XI. Questions and Answers on How to Differentiate Between the True Christ and False Christs
Question 2: Now some incidents of false Christs deceiving people have happened in the religious communities of various countries. There are a lot of people in South Korea who don’t have discernment, causing them to be deceived into following false Christs. This fulfills the Lord Jesus’ prophecy: “Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 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 24:23-24). I personally believe that any preaching that says the Lord has returned is definitely false. We shouldn’t believe it in case we are being tricked!
Answer: Ever since Almighty God started expressing truths to perform His judgment work of the last days, mankind has already entered the Age of Kingdom and the Age of Kingdom has started. If our belief in God remains stuck in the Age of Grace, then we have been left behind and cast aside by God’s work. When the Lord Jesus returns in secret to perform His work of judgment that begins from the house of God, there will inevitably be many false Christs and deceitful people who will appear at the same time trailing the work of God and disrupting the work of God. Therefore, when false Christs appear, God has actually already come and arrived in secret. It’s just that we don’t know it. At this time, we should proactively seek and investigate God’s work of the last days, but now there are still a lot of people who, when it comes to the Lord’s second coming, still treat guarding against false Christs as the most important thing, rather than pay attention on how to be wise virgins and listen for God’s voice and on how to welcome the second coming of the Lord. Instead, they cling to their own notions and imaginations, thinking that all testimonies of the Lord Jesus’ return are false. Aren’t they precisely the foolish virgins the Lord Jesus spoke of? Isn’t this a condemnation of the return of the Lord Jesus? Do these people even believe in the return of the Lord Jesus? Isn’t this covertly denying the second coming of the Lord Jesus?
How we distinguish between the true Christ and false Christs really reveals whether we have the truth or not, and is the best way of showing whether we are wise or foolish virgins. Some people use this passage of the scriptures as the basis for judging and condemning the incarnate Christ and denying the arrival of Christ. These people have shown themselves to be fools. To distinguish between the true Christ and false Christs, we must first have knowledge of Christ’s essence. Everyone knows that the Lord Jesus is Christ incarnate and Christ is God incarnate, that is, God in heaven becomes flesh as the Son of man to work among man. Christ is the embodiment of God’s Spirit and possesses a divine essence. God’s almightiness and wisdom, God’s disposition, and God’s possessions and being that God’s Spirit possesses have all been materialized in Christ. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. We can thus be certain that Christ is not a vague God, He is not fictional or ethereal. Christ is real and practical; He can be relied upon and trusted by us. Christ is the practical God who can be followed and known. It’s just like the Lord Jesus living vividly among us humans, working and leading man, shepherding man. Now we know Christ’s essence, distinguishing the true Christ and false Christs becomes very easy. Let’s take a look at a passage of Almighty God’s word. “To study such a thing is not difficult, but requires each of us to know this truth: He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining[a] whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh).
When the Lord Jesus came in the Age of Grace, He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jhn 14:6). The Lord Jesus expressed many truths, expressed a disposition that is mainly mercy and love, and completed God’s work of redeeming all mankind. The Lord Jesus’ work, utterances and the disposition He expressed completely verify that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. In the last days, Almighty God came and said: “I am the truth, the way, and the life.” Almighty God has expressed several million words and opened the scroll, expressing a disposition that is primarily righteous and performing His judgment work of the last days. Almighty God’s work of judging and chastising, and saving corrupt mankind once again verifies that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. The Lord Jesus had long prophesied that He would return to perform judgment work in the last days, and that He would do so in the flesh as the Son of man, coming to the world of us humans in the image of the Son of man and speaking to the churches. Almighty God’s work has fulfilled the prophecy of the second coming of the Lord Jesus. This has allowed us to see the true Christ in the flesh can come to express truths and God’s disposition, and can perform God’s judgment work of the last days and can conquer, save, and cleanse man, as well as carry out God’s will and bear witness to God. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. All the truths He expresses will surely and thoroughly conquer all corrupt mankind, and can bring all those who truly believe in God before God’s throne. Christ will certainly accomplish God’s work of the last days. That is for sure.
