shall be arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs
and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very
elect. Matt. 24:24.
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The enemy is preparing to deceive the whole world by his miracle-working power.
He will assume to personate the angels of light, to personate Jesus Christ.
So far as his power extends, he will perform actual miracles. Says the Scripture:
"He . . . deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those
miracles which he had power to do," not merely those which he pretends
to do. Something more than mere impostures is brought to view in this scripture.
But there is a limit beyond which Satan cannot go, and here he calls deception
to his aid and counterfeits the work which he has not power actually to perform.
In the last days he will appear in such a manner as to make men believe him
to be Christ come the second time into the world. He will indeed transform
himself into an angel of light. He will come personating Jesus Christ, working
mighty miracles; and men will fall down and worship him as Jesus Christ. We
shall be commanded to worship this being, whom the world will glorify as Christ.
Just before us is "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all
the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10. All
whose faith is not firmly established upon the word of God will be deceived
and overcome. Satan works "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness"
to gain control of the children of men, and his deceptions will continually
increase. But he can gain his object only as men voluntarily yield to his
temptations. Those who are earnestly seeking a knowledge of the truth and
are striving to purify their souls through obedience, thus doing what they
can to prepare for the conflict, will find, in the God of truth, a sure defense.
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee"
(verse 10), is the Savior’s promise. He would sooner send every angel
out of heaven to protect His people than leave one soul that trusts in Him
to be overcome by Satan.