Our Lord warned his disciples that they would arise (Matt. 24:24). It is said that no fewer than twenty-four persons have at different times appeared (the last in 1682) pretending to be the Messiah of the prophets.
The prophetic word foretold the rise of false christs, the coming of wars, famines, and earthquakes in "divers places."
From the earliest ages of Christianity pseudo-Christoi, or false christs, existed.
During the last twelve months quite a crop of false christs had arisen.