Can the devil perform miracles?

Thank you for your question.

Indeed, the devil can perform “miracles” however they are supernatural deceptions to deceive people into believing his lies. Consider the following verses:

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:13-14). 

“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image…” (Revelation 19:20).

These verses demonstrate that the devil is active in producing miracles as a means of deception. It is important to note the definition of the Greek word for miracle used in the New Testament. The word is “semeion” and it means “that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known” and  an “unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature.” With that being said, a miracle is something distinctive and supernatural. This could be from a source that is either good (from God) or evil (from the devil). This is why we must try the spirits to see their source (1 John 4:1). Only those from God will be in harmony with His word (Isaiah 8:20).

The devil is sneaky and can even transform himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Therefore God’s people must be able to discern spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:13-14). The study of God’s Word will help us divide what is true from what is false (2 Timothy 2:15).  God’s people cannot be deceived if they are His elect and watch unto prayer (Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:33).

The good news is that the devil is a defeated foe and we can have victory over his wiles (James 4:7).  May we stay connected to Christ in order to escape the deceptions of the devil and have part in crushing him for good.

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen” (Romans 16:20). 

In His service,

Tina

BibleAsk Team

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