The Exploitation of Man’s Fascinations

“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...”
— 2 Thessalonians 2:9,10

Why is Man fascinated by evil and so easily drawn into sin when the consequences are so detrimental? (i.e. The adulterer who destroys his family for a moment’s pleasure or the drug addict who injects death into his veins and calls it a “fix.”) Consider a greater mystery – Why do men reject Jesus Christ? He gives life and peace, everything worthwhile and beneficial, and yet men repeatedly choose evil and death instead. Like a moth to a flame, we seem drawn to that which brings our destruction. In the last days, Satan will exploit this tendency, empowering a man to deceive the world. Men will reject God’s true Messiah, Jesus Christ, pure and righteous, and accept a false messiah, “antichrist,” who is evil personified! “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7

Another of Man’s weaknesses is a fascination for “signs and lying wonders.” The problem with a desire to see supernatural things is that not all that appears to be supernatural is from God. People are so easily taken in by everything from “aliens” to the occult? Why? “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) Man needs the truth, the word of God, to be able to discern the genuine from the counterfeit. Without it he is vulnerable to the exploitation of his fascinations. Satan will use these very areas of weakness to lead the world into a final great deception with false peace, a false messiah, and counterfeit miracles. Many will believe the enemy’s lie and follow after evil. Only a love of the truth can save a man from deception! Believe God’s word and take no pleasure in unrighteousness.

- From Study #5151