“So Jake is a double for the main character. Did you see him in the last episode?”
“I did! Almost didn’t recognize him! All I could see was the back of his head in the car.”
I was speaking to a friend of mine. Her boyfriend is a double for a well-known actor. Doubles are found in every television and movie production. Obviously, their physical characteristics are chosen to closely resemble the actors. However, with close inspection, subtle differences can be detected. Only rarely does a double speak and if they did, most of the viewing audience would know it was not the true actor. The Bible recognizes this.
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.
1 John 4:1-2 (NLT)
The Bible warns of many false prophets, who seek to imitate Jesus Christ. However, they are not called doubles. They are called Antichrist.
But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
1 John 4:3 (NLT)
God gives us a sobering warning. Like a double, false prophets may resemble Jesus Christ but we will be able to discern the truth by their teachings. Like a double, when they speak, their words will condemn them. During these dark days for the Church, there are many false prophets teaching with the spirit of the Antichrist. We must be discerning to recognize them by holding all of their teachings up to the light and purity of God’s Word.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.