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What Satan Can Accomplish Through Clever Lies

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides me there is no God.'" Isaiah 44:6 We have said many times in the past that the Lord declares that there is no other God beside him, and that there is no other way to God except through his Son, Jesus Christ. These truths are revealed and repeated throughout the Scriptures from beginning to end. Here in this passage, the Lord reveals more about himself. He makes it very clear that he is the God of Israel. In other words, and may this be very clear, he is NOT the god of Islam; he is NOT one of the gods of the Hindus; he is not the god of any other religion or belief system. There is only one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be the atonement for our sins. But he goes even further in isolating himself from any other gods. He tells us that he is the only God who can give prophecy. vs 7: "And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for me since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them." There is no other god who can tell the future. Satan is the deceiver behind every false religion and he can be very persuasive, but he cannot predict the future. The closest he can come to prophecy is to foretell things he already knows, things that are already found in the Word of God. Other religions have little to no prophecy in their "holy" books because Satan who spawned those books cannot predict the future except in what he knows from the Bible. For example, the Word of God in the Bible states plainly that the Messiah will come; Satan knows that, and so that prophecy is included in the teachings of Islam. What he doesn't tell them is that their expected one will not be the true Messiah. The bottom line is that the fact that they are awaiting a savior - can only be foretold because it has been borrowed from the Word of God which reveals that there is a Messiah who will come. Satan always puts a twist on the Scriptures. He did that at the very beginning, and that is his m.o. today. He has not changed. Jesus said Satan is a liar, and the very father of it (John 8:44). Satan can also foretell things that he can make happen. Scripture shows us many examples of Satan causing events happening on the earth. An example is the passage in the Gospels showing a storm arising on the Sea of Galilee while Jesus was asleep in a ship below. The intent was to kill Jesus of course, but the point is that Satan was able to cause the storm. If one visits a medium, a "psychic" or fortune teller, the spirit giving the information can only present things already known, such as long-ago nicknames, or events the medium herself would have no way of knowing, which she uses to convince people. She can speak of those things because Satan, who is the spirit behind those revelations, knows the past. But in foretelling the future, he can only predict things that he has the power to bring about. Sadly, even with those limitations, he persuades multitudes. Only the Word of God can give original prophecy. In fact, the VALIDATION of the Word of God lies in its ability to accurately predict the future, foretelling things that no other god or spirit would know. "For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure...'" Isaiah 46:9-10 In his Word, the Lord has revealed much about himself, namely, that he is the God of Israel, and that he alone can foretell the future. So if you're following a religion whose God is not the God of Israel, surrender to the truth of the Word of God and leave the false. If you're following a religion that has its own "holy book", whether it be the Koran, the Book of Mormon, anything published by the Watchtower Society, the Catholic "catechism," the Talmuds, the writings of Ellen G. White, or any other "holy" book under the sun, understand that that religion is false. Jesus Christ told us that he is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life. These things are found in him ALONE, all others are impostors. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 If you place any value on truth, turn to the one who IS the truth and be saved. Read HIS Word, and burn the others, for the others are impostors. “If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32


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