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Revelation 13:13-14 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 16:14 14 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 19:20 20 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. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Does it follow from these passages that all miracles during the end times will be of Satan?


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I'm narrowing the focus here to the book of Revelation, because I understand questions on this site have to be constrained ideally to one or very few passages. However, this is part of a larger question with more passages, which you are welcome to answer if you wish on Christianity Stack Exchange: How do believers in contemporary miracles from God interpret passages indicating that miracles during the end times are attributed to Satan?

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    I don't even see how one goes from "diabolically-powered wonders will be performed" to "all wonders performed will be diabolically powered". If I tell you that on Saturday, I'll have pizza, you'll have pizza, and Fred in Schenectady will have pizza, are you going to conclude that the only thing anyone, anywhere eats all day will be pizza? Apr 10 at 22:28

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The short answer to the OP's question is a resounding "NO". Just because Satan and his agencies are predicted to perform false miracles, signs and wonders, does NOT mean that all miracles, signs and wonders are false.

[Before proceeding further, let me define "False miracles" as any miracle that is either fake/delusion, or a genuine miracle from a Satanic/demonic source, ie, not from God.]

Indeed, Jesus even says this in Matt 24:24, for His day and time as well. Thus, the problem of distinguishing true from false miracles is ancient. Peter ran across a similar problem with a false miracle worker in Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:9-24) as did Paul with Elymas in Acts 13:6-11.

The existence of such false miracle workers did not invalidate the true miracles worked by both Peter and Paul. Exactly the same logic applies to the predicted false miracles at the end of time.

APPENDIX - Signs and Wonders

The frequent Scriptural references to “signs and wonders” naturally fall into two obvious categories of the genuine and false. It is clear from Matt 12:38 & 39, 16:1-4, Luke 11:16, John 4:48, 6:26, 30, that the scribes and Pharisees had trouble distinguishing the two. See also 1 Cor 1:22, 14:22.

Genuine

The genuine signs and wonders attest their divine origin and serve to strengthen faith.

  • John 2:11, 3:2, 4:54, 6:2, 10:41, 20:30 are all references to Jesus’ miracles.
  • Acts 2:22, Mark 16:20 also refer to Jesus’ miracles.
  • Matt 10:8, Mark 16:17, 20, Acts 2:22, 43, 4:30, 5:12, 6:8, 8:6, 13, 14:3, 15:12, 19:11, Rom 15:18, 19, 2 Cor 12:12, Heb 2:4 speak of the signs and wonders accompanying the apostles’ ministry.
  • Ex 7:3, Num 14:11, Deut 6:22, 7:19, 10:21, 26:8, 29:3, 34:11, Neh 9:10, Job 5:8-11, Ps 105:27, 135:9, Isa 8:18, Jer 32:20, 21, Dan 6:27 recall the miracles done for ancient Israel, eg, to free them from Egypt.
  • Dan 4:2, 34 records Nebuchadnezzar’s hymn of praise for God’s signs and wonders.
  • In Luke 7:18-23, Jesus’ only answer to John the Baptist about Jesus’ identity (as Messiah) is to list His miracles: “the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are given the good tidings…”

False or Lying Signs and Wonders

Pseudo (false) signs and wonders are invariably produced to deceive the wicked, either by fake a real miracle or performing a real miracle by Satanic/demonic power.

  • Matt 24:24, Mark 13:22 predict false signs and wonders performed by false Christs and false prophets
  • 2 Thess 2:9 predicts the rise of the lawless one accompanied by false signs and wonders
  • Rev 16:14 predicts that demons will perform false signs and wonders
  • Rev 13:13, 14 19:20 predict that the great false prophet (third beast of the Beast Trinity) will perform false signs and wonders

It should be remembered that Deut 13:1-5 contains a stern warning about the veracity of signs and wonders to see if they are genuine. Similarly, Matt 24:24 contains Jesus’ warning not to base one’s faith purely on Signs and Wonders.

Similarly, Luke 16:30, 31 contains a warning that faith must not be based on miracles but upon our trust in God and His Word:

And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

A Christian's faith should be based purely on their trust in Jesus as Heb 12:2, 3, Col 3:1-3 plainly teach. There is nothing wrong with miracles, but they should only confirm, not convince.

The healing of the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11-19) is helpful here about the place of miracles:

  • the lepers had to have faith in Christ before their healing as demonstrated by Jesus' instruction to go to the priest before they were healed.
  • Despite the miracle, only one returned to “give glory to God” (Luke 17:18)
  • Jesus plainly declared that the ex-leper's “faith has made you well!” (V19)

That is, faith must precede miracles, not follow them. The same is taught in other places where Jesus often said, “your faith has healed you”, such as Matt 9:22, 15:28, Mark 5:34, 10:52, Luke 8:48, 50, 17:19, 18:42, Acts 3:16, 14:9, James 5:15, etc.

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  • Excellent quote: "faith must precede miracles, not follow them" +1 Apr 10 at 14:23
  • @Dottard Would you like to post an answer here?
    – Mark
    Apr 11 at 1:17
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    @Mark - done as requested.
    – Dottard
    Apr 11 at 2:13
  • Great. Thanks. Now be ready for Nigel's criticism :)
    – Mark
    Apr 11 at 2:17
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I humbly reiterate a profound truth from Dottard's answer: "faith must precede miracles, not follow them".

There is an illustrative example found in Revelation 9. The fifth trumpet resounds, and locusts emerge from the Abyss, descending upon the earth. These locusts are instructed to target individuals who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The seal of God is a divine mark signifying belonging to God. Those with this seal are safeguarded, experiencing God's miraculous intervention. Thus, it becomes evident that miracles occur not only through Satan in the end times.

Faith in the Lord is a key factor, serving as the catalyst through which God's miraculous interventions unfold, safeguarding individuals from harm in the midst of catastrophic events. In contrast, Satan's wonders serve a darker purpose: deception and destruction aimed at those who defy the Lord. Let's delve into the OP's original quote to recognize how Satan's malevolent wonders exploit vulnerability, leading astray those who stand against the Lord.

Revelation 13:13-14 KJV

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 16:14 KJV

14 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 19:20 KJV

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. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

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  • Would you like to post an answer here?
    – Mark
    Apr 11 at 1:25
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    @Mark - I just did. Thank you! Apr 11 at 14:40

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