THE DEVIL THAT SEATED IN THE HOUSE OF GOD! “The devil exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. For the mystery of the lawlessness is already at work. And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”- 2 Thessalonians 2: 4-12. Christians who have the power to turn the world upside down are themselves turned by the power of Satan. John 17:17 says, “God’s word is truth.” It’s a pity that they are not ready to acknowledge this fact and this is enough to show that the Satan’s power is at work. We can understand from the above verses how Satan is successful in making God’s people, his people. People are more interested in doing things against the word of God. So, we see Satan occupying the place of God, showing himself as God. You may be wondering how Satan could sit in the house of God. Matthew 5:14, 16 say, “You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” And Philippians 2:16 says, “Shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.” The preachers, who are the representatives of the word, are mostly preaching and practicing what is not there in the Bible. Satan questioned Jesus, who is the very word. Is it difficult for him to fool the people? As a result he became successful in sitting in the house of God ruling the so-called Christians. God who knew about it warned us to be careful about it and said, “For the mystery of the lawlessness is already at work.” When people did not heed to His warning, He Himself sent them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. God had nothing else to do but leave them to the power of Satan. As it has been said by Prophet Daniel in Matthew 24:15- “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ standing in the holy place, who ever reads let him understand.” Man’s heart, which is the real temple of God, where God wanted to dwell and be worshipped, has been occupied by Satan. He has put our heart in his control and is making us do things not mentioned in the Bible. I would like to put a few of his works before you. Healing meetings Salvation and Christian Healing meetings Jesus heals, Jesus Calls The blind could see, The dumb could speak The lame could walk
Gospel healing ministries Special prayers for the sick Satan has been sending his agents amidst the Christians since the middle of the 20th century. The innocent Christians, who didn’t know the Bible well, got carried away by his tricks and started believing what they saw and moved away from faith. They gave more importance to what they saw and became disobedient to the word of God. Romans 10:14, 17 say, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” John 20: 27 says, “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Do not be unbelieving, but believing. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Hebrews 11:1, 2 say, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” The people in the Old Testament believed God though they did not see Him and the people of this day ask for a proof to believe Him. They believe only if they see some sign or wonder. Is there faith really in these people? Jesus Himself was in doubt looking at people like these and so He said in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” From the above words we can understand that there would be many at the time of Christ’s coming who believed Him for what they saw than those who believed Him though they did not see any signs and wonders. Satan has made ‘faith’ meaningless with his works and wonders. We believe that there is heaven and hell and that Christ died and rose from death in the 1st century. We believe these because of faith though we have not seen anything. Just from the past 40-50 years the trend has changed and people started believing only what they saw. We see the posters, banners asking people to come to God because of what they are going to see. We see posters inviting people to come and see the healing. When Jesus said, “Go into the world and spread the gospel,” we see contrary taking place when we read the words, “Jesus Calls and we can heal and so on”. Are you called by these invitations or are you called through gospel? How can one know that they are in faith and how should one come into faith? Is it only by listening to the word of God or is it after experiencing any miracle? 2 Thessalonians 2:14 says, “He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Instead of going into the world and preaching the gospel we see them inviting people to come to them to get healed. Isn’t it the Satan’s work and his preaching? ‘Believe without seeing’ are the words of Jesus and ‘believe after seeing’ are the words of Satan. Which one would you want to follow? We can clearly see what prophet Daniel meant when he said be careful when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. ‘The word’ which is God and deserves worship, is cast away and the Satan’s word is given more importance. Take notice of the truth in the word of God. Jesus asked the leper (after healing him) not to tell about it to anyone but to show himself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them- Matthew 8:4.
Jesus healed two blind men and sternly warned them not to tell anybody about itMatthew 9:30. Jesus healed a man who had withered hand and even others who came to Him for healing and warned them not to make Him known- Matthew 12:16. Luke 4:41 says, “And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And Jesus, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.” Jesus arose a little girl from death and said to her parents, “No one should know it.” Mark 5:43. In the first century, Jesus healed many people and warned them not to proclaim about it anywhere and this day we see the agents of Satan proclaiming about their healing power much before the healing is done. You can understand how active Satan is in making people do things against the Bible. Sin is nothing but doing against the will of God. 1 John 2:18-21 say, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” I humbly request all of you to stop attending these healing meetings. These people are there only to make money by deceiving people and leading them in the wrong way. They love money more than their Heavenly Father and have become slaves to it. They didn’t understand the word of God properly and are not bothered to learn it too. They twisted its meaning for their own convenience to make money. Their only aim is to become wealthy by any means. Want to know what would their fate be after death? Matthew 7:21-23 say, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will (follow what is written the Bible) of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (that which is against the word of God)!’ Though Jesus performed healing, He didn’t want people to publicize it but today we see people publicizing even before the healing is done. Though Jesus Himself healed the people, He asked them not to tell about it to anyone but today we see the healers forcing the people to tell about the healing in front of thousands. And some of them are printing even photos in their magazines. Jesus said to Thomas, ‘You believed Me because you have seen Me but blessed are those who did not see but yet believed Me.’ John 20: 28-31- And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” We should believe in Jesus only by reading that which is written in the Bible about Him. We don’t need any personal experience or listen to somebody’s testimony to accept Jesus. There are many
signs which Jesus performed, which are enough for us to believe Him. How should one come into faith? It is written in the Bible that we should come into faith only by listening to the word of God but not by listening to some other testimonies. 1 Corinthians 2:4, 5 say, “Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men (who testify on stage) but in the power of God.” You should know the fact that the other signs of Jesus itself were not mentioned in the Bible. What has been written is more than enough for us to believe Him and accept Him. Only that would be considered as faith which comes from listening to the word of God and faith acquired by any other means is not faith at all. Romans 14:23 says, “For whatever is not from faith is sin.”