Satan is that great counterfeiter who will enter a man that was born of a woman to carry out his dirty works…known as the anti-christ. Just as he entered Judus to try to deceive Jesus…But there is no secret that God dosen’t know.
II Thessalonians 2:9a
“Even him, (the anti-Christ) whose coming is after the working of Satan…”
Satan is that great counterfeiter who will enter a man that was born of a woman to carry out his evil works.
Now this is the driven force behind this Satanic power, the god of this world. See there are many who don’t even know that Satan is the god (ruler) of this world they would say if God is so good why do He allowed these things to happened. To qualify that first. Go to II Corinthians 4, verse 3. Hopefully the Scriptural would speak for it self. God never keep us in the dark every thing we needed to know it’s in the Bible God spoken words, and the Book calls Satan “the god of this world.”
II Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4. In whom (the lost people of this world) the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Now that was just to show you that terminology is Scriptural, as Satan is the god of this world today, and has been ever since Adam disobeyed God. at that moment man became an in human bein.
Thessalonians chapter 2, and again into verse 9. So this man born of a woman, an ordinary human being from all appearances, but once the mid-point of the Tribulation is reached he will become indwelt by this god of this world, by Satan and all of his power, even as Judas was back at the first advent.
II Thessalonians 2:9
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”
What did Jesus do? Signs, miracles, and wonders, Absolutely! So now what do we have – the master counterfeiter!Satan’s been the counterfeiter from day one, and many times he is so close to the original that unless you have a real insight you can’t tell the difference. And that’s why the world has been so deceived down through the ages because of his ability to counterfeit the truth. And we’re seeing it all around us today, now we know that we are in the last days. this is the reason I am trying to stress to people to day miracles are not from God in this age of grace…search your scripture There qre no mieacles for the believers you will not find any miracles or casting out devils in Romans through philemon… check it out for your self.
Now when he gets into full force, and indwells the man anti-Christ, he, like Christ is going to perform miracles and signs and wonders. Now let’s go back to the first time we have the instance of the powers of Satan counterfeiting and copying what the men of God were doing. In the book of Exodus chapter 7 verse 10. Now remember earlier in the Book of Exodus, God has proven to Moses that he was God’s instrument to bring Israel out of Egypt. And in order to prove to Moses that He was the real God of Abraham, He performed a couple of signs and miracles with Moses. The first one was, He said “throw your rod on the ground,” and it became a serpent. The second one was, “Put your hand into your breast” and it became leprous. Then “Put it back in,” and it became completely whole. Here Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh, and again, to convince Pharaoh that the God of Abraham, the supernatural working God, is the One Who is sending them to get Israel out of Egypt, they too are going to use the sign gift.
God had to prove to Moses who He was through miracles so that they can convence Pharaoh who He was, did Pheraoh belived? he did not. I am thinking where else in the bible ? This is what Jesus did when He came to set up His Kingdom. The miracles, and signs and wonders was for a pesiffic reason to prove to His people who he was, they also did not belive that He was who He said He was.
“And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.” (instantly that Shepherd’s rod was suddenly a live serpent. Pharaoh of course knowing the powers of his magicians called his sorcerers in.) 11. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt they also did in like manner with their enchantments.”
They also drew on supernatural power. Not God’s power, but Satan’s. And this is why the Bible condemns sorcerers, and enchantments, divination’s, fortune telling from day one, and that has never been rescinded. And why? Because all those disciplines draw their power from Satan, everyone of them. verse 12, speaking of the magicians of Egypt.
