The devil knows that Jesus‘ second coming is soon and that his time is short (Revelation 12:12). One day soon and before the second coming, the devil is going to attempt to impersonate Christ Himself. 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; Matthew 24:24).
The devil 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 the devil’s final deception to impersonate Christ will be. He will even quote Scripture, as he did while tempting Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-6).
But the Bible is very clear that the devil will not impersonate Christ coming in the clouds of heaven. For in 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 “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
The devil cannot replicate a worldwide event as the second coming but he can appear around the world in various places, perform great miracles and speak holy words. This is why Jesus 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).
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