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THAT GREAT DECEIVER
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous’ with all Power, deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. __2 Thessalonians 2:9-10__
After the great disappointment in 1844, Satan and his angels were busily engaged in laying snares to unsettle the faith of the body. He affected the minds of persons who had had an experience in the messages, and who had an appearance of humility. Some pointed to the future for the fulfillment of the first and second messages, while others pointed far back into the past, de¬claring that they had been there fulfilled.
These were gaining an influence over the minds of the inexperienced and unsettling their faith. Some were searching the Bible to build up a faith of their own, independent of the body. Satan exulted in all this; for he knew that those who broke loose from the anchor he could affect by different errors and drive about with divers winds of doctrine. Many who had led in the first and second messages now denied them, and there was division and confusion throughout the body. (Early Writings, 256)
Satan is constantly working through his agents to dishearten and destroy those whom God has chosen to accomplish a great and good work. They may be ready to sacrifice even life itself for the advancement of the cause of Christ, yet the great deceiver dermine confidence in their brethren doubts concerning them which, if entertained, would undermine confidence in their integrity of character, and thus cripple their usefulness.Too open he succeeds in bringing upon them, through their own brethen, such sorrow of heart that God interposes to give His persecuted servants rest. …Their death may accomplish that which their life has failed to do. (The Acts of the p Their death Apostles, 418)