Gary Stowers to all of the faithful saints of God in this Laodicean Age. Brethren, I would like to remind you of the words of our Lord, which are recorded by Matthew concerning people being taught falsely that Christ will return secretly to gather his church to him in some secret protective location.
What does Jesus have to say about this? In Matthew Chapter 24, beginning in verse 21 Jesus is speaking of the one single time of the world’s greatest tribulation ever to be. In verse 22 he tells us that if those days were not shortened, then there would not be any living flesh saved, or left alive on the earth. Then in this context of great tribulation, he warns us against believing those who would rise up proclaiming that Christ had come back in secret, and was in some secret location, that we could go to and find him. (Matt. 24: 23) Jesus says not to believe them.
When people are in times of great tribulation, pain, anguish, fears, and sorrows, then they are more vulnerable to such false prophets, and devils who seek to prey on them. That is why Jesus forewarned us about these deceptions. Jesus even warns us in verse 24 that some will claim to be Christ, and will be able to appear to perform great signs and wonders to make you believe in them. Jesus said that if it were possible they would even be able to deceive the elect of God. I submit to you that real true Christians that are truly led by the Holy Spirit will not be deceived by them, for we have been taught the truth and to look not for magic, but for the fruits of Christ in their lives and words. Many who are not led by the Holy Spirit will be deceived by their lying words and magic.
Jesus warns us that some of these false prophets may claim that Christ is out in the desert, or that he is in some secret chamber; but our Lord also tells us not to go after them. (Matt. 24: 26) Jesus let his faithful saints know that Christ will not return in some secretive manner, but will return in a very visible manner which all people on earth will be able to see. “For as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matt. 24: 27)