Crowning Act of Deception
thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour
of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell
upon the earth. Rev. 3:10.
As the second appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ draws near, satanic agencies
are moved from beneath. Satan will not only appear as a human being, but he
will personate Jesus Christ; and the world who has rejected the truth will
receive him as the Lord of lords and King of kings.
of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and destruction
will reach its culmination in the time of trouble. . . .
crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate
Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Savior’s advent
as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear
that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest
himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the
description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation
1:13-15. 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. His voice is soft
and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents
some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Savior uttered; 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. 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.
people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not
in accordance with the Scriptures.
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