Fallen angels upon earth form confederations with evil men. In this age Antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”Testimonies to Ministers, p. 62
Satan is striving to gain every advantage. He desires to secure, not only students, but teachers. He has his plains laid. 1) Disguised as an angel of light, 2) he will walk the earth as a wonderworker. 3) In beautiful language he will present lofty sentiments. 4) Good words will be spoken by him, and 5) good deeds performed. 6) Christ will be personified, but on one point there will be a marked distinction. Satan will turn the people from the law of God. Notwithstanding this, so well will he counterfeit righteousness, that if it were possible, he would deceive the very elect. Crowned heads, presidents, rulers in high places, will bow to his false theories.Fundamentals of Christian Education, pp. 471, 472
As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. 1) In different parts of the world he will manifest himself among men as 2) a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. 3) The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: “Christ has come! Christ has come!” The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. 4) His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. 5) In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; 6) he heals the diseases of the people, and then , in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. 7) He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is “the great power of God.” Acts 8:10.The Great Controversy, pp. 624, 625
He will declare that the Sabbath has been changed from the seventh to the first day of the week; and as lord of the first day of the week he will present this spurious sabbath as test of loyalty to him.Maranatha, p. 205,
Just before probation closes God will allow Satan to personate Christ. To the majority of the world’s inhabitants who have chosen to love “a lie” and had “pleasure in unrighteousness,” the appearance and beauty, and the teachings and miracles of Satan will bind them in a delusion that shall only be discovered when it is to late. Satan while upon the earth will set forth the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day and a test of loyalty to him. Thus in the final push to exalt Sunday above God’s day of rest and worship Satan himself will take the battlefield in his pretended role as Jesus.