The devil knows that Jesus’ second coming is soon and that his time is short (Revelation 12:12). He has acquired the skills of deception for 6,000 years, and his last deception will be his masterpiece. One day soon, Satan is going to attempt to impersonate Christ Himself and replicate the second coming. And Jesus warns that he will do such a convincing job that, if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22).
Satan is not an ugly angel as often depicted. He’s a beautiful and powerful angel. He can transform himself into an angel of light “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13, 14). We must not underestimate how convincing and overpowering Satan’s final deception will be even quoting Scripture, as he did while tempting Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-6).
The Bible is very clear that at the second coming of Christ, His feet will never touch the ground. It says the righteous will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This is why Jesus emphatically warns us, “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:26, 27, NKJV).
Satan cannot replicate a worldwide, cataclysmic event the magnitude of the real second coming but he can appear around the world in various places, perform great miracles, make TV appearances, and thus deceive the world.
In His service,