“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
The Satanic messages of this world are described here as being empowered by “spirits of devils, working miracles”. The power behind the messages that are presented by Satan’s political and religious kingdoms are inspired by devils (demons) and validated through the use of false miracles and signs.
False miracles and signs have been used throughout history in an attempt to prove that the Satanic messages of the world are divine in origin. Pharaoh’s magicians (Ex 7:11-22) and the false prophets of Israel (Deut 13:1-18) are two great Old Testament examples of Satan’s servants using false miracles to justify their messages and actions. In the New Testament, we find the need for Christians to be on guard against following those who are false miracle workers enabled by Satan in several scriptures (Matthew 24:24, 2 Peter 2:1 etc).
Matthew 7:22-23 is a very sobering passage. In this text, we see those who are relying upon their acts of service and their “miracles” to prove they are 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.”
However, we see Christ rejecting them because, in spite of their great acts of service, they are without Christ and condemned to eternal death. In this case, we find these false servants who sincerely believed they were right with God and were deceived about their own spiritual condition, based upon their service and false miracles that they performed.
What a horrible condition to be in. To sincerely believe you are saved, actively serving the Lord and performing miracles in His name and yet, He tells you “depart from me, I never knew you”.
How could this ever happen to someone?
This stands as a very strong reminder of the great ability to deceive that Satan holds over lost mankind.
We can learn at least three basic truths from this passage:
- May we never underestimate the great ability of Satan and his followers to perform counterfeit miracles in the name of Christ. Because of this, we should NEVER allow any miracle that is performed automatically cause us to become a follower of the miracle worker. We must always test their ministry testing their message, methods and motives to be certain they are Scriptural. (I John 4:1)
- May we never forget Satan’s ability to blind the spiritual eyes of the lost, requiring us to work with them with patience, kindness, love and seeking God’s gracious intervention in their lives. (Col 4:5-6)
- May we always “make our calling and election sure” realizing it is possible we have been given a false assurance of salvation by Satan working in our lives. (2 Peter 1:10)
May the Lord graciously equip us to do all these things!
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