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Continuing this afternoon and evening, let's begin to 'understand' what 'lying wonders' are, AND examine ourselves to be sure that we are not already deceived, and, if so, to 'repent' and get back on the 'narrow road'. Let's take our time and not rush, for this is one of the most critical points we need to know, 'in such times as these'. [Esther 4:14; Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:23-25 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm ]
Even the Elect Could be Deceived: What the Bible Says about Lying Signs and Wonders
8 'And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie'. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11.
Today, we live in an hour when there is an emphasis on things that are supernatural. other than of this 'earth'; 'aliens'; 'para-normal', etc. Many movie, video and TV programs are delving into the supernatural. What does the word supernatural mean? It is referring to things that cannot be explained with a scientific or natural explanation. It is beyond the natural, a 'wonder' or 'marvel' that seemingly defies logic and is not explainable by the known forces or laws of nature.
We must be mindful of such, since there are two sources that supernatural phenomenon can come from. Supernatural manifestations are actually things that have their source of power from the spiritual world. The spiritual world has two active powers in existence: God and His angels and Satan and his devils (also known as fallen angels).
Satan's 'purpose' for his uses of 'supernatural', 'spiritual' “lying wonders and signs” is to trap men into following him, while the Lord uses His miracles to lead men in a righteous path to follow Him. From the above verse, we see that men can be deceived into believing a lie if they are deceived into accepting lying signs and wonders.
The Church is experiencing a lot of miracles at this time, but along with the true miracles of God there are also false 'gifts of power, signs and lying wonders', that are not of God. How do we discern the difference so that we do not get caught up in something that is not of God which could lead us into error?
We can see that the devil is able to perform miracles as well as God by reading of a miracle that Satan’s magicians performed and how God did a greater miracle in Exodus 7:9-12:audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
'When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. 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. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.' Exodus 7:9-12.
Therefore, we must be diligent by 'Proving All Things'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm ]
Most Christians want to receive those things that the Lord is doing that are miraculous, however some of the so called 'miracles of God' are not coming from Him at all, but are glorifying men and not God.
As Christians we cannot receive nor accept all miracles, signs and wonders just because the word “God or the Bible” is attributed as to being the source of those things. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
What should our role as Christians be in regard to acceptance of a sign, miracle or wonder? We are told to prove all things, not to reject them because they might be strange or new to us. However, we should not receive them either, until we first 'prove them'.
How do we prove things? All true Christians are in agreement that our standard is the Word of God, the Bible. God left us this Book as a reference, standard, or gauge so we could know whether something is good or evil, truth or error, right or wrong.
Thank you for returning for our final post this evening, according to the 'will of the Lord'. Amen. Amen.
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