We’re continuing to look at the Apostle Paul’s insight into life in the Last Days before the return of Christ.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
II Thessalonians 2:9-12
Paul goes on to tell us that these times will end in a Day of Judgment. Of course, that’s what Jesus taught as well.
According to this passage, Satan will be very active. There will be all kinds of unholy signs, wonders, and miracles. There’s going to be a display of Satan’s power like never before.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
2 Thessalonians 2:8
I like what Paul says here because it tells us the triumph that Christ will have over the lawless. But there’s more to look forward to.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
Paul says that there are going to be counterfeit miracles. That gives me hope, because if there’s going to be counterfeit miracles, then there’s going to be the real thing, as well.
Remember what Jesus said. The wheat and the weeds are going to grow together, blossom together, and mature together. That means that if Satan is doing his worse, then God will be doing His best.
Some people ask, “How can Satan do miracles? What kind of miracles does he do?” The same things God does. Satan can perform healings as well as other powerful signs and wonders. Even today we’re seeing a rise in these things. There are psychic “hotlines” throughout many different media outlets that attract thousands of people.
Maybe you thought that Satan could only do bad things. Let me explain it to you.
Pretend that I came to your house tonight under cover of darkness. While you were asleep, I broke into your house. I then proceeded to empty your wallet, your cash box, and other valuables. Let’s say that I stole a thousand dollars from your house.
You wake up in the morning and you’re horrified. You see the window broken into and all your money is gone. Later on that day, we run into each other. You exclaim, “You don’t know what happened to me last night! I was robbed. A thousand dollars was taken. Somebody broke in and stole my money.”
What if I then tell you how awful I feel about your loss? I tell you that I just feel like blessing you. I then reach in my wallet, and I take out the thousand dollars I stole from you and say, “Here, you take this with my blessing.”
You’ll then walk away thinking that I’m the most wonderful person in the world. You never realized that I was the one who took your money to begin with. I stole it from you, and then I gave it back.
In the same way, if Satan stole your health, he can give it back if it suits his purposes. Don’t be deceived by the traps laid out by the enemy in these Last Days. Only Jesus Christ is The Healer. He’s the only One worthy of putting our trust in.
Question: How have you witnessed a rise in demonic activity in our generation?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi
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