“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2.9-10 NIV).
The only way to know a counterfeit is to know the real thing. People are easily deceived to accept counterfeit items if they’ve never really studied the authentic product. For example, if someone has studied, analyzed and memorized true currency, he or she will not be deceived when someone tries to give them a fake bill. This truth also applies to Jesus and our faith. When we get to know Jesus and really lean into our faith, we won’t be easily fooled by the Satan’s schemes. When we know the heart and voice of God, even when Satan is trying to disguise himself as light, we will be able to see the deception. Everything must be analyzed according to God’s Word because God will never contradict the Bible. The people that fall for the Devil’s lies refuse to get to know Jesus and allow Him to be Lord over their life. They can even be Christians who have stopped listening to His voice and obeying His commands long ago. Without repentance, they may deceive themselves that they are actually following God, but instead they are following the Prince of Darkness, counterfeiting as light. Every day we can get to know the Lord more, so we will be better prepared to call out the Enemy’s attacks on us and those around us.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11.13-14 NKJV).