Each one of us must know God for ourselves. If we don't know God ourselves we will not have the power to resist Satan's temptations. It is only when we hide God's word in our heart that we will have the ability not to sin against God. So, we can't depend upon our closest friends or even our minister. Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were alive today, they would not be able to save us.
Each person can only deliver themselves by their righteousness. Thus each of the , will only be able to save themselves because they are the ones who have a close connection with their maker. They have chosen to obey God fully because they are closely connected with God. It is important to realize that the , will not be saved by their own righteousness but Christ's righteousness.
Thus, when we are saved by our own righteousness, it is really the righteousness of Christ which is in us. We are changed by Christ! Here's another important point. These next few verses show how God's people will depend upon God for their protection and not by taking up arms. The wicked will take the mark because they will know that it is death to refuse.
But what about the righteous?
A special point is made and it essentially is saying: Are you listening? If we lead into captivity, we will go into captivity. If we try to kill anyone with the sword, we must then be killed with the sword. Thus it looks like it will be a time that we are to utterly trust in the Lord! If we are not to fight back then we better have strong patience and faith.
And that is exactly what the scripture says: "Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. They will overcome Satan and the whole Mark system by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Yes they will suffer persecution but they will not love their lives to the death. They would rather die than to go against God and His instructions. That is how they overcome Satan. They will have patience given to them by God and their highest desire is for their God. Thus, they will keep God's commandments even if it means death and torture.
They really do have the faith of Jesus and it is their love for God that sustains them. All the while, they are attended to by God and His holy angels but they will probably not know it. This is what makes Satan so angry because they are keeping the commandments of God rather than to obey him.
It is easy to understand what keeping the commandments of God really means but what does it mean to have the testimony of Jesus Christ? There are two times when John was overwhelmed and he fell at his feet to worship the angel that was helping him. But the angel said not to do that because he was a fellow servant and of thy brothers who have the testimony of Jesus. He then identified what this means. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. This is good to know that God will be communicating with His people in a special way. His Spirit will be on His people and they will prophesy and see visions in the last days.
However, we also know that Satan will be communicating with his followers as well. So the wicked can talk to evil spirits. How can we tell the difference? This is a serious question because we know that Satan is always trying to destroy us! So, both the wicked and the righteous will see miracles! We are told not to despise prophesying. But we are to prove all things, and to hold fast that which is good because Satan will try to deceive us to believe lies. Thus, it is absolutely important that we prove all things from the Bible! So, we must prove all things.
That means we must know our Bible so that we can tell the truth from error.
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It is to the law and to the testimony. The word and testimony of the prophets. Thus it is the Bible we must compare all present day prophesying to. And if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. So, God's people will keep the commandments of God and they will have the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy. Which means we will have Christ's help. Remember, Jesus said that He personally would be with His people till the end.
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So, all the blessing Jesus has given His church the people of God will be given to the righteous at the end. When Jesus was on earth, it was safe for those who met Jesus to have faith in His miracles. He came with signs and wonders that they might believe Him.
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But we must remember that in the last days Satan will be given his day. He will be given the chance and the power to try to win even the righteous to his side:. As we saw earlier, Satan will receive permission from God so that he will be able to do things that he could not do before. So, in the last days, not only will the Righteous show signs and miracles; But Satan will also show signs and miracles.
In the last days, Satan will be given his chance to get everyone to worship him. So, he will be allowed to do things he could not do before.
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During this time demons will come out and perform signs. They will not only appear before the kings of the earth but also to the whole world. Their job is to unify everyone against God so that they might think to battle against Him in that great day.
But a lawless one will come with all power, signs, and lying wonders. He will use the power of Satan to try to deceive the world. The second beast of Revelation 13 will also perform great miracles. He will make fire come down from heaven and the world will see it happen. He will also form an image of the beast and cause it to start breathing and to start speaking! So, it is no wonder that when Jesus starts talking about the last days that He starts warning His followers that Satan will try to deceive them.
Jesus said that false christs and false prophets will come and make miracles so that they can deceive everyone in the world. Jesus said that He was telling this beforehand so that they, and us as well, can know for sure what is to happen. Now why do people get deceived? It is because they do not love the truth.
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They do not search the Bible out to see if something is really true. In the end, people will be lost because they listened to their friends and they really love unrighteousness. So, it is clear that Satan is going to try to deceive the whole world with lying miracles and with great signs and wonders. And they will very definitely use these miracles as an evidence that this is the leading of God. This is Satan's trap because his miracles give a lying report.
Now essentially the whole world is "a sitting duck" for this lie. Because virtually everyone has the idea that miracles show God's leading. They forget that Satan can also work miracles. Great miracles will happen in the future and the world will follow these miracles.
They will believe the lie. Now, the righteous will also have miracles as well and these miracles will help to promote the work of the church in the last days. However, they will not use them as evidences of God's leading. They will not use the miracles as proof. The real indicator is that the miracles will point to the truth that is found in the Bible.
It is the Bible that will show who is following God and who is not following God!
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