In my last post, I talked about the rise of satanic activity in the Last Days before the return of Christ. The enemy’s kingdom will perform many impressive miracles – counterfeits of the true miracles of God.
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.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
That’s what’s happening when people go to witch doctors, shamans, or psychic healers. It’s the same when people go to “faith healers” that don’t use the name of Jesus.
They’ll say that it’s the power of love that’s going to heal you. No, it’s the power of Satan. No matter what they call themselves, whether it’s healer, shaman, or witch doctor; without Christ, they rely upon the power of the devil.
Satan also knows what’s going on. His servants are watching pretty much everyone. He knows that your boss just got done interviewing a blonde for the secretarial position. Then you go to a psychic on Friday.
“I need a relationship in my life. Do you know if I’m going to meet anyone soon?”
The psychic then consults with her “spirit guides.” (demons)
“The spirits tell me that you’re going to meet a blonde on Monday. A lovely blonde is coming into your life.”
So you walk into work on Monday.
“Look at that. They were right. They really can predict the future.”
No, they just have a good communication system. It has nothing to do with predicting the future. Only God knows the future. He knows it ahead of Satan.
If Satan had known the future the way that God does, he wouldn’t have crucified Jesus. He would have seen that one coming a mile away. The fact is, he’s very limited, but he plays really good tricks and mind games. Paul does his best to warn us so we can be ready for them.
Along with the miracles of Satan, there will be every sort of evil that deceives those that are perishing. At first glance, we might feel sorry for them. If they’re being deceived then they don’t know what they’re doing. How can they be held accountable?
But the Scripture goes on to say that they perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. That’s why God allows the miraculous, powerful delusion of Satan. They’ve already chosen not to believe the truth of God’s Word. The reason why they were deceived is that they didn’t want the truth.
So God said if you don’t want the truth, let Me give you something to believe in. I’ll allow you to believe this lie if you’d rather. Never get the idea that they’re perishing because they didn’t know. They’re perishing because they refused to believe the truth. And when the lie came along, they found it so much more comfortable.
I don’t know why people would rather embrace the lie. I’ve seen and read about some of the crazy things that people do as they try to get healing, fame, and money. Why don’t they just trust Jesus? They probably stumble over it because it’s too easy.
They’d rather fly around the world and go see a doctor in Hong Kong who has them take special herbs that cost $500,000, but they won’t trust Jesus. I don’t understand it. They get a lie instead, and that’s what kills them.
As believers, we need to stand our ground in trusting the truth of God’s Word. That’s what will see us through in these perilous times.
Question: How far have you seen people go in order to refuse the truth?
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