Who are the people trying to deceive if possible, even the elect? Who are the ones who seek to “deceive the many?” We read many times in the scriptures of false Christ’s, deceitful workers, false prophets, false brethren, deceivers, wolves, false shepherds, false teachers, etc.

How can we recognize them? What distinguishes them as such? For sure, we know that there are many of them. Jesus tells us so. He not only tells us so, but He also identifies them for us!

In Matthew 7:22, Jesus says that MANY will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord, Was it not in Your name that we prophesy, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many wonderful works? Then I will say to them, I never knew you. Depart from Me, workers of iniquity."

Jesus singles out their marks as to who these MANY people are:

1) they will/or have prophesied (taught the Bible; preached sermons) in His name
2) drove out many demons in His name
3) have done many wonderful works in His name

Also, something similar in Matthew 24:5: "For MANY shall be coming in My name, saying, I am the Christ and shall be deceiving MANY."

So again, who are the "MANY" today who preach sermons about Jesus; teach about Him in the Bible; rule over His people, all done of course, through and in His name? Who are the ones who are sending away devils in His name? Who are the ones who do MANY wonderful works in the name of Jesus Christ? According to Jesus, just who are these MANY deceivers, as well as the MANY deceived?

Is it the Muslims? Maybe the Jews? How about the Chinese or Russians? What about the Atheists?

Do any of these people evangelize, preach, teach, drive out devils, and do many wonderful works in the name of Jesus Christ?

If not, then who are the MANY who do? How about today’s local institutional church that we find on every street corner! How about the millions and millions of professing Christians in the world today who belong to these churches and who teach and preach in His name, put forth devils and demons in His name, and do MANY wonderful works in His name!

These are the “MANY” that Jesus is warning us about. But, is anyone listening?

These are the people to watch out for; to be on guard against. These are the people who are guilty of being “workers of iniquity.”

It’s the same issue when Jesus said in Matthew 24, “For MANY shall be coming in My name, saying, I am the Christ and shall be deceiving MANY."