heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am
Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. Luke 21:8.
"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.'"
as an angel of light, he [Satan] will walk the earth as a wonder-worker. In
beautiful language he will present lofty sentiments. Good words will be spoken
by him, and good deeds performed. Christ will be personified, but on one point
there will be a marked distinction. Satan will turn the people from the law
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 a test of loyalty to him.
It is impossible
to give any idea of the experience of the people of God who shall be alive
upon the earth when celestial glory and a repetition of the persecutions of
the past are blended. They will walk in the light proceeding from the throne
of God. By means of the angels there will be constant communication between
heaven and earth. And Satan, surrounded by evil angels, and claiming to be
God, will work miracles of all kinds, to deceive, if possible, the very elect.
God's people will not find their safety in working miracles, for Satan will
counterfeit the miracles that will be wrought. God's tried and tested people
will find their power in the sign spoken of in Exodus 31:12-18. They are to
take their stand on the living word: "It is written." This is the
only foundation upon which they can stand securely.