“For they cast down every man his rod, and they (their rods)became serpents:
Just exactly like Aaron’s rod did, but with Satan’s power. Do you see what a counterfeiter he is? Even today, just because something is a miracle, don’t take it as from God, because the little letter of John says, “You test the spirit, whether it’s the true one or not.” And the only way we can test it is to line it up with the Book. Is everything in accord with the Scripture? Otherwise then it’s nothing more than the powers of the magicians in Egypt, which is Satan. And Satan is alive and well today, I often say if it’s not in the Bible don’t do it, it’s not from God. Now at the end of the verse is the only consolation and comfort we can take in this:
“…but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”
That shows of course the superiority of God’s power. Now you can take it even a little further, if the serpent is a picture of death, then the serpent of Aaron would be a picture of Christ’s resurrection where He conquered death, and it is no longer our enemy. But, the point is that when it came to performing signs and miracles and wonders, the magicians of Egypt could do what Aaron and Moses did. And this is simply to teach us that the powers of Satan are so close to the true power that is exercised by the Creator Himself. This master counterfeiter, and that’s why he’s depicted in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 as riding on a white horse. Why does Satan seemingly come riding in on a white horse? Because the True Christ will! So he’s a counterfeit in everything he does… he is jealous of God and wants to be God,and all that He has.
Satan does have the world and all those who choose to belong to him…yes it is your choice to spend eternity in the LAKE OF FIRE with him. keep thinking that God will not sent any one to the lake of fire do not put the blame on God… because He is not the one who is sending you there, you are sending yourself there Christ has forgiven all of your sins they have been nail to the cross…when He was on the cross He said it was finish.
II Thessalonians 2:9
“Even him, (this anti-Christ) whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”
Now you realize there will be two powerful Satanically empowered men during this final 7 years. One is a political economic leader, the anti-Christ, but he’s going to have a side kick that will have much the same kind of power, called the false prophet. He will be the religious leader of this final 7 years. Throughout history (even the pagan empires of Greece and Rome), the main backbone in controlling the masses was religion.
Religion is the opium of the Christianity not true Christianity It’s not something that puts people half a sleep, and they don’t know what they’re doing, but religion does. Religion puts people under a drug mentality, and they do only as they’re leader tells them to do. That’s exactly what this religious leader of the Tribulation era will do. He will be the front man for the anti-Christ.
Those who can see through the eyes of the Spirit can see that this is what going on to day. first of all religion is not of God apostle Paul said that he was once in the Jewish religion… he was doing what he did best in the name of religion. Religion is man doing what he wants to do and think he is doing it to please God… there are so many to day are killing people because of their religian.
“And I beheld another beast (another man), he’s a different one) coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb religious personality. There are so many of them here to day probably going to come with the robe of the Church or something of that sort, or some religious system, so he’s referred to as less aggressive in his action than the anti-Christ who is depicted as a carnivorous beast. So he comes like a lamb, but look how he speaks) and he spake as a dragon.” See he’s going to have the force and the power of Satan behind everything he says.
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast (the anti-Christ) before him, (remember this power is all coming from Satan) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, (the anti-Christ) whose deadly wound was healed.”
We always have these individuals as counterfeits of the Trinity. Satan as the counterfeit of God the Father, the anti-Christ as a counterfeit of God the Son, and this false prophet or religious leader as a counterfeit of God the Holy Spirit. The first time I read this in the Bible I was amaze that Satan has a trinity… this is why he is called the great counterfeit he wanted so much to be God.
Because for the world to day the Holy Spirit is the one who leads us to the Lord, this is the rightful role of the Holy Spirit. To point people to Christ! The Holy Spirit is not to be elevated to a position of His own. He is constantly to be pointing us to the crucified, resurrected Christ. Now that’s the role of the Holy Spirit. He also convicts of sins to lead us and direct us, but never to be the object of our worship. We have the same scenario with this false prophet, this religious leader will not draw the world to himself, but he is going to point the world to his boss the anti-Christ as we see there in verse 12.
“…and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,…” (or anti-Christ.)
The world is just literally going to fall at the feet of this man, anti-Christ. But this religious leader is going to be promoting it. next verse. This is what I want you to pay close attention to, they are going to perform signs and wonders and miracles. Who did the Bible say preformed signs and wonders and miracles? Jesus. Now, let’s look at what the scripture says. This religious leader is the front man for the anti-Christ, who has the same power that the anti-Christ has. This verse will point out the power that Satan will give this man anti-Christ.
