But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God's unmingled wrath shall be poured out.
And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the
manner of Christ's advent. The Saviour has warned His
people against deception upon this point, and has clearly
foretold the manner of His second coming. "There shall
arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect. . . . Wherefore if they shall say
unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth; behold,
He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning
cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew
24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.
This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will
be universally known--witnessed by the whole world.
Only those who have been diligent students of the
Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be
shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world
captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver
in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the
sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed.
Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His
word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses?
Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible
only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining
a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs
as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures,
cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life
and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.
Great Controversy page 625-626
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