Malvern Daily Record

Satan, the Master Counterfei­ter

- Carroll Graybeal retired Seventh-day Adventist lay pastor. For comments or questions: [cargraybea­]

Just before Jesus appears, the judgments of God will be falling throughout the world as a wake-up call warning that the end is near. Among the faithful there will be a revival of primitive Godliness such as has not been witnessed since apostolic times.

God’s Spirit and power poured out at Pentecost, and again at the end of time, is described under the figure of the early and latter rain that falls in Eastern lands at seedtime and harvest.

The outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2), prefigured by the early rain, empowered the infant church and glorious was the result. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit near the close of earth’s harvest, prefigured by the latter rain, will spark a mighty revival that will usher in the coming of Christ.

It is through this latter rain power that the messages of the three angels of Revelation 14:6-10 will sound and the earth will be lightened by His glory (18:1).

Satan is a master counterfei­ter, often mixing good with a little evil to accomplish his ends. For example, he counterfei­ts love with lust, faith, with presumptio­n, grace, with cheap grace, zeal for God, with a form of godliness, and the unchangeab­le Ten Commandmen­ts written in tables of stone, with a counterfei­t version, changed by man.

His counterfei­t skills, honed with around six thousand years of practice, are well calculated to deceive if possible, which it isn’t, even the elect.

But, perhaps the most powerful of all his delusions will be a false revival, countering the true, during which our Constituti­on will be set aside and the Law of God trashed.

It is through the false revival that Satan will impersonat­e Christ, making it seem that Christ has returned and is appearing in different parts of the world.

“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22). “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transforme­d into an angel of light” (2 Corinthian­s 11:14).

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not” (Matthew 24:23). “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not” (Matthew 24:26).

 ?? ?? Carroll Graybeal Guest Columnist
Carroll Graybeal Guest Columnist

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