A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
Study 7: DECEPTION AND DAMNATION THROUGH LYING WONDERS
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
DESCRIPTION OF THE SUPERNATURAL, LAWLESS WONDER-WORKER
2 Thessalonians 2:9; Matthew 24:24,25; Acts 8:9,18-23; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Revelation 13:11-16; 16:13,14; 1 John 2:18; Matthew 7:15-23; 2 John 7-11
The “man of sin” will demonstrate great signs, wonders and miracles through Satan’s power. To demonstrate power for genuine miracles, we must be men of God and godliness, and such miracles will lead people to repentance and righteousness. Christ’s miracles proved Him to be the Son of God. The miracles of the Antichrist will be performed “after the working of Satan” and will only deceive those who “received not the love of the truth”, “but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” With the end-time falling away from the truth, unwillingness to “endure sound doctrine” and a world-wide “turning away from the truth and turning unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4), antichrists and false prophets can easily deceive ignorant, religious people who are “destitute of the truth” (1Timothy 6:5). Even those who have the rare privilege of hearing the truth of the gospel but do not give their heart to Christ in genuine repentance and love for righteousness will be deceived. They are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).
2 Thessalonians 2:10,11; Mark 13:5,6,22,23; Acts 16:16-21; 2 Corinthians 11:3,4,13-15; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 2 Peter 2:15-22; Galatians 1:6-9; Titus 1:10,11,16; 2 Timothy 3:13,14
Satan has been a liar, a deceiver, a seducer and a corrupter from the very beginning. His spirits are lying spirits (1 Kings 22:22), his miracles and wonders are lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9), his interpretations of Scripture are deceptive and destructive (Genesis 3:4-7; 2 Corinthians 11:3,4). His gifts and favours are dangerous and deadly (Revelation 13:14-18; 14:9-12). The man of sin and all men in sin working miracles delude themselves and deceive multitudes of followers. The great deceiver will unscrupulously use every form of wickedness to deceive those who love miracles more than salvation. Those who love the world and worldly ease more than heaven and eternal realities will fall for his deception. The son of perdition will draw souls to perdition through their own lusts and uncontrollable desire for deceptive miracles, false signs and lying wonders.
DAMNATION OF SEDUCED LOST WANDERERS
2 Thessalonians 2:12; Psalms 9:17; 52:3-5; Matthew 23:28-33; John 3:18-20,36; Acts 13:40,41; Romans 1:28-32; 1 Peter 4:17,18; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Jude 4-16
Some people give a mental assent to the truth but because they love and take pleasure in unrighteousness, they do not “believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39). Loving and living in unrighteousness, practising and encouraging unrighteousness in others, preferring “pleasure in unrighteousness” to the way of holiness, they are forever doomed and damned, forever separated from God and glorious rest. They loved their sin more than the Saviour; they chose the pleasures of sin instead of the free gift of righteousness in Christ; they turned away from the true faith and were swept away with the tide of iniquity and corruption; their condemnation is just.
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