PITTSBURGH, PA, June 15, 2019 — When we think of miracles, most of us believe that miracles are produced only by the power of God. However there is another kind of miracle that is satanic in nature. The purpose of such satanic miracles is to deceive well meaning followers. Dan Corner, Director of Evangelical Outreach, urges us to be on our guard against deception. He recently had this to say:
Miracles from God and from the devil do occur! Because people don't know that there are two sources of miracles, they are getting lethally deceived. Therefore, how to distinguish miracles of God from Satanic miracles is nothing less than vital! When one reads through the book of Revelation, he will notice that the last generation will live through and see not only the effects of war, famine, martyrdom and gross sin, but they will also be subject to gross deception through Satanic miracles.
Remember, miracles do come through two supernatural sources – both God and the devil. In the book of Exodus, some of God's miracles were duplicated by Satan's power channeled through the Egyptian sorcerers — their wooden staffs became snakes (Ex. 7:10,11); water was changed into blood (Ex. 7:20-22) and frogs came out of the water and covered the land (Ex. 8:6,7). Demons can and do perform miraculous signs (Rev. 16:14).
The last generation will see fire coming down from heaven to earth (Rev. 13:13) and an image of the Antichrist speaking (Rev. 13:15) because of Satanic power. In fact, it will be because of such Satanic miracles that the ones who fatally receive the infamous “mark of the beast” will be deceived (Rev. 13:15-17 cf. 19:20). They will be deceived by the astounding and awe-inspiring miracles produced by Satanic power! See also 2 Thess. 2:9,10.
Satan has used miracles in the past to deceive, and he is still using and will continue to use miracles to deceive. This truth is the answer to the mystic questions regarding Edgar Cayce, Padre Pio, etc.; all of these different religious figures had miracles with the accompanying signs and claims about God and the afterlife, but all of these message conflicted with each other and, more importantly, they conflicted with the Bible, the ultimate, sole and final spiritual authority.
Similar conflicting messages surrounding miracles and visions are also found in Mormonism and Catholicism. In Brigham Young's day, after prayer, they were saved by sea gulls which ate the grain eating crickets.
In contrast, in Catholicism, there are the 1917 “approved” Fatima visions of a personage claiming to be the Virgin Mary, who declared herself to be our “refuge” and “the way” that will lead us to God. The “miracle of the sun” also happened. Such a message about Mary, however, is in direct conflict with Jn. 14:6 which declares Jesus as the only “way” to God and God as our sole refuge (Psa. 46:1; 62:8; etc.)! Even if the so-called “Eucharistic miracles” in the Catholic Church really did occur, they are not determinative of spiritual truth and reality; WHY? Because even the Egyptian sorcerers could transubstantiate water into blood (Ex. 7:20-22); remember there are two sources of miracles. The issue is not if a miracle actually took place, but what is the source of the miracle? If a miracle parallels the Bible message, then it is from God; if the message of purported miracle contradicts and leads one away from the message of the Bible, then it is from our enemy the devil.
Additionally, the Eucharist does not satisfy the conditions of a genuine transubstantiation because it does not become and taste like real flesh and blood, unlike the Bible-based transubstantiation miracle we see in John 2:10, whereby Jesus transformed the water into wine; there, the water tasted like real wine and actually became wine. Most importantly, the message of the Eucharist contradicts the Bible's salvation message because one gets eternal life solely through repentance and a submissive faith in Jesus (Jn. 6:47; 6:35; Acts 10:43; etc.) without communion.
Furthermore, since Mormonism and Catholicism both have miracles and visions, and since their messages about salvation are in conflict with each other, we logically know that God cannot be the only power source for miracles and visions because God is not a God of confusion. In reality, God's power was NOT active in either of those cases.
The Indian guru Sai Baba's healing and materializations, as well as the Catholic healing waters of Lourdes, also do NOT parallel the Bible message either. Hence, Sai Baba's miracles and the healing miracles from the waters at Lourdes, France cannot be from the same source who gave us the Bible. Do NOT be deceived!
By what then must we gauge all messages and teachings, considering that miracles, visions, signs, etc. can be lethally deceptive? The only criterion is God's written word (2 Tim. 3:16,17). If God's word is not considered as FINAL AUTHORITY when “testing” a miracle, vision, dream, prophecy, or teaching, etc., then one will surely be deceived. Did you know that if you are deceived by a miracle to receive the mark of the beast, YOU will end up in fiery torment, even if you were once saved (Rev. 14:9-12)? We MUST be both “self-controlled” and “alert” in order to stand till the end against the deceitful devil and his wiles (1 Pet 5:8; Eph. 6:10,11).
Remember, these are perilous days with rampant religious deception. In conclusion, God still performs miracles, and he still heals in our day (Jn.14:12; Acts 4:30; etc.), but again, so does the devil. The Bible remains final spiritual authority and will enable us to distinguish God's miracles from Satan's deceptive miracles. The one and only truth about forgiveness of sins and salvation is repentance from sin and a submissive faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to serve him (Acts 20:21; 26:20; 1 Thess. 1:9; Jn. 3:36; Heb. 5:9; etc.). There is no eternal security (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). Prepare for your death and judgment afterwards (Heb. 9:27). Pass this teaching on to another.
Dan Corner, a former pastor and ex-Catholic, is the author of a number of books including 'The Believer's Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted', 'The Myth of Eternal Security' and 'Is this the Mary of the Bible?'.
Dan is available for media interviews, including debates, and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected], by phone at 724-632-3210 or by mail at PO Box 265, Washington, PA, 15301. His websites are https://www.evangelicaloutreach.org (EOMIN.org) and http://www.AlcanceEvangelistico.org (DBN-MIN.net) and http://www.EternalLifeBlog.com.
After graduating from college, Dan Corner got saved by reading the Bible. For over four decades, he has diligently served the Lord Jesus. Dan Corner's pastoral, apologetic, counter cult and street evangelism experiences have equipped him to contend for the faith and win souls to Jesus from many backgrounds.
He is an ordained minister and director of Evangelical Outreach who pastored for almost seven years and has authored hundreds of Christian articles, answered thousands of emails and letters and has written several books of vital importance in our day.
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