Matthew 24:23
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New International Version
At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Messiah!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.

New Living Translation
"Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah,' or 'There he is,' don't believe it.

English Standard Version
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

New American Standard Bible
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him.

King James Bible
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"If anyone tells you then, Look, here is the Messiah!' or, Over here!' do not believe it!

International Standard Version
"At that time, if anyone says to you, 'Look! Here's the Messiah!' or 'There he is!', don't believe it,

NET Bible
Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then if someone will say to you, “Behold, The Messiah is here or there”, you should not believe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"At that time don't believe anyone who tells you, 'Here is the Messiah!' or 'There he is!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then if any man shall say unto you, Behold, here is the Christ, or there, believe it not.

King James 2000 Bible
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

American King James Version
Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

American Standard Version
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him.

Darby Bible Translation
Then if any one say to you, Behold, here is the Christ, or here, believe [it] not.

English Revised Version
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Weymouth New Testament
"If at that time any one should say to you, 'See, here is the Christ!' or 'Here!' give no credence to it.

World English Bible
"Then if any man tells you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or, 'There,' don't believe it.

Young's Literal Translation
Then if any one may say to you, Lo, here is the Christ! or here! ye may not believe;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:4-28 The disciples had asked concerning the times, When these things should be? Christ gave them no answer to that; but they had also asked, What shall be the sign? This question he answers fully. The prophecy first respects events near at hand, the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the Jewish church and state, the calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of Christ's kingdom in the world; but it also looks to the general judgment; and toward the close, points more particularly to the latter. What Christ here said to his disciples, tended more to promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; more to prepare them for the events that should happen, than to give a distinct idea of the events. This is that good understanding of the times which all should covet, thence to infer what Israel ought to do. Our Saviour cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say, The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows. It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end. Our Lord foretells the preaching of the gospel in all the world. The end of the world shall not be till the gospel has done its work. Christ foretells the ruin coming upon the people of the Jews; and what he said here, would be of use to his disciples, for their conduct and for their comfort. If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape, otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt him. It becomes Christ's disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner seasonable when we are distressed on every side. Though we must take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings; and it is very trying to a good man, to be taken by any work of necessity from the solemn service and worship of God on the sabbath day. But here is one word of comfort, that for the elect's sake these days shall be made shorter than their enemies designed, who would have cut all off, if God, who used these foes to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their wrath. Christ foretells the rapid spreading of the gospel in the world. It is plainly seen as the lightning. Christ preached his gospel openly. The Romans were like an eagle, and the ensign of their armies was an eagle. When a people, by their sin, make themselves as loathsome carcasses, nothing can be expected but that God should send enemies to destroy them. It is very applicable to the day of judgment, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in that day, 2Th 2:1. Let us give diligence to make our calling and election sure; then may we know that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - And then. The third section of the prophecy, contained in vers. 23-35, passes from the fortunes of Jerusalem to the end of the world. To the Lord's hearers was conveyed the truth that the signs and events now indicated were to be subsequent to the destruction of the city. No further note of chronology was given. The uncertainty of the future caused a state of constant expectation and hope. And this is the feeling which we Christians are intended to embrace and cultivate. "The word 'then' relates not to the connection in the order of time with the things just mentioned,... not meaning what should follow straightway after these things, but what should be in the time when these things were to be done of which he was about to speak" (St. Chrysostom, 'Horn.,' in loc.). Lo, here is Christ! This refers to something different from the announcement in ver. 5. Some analogous deceptions doubtless occurred at the siege of Jerusalem, but the Lord is predicting the remote events of the latter days, of which previous occurrences were types and anticipations. Believe it not. When Christ does come the second time, there shall be no doubt or ignorance of his appearance (see ver. 27, and compare the warning in Deuteronomy 13:1-3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then if any man shall say unto you,.... Either at the time when the siege shall be begun, and the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place; or during the days of tribulation, whilst the siege lasted; or after those days were shortened, and the city destroyed, and the Roman army was gone with their captives: when some, that were scattered up and down in the country, would insinuate to their countrymen, that the Messiah was in such a place: saying,

lo! here is Christ, or there, believe it not; for both during the time of the siege, there were such that sprung up, and pretended to be Messiahs, and deliverers of them from the Roman power, and had their several abettors; one saying he was in such place, and another that he was in such a place; and so spirited up the people not to fly, nor to deliver up the city; and also, after the city was taken and destroyed, one and another set up for the Messiah. Very quickly after, one Jonathan, a very wicked man, led many into the desert of Cyrene, promising to show them signs and wonders, and was overthrown by Catullius, the Roman governor (q); and after that, in the times of Adrian, the famous Barcochab set up for the Messiah, and was encouraged by R. Akiba, and a multitude of Jews (r).

(q) Joseph. Antiq. l. 7. c. 12. (r) Ganz. Tzemach David, par. 1. fol. 28. 2.



Matthew 24:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Abomination of Desolation
22"Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23"Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 24"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.…
Cross References
Luke 17:23
People will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.

Acts 27:11
But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.
Treasury of Scripture

Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

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