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. (Matthew 24:24 NASV)
In the days before His crucifixion, the disciples asked Jesus what signs they could expect to show the end times were upon them. Jesus warned of wars, famines and earthquakes.
But the very first thing He mentioned was “false Christs and false prophets.”
Jesus said people would show up claiming to be Christ (literally pseudochristos). They would be so deceptive that even the elect — the ones chosen by God — would be vulnerable to their influence.
Wikipedia has compiled a list of people over the last 100 years who have claimed to be Jesus. It is by no means complete, but it includes some brilliant people such as an electrical engineer and even a former MI5 agents (England’s secret service).
Some of the more notorious included David Koresh (1959-1993), who founded a religious group called Branch Davidian. He along with 75 followers died in a 1993 siege of their Waco, Texas compound by the FBI.
And then there was Jim Jones (1931-78) who made a similar claim He started a group called the People’s Temple. On November 18, 1978, Jones and 918 followers committed mass suicide at their camp in the jungles of Guyana.
But there is one particularly notorious person missing from this list. His addition takes discussion of “false Christs” to a whole new evil level.
Thomas Weber is a professor at Aberdeen University in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is researching papers written by Victor von Koerber, for a book Weber is writing on on why Hitler became a Nazi.
A German aristocrat, von Koerber initially supported Hitler.
In 1923, he supposedly authored a book entitled, Adolph Hitler: His Life and His Speeches, stating that Hitler was Germany’s new “saviour.” He even compared Hitler to Jesus.
In an article in the Daily Mail, Weber says:
“The book, which also includes a collection of Hitler’s speeches, makes some outlandish claims arguing that it should become “the new bible of today” and uses terms such as “holy” and “deliverance”, comparing Hitler to Jesus likening his moment of politicalisation to Jesus’ resurrection.”
However, after studying von Koerber’s papers Weber concluded this autobiography of the infamous Nazi leader was actually written by Adolph Hitler himself.
According to Weber, he found a letter written by the book’s publisher stating Hitler had requested a conservative person be listed as the author. He wanted someone on the other side of the political spectrum to support the socialist Nazi party, to give Hitler credibility.
Weber also found a note where von Koerber mentioned he had not written the book attributed to him.
Weber said this suggests that Hitler had designs from the beginning to take control of Germany and it did not just fall into his hands when people began clamouring for him to lead the country.
But it also hints that Hitler was deluded by a Jesus complex. If so it would explain Hitler’s dreams of setting up the thousand-year Reich, that sounds eerily similar to the thousand-year reign of Christ prophesied by the Apostle John (Revelation 20:4-6).
Hitler’s dramatic speeches mesmerized a nation leading them into the bloodiest war the world has ever seen.
It is estimated that nearly 80 million died during World War II (upwards of 55 million civilians and 25 million military). This included 6 million Jews that Hitler gassed in his notorious concentration camps.
Hitler would go on to author Mein Kampf in 1925, a book where he outlined his Nazi beliefs and ultimately his Final Solution — exterminating the Jews.
If this is true, it tells us that the most evil man in world history was one of those false Christ’s that Jesus warned about.
So why would Messiah’s rise up in the end times? I think there are many reasons, some are shysters and others mentally deranged.
But I also believe that Satan is moving on some such as Hitler. It his way of displaying his power and mocking the coming of Christ and even discrediting the church as many come from Christian roots.
Their arrival will coincide with a “spirit of delusion” that will fall on men and women during the end times.
11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. (2 Thessalonians 2:11 NASV)
If the most notorious person in human history is a false Christ, it should set off alarm bells that we are securely in the throes of the end times.
Though von Koerber initially supported Hitler, he later realized what kind of man he was and disavowed him. In 1944, the Gestapo arrested von Korber for plotting to assassinate Hitler and he spent the rest of the war in prison and concentration camps.
During his early years, like Hitler, von Korber was extremely anti-semitic. But before his death in 1969, the aristocrat was writing for Jewish publications.