(14) 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; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
In our text, the false religions of the world are said to mislead others through the use of miracles.
The use of divine miracles in both OT and NT was used to prove that those who performed the miracles were sent by God. We can see this method of validation used in the lives of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Joshua, the Apostles and most importantly, Christ Himself among others.
In spite of the divine accrediting miracles, counterfeits also existed in the OT (magicians in Pharaoh’s day – Exo 7:-9:), and in the NT (Simon, the sorcerer – Acts 8:) and continue into todays’ time.
The Lord plainly tells us that these things will take place until His return…
2Th 2:8-10 KJV – “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: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
Mat 7:22-23 KJV – “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Because of this incredibly deceitful method of misleading others, we are to be always on guard against them…
Mat 24:24 KJV – “For there shall 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.”
Folks, the Bible explains that the accrediting miracles of God went out of existence after the completion of God’s Word in approx. 100 AD. From that point forward, we can no longer use the performance of miracles to validate the teachings of those who perform those miracles.
***For more information and a detailed explanation of the above please see these two series that can be found on this blog:
May we all use Biblical principles as we judge the claims of accrediting miracles that we see take place around us.
May we all take these Scriptural warnings very seriously and quickly turn from those who claim to be messengers of the Lord, while in actuality are being enabled and led by Satan to deceive even the very elect of God… if it were possible.
For there shall 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.” (Mat 24:24 KJV)
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: