'll do it anyhow. Why? They cannot help it! How can a thistle be anything else but a thistle? No matter how much good rain's sprinkled on it, it's got to be a thistle. That's the reason Jesus said they'll be so close it would deceive the very elected (which is in the roots), if it were possible. But it ain't possible. A wheat can do nothing but bear wheat; that's all it can bear.
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