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It sounds like a stupid question to ask, but here it is: is it difficult to tell the difference between Christ and Satan?
Conventional wisdom says No; it's like distinguishing between night and day, or plus and minus, or between love and hatred. But conventional wisdom is dead wrong here; being fooled is easy.
Another question: How can you distinguish between the genuine Holy Spirit, the true Vicar of the true Christ of the Bible, and the counterfeit "holy spirit" developed by "the great dragon, ... that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world"? Be careful, for "he performs great signs" (cf. Rev. 12:9; 13:13).
Conventional wisdom is blind when it assumes that all that is called "the holy spirit" is a spirit from heaven. As we come closer to the end, the masses will call light darkness and vice versa. The Enemy has nearly perfected the art of deception "to deceive, if possible, even the elect" of God. "False christs will arise," says Jesus (Matt. 24:24).
If clever deceivers can make a counterfeit Rolex that fools you, can Christ's Enemy create a false "holy spirit," "so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men" (Rev. 13:13)? A counterfeit Rolex probably keeps time fairly well, and a counterfeit "holy spirit" revival will say and do some nice things so we can shout "Hallelujah," but if the second coming of Jesus catches us being fooled by Satan, we will be mortally embarrassed--literally.
It's a phenomenon of history that God's true people, ancient Israel, were deceived by the clever counterfeit of Baal worship. They had actually come sincerely to believe that the one who had brought them out of Egypt was Baal! Only a handful saw the truth (1 Kings 18).
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: July 8, 2002.
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