Revelation 13:13 …’And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.’
As the people of God approach the perils of the last days, Satan holds earnest consultation with his angels as to the most successful plan of overthrowing their faith. He sees that the popular mainstream churches are already lulled to sleep by his deceptive power. A love of the world, and false teachings from the pulpits have kept these professed people of God in darkness. And by lying wonders he can continue to hold them under his control.
Therefore, Satan directs his angels to lay their snares especially for those who are watching and waiting for the second advent of Christ and who are endeavoring to keep all the commandments of God … Revelation 12:17 …’And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’
The Bible warns us that Satan works with signs and lying wonders, which he will continue to perform until the close of probation and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. To these signs and wonders he points as so called ‘evidence’ that he is an angel of light and not of darkness. Then those who are not grounded on the truth of God’s word will be taken in by Satan’s delusions. He will try even to deceive, if possible, the very elect. He will claim to be Christ, pretending to be the great medical missionary. And as Revelation 13:13 confirms, he will even cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men to say that he is God.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 …’For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.’
Satan has his army of false teachers, not only in the fallen churches, keeping the people in his snare. He also sends his false teachers in amongst God’s remnant people to cause them to turn away from God’s truth, and prepare them for his final deadly delusions.
It is the lying wonders of the devil that will especially take the world captive, even causing fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men. He is to work miracles, and this ‘amazing’, miracle-working power is to sweep in the whole world. Some will be tempted to receive these wonders as from God. The sick will be healed before us and great miracles will be performed in our sight.
Such a big class of people today are swayed by ‘feelings’ and miracles. They base their faith on ‘signs and wonders’, rather than on a ‘thus saith the Lord’. Jesus said Himself that ‘a wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign’ (Matthew 16:4). This is because our faith is to be founded first and foremost upon the Word of God. Because as we know, Satan can also perform great signs and wonders.
Are we prepared for the trial which awaits us when the lying wonders of Satan shall be more fully exhibited? Have we given ourselves wholly to Jesus Christ and His truth?
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 …’And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’
1 Timothy 4:1 …’Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’
2 Timothy 4:3-4 …’For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.’
By departing from the plain precepts and commandments of God, and giving heed to fables, the minds of many are preparing to receive these lying wonders from Satan. We must all now seek to arm ourselves for the contest in which we must soon engage. Faith in God’s word, prayerfully studied and practically applied, will be our shield from Satan’s power and will make us conquerors through the blood of Christ.
Isaiah 8:20 …’To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’
God’s people will not find safety in miracles in the last days, because Satan will also be performing miracles that appear godly. No, in the last days we are to take our stand upon the sure living Word. Take your stand upon an “It is written”. Only by making our foundation upon the Word of God will we have safety in the last days.
(This page was adapted from the book Maranatha by E.White, chapter 200, ‘Satantic Miracles’) end-times-prophecy.org