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”
Where in the Bible, did that happen before? Well Elijah!! As Elijah 1 King 18:19 confronted the prophets of Baal up there on Mt. Carmel. Do you remember that? And he had the prophets of Baal cry out to their gods to do this and do that and then Elijah even taunted them? He said, “Yell a little louder, they must be sleeping.” And yet they couldn’t get any thing to happen. And then Elijah prayed to the God of heaven and what happened? The fire came down and licked up the water out of the trenches and consumed the sacrifice. This is a copy of that. The counterfeiter is doing a repeat of the power of God. This is why apostle Paul said the scripture was written for our learning.
That’s why it will be so hard for men in this day and time to discern, this is happening wright now people are so cough up in miracles which is not of God the world to day is not in the miraculous time, God is not preforming any miracles not that it’s not happening but it’s not of God. people are not asking is this of God, or wondering “Is this the true God?” And that’s what They’re going to think that this is the power of God. But we know it’s not God, we know from Scripture that it’s not the power of God. It’s the counterfeit. It’s the power of Satan.
This is what apostle Paul have to say about them. 2 Corinthians 11: 13
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 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.
What’s the second word of this verse? “Deceiveth.”
“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast:…”
Satan from day one has been to deceive. As believers who should know the word of God is to let the people know not to fall for the deceptions of the devil, more today than we ever did before. Because we’re being inundated today with a mass of deception. Now, in the book of Matthew chapter 24. It’s a Tribulation chapter if there ever was one, from start to finish. verse 3 of that chapter.
“As he sat upon the Mount of Olives, (the Lord Jesus in His earthly ministry) the disciples came unto him privately, (with benefit of all the crowds and the crush of people. It was just Jesus and the 12) saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? (He was speaking of the destruction of the temple and so forth) and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (or age). verse 4.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man (what?) deceive you.” Now what does that tell you right up front? There’s going to be great deception. That’s a sign of the end times. And you’re going to have to be wise or you’re going to be taken in by it. And so we have this false prophet, the cohort of the anti-Christ himself, both tools of Satan, both with the world literally falling at their feet.
This is giving us a little insight of loyalty, the false prophet was doing what he was told by his master the anti-christ. If only God had more loyal people to do His will.
“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had to do in the sight of the beast…”
Oh you see, the world loves miracles. That’s all they want to see. All I want to see is souls save this is why Jesus died not to heal people in this cursed world which is control by Satan. I want to see is that the Lord opening the hearts as He did Lydia, one at a time, and have those two go out and win two. And that will accomplish far more than a miracle. This is the miracle of the Holy Spirit at work. But, the population in general wants a miracle. Now they’re going to get their heart’s desire.
“….saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image…”
Genesis 31:30-was more importent then his children. This is what Rachel did she did not want to leave her idols behind,he entered Rachel’s tent. Now Rachel had taken the HOUSEHOLD gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing. Scripture backs up scripture.
. But they’re going to make an image
like unto the man anti-Christ so the people can worship him even as they’ve worshiped other pagan idols. Now look at verse 15. And if you don’t think these man are going to have Satanic power…think a gain.
“And he had power (from Satan) to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
I think these images will be given Satanic power, that as these poor souls speak to it and worship it, it’s going to be able to respond. And oh, these people are going to think they’ve got the real god right there on the mantle in their homes. it may be scary for those who are left behind, because it’s coming just as sure as the Bible said. The sad thing about it they will have no other choice but to take it or died, but there will be a loop hole the 144 thousand who will be preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, through out the world, not the gospel of grace, because the grace period is now close.
Those souls (spirits) John saw under the altar are those who was left behind, but have believed the preaching of the 144 thousand witnesses. And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Ravelation 6:9 the instant you except the word of God you will be slain, because there will be no hiding place from them ,because they know who you are…and where you are.
Remember Eternity is long Time is short, make your election sure.
Evangelist J Burton.