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The world is desperate for healing. Never have our lives been more crowded with life-diminishing, health-destroying factors than they are today. Toxic chemicals in food, air, and water; mounting stress from political, social and economic turmoil; the spawning of new diseases that defy the ingenuity of physicians; droughts, famines and pestilences have turned this world into a gigantic infirmary, and driven earth's populace to the brink of despair.
All these factors combine to make the world desperate for healing. And here, like a fragrant but deadly mist, arises a great danger. For Satan, the archenemy who has instigated all the miseries that afflict this planet, offers methods to alleviate or remove suffering that are designed to separate us from God and fatally ensnare our souls.
Jesus warned against deception
One Bible test is found in Isaiah 8:20: "To the law and the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
Satan gives power to deceivers
Miracles to be tested by the Bible
Another Bible test is found in Matthew 7:16-20 where Christ says, "Ye shall know them by their fruits Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." lf those through whom cures are performed, are disposed, on account of these manifestations, to neglect the law of God and continue in disobedience, it does not follow that God is working through them. On the contrary, it is the miracle-working power of the great deceiver.
Are they pointing people to Jesus and the Bible, or are they trying to draw attention to themselves and their miracles? Do they express to the world the love of Jesus in life and character, living lives of self-denial and sacrifice. well-ordered and godly? Is their example such as to convict sinners and convert them from the error of their ways to the truth? Watch well the indications that tell of the state of the heart.
Wearing the insignia of Christ, they serve the Lord's worst enemy, and heed not the command, "Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
Take care that you are not misled by these false teachers, and found fighting under the black banner of the adversary of God and man.
Deceptions of the last days
As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will impersonate Christ, healing the diseases of the people. and professing to present a new and more exalted system of religious faith: but at the same time he works as a destroyer leading multitudes to ruin.
If we do not love God's truth, we may be among those who will see and believe the miracles wrought by Satan in these last days.
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