7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 The. 2:7-12
The Bible makes it clear that the Devil is already at work (v.7). It talks about how he works:
“9 … whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness”
The Bible here warns us that Satan works “with all power and signs and lying wonders”.
But who does Satan work in? Whom does he deceive?
“in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
In other words, the people who follow these deceptive preachers are culpable! Hard as it is to swallow, yet the truth is that they do not love God’s truth, but they are chasing after miracles for their own gain.
When the Bible says, “because they received not the love of the truth”, it means God’s truth has been revealed, but people do not want it; they want something else.
Ultimately, God has only one judgement for those who do not love Him after He has revealed His love to them:
“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
You would not believe it, but the Bible says that the people who believe in these types of preachers “had pleasure in unrighteousness”. In other words, these are people who love wickedness more than righteousness! All they are seeking after in going to church is to fulfill the lusts of their flesh. All they want is to get something from God. And God says that is sin.
That is incredibly sad, but true. It is a hard, bitter fact about many who claim to be followers of Christ; but it is a Biblical fact.
It becomes clear to me why God would reveal some things to some people and not to others. Not that He is a respecter of persons, no. But rather, it is because He knows men’s hearts.
Is all lost? By no means. There is another option. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24: “22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
There is God’s truth right there: “Christ crucified”. This is the gospel of the New Covenant, and this was the gospel that the Apostle Paul preached.
Another fact arising from this is that this gospel can only be received by those who love God and are ready to deny themselves.
What is “Christ crucified”? It is the gospel that deals with the mind, or lusts of the flesh in us. It comes to separate us from these desires through the power of the Holy Spirit.
But most people do not like that, even though they declare their love for God. On the contrary, they love the flesh and its things. The devils sees the opportunity, and he comes in and deceives them.
He brings in these miracle workers.
The Apostle Peter warns us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).
We are free to choose between the two – to live the crucified life, or to fulfill the desires of our flesh in the name of signs, wonders, and seeking after wisdom.
[Below: This is what goes on all the time all over the world in most charismatic churches, just because people want signs, while others are seeking after wisdom.]