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apostolic miracles and will continue to do   my church” (Mat 16:18). Paul further ex-
        so for years to come.                 plained, “In him you also are being built
        Counterfeit Persons                   together into a dwelling place for God
          Satan and demons are unholy spirits   by the Spirit” (Eph 2:22 ESV). Likewise,
        whom Paul calls “rulers of the darkness   Satan is trying to imitate this project, as
        of this world” (Eph 6:12). As evil and ten-  he is constructing a world-wide religion of
        ebrous as they are, at times, “Satan himself   false believers. His dream will be realized
        is transformed into an angel of light” and   in the Tribulation in the form of Babylon
        “his ministers [can] also be transformed   the Great (Rev 17-18). To achieve this end,
        as the ministers of righteousness” (2Co   he is producing false brothers (Gal 2:4),
        11:14-15). Most Christians could spot an   false witnesses (Mat 26:60), false proph-
        overt Satan worshipper. However, we are   ets (2Pe 2:1), false teachers (2Pe 2:1), false
        all susceptible to being duped by false   apostles (2Co 11:13) and even false christs
        professors like Simon Magus. He was   (Mar 13:22).
        a counterfeit Christian (Act 8:21) who   Perhaps  the  Devil  gave  his  greatest
        convinced Philip the evangelist to baptize   counterfeit project a trial run when Satan
        him (v13). Satan’s business of fabricating   entered into Judas (Luk 22:3). That at-
        spiritual knockoffs is still running 24/7,   tempt to imitate the incarnation of Christ
        and it seems to be ramping up production.   flopped, but he will try again. During the
        Counterfeit Presence                  Tribulation, Satan will possess a world
          Paul explained to Roman Christians that   leader called The Beast. Paul says that
                                              the Beast’s “coming is after the working
        the “Spirit … dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11).   of Satan with all power and signs and
        His presence secures our salvation (Eph   lying wonders” (2Th 2:9). That man will
        4:30) and He desires to control our lives.   experience a “deadly wound” (Rev 13:3),
        Thus, we are called to “be filled with the   which Satan will heal. It may even ap-
        Spirit” (5:18), in the sense of permitting   pear like a case of death and resurrection.
        Him to conform our lives to God’s Word.   Even though it will be far from the true
        The result will be the development of the   incarnation, death, burial and resurrection
        “fruit of the Spirit” in our lives (Gal 5:22).  of Christ, it will still bamboozle people
          Satan’s imitation of this divine marvel   around the world to worship the Beast.
        is demon possession, which only leads to   Satan hates the Holy Spirit, and he
        works of the flesh. The word daimonizomai   will do everything possible to rob Him
        occurs 13 times in the NT and, according   of honor. For 6500 years the Devil has
        to W.E. Vine, means “to be possessed of   been developing his “devices” (2Co 2:11)
        a demon, to act under the control of a   and “wiles” (Eph 6:11), which include
        demon.” Thankfully, demons can never   spiritual counterfeiting. Recognizing this,
        possess true Christians (Luk 11:21), only   John wrote: “Beloved, believe not every
        unsaved people who open their minds   spirit, but try the spirits whether they are
        through drugs, music and emotional,   of God” (1Jo 4:1). Thankfully, we have
        trance-like states as seen in many modern   the Scriptures to help us determine what
        charismatic services.                 is genuinely of the Spirit and what is not.
        Counterfeit Projects                  May God help us to have the courage and
          The Lord Jesus promised, “I will build   discipline to use them as we should.

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