for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray,
Matthew 24:5 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For many shall come in my name -
1. Josephus says, (War, b. ii. c. 13), that there were many who, pretending to Divine inspiration, deceived the people, leading out numbers of them to the desert, pretending that God would there show them the signs of liberty, meaning redemption from the Roman power: and that an Egyptian false prophet led 30,000 men into the desert, who were almost all cut off by Felix. See Acts 21:38. It was a just judgment for God to deliver up that people into the hands of false Christs who had rejected the true one. Soon after our Lord's crucifixion, Simon Magus appeared, and persuaded the people of Samaria that he was the great power of God, Acts 8:9, Acts 8:10; and boasted among the Jews that he was the son of God.
2. Of the same stamp and character was also Dositheus, the Samaritan, who pretended that he was the Christ foretold by Moses.
3. About twelve years after the death of our Lord, when Cuspius Fadus was procurator of Judea, arose an impostor of the name of Theudas, who said he was a prophet, and persuaded a great multitude to follow him with their best effects to the river Jordan, which he promised to divide for their passage; and saying these things, says Josephus, he deceived many: almost the very words of our Lord.
4. A few years afterwards, under the reign of Nero, while Felix was procurator of Judea, impostors of this stamp were so frequent that some were taken and killed almost every day. Josephus. Ant. b. xx. c. 4. and 7.
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Matthew 24:11,24 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many...
Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke to them...
Jeremiah 23:21,25 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied...
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
Acts 5:36,37 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves...
Acts 8:9,10 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria...
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him...
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