For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 9:1-8.
to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect—implying that this, though all but done, will prove impossible. What a precious assurance! (Compare 2Th 2:9-12).See Poole on "Mark 13:21"
and shall show signs and wonders; as they pretended to do, and did, at least to the appearance of people:
to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect; who were chosen in Christ, unto eternal life; in consequence of which they truly believed in him, and were constant followers of him; but this was not possible: though such was the force of their deception, that there was apparent danger of it, were it not for the power and grace of God; See Gill on Matthew 24:24.For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 13:22. ψευδόχριστοι, ψευδοπροφῆται, false Christs, and false prophets; again, as in Mark 13:6, here as there without, not within, the Church; political Messiahs, in Mark 13:6 spoken of as the prime cause of all the calamities, here as at the last hour promising deliverance therefrom.—πρὸς τὸ ἀποπλανᾷν, with a view to mislead; the compound verb occurs again in 1 Timothy 6:10, in passive.22. for false Christs and false prophets] Josephus tells us that false prophets and impostors prevailed on multitudes to follow them into the desert, promising there to display signs and wonders (comp. Acts 21:38); and even at the last, when the Temple was in flames, numbers of all ages flocked thither from the city upon the proclamation of a false prophet, and of six thousand assembled there on this occasion, not one escaped the fire or the sword. But such imposture is to be still more signally realized with “signs and lying wonders” before the final coming of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-10).Mark 13:22. Ἀποπλανᾶν, to seduce) by error [πλάνη, wandering] from the right path.
Lit., shall give. A few editors, however, read ποιήσουσιν, shall make or do.
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