False Christs are evil spirits who fake Christs. They are deceitful. Most false Christs are possessed by evil spirits. Even if they are not possessed by evil spirits, they are extremely arrogant and unreasonable demons. That is why they fake Christs. Faking Christ is committing the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and will surely be cursed. Because the essence of false Christs is evil spirits, false Christs have no truth whatsoever and are essentially demons. Therefore, everything said by false Christs are lies and fallacies, incapable of convincing people. Nothing said or done by false Christs can withstand scrutiny, and moreover they wouldn’t dare post it online for all mankind to seek and investigate. This is because false Christs and evil spirits are dark and evil, and cannot stand the light of day. They can only rely on performing some simple signs and wonders to deceive those foolish and ignorant people in dark corners everywhere. Hence, we can be certain that any who claim to be Christ but only rely on simple signs and wonders to deceive people are false Christs. All truths expressed by Almighty God, Christ of the last days, have been posted online, openly facing all mankind. All those who truly believe in God and love the truth are all seeking and investigating the true way, one by one returning before Almighty God’s throne to accept the judgment, cleansing, and perfecting of God’s words. This is an accepted fact. What is said and done by false Christs is completely different from that of Christ in the flesh. It is very easy to discern for people who understand the truth. Therefore, distinguishing the true Christ and false Christs based on the principle of Christ being the truth, the way, and the life is the most accurate way. The Lord Jesus once said that God’s sheep listen to God’s voice. Wise virgins can hear God’s voice, and wise virgins will be able to discover the truth in the Bridegroom’s voice, discover God’s disposition in God’s word, discover what God has and is, and be able to see God’s intentions, and thereby they will be able to accept God’s work and return before God’s throne. Why can’t foolish virgins hear the Bridegroom’s voice? Foolish virgins are foolish because they can’t discern what the truth is. They can’t distinguish God’s voice and only know how to abide by rules. They will therefore be exposed and eliminated by God’s work of the last days.
Additionally, there is another aspect to distinguishing between the true Christ and false Christs, that is, "God never repeats His work." This is because God is always new and never old. Let's take a look at Almighty God's words. “If in the last days a ‘God’ the same as Jesus appeared, one who healed the sick, cast out demons, and was crucified for man, that ‘God,’ though identical to the description of God in the Bible and easy for man to accept, would not, in its essence, be the flesh worn by the Spirit of God, but by an evil spirit. For it is the principle of God's work never to repeat what He has already completed. …” (“The Essence of the Flesh Inhabited by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “If, during the last days, God still displayed signs and wonders, and still cast out demons and healed— 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 these things” (“Knowing God’s Work Today” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Almighty God’s words are very clear: God does not repeat the same work. Just like when the Lord Jesus came to work, He did not repeat the work in the Age of Law, but performed the next stage of His work of redeeming mankind on the foundations of the work done in the Age of Law, ending the Age of Law and beginning the Age of Grace. The arrival of Almighty God of the last days ends the Age of Grace and begins the Age of Kingdom. On the foundations of the Lord Jesus' redemption work, He performed the next stage of His work of judging and cleansing man, bestowing upon man all truths required for their salvation, resolving man's corrupt disposition and sinful nature, thoroughly saving man from Satan's influence, making man holy and gained completely by God. Then God's management work of saving mankind will be fully complete. This shows that God's work is always moving forward, rising, and deepening with every stage. Not one stage of His work is repeated, whereas false Christs can only imitate simple signs and wonders displayed by the Lord Jesus to deceive people, Major signs and wonders such as the Lord Jesus resurrecting the dead and feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish could never be done by false Christs and evil spirits. Furthermore, the truths expressed by God could moreover never be imitated by false Christs, because the essence of false Christs is evil spirits and demons. False Christs do not have the truth and can only lie, deceive, and confuse people.
from the movie script of Who Is He That Has Returned