For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Scripture seems clear, to me, that, “Many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.” It is a mix of truth and error where the greatest danger exists. Jesus Christ can be preached and then a little error mixed in with it and the results is a wide open door for the serpent to come through. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden in the beginning. The serpent presented truth to Adam’s wife but added just a little darkness to what the LORD had said and put a question mark at the end of the sentence and mankind then fell into sin.
In Genesis 2:16 the LORD said, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” Then in Genesis 3:1 the serpent came and added his darkness and put his question mark at the end, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
The danger is in mixing truth and error. It is high time we return to the simplicity of Christ and learn to walk in God’s Grace, trusting Him, rather than striving to be spiritually great.
We are told that the beginning of all of these things is the beginning of sorrows. The word translated as sorrows in this passage is the same word used for the pains of childbirth. Be not troubled because this is the beginning of the pains of childbirth. A mother suffers incredible pain and travail to deliver her child but the moment she lays her eyes upon the newly delivered child there is such love that fills her entire being that she considers the pain she just went through a small price to pay for what she has obtained. In fact the same woman will often submit to the same pains again to have another child. You would think that going through that once would be enough for any human being.
Be not troubled!